The children at Kirabo Seeds have finished their year of school and they are on what we in America call “summer break”. The weather there is always a lovely summer day though some are drier or wetter than others. All that matters to the kids is they are FREE. Their schedules for school are outrageous. They leave around 6:30am and get home near 5:pm (for the older ones). They even have half a day of school on Saturday. I shouldn’t get going about the education system in Uganda because I’ll pop a blood vessel. Let’s suffice to say, too much time and not enough learning.
I am quite proud of these kids! Most of them are at the very top of their class. All of them have made improvements over the year and will progress to the next grade in late January when the new school year begins.
Can you imagine having sixteen kids at home every day for a few months? They are keeping busy. We are working on having them practice reading every day. We have games, puzzles, crafts and sports for them to do.
The boys dorm is finished! And they have moved into it now and what I hear is that they love it. I can’t wait to see the whole family function in our new home.
The building of the boys dorm caused some damage to the road and it created some problems for our neighbors when the water runs off so our boys helped repair the road! It was a proud moment for Mama Tonya to see everyone practice what the bible says about being a good neighbor.
With the year closing I think it is important to spend some time reflecting on what great blessings and lessons God has given to Kirabo Seeds. Last year at this time we knew we had to find a home to live in so we were searching for a rental to fit all of us. God provided not only a perfect home, but a home that is free and clear of debt in a safe neighborhood.
God also called Darren and Mary Beth Cameron to serve in Uganda. The transformation with their help has been answered prayer.
God has provided good health and safety to our children this year. And he continues to provide support and sponsors so that we can continue to provide the necessary care to the orphaned children in our home. Our children do not simply get the basics in terms of care, but we are providing excellent care for them. They have a highly nutritious and varied diet of three meals a day. They go to a school of high standard. We have a new home we own, and each child for the first time in their lives has their own bed. We have a guard dog to protect every one at night. We have computers, books, tutoring, bible devotions, counseling, and music lessons. We participate in service and outreach projects. They have a large staff of people who deeply care about their spiritual, emotional, physical, and psychological growth. They are blessed.
I’m so thankful God has given all of us this opportunity to help make a great difference in the lives of children. Their existences were so full of despair, stress, and hardship before they came to our home. And because so many people have helped us provide this care to them, they will be able to use these skills to prevent poverty from controlling their futures.
I can only hope and pray that each of these children will develop a firm sense of Christ centered leadership as a result of being raised at Kirabo Seeds. It would be the best outcome ever if each of them develop healthy loving families of their own to raise. It’s such an honor to serve God in this ministry. If you feel drawn to what we are doing for these children please reach out to me and I’ll connect you to the many ways you can be involved.
I know these children are thankful. But some day I hope and pray they fully comprehend what God has done in their lives. I hope they give as they have been given.