Since my last post in June, all plans to open schools have been delayed. Last week Ugandan President Museveni announced plans for limited openings in October for those students in grades that are transitions to higher levels such as the last year of Primary School and High School. Also churches can open with reduced capacity. Roughly 15 kids from Child Redeemed Mission Home (CRM) are excited to get back to school.
The Bwase Redeemed Church partnered with MSM to build a home for a family that lost the mother during childbirth. Twins were born and are doing well and about 3 months old. This family is related to one of the older CRM kids, Julius and cares for him out of school. They are doing a great job.
Most of the children from CRM are living there and receiving some tutoring and refresher lessons from the idled teachers from Promise Primary. Everyone seems happy being productive.
The children at Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya have been placed with extended family guardians and are awaiting school to reopen in January. Most colleges and Universities have opened in September and a number of our sponsored children are college students. Sharon is starting a Business degree program, Fidelis in Engineering, and Bridget in Teaching, while Ken and Mika are continuing in Nursing and IT respectively. Brian just finished truck driving school and is employed. MSM is blessed to help these kids reach their potential in a fulfilling career.
President Museveni also announced that the Airport will open to international tourists (not mission workers yet). I am hoping we can make a mission trip in January.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The Covid shutdowns are very difficult for the general Ugandans and Kenyans. Many are struggling to survive without work and services.
Before COVID19, Promise Primary was growing rapidly, filling all nursery and primary classes with over 300 students and expecting nearly 50 boarding students for the higher grades. The original kitchen where morning porridge, lunch, and teachers food consisted of a simple sheet metal shelter and a pot suspended on 3 rocks over a fire. The food and grain stores were in rooms in the office. Rainy and windy weather was a real challenge. Bless the cooking staff for keeping up under those conditions. The pandemic shut down allowed time for a solution however.
Besides necessity, upgrading the kitchen was a pending requirement of the school registration process. Therefore, a 15′ by 30′, 4 room building was built which features a large well ventilated and lit cooking area, a food pantry, a room for maize and bean bulk storage, a cooks residence room, and 45′ of covered veranda for kids and firewood to stay out of the rain. Three large wood burning efficient cooking stoves were installed. The cooking staff will be ready when school is allowed to open.
Here is the old kitchen….
This project was completed for under $10,000. School Director Noah put in a lot of hands on work and management to insure cost efficiency. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
A month ago I reported that the plan was for schools to open on a limited basis on June 2nd. Not only did that not happen but a new plan has not been established. Schools, both government and private have been ordered to continue to pay teachers. I would expect many private schools to fail and close. Promise Primary, being sponsored by Mission Servants Ministry has been able to pay the teachers and use the store of maize grain that was intended for Term I for needy families and teachers in the area.
The economy however is hit hard in Africa and the poor are struggling in a big way. There is no ability to work during shut down and no government assistance. People are without food and in trouble. The good news remains that the number of reported cases of COVID19 and deaths are not high in Kenya and very low in Uganda. Uganda still claims zero deaths. Of course we can’t plan our usual July/August trip to visit the homes due to the pandemic. Our prayers are for a January trip to be possible.
The kids that are stationed with extended family during shut down are visited and needs addressed.
Usually food is left with them. Roughly 15 kids are staying at the CRM home since it is safest for them, many of them enjoy learning craft skills while on shut down….
We did take advantage of most of the kids being away to upgrade the cooking stoves. The old stoves were cracked, had broken parts, hot, inefficient with wood, smoked a lot, and were too large. We replaced them with 4 smaller units with precision fitting pots and an outside grill.
Look for another update in July. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
….As well as for the kids at Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda and for all of us at Mission Servants Ministry. Emma and Gorreti plan to be married on July 18, 2020. They have worked together at CRM for over 5 years and have known each other many years before that as Christian friends. Emma is the Director of CRM and Gorreti one of the CRM Social Workers. Late in 2019 God put on their hearts that were meant to court and marry. Emma has an awesome story how God communicated this to them.
Emma and Gorreti are two incredibly loving and kind people with a huge heart for the Lord. The mission of CRM and the Bwase Redeemed Church, home church of the CRM community where Emma is Co-Pastor has been their work and passion. I could not be happier for them and know that God had paired two incredible people together for His purpose.
Last year MSM decided to build a small house that would be used for the Director of CRM and family. Previously, all workers either lived locally or took a room in one of the children’s dorms. Because of the fairly remote location of CRM, the odds that the future Director of CRM would have a family, the desire to be able to hire excellent management staff, and the regulations to limit adults rooming in the same dorm as children, we felt the building of a dedication house near the dorms would be best. The house below is 100′ from the dorms and was completed in May for less than $9,000. I am so happy that Emma and Gorreti can be the first to make it a home and that they will be continuing to serve at CRM. Please keep them in your prayers.
Emma and Gorreti are funding the cost of their wedding. If you would like to forward a gift to help them with that and to get started in life together, a monetary donation (indicated so) to MSM will be passed directly to them. Thank you.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the Children’s ministries in Kenya and Uganda supported by MSM.
Earlier this week the President of Uganda updated the Covid19 plan in effect. The widespread shutdown of transportation, borders, churches, schools, and other gatherings is still in place. The major change is for schools to open on a limited basis on June 2nd. The limitation is lifted only for the last year of Primary (Elementary) and the last year of High School. This affects some of the kids at Child Redeemed Mission Home. The plan is to bring these kids back to residence at CRM and leave the balance yet with extended family.
The welfare of the kids that are staying outside of CRM is a matter of focus and concern for the staff. In several cases, food supplies are given to the families hosting the kids. All children are contacted regularly by the CRM social workers. This period is a real struggle for the community. Food is scarcer and more costly and the ability to obtain other goods and services are difficult. The good news is that the number of confirmed Covid19 cases in Uganda are very low.
The kids at CRM are doing great. They are able to study, read, make music, and garden. Many have learned and practiced crafts such as knitting and sewing…..
…and have helped in a recent project to build a new firewood storage shelter.
Promise Primary School in Kamuli, Uganda, sponsored by MSM, has been taking advantage of the shutdown to work on the school grounds and buildings. Repairing storm and termite damage for instance. A major project to build a new kitchen has been moving forward and nearing completion to be available when school resumes. I will have a separate post about this soon.