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.
A project alliance between the Lyavo community leaders, Lyavo Bible Church, Bridgeway Hope Academy, and Mission Servants Ministry began in January and a bridge was conceived, designed, and built in time for the new flooding this April. A meeting was held during the January Mission Trip 29 and the idea to love the community with a bridge project was met with great enthusiasm. MSM previously sponsored two other bridges for this community.
It has been a very wet year in Western Kenya going back to mid 2019. Flooding continues to be a problem even recently. Last year, the heaviest used of 3 bridges that allowed people, bicycles and motorbikes to cross a small flooding prone river to get to the school and church, washed away. MSM built the other two above the high flood mark 1/2 and 1 km away from this one. This bridge was a simple log bridge set on the dirt banks of the river.
The design plan for this bridge was to have the span surface be at least 1 foot above the previous high water mark, massive concrete footers at each end, a mid stream support, long approach ramps that extend past the mud, and use materials that prevent decay for a long lasting solution. The implementation plan was for all labor to be provided by the local community and church and the funds for materials by MSM. Construction expertise was provided by Pastor Ken of the church, a concrete builder by trade. It was completed in 3 months…an incredible job and great example of Community/Ministry Partnership. A bridge, literally and figuratively.
What follows is a series of photos in sequence on how this bridge was built. The cost to MSM to help make this important community loving project happen was less than $2,000. Praise Jesus. Thank you all for your support and prayers.