Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sponsorship Holiday Party


The holiday sponsorship party went wonderfully, Emma, Moses, Ben, Cecilia, Rose (big baby belly) Pauline and Paul, once again did a great job.  Check out the following video from our Ugandan Team!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from TGCA!


From all of us at The Giving Circle and our family in Uganda, The Giving Circle Africa, at this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation for your compassion and generosity.  

Together we have accomplished  a great deal this year including the completion of our school in Kagoma Gate village, Uganda's poorest village. This school will feed the minds of Kagoma's children (and adults through adult education). 

We also have an opportunity to feed these young students' bodies. During this Thanksgiving when we celebrate family and all we have through a bountiful meal, please consider helping build a kitchen building for our Kagoma school which will provide a meal of porridge for each student every day. For many children of Kagoma Gate this will be their best, if not their only meal for many days.

The kitchen will also be used to cook for the village after church ( held in the school), for village special events and holidays.

Please take a few minutes to watch this short video about this special little building and feeding program  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZZHJQWdi3c    

We've launched a new "brick site" to help fund this building: pots, plates, cups & a fund to feed the children for a year!

This total is just $8,000 or  1,600 virtual bricks ( $5 each) or since it's Thanksgiving , the cost of 1,600 Pumpkin Pies. 

After your wonderful holiday meal, please visit the Kitchen Brick site at  http://www.thegivingcircle.org/kitchen/  and sponsor a brick(s) in your families name and know the children of Kagoma Gate will soon know the comfort of a good meal with friends and family every school day.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for all you do.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Buy-A-Brick for Kagoma Gate KITCHEN


The Giving Circle Africa has completed construction of Kagoma Gate's first school, opening to students in January 2013. Construction of the birthing center is underway. 

The next component will be the community kitchen. It will provide daily meals for the school children and also help prepare communal meals for festivals and Sunday masses.

The Giving Circle needs to raise a total of $8,100 in order to build the kitchen for Kagoma Gate Village. This site raises this amount by selling "virtual bricks" for a donation of $5.00 per brick.

Click on the link to your left under Special Links to Buy-a-Brick for Kagoma Gate (Kitchen).  
You can check out the video about the Kitchen to your right, under Videos.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bull is OUT OF THE HOSPITAL!


Hello all,

Moses and Emma have picked up Bull, he is doing very well and going to stay with Emma and Rose for a while until he can walk and rejoin his brothers and sisters at the boarding school. 

Thank you to all who helped and carried so much about our boy and all our children!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bull's Surgery Update!


Hi everyone, 

We are all taking a deep breath now the surgery is finished and below are pictures from Moses.  Moses as always has done a great job as has Ben (new Koi Koi house daddy) 

First is an e-mail from Colleen Stevens (Mary's new parents) who are still in Kampala working through Mary's visa, they went to the hospital this morning to be with Bull before the surgery she and her husband are nurses.


Saw Bull and his Mom around 10am. He was still waiting. His blood count was low last night, so they had to transfuse him. The Xrays are quite concerning - I don't suppose they have CT scan capabilities here? It sounds like the docs anticipate finding an abscess type of insult to the bone tissue. Moses was unsure of the actual surgery plans, but I explained they can fill the pocket with antibiotic capsules, they can put in a titanium rod to support the length of the bone, they also have rods that are infused with antibiotics that can slow release the medicine into the tissue. The thing is, I have no idea what their capabilities or resources are here. A bone infection that large - called osteomyelitis - home in the States would require 6 weeks of IV antibiotics. There is a further concern that it might not be an abscess - has the site ever been biopsied? Larry and I spent some time with Moses when he got there, then went back in to see Bull to say good-bye. We will probably visit again tomorrow. There was another person in surgery ahead of Bull, so Moses anticipated him being taken back early afternoon. As soon as I get contact/info from Moses, I will be glad to pass it on!  And the first thing we did was pass on the hugs! Not a lot of English exchanged, but he knew the words Poppa Mark and Mama Koi Koi! He smiled for that!    Colleen Stevens