Sunday, December 14, 2014

Koi Koi Christmas Party

Moses said it best:

Hi all, 
It was last Sunday when we enjoyed the Koikoi kids Christmas celebrations, it was a colorful event as  the attached pix and videos can tell it all.
Thanks for the support.
Merry Xmas and a Profitable 2015.







Sunday, December 7, 2014

Kagoma Gate Holiday Celebrations

Everyone, please find below some of the photos of the kagoma gate friendship school and community celebrations.

Message from Moses: "The community is very grateful and thankful for all that we do. They couldn't wait to appreciate the upcoming clinic,speaker after speaker!"












Sunday, November 2, 2014

Meet Mwesogwa Denis....


When we first meet Denis this MOST amazing child we love so much, he was 9, A 9 year old with a "very old soul".  A very sickly very small boy,  in part to with his HIV/AIDS. A shy most kind and loving boy with the most amazing smile. Living in a tiny shack in the Bugembe slums with his brothers and mum, dad dead from HIV/AIDS.   

The first picture is when we first meet him, as Kelly, Frank and I talked on the porch of   Orphanage that would be come our Giving Circle Koi Koi House Denis walked over sat on my lap and feel asleep.

Denis is one of the children in our sponsorship program. Thanks to this program and his sponsor Denis's health has been so much better and he, very stable. He has had far better nutrition and done what he loves so much, gone to school.

Last year the long walk to school was taking its toll on him, the meds he takes for his AIDS makes him ( and all our sick children) weak at times and hard to wake up. Denis was often late for school. So we got him his pride and joy, a bike. This paid for by teen member Will Mann . In the pictures below you can see the smile on Denis face of pure joy thanks to this bike.

But the story gets better.  

Because of  what we do Denis finished school including high school. His dream was a long shot a very long shot, he wanted to be a nurse.

This week, this most special little boy was accepted into nursing school and he will attend!

Here the circle of Giving becomes even more clear, why we do what we do.

Denis is the brother of Andrew, for you who know Kelly and I have worked for 4 years to gain guardianship of Andrew ( which we have done) to bring him to the US for better medical care and live out his last days with us in less pain and great happiness.

Andrew is a late stage sickle cell anemia child also paralyzed from a stroke. 
After a long struggle due to his age and immigration laws we will not be able to bring him to the US.
 
We are doing our best to care for him with his mom in Uganda, when he dies we may not be there, but who will be is his most beloved brother Denis, who will be a nurse who will be caring for him.

When we first made the decision to seek to bring Andrew here, I called Moses in Uganda. I asked Moses to ask Denis ( standing next to him at the time) was it okay we took Andrew to the US to live to care for him.  Keep in mind Denis is full blown HIV/AIDS, this most special boy responded in tears , not "what about me" but rather " I am so happy you will care for my brother Andrew".

This is the " The Giving Circle" the circle of giving, this is why we do what we do.




Saturday, November 1, 2014

AFUWA WINS!!!!!

Check this out!!!  Afuwa wins her FIRST race!  We are all so proud!




Sunday, October 12, 2014

TGCA Sewing Guild Update!

A note and pics from Moses, Tabitha and the sewing guild team!

"...the women are trying to find institutions/ schools and so far it's promising as they are being promised come start of the year. Hellen's expertise has been very helpful and those who have given the little work are impressed with their works including Busoga Junior community who gave them the first contract.
Greetings from Tabitha and group.
Love and peace to you all,
Moses"







Sunday, October 5, 2014

Soroptimist Birthing Center Progress!!

The rains have slowed the workers a bit but here are pictures of the progress of the birthing center in Kagoma Gate. We had to move the location from what was originally planned due to the government and land owner disputes. We had a Plan B as this has taken too long especially since Elizabeth, our midwife, is in full swing!





The design of the building:




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

2nd Annual Taste of Africa - SAVE THE DATE - OCTOBER 20, 2014


Oli Otya Mukwano Gwange Tusanyuse Okubalaba:   "How are you friends, we are very happy to see you"

We look forward to seeing you at our annual The Taste of Africa dining event featuring African cuisine prepared by local Chef and Owner of Fifty South Restaurant and Lilly and The Rose Catering, Kim Klopstock, and co-Founder of AOET, Nancy Tusabe!   Join us to listent to great stories of our work in Uganda and listen to live African drumming.

Additional details on how to make reservations coming soon.  Come join the fun!!                            

When:

Where:
Monday, October 20, 2014

50 South Restaurant
2128 Doubleday Avenue, Route 50
Ballston Spa, NY  12020

Time:

First Seating: 5:30PM; Second Seating: 7:00PM

Benefit:

The Giving Circle's and AOET's Ugandan Projects

Donation: 

$55 per person ($45 from each ticket is tax deductible).












 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Holy Cow!! We need a cow! Can you help?



It’s that time again, our kids are heading  back to school and to their school lunches.
Protein and fat are an essential part of every child’s health & development. In Africa both protein and fats are severely lacking in children’s limited diets.

At both of our schools we seek to feed the children each day, for some the best meal they get for some many days the only meal.

In an effort to increase the protein and fats in the children’s diet we need to add milk to their diet by adding cows milk to the children’s simple porridge each morning.

The need:
A) we need 2 cows at a total of $800 each cow ( with calf ) total just $1600
B) A pen at our Busoga school and repair of our existing pen in Wairaka= $2000
How you can help Please visit this link https://www.thegivingcircle.org/drupal/holy-cow and consider a donation of what ever you would like to do, we are so grateful! Also perhaps share with your friends, business, school of clubs to consider making the school lunch of Ugandan children better!


What would be better than feeding children and perhaps having a cow named after your family, school, class or club.

Koi Koi Kids say HELLO!

Good morning everyone!  I had a few questions on doing videos for your sponsor child.  We recently equipped our team with iPads so Moses and Emma can easily do videos at any time. If you ever want to do a video to your child, please do!  Just send it to me, I will post it on our child sponsor site (www.thegivingcircle.org/childsponsor, on your child’s section on that site), the same site you originally sponsored your child.  

I post all our trip videos there for your enjoyment as well.  Once I post it there, I can let Moses and Emma know, when they can show it to your child, they will and then they can do a video from your child to you. Once I post it, I’ll email you so you can enjoy it!  This is one feature we have put into our sponsorship and web site for this purpose and allow you to see your child as they grow and how great they look as well as a chance for them to thank you during the year.

Thank you!!

Enjoy this video of the Koi Koi Kids saying Hello!  


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Letting you all know we all made it home safely (except for Bill & Hillary who sent to South Africa, Emily to Paris and Andy & Rachael to London)!

Now to rest...I'll get more on the blog in the next week or so. Thank you all for keeping track of us!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Last 2 Days...

Thursday, July 10 we went back to Busoga Junior School. There we taught more classes:
- Anatomy/Malaria/ Microscopy - Primary  6-7
 - Measurement – Primary 3
 - Craft – Primary 4
 - Coloring/Puzzles – Primary 1- 2

We also went to visit Pauline and Baby John, SOOOOO cute!  John is so happy to have his namesake here in Uganda!

We then went to the Koi Koi House to see them for the last time this trip.  Oh, how I hate those goodbyes!

Friday, July 11:
Today is our last day with our Ugandan Family. This is the hardest day of all.  We will go to Moses and Cecelia's for a late lunch and then to Wairaka to say goodbye for another year.