WEBSITE UPDATE FEBRUARY, 2013
Tim, Paul and Joe returned recently from their trip to Uganda. Their focus was continuing the construction of the new school and getting a new school year there off and running. We will be putting more about their trip along with lots of photos on the new website.
Our new website is nearly complete and should be up and running in the next month or so. There are many problems with the current one, especially when it comes to loading photos or linking video. Once on the new website, you will still be able to reach the archives of this one.
Next trip: May 2013
August Dental Clinic Update:
Our trip to Uganda with Dr. Chau and his family was sadly cancelled the day before our trip due to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda. Since this is a deadly disease with no cure and we would have been working on hundreds of people, we all decided to postpone the dental clinic. Tim, Olivia and myself will be going in the new year for the start of the school year, we are looking forward to being at the new school site!
After a long period of time being locked out of our website and unable to change anything, we are happy and relieved to have solved the technical problem. Well, we didn’t solve it, a tech guy did. But we still can’t load pictures so a new site is still in the plans.
We are having an extra special year with HIPPO in 2012. In February, Tim, Olivia and I were in Uganda for the start of another school year at HIPPO. There were new uniforms, those who needed new schools received them, school supplies were purchased for all three sites, we visited Rebecca’s school on the other side of Kampala where HIPPO provides the food for her 400 students, we put together another 50 care bins for women out in a rural area near our Mukono school, and more houses (currently we are building house #128) were started for widows and their children. Many of you donated the funds for the shoes, school supplies, library books, care bins, new housing, clothing, bedding, food, cooking charcoal, teachers’ salaries, medicine, nursing care and more. Most exciting of all was finally being able to see construction started on our new school.
Only with the wonderfully generous donation for land, was HIPPO able to purchase a permanent spot for a school last year. We had outgrown our first site years before and moved the older kids to another small rental site about a 7 minute walk from the first one. All three small plots of land with our school rooms were small and rented, with the landlords increasing the costs repeatedly and by huge amounts at each visit and the space for kids to play was becoming a challenge.
Construction began on the school that would bring all of the students back together on one site. It has been ongoing since then, with Tim there again in May to organize and keep things going.
The students moved over to the new school recently and although it isn’t completely finished, they are enjoying their new classrooms and are thrilled to have a place that is permanently theirs. There is still work to be done on the office, medical clinic and library and finishing work like painting and stucco to be done on the classrooms. After that, we’ll work on shelving, storage and other things that aren’t necessities at this point but will be needed to function properly eventually. We can’t thank those enough who have contributed to building the new school, it has been so amazing to see so many wanting to provide a safe, effective and positive place for so many kids whose home life is the opposite.
We would like to acknowledge Krista, our AMAZING volunteer from Canada who lived in Kampala and worked with our students for an entire year now (bless her heart, that is not an easy task). She taught our students and staff a years worth of public health, personal hygiene, English, phys-ed, reading and just about everything else you can think of. They LOVE her and will miss her dearly as she heads back to Canada in August to pursue her Masters Degree. Thank you Krista and congratulations to you and Robert on your recent wedding.