Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thankful for the Generous in Heart

On a beautiful Sunday in November, the congregation of Free Methodist Church joined together for their annual day of Thanksgiving, to worship, share a meal, and later support members of their congregation involved in missions with a marketplace from around the world. There were groups supporting missions in India, Madagascar, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Uganda with causes that helped children, widows, students, the unemployed, and the environment. 

Turn the Page Uganda was very busy today with many handicrafts available for donation, all to help raise needed funds so that more books can be bought for the schools that wait patiently on out list. We are so thankful to the generous spirit of the people of this church and the love that they show for missions! Thanks to so many of you who have shared our vision of helping the less fortunate and helped us to raise funds this year so that teachers and students could receive new textbooks in Northern Uganda. We couldn't do it without you!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Starting School...

School in the U.S. starts this week and teachers have been busy getting rooms ready, bulletin boards up, desks filled with books, pencils sharpened, and countless other tasks so that students will feel comfortable when they arrive. Students are busy shopping for new cool clothes, getting haircuts, trying to remember to go to bed on time so they can wake up a little earlier, and parents are counting the days until they will finally taste a little bit of freedom during the daytime!
This got me to thinking about life in the Ugandan classroom. There isn't much to prepare in the classroom, as there isn't much that schools own. Teachers might need to sweep out the classrooms, and meet with colleagues to plan out what they are going to try to cover during the year all without textbooks. What a contrast from our world to theirs. We need to realize how very fortunate we have been to have had schools, books, and well equipped teachers  in our lives because of where we were raised as children. So if you are sending your child back to school, think of giving a donation to Turn the Page Uganda, in appreciation for the education you received, and to encourage others to receive that same advantage. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Reaching the children of the sugar cane...

                             Mawero Primary School In Busia Uganda
                                           (near the border of Kenya)
Nakoola Primary, Busia District, Uganda
Books sent to Syonga Primary School in Busia, Uganda
Namangadi School, Busia District, Uganda

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Venturing in to new territory!

Summer will soon be here, and Turn the Page Uganda has been steadily working through their long list of schools all year long to help supply $500.00 worth of Ugandan State curriculum to schools in the north of Uganda that are in dire need. Recently we were able to send the following schools their brand new books in the Soroti area: Angica Primary School, Alito Primary School, Nakatunya Primary School, Amen Primary School, Libera Girls'Secondary School, and Soroti Central Secondary School. To put it in human terms, we are helping 2,694 kids to have access to new curriculum and have a better chance at improving their lives. It is always an exciting day at school when the books arrive! This summer we plan to be moving to the Arua area to help schools that have been on our wait list for a long time! This is an entirely new area of Uganda for our non-profit, but one of our Rotarians has alerted us to the great need there, so we are eager to help. 

Books should be arriving by bus this week to one of my favorite locations. Busia Uganda is located on the eastern border of Uganda, near Kenya. The schools we are helping are among the most desperate that I have encountered on my travels throughout the region. Situated in the middle of sugarcane and corn plantations, the children's parents struggle to find the funds to  buy uniforms and pay for school. Teachers are paid next to nothing, but still work hard to see their students succeed. Take a look at the construction of the walls and I think you will agree with me- this is sure different than the U.S. In Busia we are helping over 1,621 children to have access to books for the very first time. We are partnering with Helping Hands Missions out of Georgia. who have done an amazing job in assisting these schools so far with feeding programs, latrine systems, uniform assistance, and educational assistance.                

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Freedom Sunday

Today was dedicated as Freedom Sunday in our church and some startling statistics were shared in the message. It is mind boggling to think that there are more slaves in the world today than in any other time in history. Their monetary value has decreased from the 1850's to a mere $90.00 today. Many times it is hidden in the form on bonded labor- payment to repay a debt that is so large it is basically impossible to ever repay. Trafficking is one of the fastest growing growing crime enterprises.

                Students at Abako School checking out their new books.
                    Aloi School presenting their new textbooks.
Amononeno School receiving their new books. 

Access to a quality education helps people to rise out of poverty and realize that they should not sell their children. Access to quality education provides families with skills for employment so they can provide for their families basic needs. Learning basic reading and math skills help students to be able to function in society and make intelligent choices, rather than be dominated and manipulated by someone trying to harm them. Turn the Page Uganda has just delivered books to another 4 schools in Northern Uganda and is now working with the next 6 schools on our list to provide current new books to schools that have very few resources. Giving these students and teachers a chance to benefit from having modern curriculum, chosen by the teachers, will allow these children to flourish and become the leaders of the future for their communities. Let's put an end to slavery and help bring a brighter future to the children in Uganda and everywhere, today.