About KIK

There are over two million orphans in Uganda and over 50% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15. Many countries, including Uganda, in Africa have been ravaged and torn apart by AIDS and war leaving millions of innocent children on the streets and without a family. Many of these children find their way to the inner city and join a gang inside a ghetto just to survive. The streets are littered with abandoned and/or orphaned children. Many die from malnutrition and starvation. Others die from diseases such as malaria and typhoid. Their numbers are too great and yet they are an unnumbered population. They have become to their society, disposable. However, there are those who refuse to accept these facts as the only answer. Kids Inspiring Kids plans on “Inspiring Nations One Life at a Time”.

Vision:

Kids Inspiring Kids is a non-profit 501(c) 3 Corporation in the USA. The Parent Organization is The International Fellowship of Ministries. Kids Inspiring Kids can issue tax deductible receipts for any money or goods received.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Shopping Ugandan Style

Written by Nicole Mills in Uganda:
Friday was an eventful day to say the LEAST!
Earlier this week we bought 300 kilos of rice for the New Year Day feeding in the ghetto. So, this morning we drove to the ghetto and dropped it off at the leader of the Jeremiah Women group's house. Lillian is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She is tall and willowy and basically my Tomi's right hand woman in the ghetto. I have never witnessed such valor.
After dropping off the rice we were driving down the road and we saw a huge crowd with tree branches and in traditional dress all gathered around this store front. They were performing a circumcision. If you are from this certain tribe, even if you did not grow up in the village, if are not circumcised they will find you in your teenage or adult life and circumcise you where ever you are. TIA (This Is Africa)
We arrived at the craft market, which is a field near the railroad tracks full of tents and mats covered with local artistry. Everything from carved wooden animals, to woven baskets and jewelry litter the ground so much so that the initial vision of it all is overwhelming. We walked through the aisles to negotiate the prices from what we call Mzungu (white person) prices to normal pricing. Needless to say, Tomi and I negotiating together as a team are unbeatable. The women from the Jeremiah Women group were there selling their paper beads and I was able to support them. They also gave me several as gifts because KIK is such a huge support in their lives.


From the craft market we went to the meat market! It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was behind these unassuming walls and down a driveway type road and all of a sudden it was like we were in a different world. I had to make sure I hitched up my skirt as I walked because the ground was covered in blood and bits of meat.

Inside one of the buildings there was a large scale and a couple of non-refrigerated cases containing various assortments of meats. Everyone that worked there was dressed in white robes and rain boots splattered with blood. Behind the counter was a giant tree stump that looked like something out of a horror film. It was covered with blood and the white tile wall behind it was splattered with the spray from the machete that they were using to hack the meat.


We ordered our meat and everyone was very excited to meet me since they are all friends of Tomi. We made our way to the center of the meat market. The stench of raw meat was nearly overwhelming. It was a definite "breathe through your mouth, not your nose" scenario.
Cliff, our administrator had gone off to find herding sticks for goats that he needed (I'll explain later) and it gave us time to take in the surroundings. The fact that all the butchers were wearing white robes covered in blood looked like something out of a scary movie. They were doing various activities like loading hunks of animal body parts into containers on the back of motorcycles and into trucks, the main butcher area had half cows and goats hanging from giant hooks and there were very large vulture type birds ominously circling the entire area and covering the roof tops.


When cliff returned we put the sticks and the meat we had just purchased (it was in a plastic grocery sack...not wrapped or anything in the back of the car and took off right as they were piling the skin of several freshly skinned cows onto a giant scale and displaying the intestines on a special table to buy.

We headed out to this restaurant in the middle of town called New York Kitchen. They serve their version of American food and since it was New Year's Eve we decided to celebrate with a large pepperoni pizza and a slice of chocolate cake. Since we knew we needed to be up at 6am for the feeding in the ghetto the next day we planned on calling it a fairly early night. The pizza did not taste exactly like American pizza, but it would have to do. We also stopped by grocery store next to the American Embassy and bought Dr. Pepper (it also didn't taste quite the same, but it was still good) and splurged on a can of Pringles for the three of us to split.
New Year's Eve passed here in Uganda with relative quietness.
Our last stop of the day was a very Ugandan event. We went to buy goats. We needed these goats for the bride price being negotiated for one of Cliff's cousins and a family friend of my mom's. We would go to the ceremony of the bride price negotiation on Sunday called an Introduction. We drove until we hit a traffic jam that was taking too long to pass so we pulled into gas station and Cliff jumped out to go find the goats. As we are sitting there waiting Lauren (volunteer from Texas) says, "Hey look here come two goats. I bet Cliff is right behind them."


They were being herded by a man carry the same stick as the kind Cliff had just bought. All of a sudden one of the goats takes off and the man hit the goat in such a way that the goat leaped in the air and did a spectacular back flip before the guy put its head on the ground with his foot. The all of a sudden, instead of Cliff rounding the corner, a massive heard of goats comes stampeding towards us... The petrol (gas) station attendant (no one pumps their own gas here is it is all assisted because no one trusts anyone) gets up and starts helping heard the goats. You know you are in Africa when the petrol station attendant knows how to herd goats. Once they pass Cliff arrives several minutes later with two goats in tow. They lead the goats by dragging them by their front foot tied with rope. We put the two goats...in the trunk of the van. Needless to say, the car smelled like a barn the whole way home. We affectionately named them Oreo (he was black and white) and Spike (all black). After today I really don't think PETA would approve of the animal conditions here in Africa. We decided that here PETA should stand for People Eating Tons of Animals.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back to Banda

Written by Nicole Mills while in Uganda-
Today we made rounds in the Banda Ghetto. When we first arrived the sight, sounds and smells were all too familiar and yet they seemed from a time long ago. Much as changed, but at the end of the day it was all still the same. As we walked to a meeting building I began to recognize faces of children I knew all those years ago.

Some were barely recognizable, others almost the exact same. We arrived at a small concrete building in the middle of the ghetto with blue window panes and metal shutters (no glass). We began to have rehearsals with the youth girls who will perform a dance on Saturday at the feeding as a way of entertainment. They youth boys will perform a skit. As they were practicing the smaller children were outside the window using old water bottles and jerry cans to slide down a hill of dirt (like sledding on snow). They love cheesing for the camera and get so excited when you show them the result on the screen. "Again, again, me too!" they shout. they are such beautiful children.

After rehearsals we made our rounds to people that had needs. The last time I was here I created a very strong connection with this one particular girl named Prossy. She would always sit on my lap when we would come do programs so we decided to go to her house and see her. When we got there, however we found out that she had been sent to the village for Christmas and wouldn't be back till it was time to go back to school, which isn't until the end of the month. I was crushed! I did get to meet her mom, Margret, sister, Mary, and little brother, Ben, who was wearing a green and white checkered dress (they wear what they can find, but it was still funny). They were such a sweet family, but I was sad to not see Prossy. We also got to go see a three day old baby whos sister is Fatuma, the young girl we paid to have surgery to remove a growth from the underside of her chin. It developed after she had an epileptic spell, fell into a fire and the burns created this abnormality. The new baby's name is Faith and she is TOO cute.
She has long fingers like Fatuma and the same nose as both Fatuma and her mother. I had to administer treatment because her wound has become infected. I think because it is underneath her chin everytime she washes all of the dirt collects there. We will have to put her on antibiotics because the amount of infected puss in the wound was so much to deal with topically.

We then went to a home that a young girl was burning up with fever. Apparently, she had been tested and they knew it was typhoid, but they couldn't afford the medication. She had been burning with the fever for at least three days. For typhoid fever three days can mean the difference between life and death. We immediately went to the local pharmacy and bought a full round of antibiotics and 2 liters of water. In all it cost $5.00 USD and it saved her life.

We made some other stops to the women in the Jeremiah Women Group and small food items like bananas, and kabalagala (spongy banana bread) to help support the women who are so faithful in coming to the meetings. We even got to see a political demonstration/rally/parade through the middle of the ghetto for the upcoming elections. The embassy recommends that foreigners stay away from such demonstrations in case they turn violent, TIA (This Is Africa).

It was an eventful and productive day. It is amazing how so little can do so much here...like the feeding in the ghetto this Saturday. $5,000 USD will feed 5,000 people. That breaks down to $1 per person. It is an amazing way to start the new year. It gives the people hope that THIS year will be different, better. You can donate by going on www.kidsinspire.com and using the paypal links or sending a check to:
KIK
3601 Fowler Dr
Austin TX 78738

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pedicures and Potholes

Filda
Today we decided to take Filda with us and have a fun girls day while she is home from boarding school. Filda is a young orphan girl we took out of the ghetto over four years ago. She has become a special part of our family and such a joy to have in our lives.
We wanted to go shopping so we went to a wholesale market near the Old Taxi (bus) Park in downtown Kampala. Shopping in Africa is NOTHING like shopping in America. We drove down the insanely busy streets of Kampala, where the pot holes are so deep they break people's axles and there is no such concept of yielding to pedestrians, to a parking lot...the thing about parking lots here is that unlike in the States where every parking place you can get in and out of as you please, this one was completely grid locked. I watched in amazement as they packed cars in as tightly as possible. When I asked, "what if the person with the car in the back wants to leave?" Cliff, our administrator, looked at me like I was crazy. Tomi just shrugged. That was the only answer I got. I don't think there is really an answer. We amazingly found a place to park.
Making our way through the incredibly crowded store fronts we went vendor to vendor looking for deals. We bought Filda a sun dress and sweater in purple, her favorite color. Everything is on display and there are rows and rows of shirts, skirts and pants. The thing that cracked me and Lauren up were the mannequins. They have the biggest booties. The definition of beauty here is very different than the States.
I did not pack nearly enough clothes so I bought two tank tops that cost me $5.00 USD.
At the end of the excursion we drove to Garden City a Mzungu (white person) mall where we went to a movie, Narnia. Filda loved it! Then we ate chocolate cake at New York Kitchen and had African tea before ending the night with pedicures. They don't do the best job of painting nails, but their massages are awesome. And interestingly enough most of the employees at nail salons are men.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas and Chickens

Written by Nicole Mills in Uganda-
Christmas has come and gone. It was amazing watching the girl's with excitement in their eyes and appreciation in their smiles, open their gifts. It rained on Christmas day even though it is supposed to be the dry season (Uganda only has two seasons: rainy and dry). We spent the afternoon watching the movies I had brought them from the states including How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon), A Year Without a Santa Clause, and Enchanted. There were volunteers here from both the states (including Texas and California) and Venezuela. Christmas dinner consisted of beef stew, rice, matokee (cooked bananas that create a plain heavy starch), potatoes, and chicken that I personally killed. That's right, I killed two chickens for our Christmas dinner.
I was still in PJs and I had told Kato, the guy who takes care of the KIK compound, that I wanted to kill a chicken. At first he thought I was kidding, but Christmas morning I went out ready for the new adventure. It was sad, and there were already a couple of heads from other beheaded chickens on the bloody plastic. The girls were plucking the feathers from another slaughtered and boiled chicken. Kato handed me a white chicken by the wings and a bloody kinfe. Now, in order to properly kill a chicken and make sure it doesn't run around with its head chopped off you have to stand with one foot on its feet and the other on both of its wings so that it can't squirm away.
Then with some resolve you pull the neck out tight (as it's crying!), take the knife and cut its throat with quick decisive strokes. It bleeds out onto the plastic and when the head comes off you have to grab the neck quickly otherwise it sprays blood everywhere.
Once it stops twitching you take it by the feet and dunk it neck first into boiling water to make it easier to pluck its feathers out.

The most disturbing part of the whole process is that the head once severed still blinks its eyes at you...taunting you, letting you know that it is very aware of what just happened and what you did. TIA (This Is Africa)
I was only going to kill one, but Kato immediately handed me another one...so, I killed him too. This one wasn't such a smooth process. I guess I didn't start cutting the neck in the right place and its head just wouldn't come off. I mentioned this to Kato as I'm cutting and he grabbed the head, pulled the neck tighter and said, "cut faster!" I did, but it was still a challenge and there was more bone grinding involved to get the head off. Whew!
It was an adventure to say the least. And then, we ate them, buttered and baked, merrily at dinner.




The rest of the day was filled with movies and jump roping with the kid's new jump ropes.
Merry Christmas to all!


Ps. Still no water...so another cold bucket shower.

Friday, December 24, 2010

In Africa

Written by Nicole Mills in Uganda-
Well, I finally made it to Uganda after a serious delay in Brussels due to snow. It was a three and a half hour plane ride from Florida to Washington Dulles and then a two hour lay over from which I boarded a United flight to Brussels. Once in Brussels I had to take a bus, for which I had to go outside! To the Transfer terminal. I was in flip flops and a light sweater and it was -3 degrees outside. Oh ya, exciting stuff. The Brussels Airlines flight was boarded, pulled away from the gate and then....stalled. I still do not know why we were delayed on the runway for over three hours, but I finally put the tray table down, laid my head on a pillow and went to sleep. When I woke up we were still sitting on the runway. Apparently, we had sat for so long that the plane nearly completely iced over and they had to de-ice the plane before we could take off even though we were cleared. Once in the air I slept fitfully and sporadically until landing in Kigali Rwanda for a brief stop over and passenger change before finally ending up in Entebbe Uganda at 1am on Christmas Eve. I bought a Visa at the airport counter and made my way through customs. My luggage made it, although a little roughened up, and my Mom was there waiting for me behind the security ropes. She jumped the security ropes to give me the biggest hug! It was so good to see her. With her was a volunteer who is visiting from Texas, Lauren, and one of her employees Cliff. The best part about my arrival was that on the car ride home we stopped off for ROLEXES!!!! For those who don't know these are my favorite snacks in Uganda. They consist of an Africa tortilla called a chapati, with a fried egg on top all rolled up together with raw cabbage and tomato sprinkled with coarse kosher salt. DELICIOUS!!!!! I was stoked. We arrived at the house, which currently has no running water, and I washed my face and brushed my teeth with a bottle of water. Then I crawled under a bunk bed and tightened my mosquito net around the mattress and tried to fall asleep to no avail. The sounds and smells of Africa created a rush of memories from the last time I was here and I realized with bitter happiness that it had been way too long since my last visit. Somewhere in the middle of the roosters cock-a-doodling, dogs howling, and pigs grunting, the smell of damp earth, and the rustle of trees I drifted to sleep.
My mom woke me up this morning to scrambled eggs and African tea. Maurice Kirya even stopped by for a visit. www.mauricekirya.com
My sisters and other kids in the house are still being shy, but have slowly started to warm up to me being here. They are so beautiful. I cannot wait to see them open gifts in the morning. I will take lots of photos and continue to post blogs.
Tomorrow is Christmas and there is a Charlie Brown Christmas tree decorated downstairs with presents wrapped in shiny paper. I am just excited to be here again...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Celebration Event





A PLACE OF REFUGE

Join us in celebrating the beginning of building a safe, self-sustaining village for the Acholi people of Northern Uganda. So far funds have made it possible for the purchase of 5 acres to start this project. Come celebrate as we raise additional funds to continue this endeavor. The new village plans include residential structures including a communal kitchen pavilion, rainwater collection system, showers and a pit latrine. Optimally, additional funds will allow for daycare, health care, crafting and education. The plan model will be on display along with additional information on Kids Inspiring Kids, the Acholi tribe and the land of Mityana, Uganda. There will be appetizers, drinks and a drum circle (bring your own drum to participate!) Music will be provided by DJ Shani of the Groove Temple, The David Tree, ComeDrumForFun and Drumswagger. Dress Casually for dancing. African crafts will also be available for purchase.
RSVP NOW
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
DrillingInfo
New Line Design Solutions
New Flower Farmers Market
HEB - Bee Cave
La Madeline - Westlake
Circle Line Designs
Lake Travis Wine Trader
Six10 Media
Mimi's Cafe - Bee Cave
Randall's - Lakeway

We look forward to seeing you all the event!

Sincerely,

Tomi Mills
Kids Inspiring Kids
tomi@kidsinspire.com
512 736-3083

When:
Saturday September 11, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM CDT
Open House Format

Where:
Laura Bush Library
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX

Sunday, July 4, 2010

June/July Updates

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!" ~Thomas Jefferson

In 2005 Tomi Mills moved to Uganda to play a role in changing the lives of those around her. In 2006 Nicole Mills moved to Uganda with Tomi to help establish Kids Inspiring Kids. A few weeks later Uganda had a "democratic" election between the current president, Yoweri Museveni, and Kizza Besigye. It was the first multiparty election since Museveni had taken power in 1986. However, the elections turned violent with large demonstrations and rioting when Besigye was arrested for treason. Museveni ultimately and unconstitutionally won the 2006 elections.
The next Ugandan presidential election will take place in 2011. Demonstrations and riots have already started taking place in and around the capitol city of Kampala.
So, on this incredibly special day when the whole of America remembers and celebrates the birth of nation take a moment to be especially grateful for the freedoms you experience every day. They are unique and an unmeasurable gift. "It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you."

Sincerely,
Kids Inspiring Kids ©


Alfred:
Alfred has been one of the top leaders in the Kids Saturday Character Training Program for several years. He has a wonderful heart and is very faithful to the program. A few weeks ago he was in an auto accident bumped his head and wounded his hand. Unfortunately the "bump" on the head has proved more serious than originally thought. Since the accident he has been having issues functioning in even simple tasks. He is currently operating on the level of a three year old. Please keep him in your prayers that his mind returns to its natural state.

Angela:
KIK attributes this to Patience, Perseverance and Prayer!
3 years ago Angela came to KIK with a massive leg wound - a result of being HIV positive. KIK has prayed and helped take care of the wound ever since. After all this time Angela's leg is finally healed!

A Cow:
KIK's Ugandan administrator, has given KIK his milking cow for the village. This is an incredible gift as the cow is valued at over $500.00 USD.

Tomi Mills will be in Minnesota the middle of July for a few weeks and then in Texas for August. A trip to Mississippi will follow.
Let KIK know if you want Tomi to come and speak in your business, church, school, etc. during any of those times.
Contact Tomi or Nicole directly. tomi@kidsinspire OR nicole@kidsinspire.com


Toys:
Tomi is bringing back handmade toys and crafts from the children in the Banda Ghetto. These will be for sale during the duration of her trip stateside and 100% of proceeds will go back to help the people of Uganda.


Fundraiser:
KIK will be having a fundraiser in Austin Texas in August. Let Nicole or Tomi know if you want to be a part of the event and watch here for more details.



How YOU can Help!
-Make a donation: Either through the KIK Website's PayPal link on www.kidsinspire.com or send a check marked accordingly to:
KIK
3601 Fowler Dr.
Austin, TX 78738

-Educational Sponsorship
-Ghetto Children: Inquire specifically
-Orphans in Tomi's home: Inquire specifically

-Shoe's : Since shoes can be heavy to send if you wish to donate in this capacity, sandals in Uganda cost about $1.50 per pair. Just send a check marked accordingly to: KIK
3601 Fowler Dr.
Austin, TX 78738

-Volunteer: Come and visit us in Uganda!! You can visit as an individual or as a group. Experience the changing of lives personally and emotionally. It can change your life forever. If you are interested please contact Nicole Mills or Tomi Mills directly.

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Send Checks/Donations Marked Accordingly to:

KIK
3601 Fowler Dr.
Austin, TX 78738

Send Boxed Donations Directly to:

Tomi Mills/KIK
PO Box 37533
Kampala, Uganda E. Africa

(512) 263-0642
(512) 373-1999

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May Updates

When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
~BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Uganda Africa has only two seasons: rainy and dry. Currently, we are in the dry season. This means water is scarce and often inaccessible. For the past several weeks there has been no water available, even through city controlled pipes. There is also some construction that might make it necessary to switch pipes. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we walk through this desert season.

Sincerely,
KIK

Reunited...
Father and Daughter
A couple of weeks ago KIK rescued an 8 year old girl who was being abused by her Aunt. We spent an entire day at 2 police stations, which eventually resulted in the Aunt being arrested for child abuse and resisting arrest. KIK was able to take Sarah back to the compound where aid was given for physical and emotional wounds. After a few weeks of recuperation, and with only Sarah's father's first name, KIK found a bus to his village five hours away. Right away KIK was able to find someone who knew the father and were taken right to him.
Subsequently, explaining what had happened to Sarah, they were reunited! (He didn't know what had been going on) They were very happy to see each other again.
He will take care of her and pay for school fees. We continue to pray for Sarah and believe God's best for her life.

School Semester Ending
KIK compound...
The kids residing in the KIK compound just finished the first of three semesters recently. Patricia and Rose did great! Filda is hanging in there. First semester at his new school Deo not only did very well academically, but was elected Headboy (equivalent of School President).
Eron, Esther, Prossy and Grace have been home schooling and even using some Texas Math books. It's a different concept for them, but they are catching on quickly and enjoying some great art projects as well.

Burn Victim Update
Amos
The three year old boy who's head was burned in an open fire is doing better. There was a temporary set back when his grandmother tried to heal it with the African superstition of rubbing a rabbit hide on the burns.
After picking the hair and bits of hide out of the wound and re-sanitizing it he is now back on track to heal properly.

Program Updates
Character Training
KIK continues to have 80-100 youth attend the separate Saturday program for the boys.
35+ girls attend their separate program.
The kids are loving it and Cliff and Ida are doing a great job helping run this.
The boys are learning about discipline with soccer being used as a tool.
The girls are learning about being role models, manners and self-sustainability projects. In Uganda it is very common for young girls who cannot pay for school fees to marry the first man willing to pay it for them with the promise of producing children for him. KIK is educating these girls that there are other options available to them through self-sustaining ideas/projects. Input of ideas for these girls and/or school sponsorships in this area would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Nicole or Tomi Mills. Contact information is provided below.


Fatuma: Continuing to heal!

Notes:
* Tomi Mills will be headed back to the states late this week. If you have a vehicle for her to use during her stay or if you would like her to speak at your church, organization, business etc. please email or call.
* A KIK fundraiser is being planned for the end of June. If you are interested in attending please stay in touch through the various KIK outlets for more information. If you would like to, in any way, participate or volunteer your services contact Nicole Mills.



Send Checks/Donations Marked Accordingly to:

KIK
3601 Fowler Dr.
Austin, TX 78738

Send Boxed Donations Directly to:

Tomi Mills/KIK
PO Box 37533
Kampala, Uganda E. Africa

(512) 263-0642

Sponsors:
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Support KIK by supporting the links above

Monday, May 17, 2010

Adoptions

Due to the current political climate all legal guardianship's and adoptions are currently suspended.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Africa

Written by Nicole Mills:

So it looks like I will be headed back to Uganda, Africa sometime in December. I am so excited! It has been way to long and this trip is much overdue. I am most excited to see everyone, especially the kiddos (they have all gotten so big) and be a part of the now long standing tradition of Christmas in the Ghetto.

This event has been an annual tradition of Kids Inspiring Kids since 2006. Unfortunately, I just missed the festivities that year because my beautiful sister Kelli got married three days after Christmas that same year. However, through generous support we have been able to create this experience for the people in the Banda Ghetto each year since. This year, I will become a part of that incredible adventure. Last year KIK was able to feed over 3,000 people, mainly children, and this year we hope to be able to touch even more lives. Each person is given an entire meal that includes meat. Meat is a luxury and nearly impossible to come by in the ghetto.

I will be in Uganda for about a month including Christmas and New Years. I would like to stay longer, but I have my puppy I will need to come home to. If anyone is interested in making a trip out there around the same time let me know! A vacation with a cause is very well worth the time and effort. Africa, as important as it is to make a difference while you are there, actually changes your life even more. It is truly amazing.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Adoption Information: Children Available for Adoption

What an amazing opportunity to change a child's life! To date KIK has successfully adopted eight children to the United States with several additional pending adoptions.

* For specific adoption information including procedures, costs, and additional information please contact either Tomi: tomi@kidsinspire.com or Nicole: nicole@kidsinspire.com directly.
* All the children available for adoption are HIV negative and generally healthy unless otherwise mentioned.


"Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it"
~Fleur Conkling Heylinger



Alan
5 1/2 months old

* Mother died suddenly (not of AIDS) and the father has given up all parental rights.
* Currently living and being cared for in the KIK compound for the past six weeks.
* He loves playing with his yellow truck




Gloria, Sarah, Paul and Eric
6, 5, 4 and 3 years old


* Complete orphans
* Currently living in the Banda Ghetto with their grandmother
* Sarah is a half sister
* Attend KIK's Character-Training Programs in the Banda Ghetto




Rita and Richard
7 years old and 8 years old

* Complete orphans
* Currently living with an Aunt in the Banda Ghetto who can no longer afford to take care of them.
* Attend KIK's Character-Training Programs.




Deo Gracias
12 years old

* Of Acholi (northern Uganda) decent and was living in the Banda Ghetto until coming under KIK's care in November 2009.
* His mother died when he was three years old and his father died in December 2008.
* He stepped up as a leader in the Saturday Kids Character-Training Program for over 3 years.
* In P6 (6th grade equivalent) and his best subject is English.




Filda - UNAVAILABLE
14 years old

* Of Acholi (northern Uganda) decent and was living in the Banda Ghetto before coming under KIK's care nearly four years ago.
* Completely orphaned when both of her parents died of AIDS.
* Her best subject in school is Social Studies and she is in S2 (10th grade equivalent).

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter Updates!

To Hope...Leaping in Expectation
Everyday is a brutal reality of the vast amount of need in this tiny, but magnificent country of Uganda. However, through a focused mission and vision our purpose can now be measured in various results. Our purpose is not to change a few people's lives for a single day, but rather to change the nation, and eventually have that change infect the countries surrounding Uganda, and outward. There is so much to hope for. Our purpose is steadfast and on track to impact an even bigger cross section of the community in 2010. With our strong foundation of support we are changing this nation one life at a time.

Thank You for your continued support,
Kids Inspiring Kids©

In This Issue:
New Programs
Christine
Burn Victim
Fatuma Update
Contact Information


New Programs!

Due to the enormous success of the KIK Banda Ghetto Character-Training Program and the Jeremiah Women Group© there is additional need for extended programs. Starting April 10, 2010 KIK will be adding a separate youth boy and youth girl program.

Cliff, a local Ugandan and KIK administrator, will be leading the boys program. He is an ex-footballer (soccer) and Bible school graduate. This program will further the teachings of the Character-Training Program on a deeper and more intimate level. They will also be taught ethics, sportsmanship, and how to lead a Christ-Centered life.

Tomi will lead the youth girl's program with the help of Jennifer, a volunteer from Texas, and Ida, a former Sunday school teacher and current employee of KIK. This youth program in many ways will mirror the teachings of the adult Jeremiah Women Group©. They will be focusing on self-esteem, self-worth and self-respect. By teaching and promoting etiquette, mentor ship and domestic skills we plan on helping these girls discover and achieve their personal purpose in life, no matter their circumstances.


Christine:
Christine is 27years old and from the Acholi tribe. This tribe was the most heavily effected during the 20+ year war in northern Uganda. Like many other displaced Acholi persons she is currently living in the Banda Ghetto with her five children.
When Christine was eight years old she was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) along with her ten year old brother. Commanded by the LRA to save her and her brother's life, she participated in the killing of her own parents. For the next three years she traveled with the LRA being used as a child sex-slave. She was also commissioned to cook the herbs used in the LRA's ceremonies before raids. Miraculously, when she was eleven years old she escaped captivity. However, her brother wasn't as fortunate and was killed just before crossing over the Sudanese border. Christine married at age fourteen and had three children. By age seventeen she had separated from her husband. She remained single until she was twenty two years old, when she met her current husband and had two more children. Christine was one of the lucky ones and is HIV negative. Her family is looking forward to relocating to Place of Refuge Village© upon construction completion.

Burn Victim:
While in the Ghetto this past week KIK encountered a three year old little boy with his entire head burned. We don't have all the details, but the extent of the injury is pretty extreme. KIK will be facilitating medical attention for him and keep you posted on his progress.
Burns are especially common in Uganda because of the various open air fires constantly going for cooking.

Fatuma Update:
Fatuma, the fifteen year old burn victim in the Banda Ghetto, is doing great! Her burns are healing nicely and she won't have to have any skin-grafts. She is coherent and happy with the epileptic seizures occurring less often. KIK is still looking for a place where she can be away from the step-father and where the epilepsy can be monitored. Keep praying that we find a place for her to go.

Contact Information:
Tomi Mills:
tomi@kidsinspire.com

Nicole Mills:
nicole@kidsinspire.com


Send Checks/Donations Marked Accordingly to:

KIK
3601 Fowler Dr.
Austin, TX 78738

Send Boxed Donations Directly to:

Tomi Mills/KIK
PO Box 37533
Kampala, Uganda E. Africa

(512) 263-0642
(512) 373-1999

How YOU can HELP!
-KIK would love to make a documentary detailing the journey of the people displaced to the Banda Ghetto from war-torn Northern Uganda and then their final move to the Place of Refuge Village©. If you are interested or know someone/a group who might be interested please contact Tomi or Nicole Mills.

-Make a donation

-Educational Sponsorship
-Ghetto Children: Inquire specifically
-Orphans in Tomi's home: Inquire specifically


-Shoe's Since shoes can be heavy to send if you wish to donate in this capacity, sandals in Uganda cost about $00.80 per pair. Just send a check marked accordingly to: KIK
3601 Fowler Dr.
Austin, TX 78738

-Volunteer Come and visit us in Uganda!! You can visit as an individual or as a group. Experience the changing of lives personally and emotionally. It can change your life forever. If you are interested please contact Nicole Mills or Tomi Mills directly.

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