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”.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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.
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
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
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.
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!
* 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.
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Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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.