August 2018

AUGUST NEWSLETTER 2017

Hello everyone!

August has been a blessed month with alot of stuff happening at Miryante. Such as a couple of visitors and new children joining Miryante family as others depart from the project.

The children are very fine and they send everyone out there greetings. The children had a very short holiday of only three weeks. There performance was promising and we are praying hard that they keep it up even in this coming term of promotion. On 18/8/2017 our technical school closed.

The children are so happen and appreciative to all their sponsors and pen pals out there. Almost all the kids have received a number of donations from their sponsors directly to them (children). The children do pray for you all out there for the support that you send to us here every day.

We can’t imagine where all these wonderful loving children could be by now. Two months back we had serious famine in the region, but at Miryante we could have all the three meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many families with both parents living were starving. Our kids are happy to be here because of your support. None of them regrets. This is now a challenge that even after the children finish school, and they depart from the project some don’t want to go and create space for others.

Even for the child-headed families in Kyaka 11 refugee camp didn’t go hungry during that drought, thanks to support we have received for that program. For Kyaka we have now expended the program to providing scholastic materials like books, pens and uniforms. A huge thanks to the McEwen Family that has been instrumental in helping us provide this support for these kids.

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During holidays our children had a couple of programs of site that really occupied them and kept them very busy daily. These activities included Bible classes, debate club, garden work, drama club, sports, and Miryante choir. A number of caregivers have been involved as supervisors and have helped with painting classes and nature classes which have been managed and supervised by Alex Rausch our Peace Corps Volunteer.

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DEBATE CLUB

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We also received a couple of visitors as we mentioned earlier. Alex Rausch our Peace Corps Volunteer who has been with us a year at Miryante. Her family visited and brought us a number of items for both kids and caregivers such as balls, sweets, clothes and art supplies. They really enjoyed their stay at Mityante and enjoyed the dance too.

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We also received a mission group to Uganda (Miryante) 2017. The group was led by Laura’s mother and it had four members these included; Fr. David, Ms. Amanda, Ms. Marie and Mum Diane. Amanda Zurface and Fr. David conducted Theology of the Body lessons with all the children divided into different age groups so that the children could learn about respecting themselves and their bodies. The mission group also blessed the kids and caregivers with a number of things such as head torches for the caregivers to assist them in the night as they move around to help the children. A couple of balls were brought for kids, Clothes for all the kids, bags and shoes, Art supplies for all the children, soap and lotions. They also organized a dance party for the kids were they hired a DJ with a music system for the kids to dance. The children also entertained the visitors with our traditional dance. We had mass with the team that was led by Rev. Fr. David before they left.

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Thank you for everyone who is supporting us in so many ways! We are thankful for all the love that everyone is sharing with our children. Thank you so much!!!

 

 

 

May 2017

Newsletter for the Month of May 2017

Greetings from Miryante Orphans Home and School!

The children and staff from both the school and home send you greetings. All the children are in good health and have been out of school for spring holidays. We have eleven candidates registered to sit for primary level seven graduating examinations that have already registered for the final exams. We also have two candidates that have registered for senior four national exams and one of our children has also registered with the national exams for technical school. This makes a total of 14 candidates for this year.

While the children were at the orphanage for holidays, we implemented a time table program that was successful in keeping the children and caregivers active throughout the holiday. The girls have been more involved in sports this holiday than ever before. The girls had football on their time table and they really enjoyed it. It was also during this time that Alex our Peace Corp Volunteer introduced a Bible class for all the children that she teaches with the help of Lydia Kaliisa our new staff.

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As Laura’s spirit, she is ever getting us new friends. We managed to host Ms. Lindsay Woodcock and Mr. Hans. They really had time with the children on site although it was a short holiday for them but it was a productive one. They helped the children draw their dream, or what they would want to be in the future. The little ones did a lot of paintings and drawings. It didn’t stop at that; they also went for the hike and taught the children American football. This is one way we entertain visitors that come to Miryante Orphans. We take our visitors to visit the rocks around Miryante. It’s really fun and interesting there.

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This has also been one of the most shortest holidays where children stay home for only three weeks. For the children who attend the boarding school in King Solomon it was one only two weeks. We are so great full that at least our children are among the few that report on time at school and that they are also able to meet the school basic requirements.

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We would also like to pass along a huge thank you to the Marisa Foster-Moore Family for their donation to our nursery class. Thanks to their generosity, our kids in the nursery class will be eating eggs and fruits.

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We also received a big donation of crutches and wheel chairs from Crutches for Africa. This was a great time for people with disabilities to also receive devises that are of help to them. Miryante is in charge of coordinating the distribution for the far Western Uganda. Over one thousand devises were given out to people with disabilities in Kyegegwa, Kyejonjo, Kyaka 11 refugee settlement, Rwamwanja camp, Mubende Rotary Club and Kabarole Rotary Club. As Miryante, we are humbled for the great services that we are able to help people access. It’s now not only the orphans but all categories of vulnerable people. Below in the pic is Jim and Jam with the team from Crutches for Africa.

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This project didn’t stop with the crutches and the wheel chairs. Crutches for Africa also donated balls and other games for the kids at Miryante including art supplies for Miryante kids and the Albinos in Rwamanja camp.

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We thank you for all of your support and may God bless you and your families,

 

Director and all the staff and children at Miryante!!!!

 

 

 

April 2017

Greetings from Miryante Home and School!

April has been a colorful month with lots of Easter gifts for the kids from friends of Miryante. These gifts included 25 boxes of sanitary pads for the girls, 2 big boxes of tooth paste, ice cream, juice and sweets. This was especially exciting because this was the first time that all the kids tasted ice cream! Mr. Chirag Shah from the company Vision Impex Ltd visited with his grandmother and a family friend. They really dedicated the whole day to Miryante with kids. Easter was really fun for the kids and all staff members and it didn’t stop at dancing. We also had church with the community members and later a meal after church as shown in the pictures below. A huge thanks to the Schafer Family and the Hahns Family for sponsoring two days of Easter meals!

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Technical School

Ester Atim is one of our children that finished last year and she passed with credit from the tailoring class. This month she departed from the project with a sewing machine as a kit. We are grateful for Mr. Patrick and Diane Corcoran that have been sponsoring Ester since 2011. Ester is a happy girl. She has already started up a business with a friend called Doreen one of our girls that also a year ago from the knitting class. They have started a small workshop from one of the small trading centres in Kyegegwa District.  We also had a party at the technical school for our former students that sat last year together with the new ones that have joined us this year.

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We thank you for all of your support and may God bless you and your families. Director and all the staff and children at Miryante!!!!

March 2017

MARCH NEWSLETTER 2017

Hello everyone!

March has been a wonderful month here. Seeing all the children in school and healthy makes all of us happy. This month of March we started up a weekend programme for all of our orphanage kids where they are taught how to cook, bake, and respect for elderly people like kneeling when greeting, responding when called by an elderly people and many other lessons. It’s such an interesting class.

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We also have a visiting counsellor who comes over the weekends and is also a blessing to us all. This has helped the children to open up especially now that we have different categories of children like those that were abused by their parents, street kids being brought by police and the probation officers, and the orphans. This has brought about a difference in their lives. We also had a police office at least twice in the month of March to talk to the children at both the orphanage and home on how to keep law and order in the community. The children had enough time to ask the police officers any questions they had.

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We are also humbled to inform you that the Kyaka II refugee programme is feeding 20 child headed families. Miryante is providing food for 20 child-headed families every month.

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Technical

We are so happy to inform you that 8 of our students from the Miryante Technical School that sat for Uganda Business Technical Examination (UBTE) all passed well.

We had 1 student from Mechanics and driving who passed with a distinction, 2 from the tailoring class who passed with credits and 5 from bricklaying class who also passed with credits. None of the students failed. Out of the eight students who took the exam, 2 where from the orphanage. 1 is in brick laying class Charles and Atim Esther from tailoring class. Atim has received her kit already of a sewing machine.

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We are also blessed with the tailoring class of 7 girls that finished last year that has been a blessing to the country. We travel to one or two districts every month and train girls in schools and mothers how to make washable sanitary pads and pampers. This programme has been so successful. We partner with Hope and Smile Uganda, a local Community Based Organization and Honourable members of Parliament. Here mothers and school girls are trained to use needles and sewing machines which has now become a source of income to many women all over the country.

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Pampers

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Farm

The goats’ house has been worked on and we are also now working on the herdsman’s house which we are constructing within the farm. We believe the herdsman’s house is going to increase the security of the livestock especially when it comes to monitoring the cows and during the night.

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Goats’ house that has been renovated     Herd’s man’s house under                       construction

Visitors

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We were so happy to receive a visit from our friend Salil Jacob. Salil came to visit our children and we enjoyed dancing and singing together.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the donors and the community around Miryante for being good neighbours to our organization.

Thanks God Bless Management.

 

February 2017

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER 2017

Hello everyone!

We are so grateful for the month of February. February was a blessing seeing all the kids back safely from holidays and also having over 30 new children joining the orphanage. These new children are all posted on the website- so please share with your friends and family about our sponsorship program so we can find sponsors for them!

We are also grateful to inform you that our students that sat for Senior 4 final examinations from King Solomon Secondary School, Vincent and Florence, performed well. Vincent was admitted at St. Augustine’s Primary Teacher’s College Butiiti in two years from now Vincent will be a grade 111 teacher. Florence was admitted at St. Peter’s technical institute Mubende to do a tailoring course her dream is become a designer.

We are also humbled by the priest friends to the children that visit once in a while and pray with the children. Our children feel blessed.

Alex, Billy and Juliet have really played a big role in the gender class by encouraging the girls to do the same work like the boys. This has really made our work easy now. The girls now can graze cattle, feed pigs, spray cattle and also off load trucks that we hire to bring food at the home, which was different the chores assignment before. All the girls at the home thought that this type of work was only meant for boys, but thanks to Alex Rausch and the team, they now know that girls can do a lot of the same work as boys.

Currently the orphanage has got 131 children, 23 go to the technical school, 17 go to King Solomon Secondary School, one is at the seminary, 1 is joining a teaching collage, 1 is joining St. Peter’s institute for craft one and two, 14 are in the nursery and 75 attend Migongwe primary school. We are happy that our children are acquiring the best education and they are moving from one level to another. We want to thank our wonderful donors for helping us achieve this.

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Father visits the children and leads them in prayers.

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Alex, Juliet, and Billy lead the children in a training on gender roles

Below is one of our own Rosette Arinaitwe. She completed Technical School 2 years back and we got her a job in Mubende where she worked as a sales manager for one year and she was able to save enough money. Earlier this year she was able to start up her own shop where she deals in phones, airtime and mobile money.

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Below is Esther Atim who completed tailoring class last year. She sat for the national exams and is waiting to receive her national certificate later this year. She is really doing wonders at the craft shop where she makes these wonderful bags. Everyday Esther makes around two bags and the demand for these bags is really high. Thanks for the Corcoran family for sponsoring Esther for the last 6 years.

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Technical School

Our school has 122 students. The tailoring class has 15 in year one, 12 in year two and 8 in year three totalling to 35 students for the tailoring class. Carpentry and joinery has 7 in year one, 2 in year two, and 1 in year three. Motor Vehicles Class has 18 in year one and 10 in year two. Bricklaying and Concrete practice has 5 in year one, 6 in year two and 4 in year three. Hair dress course has 26 students which will all graduate in one year. Computer has 8 students. This all totals to 122 students and these include the 23 students from Miryante Orphans Home. The majority of the students are from the community.

Farm

Our farm is doing well. One of our pigs gave birth to 6 pigglets: 3 females and 3 males. The kids are taking good care of them under Alex and Juliet’s supervision.

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Volunteers

American volunteer, Andrew Durke, came to visit Miryante for a weekend. The children had a wonderful time taking him on a tour of the surrounding hills and caves. We were so happy to have a visit from him!

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Thanks very much to everyone that is contributing towards Miryante’s shining, God Bless

January 2017

January Newsletter 2017

Children

January has been so wonderful to us here in Miryante. All the children returned in good health from holidays. Every January children are able to go home to check on any relatives or friends they might have in the village. Those that are completely homeless stay behind with us and they are given a holiday programmes to keep busy. Eleven of our pupils that sat for primary seven leaving examinations passed with good scores. This means that they are able to continue on to secondary school. One has joined the seminary as you will see in the pictures below. Six have joined King Solomon Secondary School which means that right now we have 17 of our children attending King Solomon Secondary School. Four have joined Miryante Technical School. This year we are going to have 23 of our children in Miryante Technical School.

During holidays the 35 children that reminded at the orphanage managed to have different programmes on site that really kept them busy throughout the holidays. One of the programs was the nature class that our Peace Corp Volunteer Alex conducted at least twice a week.

Also this year, thanks to donations on our website, we have managed to extend our services to Kyaka II refugee camp. Miryante is now providing basic needs to 20 child-headed households in the refugee camp. These are some of the basic needs that we are providing now: food, clothing, and scholastic materials. This is going to be done monthly where by each of these families will be signing for the materials or food they receive from Miryante and we shall be keeping the records.

We want to thank Dr. Craig for sponsoring Bosco, one of our boys in the tailoring class, to study a tailoring and designing course in Rwanda as he looks around for his family. We also want to thank Dr. Baker’s family that donated him a sewing machine as a starting kit for him which he moved with to Rwanda.

We are also grateful to inform you that 6 of our girls from the tailoring class that graduated last year are now employed with a women’s group that trains other women and girls to make sanitary pads. They are paid weekly by the women members of parliament. Below are the pics!

A big thank you to the Baker Family for sponsoring a great meal for New Years!

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Ronald Nasasira’s Moving to the seminary.

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Some of the child-headed households receiving uniforms and food.

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Alex with her nature class

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Girls training how to make reusable sanitary pads.

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Bosco’s last day at Miryante leaving for Rwanda

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We managed to renovate the dormitories by painting, fumigating, and repairing all the broken beds before the children reported back.

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We have have also managed to add on new staff because of the increase in work. We now have a secretary who has also a role of helping children write letters to their penpals and sponsors. Her name is Ms. Harriet Kobusinge.

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We have also hired a herd’s man who is helping us with the cows and the goats now. His name is Laulensio Kimara.

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In February we were so lucky to have a visit from Nena Mocnik from Slovenia who came for a day to play games with our children.

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Thanks for our hardworking staff and generous donors for helping to keep these children happy and healthy.

Thank You so much!

Management

 

 

December 2016

December was just full of amazing things. This all started with our graduation ceremony from Miryante Technical School with 40 students graduating on 7th of December. Out of the 40, 11 were from the orphanage. Children from the orphanage who graduated received start-up kits with tools needed to start businesses in their vocations. The preparations for graduation started with choir rehearsals by the children at the orphanage as shown below. The function started with mass that was led by our guest of honour who was Bishop Robert. We kindly pass on our sincere thanks to our wonderful donors that have brought us from the beginning this far to where we are today. For sure without you we wouldn’t be anywhere. Thanks very much and the kids are happy too and they feel blessed.

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Special thanks to Aptech Africa which is a company that Laura volunteers with in Kampala. Aptech Africa donated four complete solar systems and also did the installation for free. We now have lighting in all the houses and electricity for charging in the office. Thanks very much.

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Christmas celebrations started on 23rd of December when Fr. Erineo the director came in to have fun with children and also to share with them the meaning of Christmas. Also some of our older children who used to live at Miryante came to visit the orphanage and brought gifts for other children at the orphanage. This has been a colourful season for children and staff. We also want to extend our thanks to Jon Sill, the James Hahn Family who donated so that the children could receive Christmas gifts and a huge Christmas dinner.

On 23rd each child got a cloth for Christmas and at least a toy. Our day started with Mass as shown below.

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On 27th of December we had a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese. 35 of our children visited the park and they were all grateful to be there. Our journey started at 5:00am in the morning, but by 3:00am all the children were awake for the trip and by 10:00am we were already in the park because we had booked for the boat ride at 11:00am. There was so much fun! The children were able to see elephants, wild pigs, cobs, crocodiles, hippos and many other animals. By 2:00pm everyone was tired and by 3:00pm we were in Kasese having lunch. We started our Journey back from Kasese to Miryante at 5:00pm and by 8:00pm were home. Thanks to a friend of Laura who donated for this wonderful trip.

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We are also grateful to a huge outpouring of support for Miryante this Christmas season. We were donated 12 goats, a heifer, and a mother cow and calf. The goat project is now growing we now have 25 goats on our farm. We can’t believe that so many people helped us this Christmas and the children are so excited and thankful! We have never had a Christmas like this one before.

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Thanks to everyone that has donated anything in kind to Miryante. Our children have never slept hungry, never lacked clothes or school fees. This is all because of you people. Thanks very much for having us at heart. Happy New Year to you all God Bless!

 

 

November 2016

Newsletter for the Month of November 2016

Greetings from Miryante Orphans Home and School!

The children and staff from both the school and home send you greetings. We have eleven candidates that sat for primary level seven graduating examinations and we are expecting good results. We also have two candidates that sat for senior four examinations.

We are also grateful to inform you that we have started harvesting our plantains that we planted last year in August. This has helped us to improve the diet of our children here at the orphanage. We have also managed to harvest 250kgs of beans.

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On 15th of November, our volunteer Alex Rausch trained the staff and the children on how to make perma-gardens. As a home, this is helpful to our staff and our children to help improve the variety and the amount of food that we are able to grow in our gardens. Community members also attended the training and will be able to implement the new agricultural technics in their gardens at home.

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Our director, Fr. Erineo, had a chance to visit Ohio and do a missions appeal through St. Peter’s Church. We are so grateful to everyone from the US who was part of hosting him and taking him around to see so much of the US! Fr. Erineo loved his trip and was so happy to meet everyone who has been incredibly instrumental in supporting Miryante. Father came back to Uganda on November 17th with a lot of things for the children and staff. These included clothes and sweets from Mary Smith. Thanks very much Mary Smith and thanks for the letter that you wrote to the kids and staff. We are sure Andrew is in safe hands with God. Below are the pictures of everyone very happy!

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We were also very lucky to host some visitors in November! Dr. Steve Kelly, CJ Fleming, and John Yessitore from the JCK Foundation stopped in for a visit. They brought donations of art supplies, sports equipment, and a whole lot of joy. Thanks for the visit!

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Our piggery is under renovations by our Peace Corps Volunteer Alex, with the help of one staff member from school and of course the children.

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THANK YOU FOR AN AWESOME NOVEMBER!

 

September 2016

September Newsletter 2016

Greetings from Miryante!

We are so grateful and humbled for the continuous support given to us. You have really loved our children. September has been a busy month at Miryante Orphans Home. Children have been helping us with garden work at the orphanage and also going back to school. We are grateful to report to you that the organization, Feed My Starving Children, has been of such great help to our children. Children who were identified by St. Peter’s mission group as being malnourished and children under the age of five were placed on a special diet high in protein. Below are the little kids happy with their packs of food and also having a meal with the nurse.

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The board members advised the Home on how to create a better learning environment for the nursery children. This is now what the nursery class looks like now.

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The board also advised for the Home to put in new playground equipment which the children have been enjoying.

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New permagarden and piggery expansion project!

Our Community Agribusiness Peace Corps volunteer Alex has planted a small garden as a demonstration plot and part of the Feed the Future initiative. It is designed to catch and hold water in a tropical climate so that the garden does not need to be watered during the dry season. Double digging techniques are used to add nutrients to the soil and the small garden produces big yields with triangular spaced seedlings. We are also adding three more pens, gates, and a gutter system to our piggery so we can better manage more pigs, control breeding, and hopefully make a profit one day.

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Current situation with our gardens and animals!

We have nineteen cows (we lost one calf) and out of the eighteen we milk two. All the milk goes to the children’s diet. The piggery project is doing well with six new piglets born this month. We have one banana plantation and are now planting some fruit trees. Our children are doing a great job of spraying the animals every weekend and deworming them, especially during this holiday. We have also planted five acres of cassava. The children have partly contributed towards these gardens though much of the work has been hired labour, especially during school days. We are trying to train our children with farming skills so that they can still live a better life after they have graduated and resettled.

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Nutrition Programme!

We are so grateful for having Peace Corps Volunteer Alex. She has really played a big role in improving the children’s nutrition with the help of our Agricultural Assistant. They have created a program where all the children are taking vegetables with every meal. We have planted now half an acre of kale and spinach. We also need to thank the NGO Root Cause Uganda which has been donating money to help with supplementing more vegetables so that the children are eating healthy at every meal.

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We thank you for all of your support and may God bless you and your families. Director and all the staff and children at Miryante!!!!

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August 2016

AUGUST NEWSLETTER 2016

Earlier this month, Miryante hosted some very special visitors. A mission group came from St. Peter’s Catholic Parish all the way from Ohio in the United States. The mission group stayed for one week playing games and attending daily mass with the children. They also set up 5 new hand-washing stations with materials donated from the United Nations Women’s Guild. Service work they performed included thorough medical examinations, making rosaries with the kids, and donating adjustable shoes, clothes, balls, and art supplies to the home. The mission group also enjoyed singing church hymns with the children and purchased a pig from Miryante’s own farm for the children to eat. The group also shared their music system to have a fun dance party with the kids. It was such an amazing week for the Miryante community. Below are pictures of activities from the week.

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Fixing shoes for the children

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The kids slaughtering their pig

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Dancing time! The kids and staff dancing with the mission group

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Teaching children how to make rosaries and to pray

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Constructing hand washing stations

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Teaching children how to use hand washing stations

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Playing games with the kids

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Mass

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Board members saying a word of thank to the Mission group.

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Health check ups

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Miryante Orphans Home is proud to present its third Peace Corps Volunteer, Ms. Alex Rausch. Alex is a Community Agribusiness volunteer from Minnesota in the United States. She has been in training for the past three months and just arrived to begin her service on August 12th. During these first couple of weeks, Alex has been busy meeting district officials and assessing the needs of the Miryante community. Alex loves spending time outdoors and with the children and she is very excited to spend the next two years in partnership with Miryante.

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We would like to extend a special thanks to our treasurer, Mrs. Leontina Kaliisa Monday for providing special attention to the children of Miryante. She often houses children at her home for the holidays and provides generous gifts such as avocadoes and papayas.

In closing, we would like to thank United Nations Women’s Guild, the St. Peter’s mission group, and everyone else who has provided support for Miryante.

Thank you so much!

Management