April Newsletter 2018

April Newsletter 2018

Hello Everyone!

April was such a wonderful month with our Easter celebration. The celebration was so wonderful we felt changed after. The celebrations came along with a lot of stuff such as mass. After mass we had different meals such as matooke, rice, meat, pork, fish, G.nuts and soda. The whole celebration ended with a dance. A huge thank you to the Baker Family for sponsoring our Easter meal!

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The gardens are doing well especially during this rainy season. Our volunteers are doing a great job. Alex, our Peace Corps Volunteer, planted sun flowers that she will be harvesting soon. Laura also introduced a new tree called a moringa tree that can be used to help improve the children’s nutrition. The banana plantation is doing well. The guavas have also grown, as well as plenty of papayas and pumpkins as shown below in the pictures.

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Our children in King Solomon broke off for holidays. Their performance was good and we are sure they will be of help during this holiday. Thanks to everyone for helping us meet their school requirements and fees.

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Thanks very much to everyone that is helping us meet Miryante’s children’s basic needs. We would be completely nothing and nowhere without you. God Bless.

March Newsletter 2018

March Newsletter 2018

Hello Everyone.

Greetings from Miryante Orphanage and Miryante Vocational School. The children are all in good health and all in school. We are glad to inform you that the kids are all very happy due to different programmes such as debate club, Sports clubs, Miryante choir, and watching movies over the weekend. The joy at Miryante can easily be told by the little nursery kids during break time as shown below.

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We were also humbled to host one of Laura’s friends called Ruth and her family who celebrated their son’s birthday with our kids. The kids and staff at the orphanage were so grateful to host Ruth’s family and to share their birthday joy with our kids. They were also thankful to Ruth’s family for choosing Miryante as a place where they could celebrate. This really shows that Miryante is the best place to be. Ruth’s family donated clothes, sweets and cakes to the children as shown below.

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The guardianship program is going on well as shown with big smiles below in the pictures. Madam Lydia managed to visit five families with nine of the children that we are helping under the program and the kids were very happy. It’s really very hard to get Isaac to smile but you can tell from the picture that Isaac couldn’t believe when he got a donation of a mattress, blanket, bed sheets, clothes and food. Isaac was so excited for receiving all of these things and this was such a big achievement for the family as we were told by the relatives. This was kind of a dream to Isaac since it was the first time he has owned a mattress. He was so excited that he wouldn’t even allow anyone else to touch his mattress.

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Water is no longer a problem to us at Miryante especially during this rainy season when all the fifteen water tanks are full. The borehole is now more available and we are sure this will not be a problem anymore. We are really grateful for this donation and we would like to say thank you once again to our donors.

 

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Thanks to everyone for loving Miryante!

 

February Newsletter 2018

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER 2018

Hello everyone!

We are so grateful for the month of February with so many activities going on at the site. We have had over 30 new children joining the orphanage.

We are also grateful to our Peace Corps Volunteer Alex who started up a bible class every Thursday of the week. It really is a blessing seeing our children growing up with the fear of God and also praying for our donors that have provided for us generously just as shown in the picture below.

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We are also grateful for our penpal program that is growing every day. This month we received a couple of art supplies from Amanda Hall for our children. It was such a great joy to our kids as shown below with a big smile.

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We are also grateful to our well-wishers who have donated to the organization generously to help us improve and also come up with a number of projects as shown below.

The nursery class has been separated from the dining hall. This has been one of the challenges to our nursery teacher is that the pupils were having trouble concentrating in an open dinning hall. The teacher was also not comfortable teaching in the open dining hall because she could not leave her charts hanging up.

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Our piggery unit has also been improved. Our pigs can no longer escape outside. All doors are now fixed with the floor also worked on.

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Our rabbit project is now done with three rabbits for starters: one male and two females. We have just ordered for one female rabbit. Our plan is to see them multiply so that our kids can have enough meat every quarter of the year. The house is big enough to accommodate even 20 as shown below.

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We have also been in position to improve our office by making more partitions and beautifying the office with artwork from the children. Below is the Library, Counselling room, social workers’ and volunteer room. We have enough space to enable our work go on well.

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Water has been one of our biggest problem around the site. The one borehole couldn’t serve the purpose at all. Our borehole has been breaking at least two to three times a month and the cost of fixing has been very high and also the demand for water has also been increasing daily. Thanks to a donation from Inno-pak and well wishers, we received 15 water tanks, 5 of which are 10,000 liters and 10 which are 5,000 liters. All house have tanks including all dormitories at the orphanage, church, girls hostels, boys hostels, and the whole school including the teachers unit. We are so blessed as Miryante to have all this and we say thank you to the well-wisher that funded for this project.

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Below is also our bio-gas project that was started last year and it’s now in its finishing stages. This has been our biggest challenge as Miryante organization we have completely run short of firewood as the organization grows bigger and there is no firewood available in the surrounding area. This is a problem already on site. We should be able to start using the biogas after two months. First the biogas chamber needs to be fed with human waste and animal waste, and then later it will produce enough gas that we can use for cooking. Below is how the whole construction took place. Also pictures are the trainings the children and caregivers received on what to feed it and not to feed it. Thanks to Fr. David at Sacred Heart Church in the Diocese of Crookston who fund raised for these efforts to save Miryante from its firewood problem.

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We were able to have a reward program for our children to begin the year. The 2 children who serve as chapel leaders were given Bibles, Children who are Hygiene Captains were given racks to hang their knickers, the 3 best time keepers were awarded with wall clocks and the little ones received awards. This was the best way to thank them for good behaviour and also to keep things competitive for following rules.

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During the last Saturday of the month we visited our children in King Solomon Secondary boarding school to check on their progress and all was well.

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On the 28th of February we were privileged to receive our volunteer’s husband at Miryante. He travelled all the way from India to come visit with a couple of things for our children such as balls and sweets. It was such a good time and the kids got to enjoy the Indian music especially when he sung with Alex and the kids also entertained them. This is now our culture in Miryante whenever we receive a visitor we get to entertain him or her.

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We are also grateful to inform you that four of our students who sat for UBET (Technical School Certification Examinations) last year all passed and right now we have received a centre number for UBET. This mean that Miryante is now an official Technical School testing center, so our students can test from within instead of traveling to other schools for examinations. We are also grateful for our board members who help us to orient the new students during the second week of the school opening. Our technical school currently has 98 students and we expect more still to come from the community. Out of the 98, 23 are from the orphanage.

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This is our second phase of the perma-garden program with our volunteer Alex supervising caregivers and the children per dorm. This is now a competition within the dormitories. A huge thanks to Alex for this project.

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We are also happy to inform you that all our kids who received animal donations from their sponsors such as goats and heifers were labelled with tags. A big thanks to Alex and Laura for tagging the children’s goats. This will really help us to identify the livestock as we breed them and make sure the children keep their animals well. The children are very happy and we believe for the stubborn children, its one way to encourage them to not run away or cause mischief at the orphanage because they won’t want to leave their animals behind before finishing school. We believe it will be one way of keeping them around rather than running back on the streets. Thanks to the sponsors for the great job.

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

 

 

January Newsletter 2018

January has been so busy for us here in Miryante. We have had several new children brought to Miryante by police and the probation office from street. We were able to find two homes where two of these kids originated from before joining the street and we are happy that they will have a home where we can resettle them after school.

We are also grateful to inform you that Miryante is growing and expanding in the number of services that we offer. Last year we started offering services such as food and scholastic materials to child-headed families in Kyaka II refugee camp under Angels Care School and the program is still running. We are able to provide these services on a monthly basis.

This year we have started a Guardianship or Foster Program for ten of our children that have lived with us in the orphanage for some time. It’s a pilot project that we are trying to run. One of Miryante’s social workers and a counsellor visit their homes and school on monthly basis to check on their progress at school and home. Miryante still provides food to support to them on monthly basis, bedding, and school fees which is paid direct to the school. We came up with this kind of arrangement so that in the future if the government decides to close orphans homes we have another option to continue the support for our orphaned children. We included Isaac, one of the children from Kyaka II Refugee Camp with severe medical complications on board for this program. Isaac is an orphaned boy who is aged 6 years now and we couldn’t keep him in the orphanage because he seriously needed special care. He weighs 89kgs and as Miryante has been providing support for him via a family he started walking at the beginning of this year.

Below are the 10 children we are sponsoring.    

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Last year 9 of our pupils sat for PLE (Primary Leaving Examination) and 6 scored good grades and they were able to be promoted to high school. 3 joined Technical School at Miryante Vocational. It was such agreat joy. Therefore, currently we have 19 students that we are sponsoring in high school, another student is in St. Peter’s Technical School majoring in designing, one child is in a teaching collage, one is in the seminary and one is joining senior five for her high school. Therefore in total we have 23 of our children going to school at boarding schools.

Below is the new group pausing for a picture before setting off for school.

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During January holiday when most of the kids were off for holidays, we renovated all the dormitories around the site and sprayed all the dormitories that are now looking much better as shown below in the pic.

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We are also grateful to inform you how our Peace Corps Volunteer has been of help with training caregivers during this dry season of January with digging around perma-gardens. We saw that it is necessary to involve all caregivers in this training such that each of them trains her/ his house of children. Alex trained caregivers on how to manage these gardens despite of the drought with a number of green vegetables to help improve the diet of the children throughout the season and some of the gardens will be shown in our Feb letter and some of the vegetable that will be ready by that time despite the drought. Below is also one of our girls Marie who is interested in being a farmer involved in the caregivers’ training.

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Thanks to our generous donors for helping to keep Miryante shining.

Thank You,

Management

December 2017

December Newsletter 2017

December was such busy month with a lot of amazing things. All our kids broke off for holidays by early December and they were all promoted to other classes. When the children broke off our nurse and Alex our Peace Corps Volunteer came up with a mosquito net program to educate all the children about the dangers of sleeping without a mosquito net and also taught them how to hang and use mosquito nets as seen below.

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This year, thanks to an outpouring of love and support, our children celebrated Christmas just like any other child. Our kids really feel loved when she or he gets something new on such a special day and this time round it was mega. A big thanks to individual sponsors who sent Christmas money for their kids to go shopping! These kids had such a wonderful Christmas.

Inno-Pak Ltd made a bonus donation to transport every single one of our kids to the  Mubende Market where they were able to make his or her choice of what to wear on Christmas day and New Year’s Day. The lucky ones who picked two items and still had balance had a chance of getting three items and also a pair of church shoes, sandals, belts for boys and towels for all. This took us four days of shopping with the help of some administrators and caregivers. It was a blast for the kids visiting some of the happening places in Kyegegwa for a snack on our way back after the shopping.  Unfortunately one of our boy got lost but he was found in the morning and also a few especially the little ones in the first trip lost their clothes as they were trying to fit shoes. Image one picking shoes and leaving clothes behind, so we had to do another shopping for extra three that had lost them. This was unbelievable for them to an extent that some thought they would miss out on the shoes. We have never had such an exciting day of shopping for the kids.

The shopping centre was 64kms from Miryante and this was such a nice experience to all our children driving them out of Kyegegwa district to another district to do shopping. It wasn’t easy for all the kids to make choice just like any person especially them being children and also being their first time to move out as shown below.

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After our long waiting, the  church was blessed on Christmas day by the director Rev. Fr. Erineo Mushuhukye and that is where we celebrated mass. At least now the church is separated from the dining hall and their is respect for the chapel by the children. Both the children and the community were happy for such an achievement  and 14 of our children got baptised on Christmas day in our new church.

The preparations started with choir rehearsals by the children at the orphanage and they were so excited for such a long awaited day to celebrate mass in new clothes, shoes and new church as shown below.

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After church the children had a very wonderful meal. Thanks to the Baker Family, each had bottle of soda, Irish potatoes, matooke, rice, beef, pork, G.nuts and fish. The celebrations went on well.

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The year ended with a trip to the source of the Nile. This was just like a major night to both the kids and the caregivers because none of them thought they would get this change at any single moment in life. We had so many donations for this that we were able to take all 145 of the kids and caretakers, instead of one bus of the older children as we had originally planned. All the kids and the caregivers had a boat ride. It was a round trip but full of excitement. We paid for a guide to let the kids ask questions and get the real history of the place.

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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 and giving us the best Christmas in memory.

Happy New year to you all God Bless!

 

 

November 2017

November Newsletter 2017

Greetings from Miryante Home and School!

The children and staff from both school and home send you greetings. We are humbled to have your assistance and we greatly appreciate your love and kindness that you share with us every day. This has really been a progressive year for the Organization with a lot of good things taking place here. We are happy to have a home that can provide basic needs to our children and also a home that everyone looks at in the community.

A report about our children

All the children are in good health and all going to school.  We have nine candidates that sat for primary seven exit exams. These exams determine if they will be able to continue on to Secondary School. The little children that cannot walk a long distance study in the dining hall at the orphanage in our nursery school. The children are all happy and they all feel blessed for you changing their lives. They now see a bright future ahead of them. This comes with a big smile we share with you.

Farming!

The children managed to plant three acres of beans with the help of the caretakers. The harvest was good despite too much rain. We are also now milking 9 cows and this has helped to improve the health of our children especially the little ones.

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We have managed to receive a number of donations this month as shown below; A donation from the NGO Feed my Starving Children gave us 80 boxes of manna packed food. This food is nutritionally fortified and we feed it to the children who come to us malnourished. Each box contains 36 packs and this will take us for 6 months. Feed my Starving Children has promised to add us some more packs after six months.

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We have also received a donation to buy text books from Vision Complex Limited Co. This donation helped to photo copy over 80 text books to help us at the technical school.

 

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Dr. Steve, Laura’s uncle, also visited with the wife Janet and his sister Marty and her husband Boggie, and their son Iggie. They donated a couple of things including: Clothes for the kids, art supplies, phones for office use, DVD player for the kids to watch movies as shown below.

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Thank you to everyone for their outpouring of support this month!

Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2017

OCTOBER  NEWSLETTER 2017

Greetings from Miryante Home and School!

The children and staff from both school and home send you greetings. We are humbled to have your assistance and we greatly appreciate your love and kindness that you share with us every day. This has really been a progressive year for the Organization with a lot of good things taking place here. We are happy to have a home that can provide basic needs to our children and also a home that everyone looks at in the community.

A report about our children

We have got two candidates sitting for senior four final exams, nine sitting for primary seven leaving exams and four sitting for UBTEB (Uganda Businesses and Technical Examination Board). Their mocks were promising and we are praying hard that they perform well and get promoted to other levels. Several people have prayed for them and wished them success during their exams and one of them was Phionah Nalubega, an employee of Aptech Africa who came to visit the kids with Laura. They also came along with other friends who donated clothes and sweets to the kids. This was accompanied by a dance where the Schafer Family made a donation to hire a DJ to come play music.

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Farm

Our cattle project is growing big. We are excited to inform you that currently five of our cows gave birth and we are now milking five cows that are giving milk to kids and we are expecting more to give birth.

 

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Miryante Christmas Trip!

We wanted to try something a little different for Christmas this year. After surveying the kids, we got the feedback that they really wanted to take a trip to see the Nile River. The children at Miryante rarely get to travel and see a lot of the attractions that tourists see when they visit Uganda. If anyone might want to contribute to this donation, please let us know. Donations can be made directly through the website via the ‘administration’ section. The cost of the trip is $580, which includes renting a bus, meals for the day, entrance to see the source of the Nile, and a short boat ride. Together we are working towards this goal and we would be thankful for any contributions towards this!

 

Thank you everyone for your support!

August 2017

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!!!!