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Fall Newsletter Update

News from St. Paul School 

This summer, so many new and exciting things happened at St. Paul School! We have continued to expand our piggery, garden, and orchard programs, plus we increased our scholarship program to support 12 students with a free year of education.
 
This year, the Mwebaza Foundation purchased three goats to start a goat-rearing program that will bring in additional income for the school. We also purchased new desks, tables and chairs to furnish their new school building. Moreover, in an effort to help St. Paul School become more self-sufficient, we bought a 14-passenger school bus that will also be used as a taxi to generate income for the school as well.
 
The Mwebaza Foundation also implemented an award program at St. Paul where 13 children who showed exemplary behavior or outstanding skills in the classroom or community were awarded a practical gift that would support the child in school or at home (e.g., a backpack, new shoes, or a comforter). A program such as this encourages the families to keep their children in school and motivates children to excel in their studies. Thank you to the Heaven’s Hope Foundation for instigating and financing this new incentive program!

News From Mwebaza School 


This summer at Mwebaza School, we focused our resources towards finishing the new middle school building that will serve the graduates of Mwebaza Primary School. The construction is almost done, and by next year the school will be ready to open its doors! In order to transport the Mwebaza graduates to their new school, we purchased a large school bus that will also be used as a taxi, which will bring in extra income for the school.
 
This year we also increased our scholarship program to support 14 students with a free year of education in addition to an award program identical to the one at St. Paul School, where 13 students were given specially-selected gifts for performing well in school.
Kevin Omondi at Eagle Crest Elementary

Parents' Junior School, Welcome


Our newest partner school, Parents’ Junior School, is a nursery school serving about 75 children in Gulu, Uganda. We are currently working with Colorado engineers to develop the best water systems and bathroom facilities for this school.
 
While our Executive Manager was there this summer, she facilitated their first time writing pen pal letters to the students at their partner school, Coronado Hills Elementary, in Thornton, Colorado.

Summer Children's Concert Fundraiser 


The Mwebaza Foundation hosted two children’s concerts with the two-time, Grammy-nominated children’s entertainers, The Pop Ups! We hosted a performance in Broomfield and another in Niwot this summer. These shows couldn’t have been more fun!  They wouldn’t have been possible if not for our generous sponsors of the event. Thank you to all who came and all our donated to help us further our mission!
The Pop Ups Concert 
Mwebaza School Bus 

Empakasi School Update 


With the help of our Project Manager, Kevin Omondi, our Executive Manager, Devaki Douillard, organized a committee of parents and teachers to oversee the lunch program at Empakasi. They were able to plant a new crop in the greenhouse that will be fed to the children and sold in the market to bring in extra income for the school.
 
The egg-layer program is currently on hold.  When the school’s chickens stopped producing at expected levels, we realized there was an issue.  When it appeared that the production problem could not be easily diagnosed and remedied, we quickly sold the chickens to recoup our investment.  Now we are working with chicken experts and staff to redesign the program to maximize production.  We hope to thoughtfully restart the program in the future using the funds earned from the sale of the chickens.
 
This September, a close friend and colleague of the Foundation financed a trip for Mr. Omondi to visit Colorado! While he was here, Mr. Omondi gave a school-wide presentation to Eagle Crest Elementary updating them on the status of their partner school. He also visited classrooms and interacted with the students and handed out pen pal letters from their friends in Kenya!
Parents' Junior School

Mwebaza In The Community 


Did you run in the BolderBoulder, or go support the athletes of the Boulder IRONMAN? Well you might have seen us there! With the help of over 50 volunteers, we were able to volunteer at both these events in exchange for a generous donation from the IRONMAN Foundation and the BolderBoulder!
 
Is music more your thing? We were at Niwot Rock and Rails this summer too! By volunteering at this event, we received the proceeds from the tip jar after one of these awesome concerts. 
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Thanks to the kind support of our donors, we are able to create programs that are specific to each of our partner schools in Africa, helping them eliminate the cycle of dependency by focusing on programs that build self-sufficiency. We have developed sustainable lunch programs, built new school and bathroom facilities, installed solar electricity and clean water systems. We have transformed the lives of the students with whom we work. However there is so much more we want to accomplish!
 
In 2017, we want to open the new middle school in Nkungulutale, Uganda, which means we need to finish construction of the toilet building, build a cooking hut, and install solar power. For student safety, fencing is required at both Mwebaza and Nkungulutale Schools. Before we can create a sustainable lunch program at Parents' Junior School, we have to build a new a toilet building and a rainwater catchment and purification system.
 
All this will not be possible without the help of our generous donors. Please consider making a donation today to help us achieve our goals.

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