Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012
The photos are of the boys at Kigezi School and the Ugandan Cranes - the official bird on the flag:
Oops - not enuff connection for photos.
We are coming to the end of the Agricultural Day (5:00pm). It has been very informational and we have the agreement of these experts in this area to help us with the establishment of our agricultural program for ACT. As I am typing, we are creating a strategic plan for agriculture for Muko including short-term, mid-term and long-term goals and activities. It’s exciting. It still needs a great deal of work to finish the plan but there experts were very helpful. Our overall goal is to improve agriculture in Muko and promote sustainable programming for agriculture for the residents of Muko Sub County. Dale, Sue, Curt and Dave attended the Ag meeting.

Later Dave and Curt left for town to purchase a modem and buy gigabytes of time for MTN network which will now allow us to get a signal in the village! MTN has two more weeks to complete a new tower which will cover Muko. This will be incredibly helpful to our staff – they won’t have to travel all the way to Kabale town to use the Internet and contact us. The initial modem is 130,000 Ugandan shillings (about $50 USD) and 50,000 UGX (about $20 USD) for 1 GB of time which may last about two months at a time. This is great, great progress in our programming between the U.S. and Uganda not to mention between Generous and her staff, eight hours away.

Karen, Sydney, Katie and Lazara went to the schools in Kabale today to provide more music lessons to the Muko HOPE kids. They went to five schools and taught the recorders. They did a video interview of one of the orphans. They picked up letters from some of the orphans to bring back home to the sponsors. They found most of the orphans that had had their instruments and the lessons book, had been practicing. 

It is early morning Tuesday (no service last night) and we are off for our second to last day in the village. Up to the clinic to discuss several things and then to the ACT Empowerment Center for update on building and way forward. Blessings to you!

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