Friday, December 28, 2007

Island Project Summary

Here is the list of things that we were able to accomplish on the Island with your help. Thank you to all of you whose donations made this project possible.

Bags of beans, salt, porsho and blankets were delivered. Soap and Moringa seed were also delivered.
The water purification system was built, delivered and installed with great success. 2 hours after installation they were drinking purified water.

A doctor came and saw all of the sick people that day. He administered first aid as well as administered drugs to those in need. We ran out of medicine so we will be going back next week to deliver more. We also put together a large first aid kit for the island to use in cases of basic first aid needs. The Dr. has agreed to come 1x a month to do a clinic for the people.

A man came and set up a movie for the people to see. It was the first movie any of them had ever seen. Afterwards he did an evangelistic message in which many people received Christ as savior. We have a local bible college that has agreed to send students out to the island once a week to teach and pray with the people.

We raised two pigs to take to the island to help start their pig project. We also took the seed for the people to be able to plant the feed for the pigs.

We will be continuing to help these people with their livestock program, bible studies, health clinics, human waste management and roofing. Enjoy the photos below! We hope you all had a very merry Christmas and pray for many blessings for you in the upcoming New Year.

Leaving Ggaba port for the Island

People on the Island waiting for us to come.

Island fishermen

Leaving Ggaba port

Moringa plantation and pig project

We took a 40 kilo bag of Moringa seed to plant on the island for pig feed as well as for the children. It is also used in the settlement tank of the water purifier we installed. We are raising 2 pigs at our house to take to the island in 3 weeks to use to enhance their pig production. The field below is where they will plant the seed and these are the pigs they currently have on the island.

Supplies off loaded

We took bags of beans, porsho and salt for everyone. We also distributed soap and blankets for all of the children.

Island Houses

The island doesn't have very much clay in the soil, so the houses have to be re-mudded after every rainy season. When the storms come in the trash on the roofs blow off and they are left to wait for more to wash up on their shore to replace it.

Setting up water tank and purifier

Unloading the tank. The kids used plastic jugs and pans to fill it up. The people couldn't believe that the green, worm infested water could come out like bottled mineral water afterwards.

Lunch time on the island

Ready for naps after lunch.
These two pictures are of a grandmother on the island raising her 17 grandchildren by herself. Her husband and all of her children died of AIDS. The kids are ages 5 to 11.

Supply distribution

Storing food in banana leaves
Waiting for supplies

rationing beans

rationing porsho

People on the Island

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. I think that is so true. Take a look at the faces in all of these pictures and see what they are telling you.

Pictures with the doctor

Patricia(left) volunteered to help Dr. Dixon with patients records for the day.
Boy with dwarf syndrome. We were able to get him referred to a specialist that will do rehabilitation with him for free.

Medical Clinic

Sick baby
Mom and baby waiting to see Dr.

Kids waiting to be seen by the doctor.

movie Pictures

Almost dark enough to start the movie. This was the first movie that anyone on the island had ever seen.

Project Update-movie

setting up the movie screen
Setting up the sound for the movie

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Challenge

We are now between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have had people from the states ask me if I was ready for Christmas, and what was it like here this time of the year. This has been my response........
We received word that our container is in Kampala and might actually be delivered to our house this week. This year for Christmas our gift to everyone in the family is our container being here for Christmas. When we asked our kids a month ago what they wanted for Christmas it was a unanimous, "Our container!" So, no fighting the lines at the mall or running around trying to find someone that one thing they have to have and all of the stores are sold out.( not that those things are even an option here)
There is absolutely no signs that Christmas is just a few weeks away. No decorations around town, no radios with Christmas music playing, no Santa's ringing bells outside stores, no snow or even a hint of cool weather. While I enjoy the beautiful weather here, palm trees swaying in the breeze and every day being sunny and 80 degrees, it makes it hard to get into the spirit of the season.
I have been thinking about the past year and how things have for us here in Uganda since we came and the anticipation of finally having our "things" arrive. We are truly blessed to have a roof over our head that doesn't leak, running water and power at least 50% of the time and food on our table for 3 meals a day. This is so much more than 99% of the people here have. So for Christmas I though that I would put out a challenge for all of you living in 1st world countries struggling with all of the holiday pressures and less than grateful children.
Instead of telling them that they should be thankful for what they have and not be so demanding about what they want for Christmas try this.........
For one day have them live like the rest of the undeveloped world. This will make an impression on them like nothing that you could ever tell them.
For one day the family has no power... no lights, no t.v., no computer, no x-box or playstation, no dishwasher, washing machine, blow dryers, straightening irons etc.. ( you get the picture)
No running water... they have to go outside to the hose or spigot and carry buckets full inside to flush the toilets, wash dishes, wash clothes and take baths with.
No preparing food with boxed or prepackaged/frozen meals.
Transportation is your own two legs, public transport or calling a taxi.
No telephone, cell phone or any other modern convenience (microwave) I would say no using the stove, but going outside and cooking on a fire might be a bit challenging.
Do this for one day and let them know this is how everyone lives in 3rd world countries and see if they don't appreciate what they have more afterwards as well as really getting an idea of how missionaries they might know and the "truly poor" in the world live.
I would love to hear your feed back, so those of you who are willing to take the challenge please let me know how it goes.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

Closer to our goal

To date we have received $3,800.00 towards the Christmas Island Project. We have another $1,100.00 to go to reach our goal of $4,900.00 so things are progressing. We have set the date for the project and will be going out there on December 21st. Please if you are wanting to get involved with this project please donate online or have your checks mailed to 5753 Republic of Texas Austin, Texas 78735 by the 19th of December so that the funds can be available here in time. A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far.