Posts made in November, 2016

Daylight savings time here…not there!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in FAMILY | 0 comments

Ugandan is right on the equator and enjoys a full year of equal hours of day and night.images-11
No daylight savings time needed there.
Plenty of daylight and sunshine.

However daylight savings now puts us an hour farther away from them.
An hour farther behind them.
5pm here means 2am there!

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Christmas Cards are here!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Education, FAMILY, Featured, FUNDRAISING, Medical | 0 comments

We’re receiving requests already! Halloween is over and Christmas is a-coming.

We have some new additions to our collection of Christmas cards with heart this season.
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We named them, ‘cards with heart’ because our customers are shopping with their hearts. 100% of card sales go directly support The Candles, our family of 18 HIV orphan cousins. Each design incorporates a heart or two. Look closely you’ll see them.photo-on-2016-11-06-at-9-55-am-3 Each design is underscored with a pun! Some are funny, some are corny. It all depends on YOUR sense of humour!

These cards are specially designed by a local graphic artist who takes NO MONEY for his designs but offers them freely. They are works of the heart sold as a fundraiser for the kids. Cool, eh?photo-on-2016-11-06-at-10-23-am

These Christmas cards plus as our lines of birthday, baby congrats, new home, thank you and UNbirthday cards are major contributors to the wellbeing of the Candles. Who would have thunk it?
These greeting cards provide food, shelter, medical care, education as well as funds for 2 food production projects and start up money for small businesses. Really cool, eh?

Education is one of our priorities.
So far, we have 2 college graduates, 1 senior senior secondary graduate, a first year secondary student, a vocational high school student plus 10 Primary school students! As the kids graduate and find jobs they pay forward money for the tuition of the younger ones. For the past year Amim, our graduate in tourism and hotel management has paid the school needs of the 10 primary students. Really, really cool, eh?

Survival and self-reliance is another priority.
We have 2 sustainable garden projects underway. The kids are expected to work hard at school, at home and in the gardens. JEMBE Kabasheshe has been underway for a year. At the end of the third harvest there were enough onions to sell in the market, making enough money for the fourth seeding of the garden.
The second garden project, JEMBE Kabwoya has just been seeded with veggies and bananas for the first time. We have high hopes for JEMBE Kabwoya as a good return is needed to rebuild a house, dig new latrines, raise tuitions plus afford a second seeding.

Our goal for this family is a sustainable, healthy, happy future.
The kids are learning how their own hard work and commitment at home in the gardens, at school and in their careers author their success.
(FYI… JEMBE is a Kiswahili word for a short handled hoe commonly used throughout subSaharan Africa.)

photo-on-2016-11-06-at-10-16-amHere are some of the Christmas line.
Enjoy our cards with heart! And merry greetings to all!

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Deep into exams…

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in FAMILY | 0 comments

Tis the season.
Senior 6 students like our Shahidu are up to their eyeballs in studies and exams!
No computer access. No emails. No phone calls.unknown-3
Not until it’s all over.
73818_380833478668332_1050857646_nThen the students will be bursting out for final celebrations of the finish of their high school careers!
And we will be waiting with Shahidu to hear of the results of his university scholarship exams.
these are VERY exciting times!

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