KAMPALA LIFE

Growing Up

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in FAMILY, Featured, KAMPALA LIFE | 0 comments

Growing Up

When you don’t see someone every day, it’s easy to forget that time is passing for them in the same way that it is for you.  Some recent photos that Dori has received of The Candles show just how quickly they’re growing up!  Last year we were looking at images of little children…and today we’re seeing a glimpse of the wonderful adults they will one day become.  Look at those bright faces!

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Home

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Featured, KAMPALA LIFE | 0 comments

Home

Home should be a place where we go at the end of the day, where we feel protected from the elements, safe from the worries of the world and close to those we love and share it with.

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Meant for me…

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Education, FAMILY, KAMPALA LIFE | 0 comments

 

Blessed is finishing up his second semester and first year in Social Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala. He has been extremely busy these past weeks doing his readings, getting his notes on-line while completing a leadership program in Nairobi that leads him into a new job starting Monday. Now he is following up on his lectures, meeting with classmates and doing final prep for exams. Busy or what!

Blessed says, “I was very happy that I was able to finish my leadership course, like every student doing my course would like to.
It’s even better for my course while at Makerere University. I am so glad that am finishing another incredible semester. I have leaned a lot, and am using all the knowledge and skill in my world, my work.I have to admit that yes, this course was meant for my career…just for me, thank you mother        for being there for me.”

And I say thanks to everyone who has contributed to the education of The Candles. Can you see a promising leader of the future growing here?” It grows hope in me and in the world.

 

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Making his mark…

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Education, FAMILY, KAMPALA LIFE | 0 comments

Blessed just sent me his marks for his first semester at Makerere University.

He registered and began classes last September in the faculty of Social Sciences.

I clearly remember the day last summer he registered and subsequently went back to         get details of class schedule. He said he cried when he saw his name posted on the list. He said it was a dream come true.

It is pretty amazing to think 5 years ago Blessed was a kid on his own struggling to make his way washing cars. Now after a semester at university which included 8 papers, tests and final exams plus a faculty strike in September/October, a day job at RHU (the NGO: Reproductive Health Uganda) to offset his evening classes and managing his own health as well as The Candles, Blessed has come through with shining colours, a final mark of 85% for his first semester in Social Sciences.

Congratulations, Blessed! We are very impressed and happy for you. You are a wonder. Well begun is half done.

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The Necessities of Life

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Featured, KAMPALA LIFE | 2 comments

The Necessities of Life

Without parents and with very little support, The Candles struggle to obtain the very necessities of life.  There is not adequate food in the community, the water supply is not clean, and medical attention is difficult to get and expensive.

It really has changed their lives now that we can support them with food which means more regular and more nutritious meals. They also have books and school uniforms so they can go to classes. And very importantly they can access medical care as 7 of the cousins have tested HIV positive from birth. We are told that The Candles have shiny, smiley faces and a happy outlook on life. As one of our friends says, “Help is beautiful. Hope is necessary. Caring is everything.”

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Smiling and shining faces

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in FAMILY, Featured, KAMPALA LIFE | 0 comments

Smiling and shining faces

Kids are kids, no matter where they are.  Despite their difficult circumstances, The Candles are aglow. Their candlepower is growing as we deepen and expand our support. It doesn’t take much to make their little lights shine!

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