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Family Care Uganda

Family Care Uganda is a team of full-time, non-salaried volunteers. FCU has been registered in Uganda for 10 years and their main focus is establishing a fully self-sustained project for orphans in Gulu who were born to child soldiers during the war. They are developing a horticultural farm, building housing and a school for the children, and hope to bring alternative ideas for poverty eradication to the local communities in the area.

FCU is developing a fully self-sustainable project by building a farm into the school in order to help the school become economically self-reliant. In addition to academic training and sports, the students will also be taught animal husbandry and farming - allowing them to contribute to the sucess of the school and broaden their skill set.

 

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Recent Events

Rescuing Child Workers

In a previous update, I mentioned that Mike and I had seen a couple kiddos helping carry water with the ladies we employ. We interviewed them, while they were covered in mud learning they are orphans, that their names are Fiona and Scovia, and we readily accepted them into our school. Well, they’ve now joined, we’ll get their uniforms shortly and these photos are just a couple days after they came to be with us.

Learning to Forgive

As you know, many of the children we have are children of child soldiers, who were abducted from their schools (just as the dear Nigerian girls were recently). A large number of these children grew, were forced to become soldiers, had babies (our students) and then were killed. However, some survived. I was sitting with Michael under the tree the day most students started to return to school, when one of our mommies of a long-term student waved to us, giving us a very warm, heart-felt smile. Michael explained later that she’d been a notorious commander in the LRA!

Spring Break!

I just returned from a 3 week furlough in Australia. A dear friend shocked me by sending a free ticket to visit my family and friends in Aussie! Can you imagine??! It was the most brilliant 3 weeks holiday ever! I had a real break, and wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family in Australia.

Many Hands Make Light Work!

We have hit the 200 mark! We now house, educate and feed over 200 Acholi children at our Family Care Uganda School. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we have to do all the work ourselves. Our FCU students love being a part of the work and action, whether it’s fetching water from the nearby well, or spending half an hour in between classes moving bricks. These creative kids love finding fun in whatever they do. In this case, a fun game of Toss the Brick helps get all the bricks for our third brick kiln moved before the rain starts in a few days.

Four New Dorms and a Kitchen, Coming Right Up! | Activated Ministries

We have been so busy during the school holidays building before the children return. Our current project is to build 4 new dorm rooms. In the first picture above, you can see the completed foundations. Our surrounding community have been coming over asking if we would be building again this year. They are thrilled to help with any job, to raise school fees and bring income to their sparse existence.

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