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Gulu Kids Summer Vacation Highlights

We really want to give extra thanks to each of you this month. The trip our older kids were able to take, was absolutely life-changing. Remembering where they have lived all their lives with the most horrible war, some in the pure bush with parents killed and with different guardians putting them to work, they really had no hope but to continue in endemic poverty. That is, until you and we came along, by God’s grace!

Check out their 2013 Video Update

Values in Education is rocking out! Check out their 2013 Video Promo to get a glimpse of the impact they are having on the lives of thousands of Indian children! A big thank you to all of our donors who have helped us sponsor the Values in Education by donating to this project over the past year. You are making a difference! http://youtu.be/TzbWDWRzdf0

"Learning To Fly" Prison Inmate Program - 2013

If you haven't already heard, our Patricino Un Libro team has expanded our services to include programs for prison inmates in Mexico City. Over the past year, over 72 female inmates participated in our 6 month “Learning to Fly” program, which consists of a series of classes, workshops and personal counseling sessions.

Activated Ministries Sponsors 22 Values Libraries for 5000 Indian Children

Many, many thanks to Activated Ministries for helping to make 2013 another successful year as well as my trip to India all possible, sponsoring 22 libraries and administration cost to manage the expenses, pay for travel, invest in development and outreach. Despite setbacks and geographical changes, 2013 poses to be one of VIE’s best years yet, with the efforts continuing on through the first few months of 2014. Our target reach for the 22 libraries sponsored continues to stand at more than 5,000 children, which will bring our total documented stats to 20,000 children. Exciting!

Open House - Getting a Visit from the Children's Guardians

Today was guardian visitation day and Open House. It was so cool that quite a few of our children's guardians got to make their way to our school and spend the afternoon with their kids. Everyone got to enjoy sitting around picnic style, relaxing and catching up on recent news and the latest progress by teachers and staff. Many of the guardians rented a pick up or vehicle together. The mirale is the vehicle actually made it. Check out the picture of their ride  

Stocking Up on Food Supplies | Activated Ministries

We want to say a special thank you for the donations we’ve received that have been designated for food purchases! We use those funds to feed 100 people (86 children boarding and staff) 3 meals a day. We're on the brink of the cheapest time of year to buy food.  Once dry season hits in January and February, prices soar 4 or 5 times higher. So we've been busy going to key places, and working with local farmers in the community to buy maize and beans at excellent prices!

Preparing for Final Exams | Activated Ministries

All our students are studying hard to get ready for the upcoming end of year final exams. We got off to a great start in third term with exams to help the kids return from holiday mode and gear up for the most important term. With only 2 months till the main exams though, there's no time to lose, especially for our dear new students who hardly know any English and have a lot of ground to cover.

Learning to Pass It On!

Seeing former student succeed and go on to do well is very rewarding. Richard and Walter studied with us before our school moved to the new location. Last year they did very well and are now top of their classes in their respective Secondary schools. Now for both Term holidays, they’ve come back and have not only been a tremendous help with the farm and in practical areas in the school, but they have been doing personal tutoring and coaching during the holidays! We pay them for their efforts which is taking care of their school fees for next Term. Wonderful boys we are so proud of!

Mabhida - Daycamp for Orphans | Sponsored by Activated Ministries

Our “Big Day at Mabhida” in July was fun for all. 130 children got to go to the awesome Moses Mabhida stadium for a fun filled day. The kids enjoyed a sky ride on the arch, a tour of the stadium as well as a special treat were they also got to see the famous Manchester city play as guests of the club.

Finally.... A "Home" For the Orphans

It’s been a big jump from last year economically, where we were simply day-schooling the orphans while we refurbished the school building, and the children would return to their guardians every evening. This year, the Lord has done, hmm, I was going to say unbelievable miracles. That’s probably an oxymoron but they have been so outstanding, we honestly stand in awe at all He’s done. We now supply full housing for 88 dear children, the staff, and 3 meals a day for all. For most dear kids it’s the first time in their lives they’ve been able to eat on such a regular basis.

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