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Ik Students Visit Their Homes in the Mountains for the Holidays

We just returned from taking most of the Ik students who are attending the Family Care Uganda School--primary and secondary, home to the mountains for the term holidays. People were so happy to see how much they'd grown. After working so hard the last 2 terms and getting good grades in both elementary and secondary, it was fantastic for our Ik young people to be back up the mountains!

More Ik Students Arrive

Last year we brought 12 Ik students from remote mountain villages. The first round of students are doing very well, having adjusted beautifully and are very appreciative of the opportunity to gain an education.  In the past, Ik youth have tried studying in Karamoja, the surrounding area, however, they have to endure bullying and poor treatment by their aggresive neighbors. So getting to attend the Family Care Uganda School where they can learn and excel without hindrance is a real Godsend to these beautiful people.

Home for the Holidays!

Starting this school year, the Family Care Uganda School welcomed 12 students from the IK tribe.  This disadvantaged tribe is very remote and their language is quite unique. Back in 2005 and 2006, we worked with several teams to take 5 hours of audio Bible stories in their language, to the top of the mountains. They begged us to bring some of their children to our school as they just had no hope of excelling academically. The 12 Ik students who have attended our school for the last year have adjusted beautifully and are doing very well academically.

Time to Celebrate The End of Another School Term!

The end-of-term party is commonly celebrated in schools in Uganda. It means a lot to the children to celebrate this milestone with games, dancing, singing, receiving awards, and getting a feast of goat, rice and soda! We really thanked God together for keeping us safe and providing for us wonderfully through the whole term

A day full of fun and games are in order. Volleyball is as popular as football among the boys and girls, but leap frog, musical chairs and tug of ware all run a close second. These kids know how to have fun!

Finishing Touches on the New Dorms

Progress!

Here are some pictures of the progress on our latest home for children. As you can see, in some of the pictures, the dorms are nearly finished—and just need the facing board on the roof and some final-touch finishes. Funds from our sponsors help us with everything from the basic building and construction to the finishing touches of painting and building new toilets.  

Gulu Ophans React to Receiving Get Their First Stuffed Animal

We thought you'd enjoy seeing the kids' reactions to getting their very own Swahili Teddies - hand knitted teddy bears knitted by some friends of the school in the UK and personally transported over to the Gulu School. Our kids are flipping out to have them. There is no word in Acholi language for 'toy' so it's all a new concept to have something so cute and cuddly. A big thank you to the ladies who poured so much love and time into these beautiful creations! 

Sunny Days at the Gulu Orphan School

A few late March tid-bits from our favorite orphan school in Gulu.

I got the opportunity to pop in on some of our orphans who have graduated and are currently studying at one of the top Secondary School. All four of our star students are orphans or had been abandoned as children and overcame great difficulties and lack of education to get to where they are now. Ochen, Opoko, Bill and Ceasar are such earnest students, who always do their best to be at the top of their classes. It's wonderful to see them doing so great and makes me proud!

The Final Stretch

We were thrilled with the results of our oldest students. Each one gave it their best (as did their teachers) and the results showed it. Ocen (far left) scored the top and is about to start at Restore Academy! Richard (2nd from left) is now moving to 3rd year in high school, one of our older graduates who’s so reliable and dependable, he heads up work teams during holidays.   

And We're Off With a Bang!

The new school year is off to a lively start. The kids are happy to be back from the holidays and are getting back into the swing of school life. The first of what we hope will be four children’s housing units are almost finished, with the cement curing and being finalized before the painting can begin. A second unit is also well on its way so everyone is looking forward to being able to decongest and move into new quarters soon.

Bricks, Tests and the Long Trek to Ik-land

The Family Care Uganda School has kicked off the New Year with a bang!.

January is dry season in this part of the world, so the FCU team and students are working hard to make the bricks they will need for the coming year. The kilns they built last year have been fired up and staff and students (during some of the breaks) are busy baking bricks around the clock. In the meantime new houses for the kids and several bathrooms are being built from bricks made last year.

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