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November 2014

Welcome to the latest installment of the Click Rukiga Newsletter. In this month's issue we have news from our wonderful friends from:

St James Church, Buhangizi
Kamwezi Parent’s School
Kabale Women In Development

As you read, please pray for our Ugandan friends, as they pray for us!



St James Church, Buhangizi, news from Hillary Turyakira

St James Buhangizi, Church of Uganda is in Kabale. It is one of the 15 Archdeaconries that make up Kigezi Diocese. In 2012 Rev Canon Esau Turyakira was brought to minister it for the second time. St James herself has a population of about 1697. However the average attendance for every Sunday is about 400 adults while the average for the children’s church is about 100. We conduct only one service on Sunday which start at 10:00 am and finish at 12:00noon.

We also have an average of about 50 people who come and spend the whole day fasting every Wednesday. We also have an average of about 60 people who come for overnight prayers every Friday. Sometimes people come to be prayed for, and many are delivered from evil spirits. We have introduced ALPHA course in St James and participants meet every Friday at 4:00pm to 5:00pm, sometimes they meet in homes.

We have also started Church Community Mobilization Process (CCMP) aiming at holistic development. We hope it will help us to always meet, discuss, implement and evaluate our strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats. CCMP has helped us to study the bible together and has increased the appetite for the word of God; in it we also discuss things in our community that can be utilized to develop us physically, politically, economically and socially.

We also have brethren fellowships which are held every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 PM to 5PM. These fellowships are for the Born Again Christians. Christians come to confess and rededicate their lives to Christ, they also put things right with their friends which they call “putting things into light with brethren.” Here the attendance is about 100 average, we pray for each other, and also for those absent because of sickness e.t.c.

Patience Atukunda, a 12 year old in primary seven student and her sister Esther Ayebare a Click Rikuga sponsored child, have written the following poem together:

'I was happy to attend the service at St James Buhangizi C.O.U when visitors from Ickenham visited us last February. I kept watching and hearing; I found out that God made:

Some people white and others black.

Some tall others short

Some wise others dull

I thought some were educated others not

Some were rich and others poor

Some like me are orphans others have parents

But what surprised me is when I saw the visitors and other people in congregation were all happy, all were lovely and were laughing happily the same.

All were singing to the lord

All were listening to the gospel

All humbled themselves to pray

And I thought that may be all will be in heaven together some day; if all have the fruits of the spirit God wrote to us through St Paul in Galatians 5:22-23.’ 

Esther and Patience

 


 Kamwezi Parents Secondary School Newsletter

APPRECIATION
Peter Byaruhanga, Director

On my behalf and on behalf of Kamwezi parents sec school community I want to convey my sincere appreciation to Click Rukiga, Vyners School and the entire community of Ickenham for the support you have given to the school. The support does not only end in Kamwezi parents school, it goes beyond the entire community of Kamwezi and Rukiga as well. This is because the students we teach are from the entire community. I can only say ”Mwebare munonga kandi Mukama abarinde" - Thank you so much and may God protect you.   

LOCATION OF KAMWEZI

Kamwezi is located in south west Uganda – Kabale district – Rukiga county. Its on Uganda-Ruanda border. It had a population of about 23,193 people in 2002. Kamwezi has 16 primary schools and 4 secondary schools. Most people stay in semi permanent houses made of tree poles and mud and the wall and floor smeared with cow dung mixed with soil.
Tumwekwase Barnabus, Form 5. From a family of 8 members.

HOMES AND FAMILIES

Most of our families are big ranging between 5-20 and above members. Most of our parents never went to school because of its of recenr yeasr that people have started embracing education especially in rural areas.Ahereza Simpson, Form 5

CROPS GROWN IN KAMWEZI

Some of the crops grown include; beans, matooke, maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, millet, peas, pineapples, pumpkins, sorghum, irish potatoes carrots etc all these are grown on a subsistence basis.  Tumusimire Jescah, Form 1

RELIGIOUS ASPECT

The main church for the school is St James Church where we go for Sunday services. We also have morning prayers every Monday in the Schol Main hall before classes from 8.00am – 9.ooam. The school has students from different Churches like Anglican, Pentecostal amd Moslaems. At school we are all united in the same prayers.  Levi Form 5, aged 20, from a family of 18.

SCHOOL CHALLENGES

DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Water got from a long distance

Construction of a science laboratory
High drop outs Construction of a literacy centre
Inadequate scholastic materials Construction of water tanks
Small science lab Construction of Girls dormitory

 



KABALE WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT (KWID)


Many of you responded to an appeal we made for gifts to take on our trip in February. Amongst the items we gave KWID were solar powered lamps, dynamo powered torches and ponchos.  The team from KWID have reported back as follows.

“The gifts were very instrumental in propelling our activities because the Executive Committee decided to use them to reward extra performers and exceptional OVC care-givers. This has heated the bellies of the members and for sure KWID activities are now implemented with zest. Thank you very much. Reading glasses were distributed to the members who had sight issues and one of them thanked God and vowed to read the Bible first as an appreciation to God for the awesome friends from Click Rukiga.”


“The gifts were very instrumental in propelling our activities because the Executive Committee decided to use them to reward extra performers and exceptional OVC care-givers. This has heated the bellies of the members and for sure KWID activities are now implemented with zest. Thank you very much. Reading glasses were distributed to the members who had sight issues and one of them thanked God and vowed to read the Bible first as an appreciation to God for the awesome friends from Click Rukiga.”

“Many members have joined the Savings and Credit Scheme. This has enabled them to cater for households, pay school fees and testimonies of economic deliverance are numbered oodles.

One member has started up a chicken rearing project that has brought income into their home. She even managed to start a piggery project from the loan given.
LIVES ARE CHANGING, KWID IS GROWING.” 

Kwid has established and operate a savings and credit scheme to enable vulnerable person’s access credit and basic needs. In the next five years, KWID will work to empower its members and beneficiaries and improve the quality of its services it renders (through organizational and institutional development,) through its prioritized strategies of training, material support, net-working, research and advocacy.

KWID is facing challenges of expansion situation, rural settings, being seen as a women organization, being viewed as a mere CBO restricted space for women due to patriarchy which is the root cause of gender inequality.        

Florence Tumuheirwe. KWID Executive Director


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