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They made it! May E-Newsletter

They made it! One year ago we began working with Homes of Living Hope, a Colorado based non-profit that outfits containers and sends them around the world with donated items packed inside. In partnership with two companies in Lafayette, Casey Industrial and MTech, two old 40-foot shipping containers were transformed into electrical, plumbing, and art classrooms for our vocational high school. We spent months collecting medical equipment and supplies for our hospital, vocational training materials, art supplies, tables and chairs, sports and music equipment, and more. Over 1,000 Colorado residents were involved in donating, packing, and renovating the containers. In February, they were loaded onto a ship and set their course across the ocean, traveling over 8,000 miles to Uganda! Around 5PM on May 19 th , the trucks pulled up to Musana Community Health Center and the excitement from the staff, patients, and community members was contagious! Within minutes there were men everywhere carrying the boxes into the newly constructed in-patient wing. After hours of unloading, the containers were brought to their final destination at Musana Vocational High School. At around 10PM, everyone sat back and admired the beautiful new classrooms, eager to see students training within the walls. This week, the roof between the containers is being constructed to provide an outdoor/indoor workspace for practical lessons and all the donated items are being set up across Musana’s projects, including 40 hospital beds! The last few months our hospital has been at full capacity and we have had to turn patients away because of space. Now, we will be able to expand our services with the 70-bed expansion set to open next month!
A special thank you to Homes of Living Hope, Casey Industrial, Mtech, and everyone who contributed to make this a reality! God continues to amaze us!

Build, Transform, and Sustain – April E-Newsletter

Can you believe we are already 1/3 of the way through 2018!?
So much is happening in Iganga, Uganda and we continue to be so grateful for all of your support as we… Build, Sustain, Transform.
Build: We build quality infrastructure for health and education facilities.
Sustain: We are local leaders who believe in our own capacity to drive economic and social growth. We believe that the key to true local ownership is in financial sustainability when the community can effectively run income generating projects, take pride in their accomplishments, and initiative in the way forward. In 2017, our social enterprises generated 90% of our operating budget!
 Transform: We transform…
…. the livelihood of community members by igniting confidence in vulnerable women, challenging them to be job creators; and investing profits towards education and health scholarships, outreaches, and micro-loans.
…the standards of social services by offering quality and affordable education and health care to ALL community members.
…the economy by starting and supporting local businesses, and employing hundreds of community members.
…the hearts of community members through spiritual development centered on love and compassion for one another.

Okwiisanya Namani: Together We Have Strength (March newsletter)

 

You treat a disease: you win, you lose.  You treat a person, I guarantee you win-no matter what the outcome. — Patch Adams

In October, we started a new department at Musana Community Health Center: The Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy Department. Over the past six months, it has been exciting to see the department develop and we are thrilled to see how it will continue to grow to reach an underserved population in the Iganga community.

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We are Team Bukona (February newsletter)

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” –Colin Powell

In May 2017, we started our campaign to build the second campus of Musana Nursery and Primary School after turning away hundreds of students at our main campus because of space. Thanks to our incredible Musana family that supported the vision, in late October, we broke ground on the new school in Bukona Village. In just over three months of construction, the school became a reality. On February 11th , the energy around Musana was like no other as our Primary 5 to Primary 7 students moved to the new campus. Now, we can continue to open our gates to additional children and mold more future leaders with the skills and values that Uganda needs. This year, we will have 1,200 students in just our nursery and primary school! We are overflowing with excitement and the feeling of accomplishment. The journey has not been easy, but we did it!

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Together, We Built a School (January newsletter)

In 2017, we asked YOU, our Musana family, to help us build another branch of Musana Nursery and Primary School in the rural community of Bukona to educate an additional 800 children. Our total fundraising goal to build the school was $370,000 and in November, we were still $100,000 short. In the last two months of the year, we raised $116,000!!! Because of you, WE DID IT… We built a school!

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Together, We Built a Hospital (November newsletter)

One year ago, we shared our broken hearts after losing two babies that died because of the complexity of the broken health care system that exists in Uganda. Kauthara and Promise did not have access to a simple blood transfusion that would have saved their lives. After this, we worked hard to put all the necessary things in place to have a health facility that could offer these services. A year later, Musana Community Health Center is licensed to give blood and we have become a referral center for patients that need transfusions across the region! Our services are saving lives daily! Read more on how together we built a hospital.

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Persevere Like Jesus (October newsletter)

It has been six years since Irene first set foot at Musana. She works in our merchandise production room where she mentors and loves on all of the women who enter Musana’s skill development program.  Read Irene’s story.

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Ordinary Saturday or a Day to Remember? Happy Birthday, Musana! (September newsletter)

“Do you know what today is?” It was a question repeated multiple times on Saturday, September 16th . It wasn’t until they were asked, “Where were you nine years ago?” that the original Musana children’s faces lit up and they knew, “Today is Musana’s birthday!” What seemed like an average Saturday turned into appreciating a day nine years ago that was anything but average for them. Tuesday, September 16 th , 2008 was a day that completely transformed their lives. For many of them, it was the first time that they slept on a bed, or the first time that they fell asleep with full bellies knowing that they would be fed again in the morning. It was a day that would pave the way for a bright future. It was a day they would ALWAYS remember. Although we were not able to celebrate officially this year (just wait until 2018 when we make 10 YEARS!), we were able to reflect on how much has been accomplished. In nine years, it is incredible to think where Musana has come and where the children that day nine years ago would end up. At nine years, more than ever, we can see the fruits of our labor as the children are becoming adults and catalysts in their communities. Juliet is one of them!

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Copy, Edit, and Paste: Leadership Learning Trip (August newsletter)

This month, our leadership team went on a week-long adventure across Uganda to learn from organizations that are doing similar work through community development. It was an incredible experience, meeting passionate leaders, all with the same ultimate goal of seeing a greater Uganda. We visited nine organizations and send a HUGE thank you to the people who made the experience possible! Thank you to all of our host organizations for being so welcoming, humble, and open to teaching!

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Igniting Creativity Through Skills (June newsletter)

On June 24th, Musana graduated its fourth class of women from our Skill Development Training Program. There were forty-one women who finished the fourteen week course, coming from various ages, educational backgrounds, and economic status. These women graduated in tailoring, knitting, or baking with a component of business, learning to market their own products. They will go on to be self-employed, dignified women, with the capacity to produce clothing or baked goods for individual customers or on a contract basis with larger institutions. With the ability to earn an income, they are empowered with the ability to support themselves and their families!

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