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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.

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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Fighting for Lives (May newsletter)

This past Sunday there was a horrific attack at a church in Iganga just a few miles away from Musana due to a land dispute between the church and community members. During service, a group of men attacked members in the congregation with machetes, killing two people and injuring many others. After the attack, the victims were rushed to the main hospital in Iganga for treatment. One of the injured was Musa Kabale. Musa was slashed multiple times on the head and on his body with the machetes and was losing blood rapidly. The main hospital did not have blood to do a transfusion so Musa was rushed to Musana Community Health Center (MCHC). Our amazing medical team worked tirelessly to stitch up all the wounds and give him the blood that saved his life. There is no question that Musa would have died without the efforts of our doctors, clinicians, and nurses. As the only income earner in the family, Musa would have left two wives and ten children with no means to provide for themselves.

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Collaboration Through Teaching (April newsletter)

This month we had an incredible team of educators from Flatirons Community Church come and work alongside our teachers at Musana Nursery and Primary School! Unlike most mission trips that have an aim of hands-on service, we believe a successful missions trip is one full of relationship building and collaboration where there can be mutual learning and growth for everyone involved. Our Ugandan teaching team is made up of qualified, intelligent, and energetic individuals that are committed to changing their community by raising the next generation of leaders. The U.S. teachers have broad experience in teaching techniques and emphasizing critical thinking in the classroom. Together, these two groups encouraged each other and pushed each other to be all around better teachers!

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8 Years of Sunshine (September Newsletter)

This month we celebrate 8 years! On September 16, 2008, we moved the first 40 children to Musana and boy, has it been an adventure since. Every September we find ourselves looking back on the years and how we have grown as an organization alongside those original 80 kids who were Musana those first couple of years.  We are excited and proud to see our youngest become the leaders of Musana Primary School and our oldest start their journey into adulthood!

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Sharing Our Journey (April Newsletter)

From January to April, Musana hosted a group of students from the Master of Arts Program in International Development and Service (MAIDS) from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Hosting the MAIDS program provided a unique opportunity for future development actors to learn about community development from a variety of models used by organizations in East Africa, a hotspot for international development to date.  We were honored to showcase our own unique community development model, utilizing the greatest lessons we have learned in the past eight years!

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The Next Generation of Leaders Calls for Quality (January Newsletter)

The Next Generation of Leaders Calls for Quality

As this year begins, there is so much to look forward to.  In 2016, one thing we are focusing ALL of Musana’s efforts on is quality rather than quantity.  In 2008, Musana’s foundation was built upon providing a safe place for children in Iganga that would provide them housing, food, and LOVE.  Shortly after Musana started, the establishment of a school became an enormous part of the work that Musana does. In 2009, Musana Nursery and Primary School started its journey towards an education focused on creativity, literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving while maintaining the roots of the Ugandan education system that would prepare children to excel on the national exams. The process has been slow over the years, but as we enter 2016, we are seeing the positive transformation Musana’s school is having.

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