Over the past 10 years, Musana’s programs have grown from our original 80 children to over 38,000 people that are directly accessing our education, health, and skill development services. On October 19 th , the community of Iganga gathered to celebrate all that has been accomplished and it was a spectacular day. Over 1,000 community members flooded the football field at Musana Vocational High School. Performances were done by Musana students, staff members, youth in Iganga, and local musicians- all sharing composed songs, poems, and speeches about the transformation that has taken place in their community. Additionally, Musana’s women and children shared powerful testimonies about how their lives have changed forever because of Musana. The entire full-time staff of 200+ people danced around the field, surrounding Haril Kazindra, Musana’s Co-founder and Director. The ownership they feel for Musana was evident as their faces gleamed with pride. Haril passionately shared how Musana started, the impact that has been made, and the exciting plans for the future replication of our bold development model in other districts of Uganda. The top government officials, district leaders, and Ugandan board members attended and congratulated Musana for the great work done. Also, in attendance was a team of longtime Musana supporters from the United States who came to witness the joyous occasion! October is a rainy season in Uganda and for most of the day, dark clouds circled the field and thunder was heard in the distance. We all sat praying that God would hold off the heavy downpour and sure enough, He did, giving us a simple reminder that Musana is in His hands!
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!READ MORE
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!READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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!READ MORE
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!READ MORE
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!
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.READ MORE