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We are Grateful

On September 16 th , we celebrated 10 years of Musana in Iganga, Uganda! In a decade, Musana has grown from our original 80 children to over 38,000 community members who will be impacted this year! To say thank you to everyone who has been a part of Musana over the years, we held an event on September 14 th , Taste to Transform. We enjoyed Denver food, drinks, and everything Musana! The night was perfect because YOU, our Musana family, showed up! On behalf of the entire leadership team and the men, women, and children at Musana, THANK YOU! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity and support that you brought that night. Now, we can continue to dream and plan for the future and how God will use our BOLD development model to impact MORE children, women, and community members. With your support, we can transform the world through sustainable solutions that empower communities to be the change!

Our 70-Bed In-Patient Hospital is Now Open!! (June E-Newsletter)

“Open your eyes and you will see what God is going to do for Musana because
Musana has given this community the best gift.”- Iganga community member

A year and a half ago, we felt God’s calling to do MORE for health in Iganga, Uganda and we asked YOU, our Musana family to join us in expanding Musana Community Health Center into a 70-bed hospital. Today, we are overwhelmed with gratitude that through HIM, WE did it! That’s right…… June 1 st was a thrilling day in Iganga as the doors of our brand new wards officially became available to the public!

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!

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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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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Reaching the Community (March newsletter)

In 2012, Musana began doing community health outreaches in the homes and villages of our scholarship children with the goal of raising the standards of living for their families during school holidays. During these outreaches, we began seeing case after case of children and community members with severe health needs that were not being treated. Because of this, we saw the overwhelming need to start a health center in Iganga that would provide affordable, quality, and compassionate health care. Musana Community Health Center was launched in February 2016 and within the first year, we provided health services to over 10,000 people!

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The Power of Education (February newsletter)

As the 2017 school year has kicked off this February, we have officially opened Musana Vocational High School! Over 230 students have reported for classes, an AMAZING turnout! High school in Uganda consists of two levels, O-level (4 years) and A-level (2 years), making 6 years of school. Our school has started with the first two classes (S.1 and S.2) and each year a class will be added until all 6 years are offered on our campus. By 2021, we expect to have a population of 900 students. We could not be more excited for the opportunity to mold the youth in Iganga into leaders that will create change in their communities and in the world!

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Rising to the Top (January newsletter)

We could not be more excited to announce that in 2016, Musana Nursery and Primary School ranked 2nd in Iganga District out of over 400 schools that sat for the PLE, (Uganda’s national primary leaving exams). It is a requirement for all Primary 7 students in Uganda to take the exam and it is the main indicator of a school’s performance. Out of 32 Musana students that took the test, 22 passed in Division 1 and the other 10 passed in Division 2. This was a HUGE accomplishment for our students and all our teachers that worked tirelessly to prepare them. We are especially proud of our scholarship students that were some of the youngest originally brought to Musana in 2008. They ALL performed beyond our expectations!

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A Beacon of Hope for Health Care (November newsletter)

With every heartbreak we experience at Musana, there are multiple stories of triumph. This month we have shared the heartbreaking stories of Kauthara and Promise, two babies that died because of the complexity of the broken health care system that exists in Uganda, in which they did not have access to the services that would have saved their lives. Although we have been able to serve the health needs of over 10,000 community members through Musana Community Health Center’s outreaches and out-patient services, there is still so much NEED for in-patient and emergency care. Today, we look towards the future, when we will be able to do more for community members by expanding into a 70-bed in-patient facility with an operating room and specialty services.

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