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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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Fund the Vision (November Newsletter)

Fund the Vision this Holiday Season

It has been another incredible year of sunshine in Iganga, Uganda! As many of you know, “musana” means sunshine in the local language and this year Musana’s bright light has impacted over 2,730 individuals PLUS their families through services in education, health, skill development, economic development, and agriculture. We are beyond grateful for the generosity of our Musana family around the world who has enabled such growth!

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Training Towards a Dependency Free Community (October Newsletter)

Training Towards a Dependency Free Community!

A few times a year in Iganga, Uganda, Musana’s leadership team hosts training sessions for the entire Musana staff and the guardians of our scholarship children to ensure that the Musana family understands and believes in the mission and vision of WHAT we do and HOW we work. This year’s training occurred days before our leader, Haril Kazindra, left for the United States for the 2015 Road Show. What should have been an exhausting twelve-hour day was anything but tiring for this ambassador for change. After twelve hours of mingling with staff and guardians, presenting Musana’s development model, mission and vision, Musana’s leader was re-energized and more passionate than ever to work! Many of the EIGHTY employees and HUNDREDS of family members whose perspective of Musana’s presence was shifted over the many hours of training were right behind him, thrilled to be a part of what Musana stands for!

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Seven Years of Transformation (September Newsletter)

Seven Years of Transformation

September marked 7 years since Musana began and boy, was it a month full of reflection about where Musana started, how far it has come, and where it is going. BIG things are happening inside the umbrella of what Musana Community Development Organization is today, things that 7 years ago were inconceivable. In the beginning, Musana was 80 children plus a few adults that were solely caretakers of those original sunrays of hope. Today, Musana’s income generating and outreach projects exceed ANYTHING we could have ever dreamed about in September 2008.

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Moms of Musana

Moms of Musana

If Musana Nursery and Primary School were a human body, the children would be the heart, teachers the feet, administration the brain, and the matrons the backbone.

Each morning at 4:45am Pricilla, Mackline, Oliver, Ida, Edith, and Dorcas are up before the sun. Their first task takes place in the morning darkness as they make their way down the rows of bunk beds to prepare their 250 children for school. The belief that it takes a village to raise strong men and women is embraced at Musana Nursery and Primary School and this cultural creed begins with the moms of Musana…the matrons.

Often unnoticed by visitors, the matrons are responsible for ensuring that clothes are washed, the compound is cleaned, and the children are fed and bathed. When first stepping onto the Musana campus it’s easy to observe the kids at play and the teachers at work; however, it’s not as simple to spot Pricilla and Mackline in the kitchen making over 700 meals daily or Oliver sitting in the shade washing the dirty bowls from breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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The matrons help to facilitate the success and wellbeing of their kids by acting as mothers, caretakers, cooks and supervisors to the hundreds of children boarding at Musana. Not only do these women never take a day off during term, but they also live alongside their kids sleeping in the dormitories just feet away from their students.

A typical day begins at the crack of dawn as each matron prepares her students for the day. The women ensure that their kids have bathed, made their beds, and mopped the floor of their room all before 6:00am. Breakfast is served at 6:30am, but before then the compound is cleaned with the matrons keeping a close watch.

As the children go to class, the matrons divide and get to work preparing to serve the meals for break and lunch. During this time dishes are being cleaned, tea is being steeped, and posho is being cooked. Come 2:00pm the women take a break to enjoy lunch. They can be found eating and laughing in the back of the kitchen with their neon colored bowls filled with posho, beans, rice, or porridge.

When school lets out at 4:00pm the children take their second bath for the day and are then fed dinner at 6:30pm. During this time the matrons are cleaning the kitchen and closing up shop for the day. While the children are getting ready to sleep, the women make sure their kid’s shoes are shined as a last order of business.

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The matrons at Musana are the first to rise in the morning and the last to sleep at night. Their dedication and commitment to their work is not only honorable, but it is essential to the success of Musana Nursery and Primary School. With every bed that’s made and with every shoe that’s shined the moms of Musana continue to help the students thrive.

Musana Competes

Musana Competes

July is an exciting time of year for Primary schoolers in Uganda as athletes, dancers, actors, and singers compete in the county and district games!
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I want to build a hospital

I want to build a hospital.

We were touched by this blog written by a volunteer who recently visited Musana and saw with her own eyes the need for a Health Center. Alissa writes, “The need is great.  The need is so so so great.  For rescuing children.  For providing education.  For helping widows.  And also, as I learned, for healthcare.  So enough beating around the bush.  Here’s the deal: I want to build a hospital.  Or, rather, I want to get a hospital built.  And I want to ask for YOUR help to do that.
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The Cycle of Dependency: When Helping Does More Harm than Good

The Cycle of Dependency

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Musana Celebrates the Day of the African Child

Day of the African Child

Every year, the Ugandan government celebrates the Day of the African Child on June 16th,.  This year’s, “Day of the African Child” celebration brought forth awareness and a call to end child marriage throughout Uganda, Musana received a certificate by the local government for transforming the lives of vulnerable children in Iganga.
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Musana’s Kids are Growing and Giving Back: News from May!

Musana Kids are growing and giving back this month!

“Social entrepreneurship,” “sustainability,” “accountability” and “local ownership,” have become buzzwords in the conversation of international development. Musana gives reality to these terms. We demonstrated 86% financial sustainability in 2014 and a team of 70+ Ugandans led the organization on ground.

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