“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!READ MORE
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!READ MORE
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!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
At the beginning of this month, we celebrated Musana’s second graduating class from our Skill Development Training Program. The three-month long course teaches women a skill in tailoring, baking, and knitting. With emphasis on business, the women are equipped to utilize their new skills as entrepreneurs, leading their families out of poverty! On October 1st, 47 women graduated from the second session of the program and it was incredible to see the transformation as they truly became empowered and proud women! At the end of their training, the ladies were asked the question, “Who are you now?”READ MORE
In the last few months, Musana started to offer skill development courses to community members. These intensive three-month classes provide training in tailoring, knitting, and embroidery, as well as catering and hospitality. The trainings create entrepreneurs with a very practical and business centered approach. The students are first trained in a practical skill of their choosing, then provided business classes, AND finally are offered the opportunity to apply for a loan to open their own enterprise utilizing their new capabilities!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!
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!READ MORE