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!
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!