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!
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
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
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
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
On March 8th, we paused to celebrate International Women’s Day – a day to recognize the achievement of women around the globe who continue to overcome barriers and reveal that women truly do hold the key to change. It is up to us to continue to encourage woman as difference makers and empower them to rise!
Over the past couple of months, we have had the privilege to witness the emergence of strong female leaders at Musana. On this Women’s Day, we want to take this opportunity to spotlight these amazing women as we look to the future and see so much of Musana’s potential in their strength! Introducing a few of Musana’s newest women and our CHAMPIONS for change!READ MORE
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
The Cycle of Dependency