Thursday, February 28, 2013

Out with the old...

We’ve been blessed to be a part of what God is doing in Naigobya!  Lives are being changed through the Good News of Jesus Christ shown in word and deed.  Here are some of the physical changes that have taken place over the last five months (it’s a bit harder to show pictures of the spiritual changes, so you’ll have to trust us on that one!)

(For even more photos, visit our Flickr site)

Old benches previously used in the classrooms

Students at their new desks

One of the old chalkboards

Headmaster Patrick and one of the new chalkboards

Classroom building before remodeling...
And after remodeling!

The old pit latrine.  Fortunately you can't smell it!
It looks better and it smells better! (not me, the building!)

One of two new soccer goalposts.  The field had no goalposts previously.
The current kitchen.  Actually it's not current.  The "roof" recently blew off.
We are helping St. Paul build a new kitchen that will be suitable
for a population of well over 200 students.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Orphan Scholarship Fund

I'll be the first to admit that numbers can be deceiving, but here are some numbers that don't lie:

55, 220, and 65.

55 is the number of students at St. Paul Primary School during the last term of 2012.  

220 is the number of students currently enrolled in and attending St. Paul in the first term of the 2013 school year.  That's a four fold increase, for which we were not fully prepared!  

65 is the number of orphans among those 220 students.

God is clearly doing something.  55 to 220 is a significant jump!  But how about 0 to 65 in one term!  That is the change in the number of orphans from term 3 of 2012 to term 1 of 2013.  Yes, God is doing something!  But what about us?  We are doing everything we can to help the school deal with this growth, but honestly, more resources are needed!  We need more desks, more materials and supplies, and eventually more classrooms!

The average tuition for a year for one student at St. Paul is only about $35.  That's per year, not per month!  But many children in the community cannot afford even this small amount.  Orphans almost assuredly do not have the ability to pay!

Will you help orphans of the Naigobya community receive the education they so desperately desire and deserve?  A gift of just $35 will pay for their education for an entire year!  Your gift will help us to build those much needed desks, buy materials and supplies, and someday build more classrooms. 

Click here if you want to help these children!  Designate your gift for Afayo and the Orphan Scholarship Fund.  Your gift will make a huge difference!