Today was the day we met with the sponsored students in Nakabango. There are 140 kids in the program from Primary 1 level through vocational school. Some of them have been sponsored since Messiah Lutheran began this in 2006! What a joy to watch them grow!
Our packet distribution went as smoothly as it can in Nakabango; they are notorious for being our most chaotic day - a label I believe they wear with pride. The church building is large and ventilation is small so it is always a warm 2-hour process! However, any amount of work is worth the smiles we see as kids are reading letters and looking at pictures from their sponsors. It is a Christmas-like atmosphere and we feel honored to be a part of it! We took the group picture you see above after packets were handed out.
I had the privilege of cutting the ribbon to officially open the new latrine, recently built for the school with funds raised during Celebrate Uganda last year. The Ministry of Education had threatened to shut th school down if a latrine was not built large enough to accommodate the growing school and not able to be emptied. Thankfully, the project is complete - including a hand washing station for the boys, girls, and staff.
Twenty-eight students in the P7 class will be "sitting for exams" in early November. This is a nationwide standardized test that determines what secondary school they qualify to attend. The students are studying hard and are a bit nervous! The team promised to put the kids' request for prayer in front of the congregation as the testing dates draw closer!