Tomorrow is parents day at school. Again, Edwin will attend for 6 hours watching them sing and perform their hearts out, but loving every moment as he watches as a proud Uncle.
They have come so far and like Edwin says, the most amazing thing about this new family is that they really consider themselves brothers and sisters. When a new child comes in, they all stick together supporting that child, making them feel comfortable and at home. Bed wettings are common as most are suffering severe trauma, but no one makes fun…they all understand.
Our two biggest supporters, Save on Foods and Global TV have never left our side. Global recently filmed as the Gleaners loaded 500,000 meals into our donated container and it will possibly air this next week on Channel 11 with Linda Aylsworth at around 6:30pm.
If it wasn't for Save on Foods always there whenever we need ingredients to bake banana bread, we could never have continued this journey. They invite us to have fundraisers to promote our Home of Angels and invite the firefighters to even help us. We have been very blessed by these two organizations.
Recently, I was fearing for this child's life. He developed severe pneumonia but when Edwin and his brothers tried to find help, there was no respirator available. Eventually, they did find one at a hospital not too far from our compound. With the help of a wonderful women doctor and the love of our Aunty Aidha, Alan is now doing well.
Meet Saika and Dan, our two newest family members. They were abandoned a few years ago and Edwin found them living on the streets of Jinja. Because they were addicted to glue for survival, we thought very seriously about bringing them into our Home of Angels. Because of their young ages, we decided to help them by detoxing them for 2 weeks as they were young enough to change. Saika the 6 year old adjusted more easily than this brother Dan. Saika is so happy living with us but Dan has a little more adjustment ahead of him. They will be just fine.
So happy to see this smile
Two little boys from the streets who found a home that loves them
One day my doorbell rang….. Rob, the Manager of the Sumas Save on Foods store had arrived to deliver an order of banana bread ingredients. When I saw his arm in a sling, I couldn't believe his dedication to us. Gord, the Manager of Whatcom Save on Foods has also made this same door to door delivery in the past. This amazing company goes far beyond the normal to help make a difference in this world. They are there for all of us….Children's Hospital, Salvation Army, the Food Bank and many in need. That is what Save on Foods is about…."Helping Others" and I need to share that with all of you so that you will understand the heart behind this company. Whether it's an orphanage on the other side of the world or the sick children right here at home, Save on Foods is a blessing.
Meet Carly…Carly wanted to do a school project and Save on Foods let her do one for us promoting our banana bread. She organized, had meetings with the Manager and set out to make it a huge success on the weekend. Every loaf was sold…….I need to be writing a "Kids helping Kids" book.
Good Job Carly
First of all, I would like to say thank you to Lois and Larry by donating their farm for our container to sit on for 7 days as we loaded. What a job that was. I want to thank our team from Northview including the wives for there help. We had two prayers… one was no rain and the other was that all we collected would fit. It had poured for one week prior to the day we loaded but the morning of the big day, the sun arrived. Everything fit…everything and when we closed the doors, the rains came again with a vengeance. I would say someone was listening to our prayers.
Barry Kenna and his wife donated this container. But, before we saw it, Barry went to the container yard and constructed 32' of shelving built to spec for the size of our boxes. He wanted this to stay on our property in Uganda as a storage/office space as we would really get a lot of use of it. Thank you Barry… We all appreciate you both so much.
Global TV arrived as the 500,000 meals were being loaded into the front of the container. Can you imagine how many people this is going to feed? Please go to www.fvgleaners.org and see the good work they do for millions of hungry people around the world. We feel very blessed by knowing
these wonderful people.
Thank you Gleaners team for all your hard work to load the 500,000 meals into our container. This is such a wonderful place to volunteer and when you see first hand the results on the other side of the world, it makes you proud to be a part of helping.
All I can say is…..I sure am so blessed with wonderful people in my life. Lois had prepared a delicious lunch for everyone including homemade cinnamon rolls. This amazing group from Northview church volunteered their time to load the remainder of the container and because of them, we had room to spare. A special thank you to Northview for the two ovens donated. We are now set to bake banana bread in Uganda with the 200 banana trees donated by Edwin's family. Never in my wildest dreams did I see that coming.
The chicken house is almost finished. The roof is on and the structure is complete except inside. All we need to do is purchase the chickens and have them start laying. For our kids and the medical issues they have, these eggs will help them health wise but not only that, the excess will be a profit for us to operate. We are finding that the operation is more difficult than we thought with the kids living here now, but like I said before, God is with us and He doesn't abandon His orphans.
Every morning the children wake and do chores. They constantly work hard on cleaning the red dirt of everything but I do know how happy they are to live here and they think nothing of doing this. Our Aunties are teaching them to work and grow.
Our Home of Angels is becoming a real home. We may only have 11 children out of 58, but as we slowly grow, the children feel the love and the results are incredible. When a new child arrives, they band together as a family and welcome them. They all have their own issues to deal with but no matter what those are, they focus on the situation presently in front of them. As a result, the new ones feel the love and adjust quickly.
I am so proud of Edwin and the team over there. I might be on this side of the world and watching it all happen on Skype, but in reality, he is doing an amazing job and these kids are going to succeed in life. They are now slowly overcoming their past issues and only looking towards the future.
Thank you EVERYONE for your donations, your prayers and anything you have done to make this wonderful home grow into a reality. A special thanks to our anonymous donor that orchestrated the donation of sending this container in the first place; to Barry and Dorothy for purchasing it; and also to Erich and Gord at ACGI for all the work they did to help me with the paperwork and getting it to the ship on time.
Also to Katie and Jenese for never giving up baking jinjabread.ca
God bless you all