We would like you to meet Jeff and Shannon Dyck. They are the leadership team already established in Uganda by TOIS. Jeff and Shannon are originally from Canada and with their 4 lovely children, are now living in Masaka/Kibaale. They both are very knowledgeable in running both the Kibaale Community Centre and the Timothy Outreach International Society in Masaka. They have already been instrumental for us with advice towards running an operation such as ours.
The day finally arrived when we greeted little Ivan at our gates. Renee and her team from Serving His Children brought him over to live with us as Renee realized how happy our children were and he would have a good family to live with. We are so grateful to have this little guy (with Edwin). He has struggled with the unimaginable but with a lot of love and encouragement, he is already adjusting to his new family. We are looking for sponsors for him if anyone would be interested in helping him.
How could anyone not want to belong to this family? We just have to keep remembering that they were all scared the first time they entered that gate. They seem to feel each child's fear and make an effort to change it with a smile and a hug.
The girls are all learning to sew. Each day we learn 2 new stitches and they are tested at the end of each week. I am now watching them teach the Aunties what they had learned that day. Edwin and I will be setting up a sewing room to teach them on a machine next.
I never thought I would be doing this here. OK, so what does a person do when they have an entire banana plantation of 300 trees and the bananas are everywhere? Bake of course, but I got smart. I thought of teaching this art of baking to the girls. Today I did and they loved it. Matter a fact, their bread was better than mine. They shared one loaf with everyone and will plan to practice again tomorrow.
Mariam celebrated her birthday on December 10th. We baked a birthday cake and while surprising her, Desire poured water over her head as this is the tradition. Couldn't resist this picture of shock.
Our passion fruit is getting tall and already flowering. To utilize every space possible, kale has been placed between the plants so that the children will have their greens for nutrition.
These are our 300 broilers that are now ready to be sold. Because it's the Christmas season, they are selling very quickly. We have another 200 birds that will be ready for sale at the end of the month with one purchaser requesting all of them.
Our first load of 40 birds going out of the compound. Yes, you are seeing this correctly and they are being transported all the way to Kampala like this (80km). They have since returned for another 100 birds for the same journey. Apparently our birds are very tasty.
These are some of our 1000 layers. They will be ready to lay eggs in 2 weeks in their new nests and we are very excited to see the results of our labour. Thanks to David we will have an outlet for the eggs but what is more exciting....we will haveprotein for the children. We are still in the learning stages but we are so proud of our few workers who have kept them alive and in good health. Many people here will lose 1/2 their flock to disease, but ours are still in tact. Thank you James and Sula.