On Monday the Home Again students that attend boarding school in Fort Portal loaded up their belongings into the Bringing Hope van and headed back to school. The students were required to report back to school on Monday as the term begins on Tuesday.

Excitement was in the air as the students filled the van and headed off for a new term. Murda, bringing Hope to the Family’s driver, was a trooper as he played bus driver all day.

The local primary and secondary schools will begin in a few days, so soon all of the Home Again children will be back in school, and ready for everything the term will have for them!

We recently painted a 4 square court on the back of the new basketball court. On Thursday, we taught the kids at Home Again how to play (no bobbles!).  The kids loved it and have been playing ever since, and wanted to share the fun with you. Think you have what it takes to make it to the king’s square?

Today we wrapped up week 9 of our second leadership class. We will be finishing this class in the next 3 weeks. We’ve lost a few students from when we began the term, but for those who are still remaining they are really enjoying the content and seem to be getting a lot out of it. Having the opportunity to share and invest in others is a great privilege and we are enjoying the chance to share.

A quick update: the ceiling in the lower house of Home Again is completely finished and painted now. We want to thank everyone who donated toward this project and all of our volunteers that helped install it. You all are awesome.

With our volunteer teams back home now and with just less than a month until we take a trip to the US, we are busy trying to ger our ongoing projects wrapped up. Now, just so you know, work here will continue while we are in the states, as GSM will be left in the very capable hands of MOses, our fellow GSM employee here in Kaihura.

We began painting the ceiling that we installed in the lower house of Home Again today. We had several willing helpers with the painting, which is always nice. We even had one helper from Austrailia, Barbara, who has been volunteering with our Australian friends here in Kaihura for a few weeks now. This holiday break has been a wonderful learning experience for several of the boys at Home Again. As seen in other posts, these boys were instrumental in the installation of the ceiling. Now they are getting an opportunity to hone their painting skills.

I also added a couple of photos of the kitchen/bathroom addition at Home Again. Progress is still moving right along on this project.

On Friday, Village Art held its official grand opening! There was certainly a lot going on, and a lot worth celebrating. Thankfully, through Know.Think.Act., Village Art has it’s own generator, so when the power went out, it did not slow down the festivities even a little. Between the pedicures, hair weavings, sodas, PA system, and dancing, there was definitely a lot of excitement in the air.

This project means so much more than just creating a salon, a craft shop, and a bridal boutique. This income-generating project is not only designed to provide jobs to several women in the community, but it also helps sustain Bringing Hope to the Family. It is actually bringing hope to everyone involved. No one here thought shops like these were possible in a village setting, and the success of Village Art is expanding and reshaping the minds of those around us.

We praise God for this blessing to Bringing Hope to the Family! We praise God that we can connect communities here in East Africa with people from around the globe who are investing in real change. We pray that it will be a successful business and a blessing to all who come.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and we can’t wait until you come and take advantage of all our services!