July 7, 2014

Big Yields

    In Uganda, about 75% of the population is engaged in some type of agriculture.  For many, it is the sole income for their family and their only source of food.  One can imagine the anxiety that comes with waiting to see if the crop is going to be sufficient during harvest time.

    With conventional farming practices, the average Ugandan produces 200 kilograms of beans per acre.  Using the methods of Farming God’s Way, a conservation farming technique, the Amazima farm is producing 750-900 kilograms of beans per acre!

   Can you believe the difference?!? 

   Imagine the impact these practices would have on all of Uganda.  Our farming project relies on the “ripple effect” to spread these farming techniques. We continue to hold classes and encourage local farmers to partake in these new methods of farming.  These farmers serve as examples to their neighbors and have even helped friends and family plant their own fields.

   We are so excited to see these yields and are overjoyed that our surrounding community will benefit from our fields.  Please pray that we will be able to not only spread new farming techniques, but also spread the Gospel as we interact with those around us every day! 

June 16, 2014

Day of the African Child

Today, all of Uganda pauses to reflect on their greatest strength.

Today is the Day of the African Child.

This year the focus was placed on the importance for all children to receive a quality education.

Mentor Annet wrote a poem and a song for a select group of Amazima children to perform at the ceremony.  Annet said that the children performed well and were very appreciated.

Today we stop to value and cherish the children of this continent and of Uganda in particular.

We are blessed beyond measure by the children God has placed in our lives here.

We hope you enjoy their performance!

May 26, 2014

Sweeping for Support

During our HIV and AIDS support groups, we focus on "living positively." Living positively is acknowledging that while you may have HIV, you still have the right to live a full and productive life. We encourage group members to maintain good hygiene, eat properly, exercise, take medication at the appropriate times, and continue attending doctors appointments, and to help their children or family members do the same.

One of the biggest hindrances to living positively for our group is finances. Families confessed that it is difficult to eat nutritious foods like eggs and bananas regularly when they often do not have the money to afford it. 

After exploring several income generating options, we realized that Amazima purchases about 930 brooms each school term to send with our sponsored secondary students. After some brainstorming, we decided this is an excellent market for our support group to take part in!

The group, made up mostly of parents and guardians of children in our program, was very excited about the prospect of becoming broom makers. With the extra income they earn from making brooms, they will be able to provide their family with healthy food to keep their bodies in excellent condition!

By empowering these families to live positively, we hope they will be a light to the rest of their communities and encourage others to live to their full potential! 

May 19, 2014

Back to School!!

All of the Amazima children are headed back to school!  

We are sure you know the drill by now...everyone lines up to collect their school supplies and then heads on over for a full term of education! We would love your prayers and thoughts to be with all of these kids as they transition into a new setting for the next few months of their second school term of the year. 

May 12, 2014

Amazima Volleyball Match!

It was a very rainy day out in Buziika, where the torrential downpours of rainy season soaked the ground and turned the hard red soil into mud.

It was an intense face-off: the red-uniformed Amazima staff members against the yellow-draped Amazima sponsor children on their school holiday!

Although it was a "just a game," everybody gave it their all as the ball was spiked and set back and forth across the volleyball net. The mud made for a more interesting game as the players slid and slipped across the court.

After four games, the day's fun ended with an even draw. The score was 2 vs. 2 and everyone went home happy, planning for the next match to come!

May 5, 2014

Youth Conference

On April 23rd-25th, our new youth director, Kalongo Richard, led a youth conference for our secondary children at the beginning of their holiday break.  

The warehouse, normally holding dried maize and beans, was instead packed to the brim with students singing songs of praise and worship.  The energy was tangible as they dug deep to receive spiritual refreshment after a long term away at school.

The conference began with singing and dancing, led by the students.  Our students have many talents and they put them to use over the three day conference.   Pastor Richard challenged and inspired everyone with the message that anything that is born of God overcomes the world. Other Amazima students presented on different topics such as purity and academic excellence.

“We broke them up into men and women in order to get them to really open up, “ explained mentor James, “we really want to encourage behavioral change.  We want them to be God-fearing boys and girls.”

It is our desire that the children who go through the Amazima program will know God and make Him known to those they encounter in their lives.  We hope through seminars and conferences such as these, that these children will know that God created them for a purpose and has set them apart.  Please pray for our secondary children as they begin to head back to school, that the truths planted in them over holiday will bring forth new life in the months and years to come.