Uganda Mission Trip (August 15 – August 28, 2017)
Participate in PPEL Camp (Pray, Play, Enjoy, and Learn) for students
o The PPEL camp goal is to share life and practical skills to the children, so that they can be of use to the families and communities. The camp objectives are:
o To increase on the awareness of the children’s knowledge of basic life skills to 80% by the end of five days.
o To provide three basic practical skills to the children by end of five days.
o To increase the moral awareness of the children to 85% by the end of the camp.
o To help 100% of the children appreciate the value of physical fitness.
o Home visits of students
o Visits to vocational schools
o Visit Vine of Ages Children’s Outreach Farming Model
Contact: Jen Score at [email protected]
Background on Uganda Mission -
Crossroads Uganda was our first international mission. It began with a team of twelve in 1999 who, while helping to build a new church building for Mt. Lebanon Church and providing medical assistance through walk in clinics, established relationships that remain to this day.
One of the twelve came home with a vision to partner with Ugandans to provide Education to the children. From this the Uganda Call Group emerged.
In 2004 HUMBLE United Methodist Primary School opened, welcoming 67 students from preschool through 4th grade. Over the next few years additional classroom buildings were completed, allowing the classes to expand through Primary 7 and the population of the school to grow to 250.
In 2007 the pioneer class of HUMBLE UMS graduated from P7. Unfortunately at that time the United Methodist Church at that time had not been successful in launching a secondary school. Crossroads committed to continue to educate that Pioneer class of 14 students through their secondary and/or vocational education. That trend continued through successive graduating classes, with Crossroads continue to sponsor as many of the graduating students as possible through the efforts of individual sponsors and donors as well as the annual Thanksgiving Day 10K race.
In 2012, due to questionable accounting practices by the East Africa Conference (EAAC) of the United Methodist Church, the UMC General Board of Global Ministries stopped sending project funds to the EAAC. This included HUMBLE School since it is a project of the Uganda United Methodist Church, under the EAAC. With funding no longer able to go to HUMBLE School, the most vulnerable children, who would not be able to attend HUMBLE as it transitioned into a paying school, were identified with the help of former Headmistress Esther Nabwire. Esther chose to leave her position with HUMBLE and continue to work with Crossroads. She facilitated the move of these most vulnerable children still in primary and since that time has managed the oversight and care of those children, as well as the children already in secondary and vocational.
As of this time, eight of the original HUMBLE students have completed vocational and joined the workforce, invocations including nursing, catering, seamstress and mechanics. Thirteen are enrolled in vocational schools studying mechanics, catering, accounting and mass communications. Fifty-seven are enrolled in secondary school, fourteen remain in primary. An additional fifteen secondary and primary are sponsored by individuals outside of Crossroads and six more sponsored in post-secondary by individuals within the Crossroads family.
About half of the first three graduating classes are still waiting and hoping for sponsors in hopes of continuing their education at the university level.
Currently Crossroads is not accepting any new students.
Our commitment is to focus first on these students, encouraging most to follow a vocational track which results in six years post primary. When that has been achieved we can look beyond to where God is calling us to be present to the children of Uganda.
Serenity Hatha Yoga class is cancelled for tonight, January 16 due to the potential for inclement weather.