Friends of Kibbuse has committed to providing the Kibbuse Vocational Training Center with teacher's salaries every month. We also provide housing for the teachers, as most of them are from other areas of Uganda. In addition we also help with special projects such as building repair and renovation. Our most current need is the rebuilding of the Kabasara Clinic. This clinic is undersized and understaffed. We plan to build a new facility that will better meet the needs of the community, and to also add more staff. You can assist this important project by sending a check or email to Friends of Kibbuse PO Box 592 Jenison, MI 49429, specifying Good Samaritan Clinic in the memo field. All Donations are tax deductible.
Plans for the new Clinic
Fence at the clinic
Two board members recently went to Uganda for a ground breaking ceremony. They sent this letter back home.
"God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" Gen. 1:31a Indeed!! Uganda is a beautiful example of that passage. I am still in awe of the beauty of this country, and it's people. Like always, everyone here has welcomed us with a smile. We spent the first day (Wednesday) traveling through Entebbe, Kampala, Mubende, and numerous villages along the road to Karaguza. There, we found our home at the Starlight Hotel. During our pork and chips dinner a package showed up for Rev James. It was the clinic drawings with the final signatures!!!! We reviewed them, had some discussion, and went to bed. Yesterday we had breakfast at the Starlight and headed out for the clinic. On the way we made a short stop at the school. We said a quick hello to Richard and a few others and then continued on for the clinic. Upon arriving at the clinic we found the guys working on the main gate. It was exciting to see how different everything looked with the fencing and the gates. It was interesting to watch the guys work. There were a lot of similarities, and yet so many differences in the way we work at home. The biggest difference being, POWER TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT! We admired the hard work it takes to do what they do, with only their hands and hand tools. We also spent some time with Monica and her youngest son. Not to my surprise, her son was scared of this BIG mazungoo. Monica is doing well. Her health was good and she was very excited to see the progress being made on the fence. She said the construction crew has been good and kind to her. After spending more time with the workers, we ate our lunch on the trunk of the new car. We had bread with butter and plum jam or honey. We also enjoyed a, fresh cut, Ugandan pineapple. After our trunk lunch, we went south to a village that will be using the clinic. While at the village we encouraged the people to take pride in the new clinic which is being built for them. Rev James encouraged them to confront people and correct them if they are doing anything that will slow down progress or destroy any work already done. We also encouraged them to look for ways to help. The village leader in the second village even gave them an example of how he stopped on the road when he seen the workers struggling with the main gate and helped them. It was so encouraging to hear him challenge the people in that way. We need to be in prayer about the people contributing their time and energy to the project. If the communities can find a way to contribute, they will appreciate the clinic even more. After those visits, we went back to the Starlight for dinner and bed.
Today, we are meeting with George at the district offices. He will join us in meeting with the health department and the Chief Administrative Officer. This will give us a chance to thank them for accepting our drawings and to encourage them to do what they can to assist us in this project. After that we are planning to visit the Bishop and give him an update of what we are doing in Kabasara.
Tomorrow, we are planning to visit the clinic and more surrounding communities. Then in the afternoon we are planning a ground breaking ceremony.
Sunday will include a worship service at Nyamarwa and a meeting in the evening to look over the bids for the clinic.
Monday we finally will get to the school and spend the day there. We have a lot of things to get updates on and we are planning to test soil in at least three locations.
Tuesday we head back to Kampala for some shopping for needed supplies and then we are off to the airport to board the plane for our lovely ride home, ok so maybe not lovely...... We can't wait to share more details of this trip to the Good Samaritan Clinic