I was privileged with partnering with this organization for a 6 week trip to Uganda last summer. Though I traveled by myself there this organization was so helpful with everything I would need to do to prepare for my trip.
I spent 6 weeks at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School (KSVS) teaching in the primary school that is on campus. It was so amazing to see the hope in the eyes of these students. Most of the families in the village of Kamwenge are stuck in a vicious "hut cycle". We visited a few of the families from the school and I noticed a trend. These families lived in a hut with 8-10 other people and there was always someone else in the hut who was pregnant. The kids would grow up in the hut get pregnant and add to the hut and enroll in this cycle. KSVS gives these children an opportunity to break out of this cycle, allows them to leave this village and get jobs in the city to help their families in the village. KSVS has given this community a hope.
While I was there KSVS held a conference at the school for the students and the community to come and fellowship together. This was a weekend long conference and the only way I could describe this event is by using the word POWERFUL!! To see a community in all different walks of life come together and worship a real God brought tears to my eyes. Partners in Mission and KSVS are bringing hope and faith to this community.
I am so blessed to be able to partner with this organization and continue to serve with them! God is going to use them to accomplish big things and I can't wait to see what becomes of this organization, the school, and this community.
In 2005, our Pastor asked if we could host a friend of his from Uganda - Rev. John Mulindabigwi. We are so thankful we could! His vision of a place to educate young people in vocational training struck a cord in our hearts - for with education, people can and do prosper. We signed on to help in many ways from the USA. Our two young sons prevented us from travelling to Uganda - but our church has sent many mission teams to the Western parts of Uganda to witness, to build, to teach. Our hope is to join those who have been there and teach as well! What a blessing to see the growth of the school and the corresponding village - Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational Institute - all stemming from the vision of Rev. John and his wife Jolly. To hear the testimony of the graduates, to see their lives changed, to learn of those who give their lives to Christ and become all they can be - what a blessing to be able to participate! And now, with this school, lives are growing and changing for the better! The school hires many local adults, creating job opportunities where few outside of farming existed before - the government is supportive in their expansion of electrical services towards the school - and the children come from miles and miles around. Thanks to a diverse educational mission, classes for both men and women are firmly in place and producing graduates who can go forth and start businesses or find a high-paying job. Many continue with their educations on a higher level. This is a success in action!
I have traveled to Uganda 6 times volunteering with another organization Juna Amagara. Each of these visits has resulted in being hosted in John M's home as I would engage in activity on Juna Amagara’s behalf. I have found John and his family to be loving, serving, gracious people. From these visits John and I have developed a relationship in which I consider John to be a friend. When I suggested to John to come to America to the Willow Creek Leadership conference, he did, which gave some wings to his organization. When I look to make a financial contribution to an organization I want to interact with one where I am assured of accountability, reliability of the organization and one where the cause is worthy. This organization is that. John is supported by an American board made up of God honoring, high integrity people.
I traveled to Uganda in 2009 to work at their secondary and vocational school, KSVI. I currently sponsor a student as does my local Sunday School. I have also hosted the director, Rev. John Mulindabigwe, in my home. Pastor John is a visionary, who has worked unselfishly to bring education to a remote part of his country. His school continues to grow in numbers as well as the scope of services available to students and the local community. PIM provides an opportunity to move beyond their substance farming background, while providing grounding in the Christian faith. This work is overseen by a strong board of directors here in the U.S., several of whom I know personally.
In October, 2010, I travelled to Uganda to meet with the local board members, to see the facilities of KSVI the school supported by PIM, and to meet with Rev. John and the staff members of the school. I was truly and deeply impressed by all that has been accomplished by this group for the people of the Kamwenge area. I took away a sense that people are being invested in. They are receiving education, Christian community, life skills in goal setting and problem solving, and continuing support. The surrounding community benefits from this transformation, and hope and dreams for the future are within reach. I am so glad I have become acquainted with PIM. I am a believer in them and now, also, a proud supported or their work.
I am impressed with the high degree of communication that I have received from KSVI showing how my donation helps sustain the educational programs for the Ugandan students. It is very rewarding to learn about the progress of individual students at KSVI.
This is a great organization! They have a clear big picture, keeping the focus on Christ and His work in the world, but also offer real world, hands on, nuts and bolts opportunities. Partnering with a local Ugandan pastor, they are able to realistically work with and encourage Ugandan originated projects. The Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational Institute, which they started, offers hope and opportunity to returned refugees living in the Kamwenge district of southwestern Uganda. There are many physical needs in Uganda, but the people are spiritually rich and generous.