Monday, December 30, 2013

The Festive Season Experience at V.O.H

Christmas; a season of celebrating Christ with Joy ,Love for one another. Here at Village of Hope it was one of the busiest season for all staff and the children too.
Lots of shopping from clothes , eats ,drinks ,jewlery, hair styling for the girls and other many activities puting the Village in christmas and happy new year moods. Every child got a chrismas clothe, shoes, belts, gifts given by the Schoolies and they all looked smart and more happier than have ever seen on that day.
The day started with a heavy breakfast of eggs, bread, and milk then preparing for the x-mas service at church where Chris (Ann Mary's father) was the preacher of the day.
From Church, we headed back to the Village to have a nice lunch with Chris' family , lots of foods, drinks, fruits more than enough.
After lunch, it was taking family photos from House 1-8 then  the older children went for the gospel concert in Jinja town and the little ones watched JESUS' LIFE MOVIE on the Projector
We thank Hope Builders for the one heart support which enabled us to celebrate x-mas with all what we needed. May  God bless you all.
We wish you all the best in 2014.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last Days of Schoolies 2013

It's has been so quick with our friends of 2013 , we don't believe that the two weeks have passed.
However the team has completed it's activities as planed like building House 10, visiting other Homes, visiting Slums, Prison ,playing football, going rafting Dinning with V.O.H staff and other activities.
The last two days were so joyful on both the Schoolies and Village of Hope as they had a football match between the Ugandan Builders and it ended in favor of the Schoolies. On Tuesday ,it was a farewell party at Village of Hope where the Children enjoyed the marvelous amazing preparations of Bouncing Castles, children's motor bikes, face painting  snacks and drinks lots of sweets dancing , cultural music, presentation from the Schoolies, the many speeches and many other activities. This was i think the best day in the lives of many children as others called it Christmas because of the enjoyment.
We again thank the Schoolies for the Great time, love and joy extended to us for those two weeks may the good Lord bless you all ,safe journey back  and extend our Love out there.
Kind regards

Friday, December 6, 2013

Schoolies' Visit to The Slums

Hi all our lovely lovers of Village of Hope blog,here are some the activities The Schoolies are doing to impact community here in Uganda'.
On Wednesday, it was half day of building then after lunch  time the team had to head to Kikaramoja Slum to visit families of some the Children on Hope Builders' programme. It was a bit exciting but a trying moment for some team members as they listened  to stories about poverty alcohol and substance abuses poor healthy of guardians and the children themselves before they joined Village of Hope.
We visited seven families ....Phiona's, Brend's Mark's ,Richard's, Jane's Joan's  and Grace and Dorren's families. The guardians  and other people in the surrounding community were all happy to recieve the Bazungu (Whites) in their community.Prayers were held in each of the families visited and we asked the Lord grace upon the families and  the cycle of poverty getting broken.
Today , building was also half day  and House 10 is rising up at higher rate, then in the evening the team had a football match with the Village Team and it ended in favor of Village of Hope.
To God be The Glory

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Village of Hope with The Schoolies 2013

The team made a week in Uganda on Sunday with awesome and wonderful activities done.  Windows and doors in House 10  are now fitted soon its reaching wall plate...thanks for the energtic boys and girls.
On sunday morning we had a wonderful service at Abundant Church with our own Pr George giving the word for the day.
In the afternoon  the Team was at the Village meeting children and participating in dancing competitions dividing themselves into 4 groups where Yellow group won. This was finalised with lots of sodas and glucose mostly loved by the children. The team is  really enjoying the visit .
On the other hand other projects are going on in the Village, the Manager's is being finished ,the hut near the Great stone is also finished and now working on the new toilet and soon the big shade.We really thank everyone doing something to break the cycle of poverty....One Hope ,One Dream ,One Life Changed.
Blessings... Ivan

Friday, November 29, 2013

Day 4 of the Schoolies In Uganda (VOH)

Today has been pretty a busy day for the Schoolies Team and i , as early as 8:55 am they came for me at the Village to take them in the different schools where the Village children study from.
We started with Pre-School (Hope Land) and interacted with the children and it was really a wonderful experience to be with the little ones at their School.
After Pre-School we headed to Jinja Christian School where the Acting Head teacher Tr Jonathan took us around in the different classes and The Schoolies were so happy to share with the children, looking through their work and reading bible stories. We peeped at Joy primary but the children had finished thier end of year papers and they were home.
From Jinja Christian Sch, we went to Hope Community High School where only Senior Six students were at School because others finished their papers a week back. The Director Robert K gave a brief history of the School and how donations from Australia have helped them excel especially in Science subjects.One thing which suprised the Team was that in most Ugandan Schools, the Teacher: learners' ratio can be over 1:100 which here we see  as something very normal.Some of the Team members donated books to the school and promised to be in touch with the school.
After the Schoolies' tour they headed back to Suubi house for lunch and then to the Village to build house 10 after lunch.We are really for this Team's work.
Another activity of the day was to give some clothes (2bags)  from our orange container to Miracle orphanage whose dormitories caught fire and their belongings got burnt, this we did me and Robert K. 
That was our day..... view this in photos


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Schoolies Revolution 2013 Arrives In Uganda

It was at around 12:47 pm when they landed at Entebbe International Airport, me (Ivan) and Robert K we were ready waiting for them at the airport and   it was really a wonderful moment for many especially the first time visitors.
From the Airport we headed our way to Jinja through the Capital city Kampala then into the green forests of Mabira and finally to Suubi house where the Team couldnot rest without visiting the Village. After we went to the Village and we were welcomed by the children with their African  sweet smiles and the team interrcted with the children and the mothers for about an hour and then headed to suubi house for dinner.
On Tuesday this week building  house 10 started  and 3 courses were finished whereas today building was half day as they went for shopping in the after noon.


Monday, November 4, 2013


It has been a while without updates from Village of Hope ,,,to all our friends out there we say HELLO. The Village is fine and everybody is lively we had a wonderful overnight this Friday and we dedicated the Village into the hands of God and raged for our donors ,this is every first Friday of the month. .Today morning we went to church , we had a wonderful sermon and this time Sunday school was the smartest and most joyous.Some unfortunate news of Pr. George losing his in-law but he being comforted by the LORD.
A lot of activities are going on at the village and everyone is busy; manager's is being plastered,house 10 foundation is finished, enough blocks for house 10 are ready ,a pit latrine is being dug and the children always  do their daily routines and now many of them are interested in their studies than ever before.
This year 2013 we have 3(Joan,Peace,and Robert )as P.7 candidates, we wish them success in their next week Primary living Examinations.We also have 5from Pree-school who are joining P.1 next year and they now call themselves graduands.