Field Notes from Uganda March 4, 2019
Bill returned from his first visit to Africa last week, and is heading to India shortly. But before the next trip we wanted to share some highlights from his time in Uganda!
I’m in Uganda! Uganda is really growing on me! It’s so much different than Kenya. It’s really green everywhere, with leafy trees and dense jungle. The country really is beautiful, and its people are very welcoming.
I packed a lot into my time in Uganda. First, we visited St. Luke’s Life Center in Entebbe. (more…)
Meet Stessy February 15, 2019
Meet Stessy. This precious four-year-old lives in Haiti. Her home is literally a tent.
And it’s not even a nice tent… their “tent” is actually a combination of tarps and sheets propped up on sticks. There’s a bed at the back, a small pile of dishes in the corner, a wooden table and a small stove set carefully in the open space on the ground in the middle. And that’s it. Can you imagine?
At night Stessy’s mom, Widelène, takes a piece of corrugated metal and props it over the tent’s “door.” She has a small chain she uses to lock this piece of metal to the wooden stakes. That’s all the security she can give Stessy and her sister.
This is the only life little Stessy has ever known. (more…)
Field Notes from Kenya February 14, 2019
I’m here! After many airline delays, and rerouted flights, I finally made it to Kenya. And so far, my visit has been so much fun!
Our first stop was to a Life Center. Bavuni School is a church where children visit on Saturday mornings to learn Christian Character Building (CCB) from a curriculum produced by Childcare Worldwide (CCW). They learn Bible verses to memory, sing songs, and then have a lunch of porridge and juice. Our visit was with the pastor, children and some of their parents. The children sang and recited scripture. The pastor delivered a short message, then my colleague Peter Horne (affiliated with CCW since its beginning) told a story on character that was quite animated. The kids laughed as Peter told them that God sees everything they do, and that because of Jesus Christ, they are forgiven. I stood up and greeted the crowd, sending well wishes from the staff at CCW. I loved meeting the kids and seeing their school. (more…)
The End of One Chapter is the Start of Another February 1, 2019
One Ugandan Kids Choir is wrapping up their tour, and another is getting ready to join us! The current choir is headed home in a few short weeks and we are sure going to miss them!
In celebration of the end of their tour, we have something special to share with you. While on the road, we’ve shared a lot of funny moments together as the kids worked on their English and encountered new things. And today we’re going to share some of that laughter with you, through our favorite quotes from each child:
- Isaac: The kids got to see a lot of wildlife they don’t have at home. And sometimes they had no idea what they were looking at. Once, Isaac told Emma, “Auntie! I just saw a small bear!” The actual creature he saw? A groundhog!
Boda Boda Emergency January 24, 2019
Sitting on the back of a “boda boda” (a motorcycle taxi), Joanitah thought this was a day like any other.
Joanitah is a high school student who lives in Uganda. After a mid-year break at home with her aunt, she was looking forward to getting back to her boarding school and seeing all her friends. She was also looking forward to starting classes again, and everything she’d learn in the coming months.
She’d traveled this road many times before, often on the back of a motorcycle. (more…)
5 Amazing Things You Did in 2018 January 9, 2019
Here at Childcare Worldwide we’re catching our breath after an incredible, whirlwind of year. God has been doing great things through our ministry, all thanks to your generosity and support! As we look back on 2018 we’re overwhelmed with gratitude for everything you’ve helped accomplish. Let’s recap!
- Food assistance for over 4600 people!
The Choir Goes to Outer Space! January 8, 2019
Since arriving in the U.S. the Ugandan Kids Choir has been on many incredible fieldtrips. But their trip to the Kennedy Space Center over Christmas break was out of this world!
The kids were so excited about this visit – they haven’t stopped talking about it yet. (more…)
Faith Like a Child January 4, 2019
Salvador’s faith is one of the strongest you’ll ever see. But it’s even more amazing when you realize he is just six years old.
Salvador lives with his mother and sister in Mexico. His father, as Salvador puts it, “he is a bad man.” He does stop by to see them every once in a while, but he doesn’t do anything to help the family. Making ends meet, and taking care of the kids falls solely on his mother’s shoulders.
An Honest Politician December 17, 2018
Let me tell you a story.
It’s about a boy, and a disease, and an election. But mostly it’s about YOU, and what God can do with gifts like yours.
Many years ago, Phillip wasn’t dreaming of becoming a politician. He didn’t seem like anyone special; just another destitute child, destined for a short life of poverty, and heartbreak.
You see, Phillip contracted Polio as a child. The disease stunted his growth and gave him extreme scoliosis that made it impossible to walk. Other kids his age started school…but Phillip was too sick to join them.
Thankfully, that’s when our founder, Dr. Max Lange, first noticed him. Seeing how Phillip suffered, Max took a special interest in the boy. He made sure that Childcare Worldwide intervened to give Phillip a better life!
A Merry Christmas, around the world! December 10, 2018
It’s Christmas time! And thanks to you, the kids we serve around the world are celebrating in style!
Every year our staff works very hard to throw a big Christmas party in each of our program locations, and it’s your Love Pak gifts that make it possible. The basics at each party are the same: yummy food, a special present to let each child know they’re loved, and a retelling of the nativity story. At the heart of each party is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. But beyond that, each country infuses the party with their own traditions.
It’s so much fun to see the different ways kids celebrate! Here’s a brief look at past Love Pak parties around the world, to help you visualize how our kids are celebrating this year: