Last Saturday was a big day for seven of our God Cares High School alumni who graduated from LivingStone International University in Uganda after five years of intense studies. We are very proud of these students, many of whom have been with God Cares Schools since its beginnings, and have shined all the way through. We applaud them for their efforts and achievements.
Our congratulations goes to: Deborah Nassanga, Ismail Mutawe, Jemimah Nakachwa, Juda Kisakye, Joyce Namuyomba, John Khaukha, and Brenda Nakinrijja. We are so proud of all of you!
Each of the seven students above have been supported by at least 3 sponsors and as many as 5 sponsors! We are thankful for each faithful sponsor, and pray that God would bless them for giving. If you are one of these committed sponsors, please keep an eye out in the mail for graduation pictures we will be sending you to commemorate your student's achievement.
Twelve:2 is based on Romans 12:2 which reads, " Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Madison and Emily are donating 20% of their sales directly to Buyamba in an effort to raise funds and awareness in their community. They are offering headbands and decals here: Twelve:2
Thank you Twelve:2 for being an example to us all of how we can make a difference with our skills, time, talents and dedication.
Glory and Cate Dongo welcomed Pendo Isabella Dongo into the world on April 21, 2017. Florence Dongo and Cate's mother were also present for the birth. Glory is currently studying at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and will be in the states until he finishes his studies. In Uganda, Glory is a pastor at Kabalagala Pentecostal Church and Cate is a counselor for God Cares high school.
Please know if your child has become ineligible for sponsorship for whatever reason we are terribly sorry... it is our hope that each child would graduate from high school, but that is not always the reality in Africa. We want you to know you have made a tremendous difference in the life of the child you have sponsored. You have shown unconditional love by caring for his/her residential or educational needs, and we are confident your love and kindness was well received.
These are the hardest phone calls for our Buyamba volunteers to make and we understand that it is hard to just "switch" kids, but because the need is so great with so many children, we will ask if you would consider sponsoring another child. Some kids are with us just for a season, but many do graduate from God Cares High School and continue on to a university or trade school.
When a child communicates to a sponsor outside of the processes in place, they are actually breaking school rules. Again, we are asking you to help us by communicating only through the systems in place.
There are reasons this system is set up the way it is. For one, the letters are all processed through our trained social workers at the school, ensuring the safety of our children. Second, communication outside of these methods leaves room for misunderstandings and ultimately, it is for the best interest of all involved.
Please come alongside us in this way. If your sponsored child attempts to contact you through Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp or any other medium outside of Buyamba, please first remind them that Buyamba does not allow students to use social media with their sponsors and to please write to you through the social worker and you will get letters accordingly. If it persists, please notify our offices and we will help get these communications back on track.
The new term at God Cares Schools starts February 6, 2017, and all students who were in Primary 7 last year, will now be moving to Senior 1 class (high school). God Cares High School is at least one hour away from God Cares Primary and so all of the new Senior 1 students will need residential sponsorship to board at the school.