QUARTERLY NEWS
March 2017
Child Spotlight: Meet Kamukama Shamah


Kam is 17 hears old, and has been served through the programs of HEED since age six. He is looked after mostly by his grandmother who cares for about eight other grandchildren. Before HEED, Kam says, "being able to attend school was just a dream." He is now in his third year of high school, and will be the first-ever secondary school graduate in his family. Kam shared with Julie, "When I was 16, I asked God to change my life. He has given me a vision of
 ministering with English songs." 

Go Kam! We like your vision!!
April Mission Team

Our trips to visit  the children and staff in Uganda are always fulfilling and encouraging. O n our upcoming April Mission Trip, we are excited to have two pastors join us from Sound City Bible Church in Lynnwood. This is the first time we have had pastors with us, and we are elated at this answered prayer.  The mission team will join with a team of Ugandans from our partner ministry. Together we will be doing an outreach to children in area schools and ministering to the community through daily seminars at the church. 

If you would like to support our team, these are things we are collecting:
  • Soccer balls and jump ropes
  • Over-the-counter medicines and Band Aids  
  • Good quality new or used black leather shoes
  • New or like-new water bottles
  • Pony beads 

email julie@heeduganda.org for drop-off directions.

A Rotary grant provided to shell structures to harvest water
Project Update:   New Dormitories Nearly Complete

Dormitory buildings have been in the plans for the primary school campus for years, and thanks to Shoreline Rotary and many of you, two primary school dormitories are near completion. 

In May of 2015, at our Experience HEED event, we shared of an opportunity for a Rotary International Grant. Many of you
The structures are being finished
 for dormitories
generously contributed toward our fundraising goal to help make the grant happen. Thank you! Two structures to harvest water like the one pictured above, were completed through the grant. Through additional support, HEED has been finishing the structures into needed dormitories. 

The dormitories will provide housing for students who live too far away to walk to school, are orphaned, or come from outside the area because of the school's solid performance on national exams. Students from outside the area can afford full tuition, and help support the operating costs of the school. 

This has been a multi-year, multiple-person project that will provide comfortable, quality housing for our children. Thank you to everyone who helped make the vision become a reality!
2016 Gift Catalog Update
Highlights:
$30,700 in general gifts which will cover 57% of our Annual Operating Budget
ALL medical costs funded for the year
$6000 for Educational Materials

Many animals for income generation
Funds to build one full high school classroom
Over $50,000 raised!


At HEED  we have always operated by faith, believing that God is faithful to supply where He calls. We choose primarily to pray rather than broadcast needs relying on God to put it on hearts to supply through direct giving or through events supporters initiate. We have so many testimonies of God's faithfulness to send exactly what is needed. 

Several years ago, a supporter suggested we create a giving catalog, and then helped us complete our first one. Since then, we have been sending out our "catalog of wishes" each December which highlights some of our financial needs and the projects we hope to do over the next year. Some people give items as Christmas gifts, and many others just give. Every December, and throughout the year, we are astounded and grateful for those who equip us to reach out in tangible love to our neighbors in Uganda. Thank you!

Click the link below for more information about the projects included in this year's Giving Catalog:

New Website Launched!


We have been working for months and months to put together an updated website that helps visitors easily understand the mission of HEED, view recent photos and find out about our current initiatives.

Special thanks to Justin Leif and Eric Crissman who have volunteered their time and talent to bring the new site to life.






Staff Highlight

Country Director, Nakato Irene

In 2015, we hired Irene to be our main point person in Uganda. Irene attended Bible College at our partner ministry, had recently attended a year-long leadership training program, and had started a ministry teaching skills to young, unwed mothers. Previously, Irene was the outreach and crusade team coordinator for our partner ministry, and we had seen first-hand what a strong leader and godly woman she is.  Irene shares her time between her work with HEED and her ministry to young mothers. 

We were blessed to have Irene with us for two weeks in the fall for meetings and training after a family brought her to the US to join them on their vacation. Some of you got to meet Irene at the Meet & Greet event we held at Point Edwards. It was special to introduce Irene to many of you who equip the team on the ground for ministry. 
Speaking Opportunities?

 

We love to share with children and small groups about HEED, life in Uganda, and the many ways God has shown us His faithfulness. If you have a sharing opportunity, let us know. We would be honored !EmailJulie@heeduganda.org

How Many Now?


Since starting with 17 children in 2005, we have grown and grown! 

Here's HEED by the numbers today:

348 Primary Students
82   Hgh School Students
38   Teachers and school staff
5     Part or full-time administrative staff

430 children and 43 adults whose lives have been impacted by our collective efforts to bring transformational love and hope to this community and its children. 
Prayer Requests
  • A safe and productive mission trip in April with Sound City Bible Church 
  • God's blessing and guidance for the newly installed Ugandan board
  • A bar in a shed has opened next to the girls' dormitory. It is a loud, destructive influence. The owner wants a huge price to move it. We need God to move it!
  • Financial provision for high school classroom construction
We would like to raise up a HEED Prayer Team for consistent and urgent prayer needs. If you would be interested in participating, please email Julie@heeduganda.org. We would love to have you on our team!

 

HEED... A garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Is 61:3-4