Jajja's Kids

Addressing the Needs of 

Ugandan Street Children...

And Giving Hope for a Better Tomorrow!




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 January 2014 Update 
 Skype Party Success & Upcoming Trip 

 

Dear Friends,
        We've had a busy and productive winter so far!  Last month's Skype Party was a great success, with everyone on both ends of the virtual connection enjoying the shared experience.  Ronnie--director of the program in Uganda and house father to the boys--described his program to our Albany audience and introduced each boy, who then told their name, age and grade level.  Perhaps most touching was when the boys were asked to sing: after first singing an African song they then sang a version of Silent Night, using "La La La La" instead of words.  The people sitting in the church hall in Albany joined them, and we spontaneously had a trans-Atlantic, cross-cultural rendering of true holiday spirit!
 
Fifty hearty souls came to our event that day, despite the forecast of heavy snow that began as we ended.  Between the wonderful African crafts for sale and generous donations at the door, we raised over $2,000--enough to pay half a year's rent!  Sincere thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the event a success--your energy and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated!
  
The Audience in Albany
The Audience in Albany

 Talking with Ronnie and the Boys in Kampala
 
 The Boy Who Kept Smiling and Waving To Us
 
One of Ronnie's Well-Loved Kids   
 
Next Up...Going to Uganda! 

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, a team of eight volunteers will venture to Uganda, where we will spend a week visiting Ronnie and the boys in Kampala and doing projects with them at their home and school.  Among activities planned with the children are: turning a garage attached to the house into a library and reading room, taking a trip to the zoo, connecting the boys at our home with a class of Albany second graders via Skype to talk and sing songs together.  Our team will also visit the Friday Program, a project that provides informal education to children with no other opportunity for learning.  We are extremely fortunate that one of our volunteers is Ruth Pelham, founder and executive director of Music Mobile. Ruth will share her magical music and creative talents with the children at our home and in the Friday Program, and it is through her efforts that we will connect the second graders in Albany with our boys in Uganda.  It should be an exciting time for all!

Great support for this trip has been provided by countless friends and supporters of Jajja's Kids who have donated children's books, clothes, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, art supplies, games and friendship bracelets that we will bring to the children in our program.  Heartfelt thanks to these many individuals and to the Third Grade class at Verne Critz Elementary School, Patchogue, NY and the Youth Group at First United Methodist Church, East Greenbush, NY.  We are taking 300 pounds of your good will with us to Uganda!     

 

Mostly Packed and Ready to Fly!

A final note of thanks to all who have donated your time, energy and material goods for us to bring to Uganda, and/or made a financial contribution to help with the cost of rent, food, school fees and medical care for our boys.  
Please know that it is your interest and support
 that make all of this possible!
With Gratitude,
    Diane Reiner &
Ronnie Sseruyange
 
 
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Tax Deductible Contributions can be made to:
Operation Unite, with Jajja's Kids in the memo line.
Please mail to:
Jajja's Kids ~ P.O. Box 1425 ~ Latham, NY ~ 12110

Contact Diane at:
DHReiner11@gmail.com
(518) 588-0651

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