Jajja's Kids

Addressing the Needs of 

Ugandan Street Children...

And Giving Hope for a Better Tomorrow!



     
Spring 2015 Newsletter


Save the Date 
for Our Spring  Fundraiser...

Street Art for Street Kids

Art Display and Sale


Friday, May 29, 2015
5 to 9 pm

Arts Center of the Capital Region, 2nd Floor

In Conjunction with Troy Night Out

~~ Free and Open to the Public ~~

Join us for a Sale of original artwork and cards 
by our boys in Uganda, plus African crafts and 
Artwork by Capital Region 
Artists

Enjoy African Music, Food and
Hands-On Activities for Children

Funds raised help pay school fees for 17 boys!!

If you wish to contribute artwork for the sale, or 
want more information, check us out on Facebook at 
"Street Art for Street Kids at The Arts Center"
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Uganda 2015

For two weeks in March, six volunteers joined Diane Reiner in Uganda, doing projects with Ronnie Sseruyange, director of the African program, and our boys at their home in Kampala. 

The boys, Ronnie, staff and volunteers at the "movable garden", with materials paid for by the volunteers.


We brought 300 pounds of clothes, shoes, books, games, medical supplies and computer equipment.  



Our team of volunteers helped build a chicken coop,  
repair 
furniture, and  install an outdoor sink. 
The Proud Builders 


Abdulah Checking out the New Plumbing 


We 
took the boys on field 
trips to: see native animals at the Wildlife Education Center, swim in Lake Victoria, 
eat at a restaurant and enjoy a professional performance of traditional music and dance.

Up Close to the Giraffe

Rhyan, Ronnie and Shon at the Wildlife Center


Best of all, quality time was spent with the boys--teaching them how to do puzzles, introducing them to new
 
foods 
like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 
reading to them and having them read to us. 
Pondering Puzzle Pieces


M-J Reading to the Boys

Kayondo, Nassrin and John

 
Marissa and the Boys


A highlight of the trip was a one-hour Skype session with Susan Fowler's second grade class in Albany.  
The U.S. students had raised $343 to buy mosquito nets for the Ugandan boys, and in their hour together children on both sides were introduced to each other , sang songs in the other group's language,  our boys performed a traditional African dance and showed the Albany children the mosquito nets they had bought, and the children asked each other questions about their life.

 
"Hello Friends" 


"What is Your Favorite Food?"

"Here's One of Our New Mosquito Nets"

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And ...
We are pleased to report that Jajja's Kids has been
 honored with a "Global Award for Distinguished Service" 
from the  Capital District Susu Women's Club.  
Comprised of African women who now live locally, 
this organization does philanthropic work to 
benefit communities here and in Africa.  
Receiving the Global Award from this esteemed group of women was both an honor and a great privilege.  


Diane Reiner after Receiving the Award on Behalf of Jajja's Kids

 

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How You Can Help
Your Contributions are Welcomed at Any Time!!
Contributions can be made to:  
Jajja's Kids 
P.O. Box 1425, Latham, NY, 12110

Check Us Out online at:
Where You Can Learn M ore  About Us and 
Make an Online Donation

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And remember--a little goes a long way!

Each month funds are sent to Uganda
to cover food, medicine, utilities and staff salaries.

Three times a year--January, May and September--
funds are sent for school fees for all 17 boys.

And each December we need to send rent money 
for all of the coming year.

Our annual budget is now over $20,000--still a bargain when considering how much that money buys.  
Please help us continue to keep the boys 
safe, healthy, and in school.

 
Thank You for Your Interest in Jajja's Kids!
    With Gratitude,
Diane, Ronnie and the Jajja's Kids Team

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

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