Partners in Mission - USA

Summer 2014 Newsletter 
In This Issue

Rev. John

     I thought I would drop you a few lines to update you about what has been going on here. 

     While we previously used to seek out the young people and challenge them to pursue studies, now it's the reverse. The young people are so enthusiastic and eager to go forward; they are thirsty for more learning and education, especially those who have finished senior six. This is blessing. In fact we are grateful for the way this is happening, a new but better challenge. I am grateful for sponsors and donors who offer scholarships for university studies. 

     Some other piece of good news is seeing products of our school instrumental in the community.  Our former students Odetta and Godfrey in their long vacation are involved in the national Identity card registration process while others have been

Alice with patients
Alice with patients

recruited for the upcoming national Census exercise.  These students are disciplined and are passionate in their work, ambassadors for the school. Alice (on her vacation) has been working at the Rukunyu Health Center.  Others are teaching in primary schools. 

    The vocational section is also going well. The good news is that it provides the human resource for construction work at school. Their skills have a direct impact on the school.  Pray for us so we can be able to find resource persons to begin agricultural and veterinary training that's truly relevant for our community. 

     In order to avoid congestion in the school, we are working at making better the site for the primary section away from the nursery and secondary and vocational sections. 

     The impact that the ministry we are entrusted with is having on the community is budding. Like Paul would say, we have not attained yet what the dream that we have for the transformation of our community. But there is hope and I am glad that you and the brethren are partners with us in making this a reality. 






Save the Date
August 8, 2015
Thanks to all who rode in "Bike to the Lake" 

On a beautiful summer day, 70 bikers from as far away as Florida rode 35 or 80 miles from First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL to The Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI on Lake Geneva.  They were greeted by this sign held by these smiling young people.

     Together they helped raise $25,000 for Partners in Mission to build a Kitchen and Dining Hall for Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School where our 600 students and staff are fed every day.  





riders at Trout Park





     Once riders reached The Abbey, breezes from the lake cooled everyone as they enjoyed a buffet meal and beverages while swapping stories from the ride.



Click here to read more about the ride in Tidings Newsletter.  To view pictures of the ride, visit the 



We hope you join us next year.

Save The Date

August 8, 2015

We've Met Our Goal
Thanks to All!!
As of August 24, we have met our goal
of raising $108,000 to construct a kitchen and dining hall for Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School.  We expect to begin construction of the building in September or October.  Rev. John Mulindabigwi and the school staff are grateful and excited to learn that so many people came together so quickly to reach our goal. The shared energies and resources of individual donors, corporations, Bike to the Lake riders, churches, volunteers, and sales of Ugandan coffee are responsible for this success.
     Northern Illinois Rotary District 6420 has agreed to partner with us to install kitchen equipment where we will not only feel students, but also use the kitchen to train students for a career in the growing hospitality industry in Kamwenge as we educate them about sanitation, disease prevention, and nutrition.  Rotary will send a team to train Ugandan teachers in February, 2016.  

4th Annual Project Heart Well 5K
Saturday, October 4


This year, Project Heart Well is taking place on a 
Saturday morning!


Kennedy School

3945 Wehrman Ave., Schiller Park, IL

8:00 am check in

9:00 am race starts

10:00 am Kids Dash


Register Here

That means you can join us to run or walk to raise funds for Partners in Mission and attend church Sunday morning.

In addition to your registration fee ($12/adults; $8/children), please consider finding sponsors.  Sponsors can make a check out to Partners in Mission, or go online to make a donation.  Click here.


Project Heart Well is sponsored by School District 81 Community Foundation in Schiller Park.

The event is very family-oriented where people walk, run, roller blade to benefit the community of Kamwenge in Uganda. 


Children are's a fun way to raise funds for PIM.  Bring your children and walk through pleasant neighborhoods in Schiller Park.




Sponsor a Student
Our students are beginning to graduate and as they do, they impact their families and their communities.  Read the letter from Rev. John above to get a taste of what they are beginning to do.  When you sponsor a primary or secondary/vocational student, you help to change a life and impact a community.  We encourage you to sign up today.  You can sponsor online ($30/mo automatic deduction) or alternately, pay by check for $360/yr.
Click here for more details. Or call us at 630-913-0268.

Julia and Simon's Wedding
On Saturday, August 23, Julia Mulindabigwi married Singa Simon. Julia is a recent graduate of Kyambogo University in Kampala. Their Give-Away took place in Mbarara on August 22.

Julia's give-away
Julia's give-away

The Partners in Mission - USA board is happy to welcome Jessica Sinnott and Barbara Rundell to board membership.  Though they officially joined the board this past spring, they are not strangers to us.  Jess, an emergency room doctor, has visited the KSVS campus in Uganda twice, going back to 2007.  She helped set up the clinic on campus. Barb, a retired professor of biology at College of DuPage, has been PIM sponsorship chairman for 3 years.
     At the same time, we say good-bye to Pat Brady who served faithfully with board since our first meeting in October, 2006.  We will miss his insights and creativity.

Sincerely,                                                           Board Members
Barb Retelny                                             Barb Retelny,President
                                                                           Marj Dolbeer, Vice President
                                                                           David Page, Treasurer
                                                                    Ebralie Mwizerwa, Secretary
                                                                    Bob Duncan
                                                                    Barb Rundell
                                                                    Jessica Sinnott
                                                                    Mike Trout
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