Jajja's Kids

Addressing the Needs of 

Ugandan Street Children...

And Giving Hope for a Better Tomorrow!



    

Summer 2014 Newsletter


Program Update
It has been a productive few months for Jajja's Kids in Uganda, and 
also our efforts to support the boys' home and Ronnie's work there.  
We are now a corporation, 
Jajja's Kids, Inc.
and have applied
 to become our own nonprofit organization.  
A strong and committed Board of Directors and 
Advisory Committee are working together to secure funding 
 both in the short term and into the future.

And Jajja's Kids has gotten good press in Uganda!  Just out is an on-line magazine article about Uganda Heritage Roots, a program that rehabilitates street children through music.  That program was founded by Milton Wabyona, who first connected Diane Reiner and Ronnie Sseruyange in 2006.  
The magazine article features Ronnie and Jajja's Kids. 
Click here for the complete article:  

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Save the Date 
for Our Annual Fall Fundraiser!

"Harvest for Children"
Hors d'oeuvres Reception

Friday, November 7, 2014
7 to 10 pm

Century House Restaurant, Latham, NY

$75 per person

Join us for an evening of live entertainment, sumptuous hot and cold appetizers, a cash bar and silent auction.  Auction items include one week vacation rentals in North Carolina and Vermont, African sculpture and artifacts, original art, and theater tickets.

Please Join Us for a special evening and 
help us house, educate and care for fourteen boys!

For more information, contact Carole Heaney at (518) 527-3043 or Carole.Heaney@gmail.com.  To purchase tickets, send a check payable to Operation Unite with Jajja's Kids in the memo line, and mail to 
Jajja's Kids, PO Box 1425, Latham, NY 12110.

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And The Children...



Ugandan schools have three school terms a year, beginning in late January.  
In the photos above, our boys are preparing for their second term 
final exams--seriously watching a movie about spelling bees!  
Since then, they have been on an extended school break, and 
will shortly begin the final term of the year.
 
Each boy in the home is responsible for certain chores.  
Cleaning the yard is a weekly routine before 
playing football at a nearby field.

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Introducing Mark...




At 11 years of age, Mark is one of the older boys in our home, 
and his favorite school subject is English.  
When asked what he likes to read in English, he replied 
"Anything that is hard!  It helps me to learn, and I ask Uncle Ronnie about words I don't understand."  Before leaving Uganda last February, 
we made sure Mark had a new dictionary.  Mark is also a very good artist, and when home-made Play-Doh was prepared by Barbara for 
all the children in the neighborhood, here is what Mark created:

 

 Here is Mark's story in his own words:

My name is Wassaja Mark. I am in primary 6.am writing this letter to people that helping us I want to thank you very much for the help love and care and the good house. 

 

When I grow up I want to be an engineer and the first thing I will help my brothers thank you very much and may God bless people helping us in America. 

 

We will feature other Jajja's Kids in future newsletters.

 

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Africa 2015

Want to meet our boys in person, and see first-hand the great work that Ronnie is doing?  Share your interests and skills with the the boys in our home and children in the surrounding community.   It is not too soon to start thinking about joining us in late winter of next year.  We guarantee that you will have a life-changing experience for you! 

 

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How You Can Help
Jajja's Kids is currently under the organizational wing of Operation Unite, providing us with administrative support and nonprofit status 
until we establish our own nonprofit.  
All contributions to Jajja's Kids are fully tax-deductible!
 
Contributions can be made to:
Operation Unite, with Jajja's Kids in the memo line.
Mail to:  Jajja's Kids ~ P.O. Box 1425 ~ Latham, NY ~ 12110
 
 
We are grateful to everyone for 
your interest in Jajja's Kids!
 
Enjoy the remaining days of Summer!

    With Gratitude,
Diane, Ronnie and the Jajja's Kids Team

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

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