Travel to Uganda with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and Global Village Connect to meet the Jewish Community in Uganda!
The Minneapolis Jewish Federation and Global Village Connect invite you to join us in Uganda to spend time with the Abayudaya, the Jews of Uganda, as part of The David Tychman Global Experiences Program! Meet the community, help the Tikkun Olam Primary School build a kitchen and an organic school farm so students can eat lunch, learn about Ugandan Jewish life, and celebrate Shabbat, African style. We will be staying in eastern Uganda amid lush agricultural plains surrounded by hills and mountains.
Get more information on the Federation’s web site (opens in new tab)
I’m happy to report that the Buyanga Primary School farm now has 550 banana trees in the ground starting to grow! We’ve been working hard for the last 3 weeks plowing, digging holes, preparing the soil, planting trees, and installing an irrigation system. Now we pray for rain and wait patiently for 9 months until we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.
View a slide show of the progress at Buyanga »
Best farming practices
Throughout the process of developing the farm, the school is placing special emphasis on teaching the kids best farming practices. Uganda is blessed with good soil and plenty of water, and it is very common for families to own the land on which their home sits. However, sadly, most families have limited farming experience and knowledge. As we attempt to kill two birds with one stone, we are teaching the children how to farm, so they can go home and teach their parents. While some families will in turn be able to increase yields on their own, we hope to give others new trees from the farm as it naturally expands.
Ready for expansion in March
Although my time at the Buyanga Primary School is now up, the project is just getting started. We’ve successfully planted 1 acre of banana trees, and are ready to expand when the rainy season comes in March. When all is said and done, we hope to have planted 5 acres of corn, 2 acres of beans, 1 acre of matoke (a different kind of banana), 1 acre of sweet potato, 1 acre of cassava, 1 acre of vegetables, and 1 acre of pineapple.
Lunch for 80 will become lunch for 800
And if all goes as planned, in just a few years, the school will have enough food to serve a lunch line of 800 instead of the 80 it serves today.
Support the Buyanga farm
Consider buying a fruit tree or basket of seeds to help support this project. Or, make a direct donation in any amount to the Sustainable organic farming project.
Cheers — Michael Gotter
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Mirembe (peace/hello) from Uganda!
For those who don’t know me, my name is Michael Glotter, and I’m in Uganda for a few weeks volunteering with Global Village Connect. I’m here to kick start the farm Global Village Connect is helping set up connected to the Buyanga Primary School.
View a slide show of the progress at Buyanga »
The Buyanga Primary School has more than 900 students (ages 6-16), many of whom come to school hungry and malnourished. According to the Headmaster at the school, only about 200 kids get 2 meals at home each day (breakfast and dinner), and the remaining typically only get 1 (or sometimes, sadly none). Just this week, a girl came to school unable to learn, and hadn’t had a meal in two days.
The school does its best to provide lunches for as many children as possible, but it is not enough. The school is blessed with land (more than 20 acres), and grows some crops to provide lunch for the students. However, they don’t have the resources or expertise to provide for all the students. While the school typically has enough food to cover (some) lunch for the oldest students at the school, there is rarely any left for the youngest, and possibly most vulnerable.
Helping the school feed its children
So, I’m here with Global Village Connect to help the school feed its children. This year, we’re starting small with corn, beans, bananas, and vegetables. Once we get our feet wet, we want to double production of each, and add sweet potato, cassava, and pineapple. Our goal is that the school will have enough food to not only feed every kid every day, but also have extra to sell and make the farm self-sustaining.
$10 – Buy a tree for the farm
$20 – Buy a student lunch for his/her entire primary school years
More updates to follow — Michael Gotter
Radnor Middle School Pen Pals are going to freak you out!
This year’s fundraiser to grow and sustain our projects in Uganda features The Warehouse of Discarded Children, Abuelita’s Empanadas, Ugandan handcrafted jewelry, cool headbands, and a bake sale.
Thursday, October 27 from 4-8:00 at Radnor Middle School, Radnor, Pennsylvania
Read more about the haunted house fundraiser and Radnor’s projects in Uganda on the Radnor Pen Pal blog.
Exploring fundamental life questions
It is Rachman’s fervent desire and the purpose of Global Village Connect to improve American student’s awareness and understanding of life in Uganda. Rachman shares his experiences through conversing with students and engaging them in his music. The robust question and answer sessions allow U.S. students to explore some very poignant and fundamental life questions. Bringing Rachman to your school is part of Global Village Connect’s mission to assist educators in providing awareness, support materials and even exchanges to enable American students to become global citizens.
Global Village Connect provides a global perspective for your students to addresses such universal issues as hunger, poverty, education, child labor, overcoming hardships, and sustainable improvements for communities. Our community connections allows your students to maintain relationships with peer schools in Africa, Asia, and Central America.
As your students get to know more about partner communities, we work closely with you to plan service projects and implement solutions benefiting students and their communities on opposite sides of the world (e.g., Give a Goat, community ovens, building wells or school farms.). Global Village Connect provides classroom materials that enhance writing, storytelling, multicultural studies, economics, geography, and technology components to supplement your existing curriculum.
Arrange a school visit
For more information or to arrange for Nachman to visit your school, contact Joanne at Global Village Connect.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-432-4473
It was a day of celebration for the entire Buppala community and for Global Village Connect. On our last day in Buppala – part of our March community outreach trip to Uganda – we shared in the delivery of 50 goats, our largest distribution of goats to date.
There were smiling children and goats everywhere, meeting for the first time. An added bonus – each new goat came fully adorned with a funky, tie-dyed collar and leash made by students at Radnor Middle School.
View a slide show of some of the goat recipients »
The goats will change the health and welfare of these families. Thank you to students, friends and families at Meadowbrook (Golden Valley, Minnesota), North Junior High (Hopkins, Minnesota) and Radnor Middle School (Wayne, Pennsylvania) for raising funds to support kids’ education through our Give a goat project.
The lost art of the pen pal is alive and well at Radnor Middle School and Buppala Primary School. They have shared words and pictures and wonderings for seven years now. During our March community outreach trip these pen pals show what it’s like to have a friend very far away.
View slide show of Buppala and Radnor pen pals »
You’re a part of us, and we’re a part of you. We follow your progress and celebrate your milestones. We are your cheerleaders far away, and we’re so lucky to have you in our lives. I know the feeling is entirely mutual.
We are pleased to announce that we are expanding our Give a goat project to the Tororo hospice community in Uganda. On our most recent community outreach trip, Jessica Sohn and Melanie Bien met with Denis, a social worker with the community, to get the ball rolling. Denis has already begun identifying the first 10 families and Moses, our Project Manager, will begin meeting with them soon.
Denis provides outreach services to 125 community members enrolled in hospice. His program offers medical support, compassionate end-of-life care, and follow-up grief counseling for adults and children. Most of the families Denis serves live way below the poverty line and are eager for the economic opportunities the Give a goat program brings to them. Stay tuned as we meet the families in Tororo.
Jessica Sohn and Melanie Bien gather with Tororo community members to thank Mission Hospice.
Hosted by: Judith Klain and Melanie Bien
Friday, February 12, 2016
462 Clipper Street, San Francisco
Live music featuring Vortex Tribe
Catered by Chef Meredith
African jewelry for sale to support the Women’s Group
$10 suggested donation at the door
Cash bar, wine and beer
Please RSVP to:
Judith at 415-609-7115 – email@example.com
Melanie at 415-577-0383 – firstname.lastname@example.org