We have just returned from another wonderful trip to our beloved Bwindi. Our 12 travelers journeyed with full hearts and plenty of supplies. We carried 840 pounds of sponsor letters, educational materials, critical thinking games, Project Harvest t-shirts and much, much more.
Elizabeth Howden, Dora Lee Little, and Anne Wiik chaired this year’s Maj for a Mission Austin, “Share Your Story.” Kamukama Foundation supporters from across Texas came together for a fun afternoon of play, prizes, and an update on Foundation initiatives. This year’s event also featured an opportunity for attendees to sponsor books for the new Ebenezer School Library.
We have just returned from an amazing trip to Uganda. With great joy, we were finally able to reconnect with our team, students, and families in Bwindi. Despite the many challenges of Covid, we were excited to see all of the progress that has been made in the past two years.
The first ever Maj For a Mission – Bay Area was held March 9th. Sharon Purcell and Ann Carter chaired this amazing afternoon of fun,fellowship and fundraising. 100+ women attended, all 50 new students were sponsored and lots of funds were raised to enhance our outreach in Bwindi. A huge thank you to everyone for the huge success.
Darby Denison and Jennifer Pickens chaired the (8th? ) annual Maj for a Mission Nov 3rd in Austin. More than 200 women attended to have fun and learn more about the work of the Kamukama Foundation. We are so grateful to so many who worked hard to make the afternoon a huge success!
When my dear friend, Ann Carter, asked me to go to Uganda with the KamuKama Foundation over a year ago, I felt this nudge inside and immediately said “yes!”. I knew it would be an amazing opportunity to see another part of the world, but I had no idea it would change my heart forever and give me a new perspective on love, faith and the gift of education.
The 5th Annual MFAM 2019 was yet another example of the power of community. Over 200 women from many different cities gathered at the Austin Public Library to join in the fun. For two hours the special events room was filled with the joyful murmurings of a game played with friends new and old.
Thoughts by Scott Ferguson
When planning trips we often think we can anticipate with a lot of certainty what the outcome of the trip will be. My recent trip to Uganda did not come close to meeting my expectations. It literally blew them away! This happened notwithstanding the fact that I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life…
During our first visit to Uganda in the summer of 2012, we had just returned to our lodge following what can only be described as a long, difficult but thrilling hike to see the mountain gorillas. My wife Carol and I were tired and wanted only a hot shower, a little dinner and our beds!
It was a modern day fishes and loaves. Our group from the recent vision trip met to discuss how we were going to raise money and get the remaining kids sponsored. After about an hour of brainstorming, Birnie suggested a lemonade stand. What if we go grassroots? We loved the idea and made plans to have it that weekend.
A few years ago my friend Sally told me about a foundation her sister Jeanne had started following a visit to Uganda. That was my introduction to the Kamukama Foundation. And they, in turn, introduced me to Donamu Nyinansekuye, a student at Victory School in Buhoma, a small village near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southeastern Uganda. Donamu is the smart, beautiful girl I’m privileged to sponsor.