Having community events to mark important occasions like Christmas or the opening of school is an important part of creating a caring community for our orphans. We typically try to have a community celebration whenever we have visitors from Canada in the village (usually at the visitors expense!) because it provides an opportunity not only to feed our hungry children but, also to allow them to sing, dance and entertain a highly appreciative audience.
This year, has been particularly difficult for our poorest members due to the high cost of food. What this has meant for our children is that their guardians have not been able to provide shoes, school uniforms etc.
Asembo Bay Women for Development is proposing that we organized a Christmas party and purchase shoes for the orphans for Christmas and, basic foodstuff for the widows and grandmothers.
The total cost for feeding everyone and buying gifts for 211 orphans and 90 widows and grandmothers is $3500.