We think that celebrations are really important, so many of our projects end with a celebration. An entire community gathers together to reflect on the hard work that has been done planting trees, building latrines and planning for the future. There are songs, speeches, skits, food, a band and a lot of dancing! If you have never been to a celebration in Uganda check out this video of a celebration in Bubugo Village:
We have lots of reasons to celebrate! Twenty years ago a group of missionaries moved to Jinja, Uganda and started meeting many of the people who make up Kibo’s staff today. Ten years later they founded Kibo Group. We are pretty excited to get to celebrate 10 years of working in Uganda as Kibo Group.
Abraham and Ida, who are both part of Kibo’s staff in Uganda have been traveling around the United States and the work they do is worth celebrating! Ida manages our Women’s Empowerment Program and Abraham coordinates The Mvule Project.
With so much to celebrate we decided to have our first ever Partnership Dinner in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sharing a meal with 200 of Kibo’s supporters and hearing Ida tell about the work she does was a true party, we even ended with dancing! We could not find a Ugandan band to come play for us, but Got It Covered did a great job filling in.
You may be wondering why we have dedicated an entire newsletter to talking about recent celebrations. There is a simple reason really: it’s hard to celebrate alone. The work that we do in Uganda is about people who live in a village in Uganda, Kibo staff, and Kibo supporters (that’s you!) all coming together to accomplish something that none of us can do on our own. And sometimes its good to pause and say thank you to everybody who is part of this adventure. Even if you did not make it to the dinner in Tulsa we want to say thanks for being a part of Kibo and making the work we do possible. So…Thank You for being part of Kibo!
We have to give a really big thank you to all the organizations that sponsored the Partnership Dinner: Strength of Mind Behavioral Health, Air Hygiene, Tulsa Christian Foundation, Continuous Improvement Solutions, Memorial Drive Church of Christ and Garnett Church of Christ.
There is one more big opportunity to get together coming up. If you are going to the Pepperdine Lectures in California this year, we want to have dinner with you! We will be having a dinner on April 30th starting at 4:30 (come and go as you wish) in the Faculty Dinning Room. Find more info on the Facebook event and let us know if you will be coming. Or, check out the conference schedule for more details.