The last weeks of the year are always full of events and celebrations at New Hope Uganda. Here are some photos from the various events held in November and December of 2015!
The Investment Year staff graduated their 2015 students and welcomed in the new 2016 students at the annual handover.
The 25 graduating students were prayed over in small groups during the ceremony.
As a Christmas gift to ladies of the surrounding community, the Kasana staff ladies hosted a party for them.
The women on staff at New Hope donated gifts such as clothing, soap, and basic cooking staples to the community women. Snacks and tea were also provided.
In addition to giving gifts, the staff ladies shared with the community members about the different views of womanhood. They advocated for a Biblical view of womanhood, which contrasts in key ways to the cultural views women are often presented.
The event included special songs, as well as recognizing the students’ achievements.
Back at Kasana Children’s Centre, the staff held their annual staff party. The event included games, recognitions, and of course a special Ugandan meal!
The primary school ended their school year with an event which included presentations from each class.
The children and staff enjoyed a special meal of rice and meat, a bottle of soda, and a piece of cake!
The highlight of the day was the distribution of Christmas gifts from sponsors.
The sponsors of New Hope Uganda children outdid themselves in generosity this past Christmas. In total, the sponsorship office received around 70 packages for students.
New Hope Academy staff and students also celebrated the end of their school year by having a banquet. The Senior 4 students attended as the honored guests, marking the completion of their ‘O’ levels at secondary school. They will be going through Investment Year in 2016.
Treasures in Jars of Clay (the Special Needs program) held an end of year event for the students who attend class onsite, as well as a community Christmas party for the special needs children and their families who the program supports out in the community.
At Musana Camps, the staff celebrated Christmas by blessing the residents in the surrounding communities. Musana Community Church filled 40 basins with items to help families have a special meal. In addition, more than 100 children received gifts including school supplies, snacks, and dresses for the girls.
Photos submitted by Jill Pogmore, Virginia Agosto, Tim Peterson, and Steve Agosto