It’s the 27th of January and our eight Investment Year is about to start as the students arrive at our location in Kampala. As they arrive they bring a mixture of feelings from excitement over the year ahead, and all that the students will experience, to feelings of fear due to the responsibility I have to these young people. As I look at them arriving, I quietly whisper thanks to God that the year is dependent on Him and not me and help me to remember that this year.
There are 33 students this year with 11 of them from ‘Good Shepherd Fold’, an organization near Jinja. We are very excited to be partnering with them this year and look forward to further partnership in the future.
The first couple of weeks of the IY programme, we all spend together to set a foundation for the year ahead. There were over 40 of us squashed into our house; it certainly makes for cozy community. The benefits are that by all living together, we all get to know each and form an IY community, and I was very happy with how the young people mixed and got to know each other.
The training over the two weeks ranged from note taking, worldview, authority of Scripture and how to read the Bible, Money matters, finding your mission and purpose in life, to journaling. It was a busy couple of weeks.
The students are now experiencing life in their first round of internships and will be there until April 17th, be sure to read our next post to discover more about these internships.
Steve Brown,Early Adulthood Coordinator
‘Investment Year’(I.Y.) is a cutting edge one year programme designed for students who have complete S4 before they go on to any higher/further education and training. It is designed to help young people in Uganda develop the skills, knowledge, and character necessary for success in further education, future careers, and in their personal lives, enabling us to raise up future leaders of Uganda and cultural influencers who will take a stand for righteousness and integrity in the business world, the arts, medicine, the political arena, the church, families, their communities, and in global issues.