Dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings, I bring you great news from Uganda! So many great things are happening here at the Home of the Holy Angels, thanks to God’s providence and your prayers and support. Our children recognize the tremendous opportunity that has been provided to them. They see how the future is bright and that greater opportunities await them.
In this newsletter, I want to show you pictures of the love, hope and joy that are alive on our campus. It warms my heart to see the smiles on the faces of our children as they take part in this miracle. We work hard to empower the children and help them to understand the important role they have in the formation of their future. Fr. Charles Nabwana
Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass at Home of the Holy Angels
Summer is a time for planting and caring for the livestock
Since our March newsletter the weather has warmed and we have planted many of the crops our children will eat throughout the year.
You see me standing in our crop of maize, which is important to our food supply. We are blessed with a lush green landscape and have a lot of land on which to grow our food. We are blessed to have a stable food supply through gardens of crops, along with chickens, cows, pigs and goats. We are also preparing the soil so we can seed the grass for the children’s new soccer field.
Our children take part in the planting of the crops and care of the animals, learning important skills they will use when they have a home and family of their own.
We are happy to share with you an update on the construction of the Sts. William and Helen Academy
When our children arrive on campus, they are typically very young. They begin their education at The Home of the Holy Angels primary school, which covers Baby Class and Kindergarten through Primary Level 7.
With many of our children finishing Primary 7, our need for a secondary school became apparent. Through the help of a generous benefactor, we are now building the Sts. William and Helen Catholic Academy. Our goal is to welcome our first class of secondary school students in early 2020. Shown above are some pictures of the progress we are making on the construction. The children were very excited when a truck arrived with some of our building materials.
The addition of the Sts. William and Helen Catholic Academy will enable us to have continuity in the formation of our children from a very early age through their teen years. We are blessed beyond words to be able to offer this opportunity now to our children.
I wanted you to know that I expect to visit the USA sometime this summer. Each year, I try to visit with my Advisory Committee in the USA for planning activities. I am typically based at The Basilica of St Paul in Daytona Beach, but I also make a number of visits to meet with our volunteers in the Winter Park FL area. My visit will be shorter this year since I need to be on our campus in Uganda to supervise the construction activity, but I hope to see or talk with many of you when I am in country.
What is made possible through prayer and financial support.
As you see from our newsletters, our ministry is making a large difference in the lives of so many children, and is transforming this region through the love and care we are able to extend. Our mission is to support the children through the point of independence, until they are able to become productive members of our community.
In order to provide this level of care, your support is more important than ever. I know that many of you are sponsors and for that I am very grateful. We also have a number of children who are not yet sponsored. I am praying that some new friends may be able to join our sponsorship program so we can continue to extend our support to those in need.
In our last newsletter, I was pleased to introduce David and Desiree Eastman. Dave and Des are sponsors for three of our children at The Home of the Holy Angels, and agreed to be my contact point with all of you regarding your sponsorships. They have done a wonderful job thinking about what sponsors would like to know about their children. Included below is the latest update they wanted to share with all of you.
Greetings from the Sponsorship Desk
Des and I are extremely grateful for your continued support of the children and the ongoing efforts at the Home of the Holy Angels. With much prayer, a lot of hard work and your financial support, we are able to educate, clothe, feed and nurture these orphaned and necessitous children.
Throughout this newsletter are pictures of the children attending Palm Sunday Mass, helping with the animals, spreading black soil for their new soccer field, and harvesting greens from their garden. Many of them aspire to be teachers, medical professionals, accountants and engineers. Several of our students have a desire to enter into religious life, with six of our secondary students currently attending Seminary. The children are taught good work ethics and teamwork. They learn to care for the land and resources that God provides. As mentioned in Fathers prior newsletter, our children are excelling, meeting the challenges set before them. At the end of the day, you have given them hope in a future but also have provided them a safe haven and the opportunity to just be kids. We look forward to Father’s return this summer and hope to provided you with letters from your children later in the year.
Again, we thank you for your generous support. With more than 3 dozen active students without sponsors, please prayerfully consider joining our family of sponsors or perhaps taking on an additional child, you won’t be disappointed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Dave & Des
My Closing Thoughts
In speaking to the students of St. Mary’s University College on his apostolic visit to the UK in 2010, the pope explained the relationship between Catholic education and the love of God in this way:
“In your Catholic schools, there is always a bigger picture over and above the individual subjects you study, the different skills you learn. All the work you do is placed in the context of growing in friendship with God, and all that flows from that friendship. So you learn not just to be good students, but good people.”
Our vision at The Home of the Holy Angels has always been to ensure our children are raised to love God and to trust in His providence. We also teach them to love, help and value the new family that God has provided to them.
Please know that we keep you in our prayers, please keep us in yours. Here is a picture of the children before evening prayer.
Thank you so much for participating in this miracle. May God bless you and your families immensely!
Fr. Charles Nabwana