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Kalyabe Emelda - Buwala, Jinja District - Eastern Uganda Emelda, 60, grew up in the village of Busogya with her six brothers and sisters. After giving birth to eight children, she lost two sons to HIV and then her husband passed away of liver cancer a few years later in 1982. Worried how she was going to provide for her family as a widow, she jumped at the opportunity to join the Akola Project in 2007. Over the past four years, Elmeda has used the money she has earned from the Akola Project to put 7 of her grandchildren through school, take care of her 86 year old mother-in-law, provide a balanced diet for her family, contribute to the Akola savings program, purchase livestock for her farm and provide for her family’s general well being. She is proud that even at her old age she is able to provide for the daily needs of her family through her own hard work.

2011 EXPERIENCE UGANDA TRIP Bringing Americans and Ugandans together to connect in the spirit and love of Jesus

t This past August I embarked on a trip to Uganda withou not is trip The me. of ahead y journe expectations of the structured around the impact or difference one could make in it the lives of the women and families we would meet. Rather, to is rightfully described as an “Experience Uganda Trip,” provide a deeply meaningful experience to work, live, eat, pray of Jesus. and dance as we share our lives in the spirit and love as a stood who n wome to ss witne During the trip, I bore were days Our hope. and th true symbol of resilience, streng spent learning, listening, farming and working alongside the women of the Akola project; encouraging women in Northern Uganda in their skills and crafts; singing, dancing and teaching their children; all while sharing uninhibited joy with one another. The UAPO empowers both Ugandans andl Americans to positively transform our shared globa community. It is difficult to sufficiently express my deep and sincere gratitude and appreciation to the women of the Akola project, the dedicated UAPO team, and supporters of my trip. If I have one word of advice, it’s GO! Your life will never be the same... , Atlanta GA

- Catherine Bass


Pader District, Northern Uganda


“Konye Keri” Center means “Help Yourself” (named by the community) The facility will provide vocational training, health, and agricultural programs


Jim & Sabrina Join The UAPO in Uganda! Just two days after tying the kno t on October 15th in Atlanta, Jim Kasper and Sabrina Fernan dez were on a plane bound for Uganda. Jim and Sabrina hav e joined The UAPO Team in Uganda to serve as Program Coordinators for the Mukisa Project in Pader. From 2007-2009 , they both worked in rural villages in Malawi as volunteers for the United States Peace Corps. After returning to the US for a few years, they soon felt the urge to return to serve in Afri ca. When they learned about The UAPO’s reconstruction effo rts in Northern Uganda, they eagerly jumped at the opportunity to join the team. Jim and Sabrina will work hand in han d wit h The UAPO’s Ugandan Staff Anthony Rackara and Jen nife r Ayumo to provide skills training at the newly comple ted Konye Keri vocational center. Classes will include a var iety of vocational and life skills including basket weaving, soap making, sewing, discipleship programs, and sustainable agricul ture. We are thrilled to have their skills, experience, and pas sion a part of The UAPO family and can't wait to see the project progress over the next year!

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2011 End of Year Newsletter  

The UAPO end of the year newsletter for 2011.