Friday, November 16, 2018

Annual Report December 2018

John Skeel Missionary Foundation
101 Cherry Ave, Winona Lake, IN 465,
Annual Report December 2018

We want to thank everyone for your continued prayers and financial support. I believe that this has been our best year ever.  We have been able to financially assist over 80 children with school fee or vocational training this year.

We added 8 primary students and 2 secondary students in Iganga with Pastor Hans Isabirye (a student that we assisted with College fees over 10 years ago).  We added 5 students in Ibanda primary school – three are boarding and the other two girls live in our Ibanda foster home run by Annah.  Her sister Justine and her best friend, Gloria are completing a two year catering/hotel management degree program the end of January 2019 at Alliance Vocational School in Ibanda.

In Kazo Secondary school, we have 3 boys and 3 girls.  All are top academic students and most are on the soccer or net ball team.  They went to the soccer playoffs in Kenya the first year school had a team. We have had over 20 children finish all 6 years of Kazo Secondary School.

Enorine is one of those Kazo students that is now a sophomore at Kyambogo University in Kampala. She is majoring in accounting and finance and wants to be a CPA. Noeline daughter, Irene is in S3. She walks to school because she still lives at the home with her brother, Francis and her grandparents. Noline is still teaching Sharron how to make baskets and other crafts. She too, lives with the grandparents while learning crafts and English.

In Kabale, we have one student in Kabale teachers college.  She wants to be an art teacher.   We assisted her older sister, Loyce several years ago. Her sister is married to Peter and they have twins that will soon be 3 yo. Peter and Loyce are teachers at St. Barnabas Secondary school.  Loyce’s father, Emmy passed away a couple of years ago at 50. We also have Bridget in S-3 of Secondary School.  She wants to be a veterinarian.

As to our special projects, we continue to assist Irene and Julias with their son, Brian with medical treatment for his club feet at CoRSU hospital in Kampala. Meanwhile Irene and Brian are staying with a Catholic family, so he can walk to the hospital for his weekly appointments. Brian is scheduled to have surgery the second week of December to correct his left foot.

Nixon is still the sewing instructor for Hill Top Sewing School that we started in 2008 in Kiruhura district. He now runs the program for us without any financial assistance.  He currently has 22 students including three boys.

We continue to assist Hope Reception Center with providing building rental assistance for their sewing school.  We have rehired Cleophus to be the main sewing instructor for more than 20 girls.  We also are providing life skills to these girls.  Michael and Patience have all three of their children, Joshuah, Shalome and Shama, in school.  Michael is now the Chaplain for Kabale community hospital.  Patience is now one of two district managers for Compassion International.  We assisted her with school fees to obtain her Masters in Social Work in Kabale.

In February, we opened Voien Vocational School (VVS) with 16 students from ages 14 to 26.  All walk to class daily.  Johnathan, the carpentry instructor, is the older brother of Godfrey our Director of Education.  His own furniture making business has doubled since starting the class, partially because our school is located on a main village road between four schools and three churches.

We have partially completed our second building of VVS and plan to start additional classes with an art class in March of 2019.
On the land behind the school we have planted about 50 coffee trees, 30 orange trees, 50 Musuzi trees and 100 Gravari trees as the lot is over 800 feet deep.

In Kimillili, Kenya we have assisted Pastor Mark Ndinyo by purchasing materials that would enable him to complete his new parsonage. It is adjacent to our sewing school on his family farm about 10 miles outside of town.  We were very happy to host Mark and his family again at our home in Winona Lake this summer for 10 days.  We enjoyed an evening and dinner with Judy Bird on the lake. We had a few people at our home one evening.  Mark visited several churches that provide funds to build new church buildings in Kenya in the past 8 years.  In January we will be provide additional funds for roofing materials for Mark’s new Sanctuary for Kimillili Baptist church (60’ X 90’). We have assisted his 4 children – Scofia, Brend, Vanessa and Damon – with clothes, school supplies and books for the past 3 years. In June of 2019 Mark will receive a Master’s Degree of Divinity and all will return home to Kenya.

Respectfully Submitted,
For John Skeel Missionary Foundation,
John Skeel
For 2018 photos:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Students that we sponsor for 2017/2018

          Sharron (18) – African traditional crafts and English with Noeline
          Irene S-2, Kisubi SS, Noline’s Daughter, 
          Gabriel from Matoke Inn staff – Accounting degree
          Noline – crafts instructor, Kisubi - and son, Francis Jjuneju (4)

University – September 

Enorine Abeho - 1st semester       Kyambogo University                   3,600,000 sh

St Elizabeth Secondary School, Kampala –  

          Ester Arinda – S-5 (8/98)                       17 out of 56
          Isaac Kananura – S-4 (2/2002)              21 out of 440
          Peace Kaburemezi – S-3 (5/2001)          84 out of 224
          Evas P-7 - (Kinoni village Primary school)         

          Justine (21) – Alliance vocational school – catering first of 2 yrs.
          Mark Karungi (12) – P-2 Ibanda Integrated Primary School

Kazo Secondary School –   
          Elizabeth Kemanzi (18) (- (Alex’s sister) S-2
          Joyce Nahwera (20) - (Godfrey’s nice) (1998) S-2
          Enoch Tumuhimbise (16) (Godfrey’s eldest son) S-2
          Raymond Tumwesigye (15) (Godfrey’s 2nd son) S-2
          Daphine Musoki (16) – new student parents died of Aids S-1

          Hilda Natweta (13) - Pease Noble H. S.  – S-1

St Barnabas SS - Kabale
          Loyce and Peter + twins; sister Carolyne is freshman in college

Hope reception Center Sewing School – Kabale
          13 sewing class students currently attending for a certificate.

          Bridget (16) – S-2 – Bishop secondary school
          Kasheija (14) - P-7 
          Joseph 15 – S-2
          Shama (12) – P-6
          Pheonah (25) – Ntongamo Resort Hotel – graduation 30th of March 2017
          Isabella (23) – records clerk at Church of Uganda Hospital (200 beds).
          Cleophus (21) – starting up her own tailoring shop in Kabale with our asst.

Oraba, Congo – far NE boarder of Sudan and Uganda
          Ester (6) – P-1 parents have AIDs

Ibanda town

          Alex – school maintenance manager Voien Vocational School

          Johnathan – Voien Vocational School, Industrial Arts instructor.

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 

John Skeel Missionary Foundation

December 2017

We have managed to set aside enough funds to support our 2018 projected budget for school fees for the children that we have made a commitment to sponsor and all projected building expenses to complete Building #2 Vocational school near the SW town of Ibanda.  I have pledged all necessary funds to cover all travel expenses, accounting costs and fund raising expenses for 2018.

We have completed Building #1 for Voien Vocational school with the exception of installing window glass, making and installing interior doors and completing the top layer for the cement floors.  The Shower house and pit latrine are complete with the exception of making and installing the three doors on the building.  We have installed a 40’ gutter on one side of the building including a 250 liter collection tank.  A second gutter and collection tank will be installed in 2018.

We completed the foundation for building #2 and the cement floor for that building will be done by the end of this year (building size is 27’ X 36’).  The sign post for Voien Vocational School was put up on the front of the building to include phone contact numbers for Johnathan the carpentry instructor + Godfrey the Director of Education.

Hill Top Tailoring School in Kiruhura started by Maria Karungi in 2007 on her land is now able to operate completely on it own.  The instructor, Nixon, for the past 4 years, has 16 students in this year’s class (4 are boys).  As of November, he had a total 16 students attending classes 5 days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Maria lost both her 47 year old son to cancer and her father at 107 in October of this year.  We are assisting 4 of her grandchildren with school fees in Primary School in 2018.

Hope Reception Center Sewing School in Kabale has 14 students and a new instructor.  We rented an improved location for the school on a main highway going to the Congo.  Patience and Michael have all three of their children in school. Besides running Hope Reception Center they take care of two of our orphans. Bridget is doing very well in S3 and wants to be an RN. Kasheija is completing his last year of primary school. We are helping our former sewing instructor in starting her own tailoring shop at the same location.

We will have 8 boarding students in Primary boarding school and 8 Secondary students in boarding classes.   We have two in Vocational school and one a freshman in University in Accounting and finance at Kyambogo University.

Our Kenya pastor, Mark Ndinyo and his family are living in Atlanta, GA while he is getting his Master’s Degree in Divinity.  We had the pleasure of his entire family visiting us this summer in our home.  We also visited the folks of Pleasant Plain Presbyterian Church and West Eel Church of the Brethren while they were in the area. We donated $500 towards building him a new parsonage in his home town of Kimillili, Kenya this year.

We gave Mark a check for $500 to go towards his new parsonage in Kimillili, Kenya.  All of the children now have bicycles except Scofia who is of driving age.

I spent 5 days and visited 13 church inaugurations with Kemper and Ginger – Servants of the King in March of this year.

I spoke to Pastor Kevin while I was still in Uganda in October and said to him “you can plan on me spending the next ten years in Uganda doing the same thing that I have been doing for the last ten years.  That includes building one new church building a year and continuing with helping 50-60 young students per year with school fees or learning a vocational skill.”

Respectfully Submitted,

John Skeel, for John Skeel Missionary Foundation

Note: a copy of our 501c3 tax exempt status is available upon request.  Our CPA is Darin Miller, Warsaw, IN

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Students that we sponsor for 2017

  Mark Ndinyo and family

John Skeel Missionary Foundation –
Students that we sponsor for 2017

1.  The family of Godfrey has three children that we are offering school fee assistance.
Joyce is 17, Enoch is 15 and Raymond is 13.  Godfrey’s two sons and his niece all are sophomores (S-2) in Kazo secondary school (SS).  Joyce is on the school soccer (football) team that competed in National playoffs in Kenya last year even though it was their first year for them to have a team.
Also in S-2 at Kazo SS is Elizabeth, the sister of our current caretaker of our latest Vocational Training Center in Ibanda, Alex.  She is currently 8th in her class of 68 students.
Enorine, 22 will attend college this fall in Kampala and plans to become a high school English teacher.  She is currently teaching English at the primary school she attended for 7 years.
2.  We have added several new students:
Sharron. 19 is learning how to make crafts – baskets, place mats, various types of Vera Bradley type bags with Noeline. She lives in the home with another one of our students, Irene that is also attending    S-1 in a suburb of Kampala.
Daphine, 13 in S-1, is also attending Kazo SS. Both of her parents were killed in an auto accident about a year ago.  Her uncle (headmaster for the primary school where Enorine teaches English to the students) asked for assistance and is paying for 1/3 of her cost to attend Kazo SS.
Mark, 12 his sister, Markline, 10 and brother, Dan, 4 all have been living with his grandmother and great grandfather because both of their parents are alcoholics and are unable or unwilling to care for any of the children. He is in P-2/3 at Ibanda Integrated Primary school (they have approximately 700 students in a very good primary school).
Justine, 20, completed S-4 in Kampala.  She is working for her diploma in catering and cooking at Alliance Vocational school in Ibanda while living with her sister, Hanna. She is assisting us by taking care of Mark while he is on breaks between terms as her apt is behind his school in Ibanda.
Esther Anyadru, 10, is living in a small village in the NE corner of the Congo next to Sudan and Uganda.  Both parents are dead because of the violence in the area.

Met Anne Marie on a recent visit to Uganda at the African Inland Missions (AIM) rest house in Lubowa where I often stay coming and going from Uganda after – before my long 30 hour plane ride.
We continue to sponsor the following students in Kabale / Hope Reception Center – director,

Bridget is now in S-2 at a boarding school in Kabale.
Kasheija is now in P-7 with his foster sister, Shalome in Kabale.
Shalome is repeating P-6 because of poor performance.
Her brother, Joshuah is doing well in S-3.

1. Pheonah parents are both deceased.  She came to us when she was 13 years old having never been able to go to school – she was abused by her Uncle.   She successfully completed S-4 in Kabale.  She completed training at YWCA in hotel management and is employed as manager of a small hotel in Ntongamo (50 rooms, conference center and restaurant).

2. We are assisting Cleophus in starting her own tailoring shop in Kabale and have rented a store that has a room behind for her to live/sleep in with her business (March 1st, 2017.  So far that is working out better than expected.

3. We continue to support Hope Reception Center – Sewing School. We have rented an adjacent shop to Cleophus for the next 12 months.  They continue to have 12-15 students in class every year.

4. Our new classroom/ VTC in Ibanda will start classes this fall.  We already have several students that have signed up for our carpentry class.  Johnathan will be the instructor for that class/apprenticeship program (3 yrs.).  We will be adding additional classes as we find competent teachers for those fields – English as 2nd language, tailoring, masonry hair/cosmetology etc.

Thank you for your financial support, prayers and concern for my safety while in Uganda.  If you need additional information about our efforts, please feel free to contact me by phone or email –

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke

In His service,

John Skeel