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
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