As we wrote about in our previous blog post, Mustard Seed Academy (MSA) are schools that provide education and care for vulnerable children in Uganda. The “partners” approach allows for those who live and work in the community to keep the projects sustainable and growing, while receiving support, direction and accountability from partners in the U.S.
Since the idea for the academy started in 2003, MSA has grown to now serving about 600 children. The high school students have consistently received very good scores on national exams, preparing them for careers or continued education. However, the global pandemic has complicated education in the whole of Uganda, with school closings and government restrictions. Even though in-person classes were extremely limited, MSA continued to support the teachers and the students as much as possible, especially through food assistance. For Christmas 2021, children received a gift of ingredients to be able to make a Christmas dinner with their families.
The academy looks forward to schools reopening again in the coming year, and is raising funds for a new school building and dining area. The school also hopes to welcome back to campus all of the students who stay in the dorms – some 200 students in all – where they live and study in an environment that supports their learning. Please pray for the reopening of schools, funds for school expansion, local churches that participate in services at the school, and for the students to have a desire to learn more about the Christian faith.
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