The Mwebaza Foundation Featured in Longmont Times-Call

Eagle Crest Elementary connects with their pen pals in Kenya through Skype. Students exchange greetings, songs, dances, and questions in an effort to build cross-cultural connections.
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Niwot Elementary Jog-a-thon

It’s about time for our 7th annual Jog-a-thon to help raise money to benefit our African sister school, Mwebaza Primary School!

DATE:
Our May “Late Start Day,” Wednesday, May 4th.

TIMES:
4th and 5th grades from 11:45-12:15 pm
2nd and 3rd grades from 12:30-1:00 pm
1st grade and Kindergarten from 1:15-1:45 pm

Students can fundraise by collecting pledges per lap or just a flat donation. Ask family and friends for donations, but we DO NOT want students to solicit door to door!

As in past years, ALL proceeds raised will be used to benefit disadvantaged Ugandan schoolchildren, so fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated! Funds from past Jog-a-thons have been used to buy property for a school playground and garden and construct the walls and roof of the middle school being constructed for Mwebaza students. This year, Jog-a-thon funds will be used to complete the construction of the middle school for the graduates of Mwebaza Primary School!

After each student completes the Jog-a-thon on May 4th, he or she needs to collect any donations, place them in the designated envelope labeled “Jog-a-thon,” and put that envelope in his or her class’ collection envelope. Funds are due by Friday, May 13th.

Please click on the link below for a copy of the pledge form.

Jog-a-thon pledge form

Coyote Ridge Drawing Competition

Students of Coyote Ridge Elementary participated in a school-wide drawing competition to design an image that best represents their partnership with St. Paul School! The winning design will be printed on white short sleeve t-shirts and mugs and the top three designs will be printed on custom-made pinback buttons, which will be available for purchase the week of Coyote Ridge Elementary’s Fun Run on May 5th.  All profits will go to purchase uniforms for Ugandan students that cannot afford to buy one on their own.

First Place Design

Tyler R. 3rd Grade
Tyler R. 3rd Grade

Runner Up Designs

3rd Place
Ashton B. 5th Grade

2nd Place
Emma C. 4th Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the other amazing drawings from the talented students of CRE.

 

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The Results Are In!

Students of Niwot Elementary participated in a school-wide drawing competition to design an image that best represents their partnership with Mwebaza School! The winning design will be printed on green short sleeve t-shirts and the top three designs will be printed on custom-made pinback buttons, which will be available for purchase at upcoming Niwot Elementary/Mwebaza School fundraisers. All proceeds will go to purchase uniforms for Ugandan students that cannot afford to buy one on their own.

First Place Design
By Tate D., 5th Grade
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First Runner Up Design
Sydney S., 5th Grade

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Second Runner Up Design
Hannah B., 5th Grade

Finalist HB 5_r

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the other amazing drawings from the talented students of NES.

 

 

 

 

The Mwebaza Foundation Featured in Five Star Journal

Coyote Ridge Elementary expands their pen pal program school wide this year in an effort to build global connections. Check out page 7 for the full story.

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Returning to Africa- Follow our Blog!

This summer, the President and Founder of the Mwebaza Foundation, Dale Peterson, will be traveling back to Africa with the Foundation’s Development Assistant, Devaki Douillard. They will be traveling with two teachers from Eagle Crest Elementary, Karie Cooper and Hillari Hansen, who will be visiting their partner school in Kenya for the first time! Along the way Devaki and Dale will be meeting up with friends and colleagues, building relationships and making new connections. Follow their blog at http://africaandfriends.blogspot.com.

Visit Us at the Boulder Creek Festival

The Mwebaza Foundation will be hosting a booth at the Boulder Creek Festival over Memorial Day weekend this May, from the 23rd to the 25th. Our booth will be located in the Boulder County Court parking lot in Festival Square. We will be selling African paper-beaded jewelry, stuffed animals, and framed batiks. Be sure to come out and show your support and get some great gifts for your family and friends!

Coronado Hills Elementary Shows Their Support

CHE CheckStudents, teachers, and faculty from Coronado Hills Elementary, in Thorton, CO, banded together in support of the Mwebaza Foundation. The school recently held a coin drive called “Mountains of Change.” Principal Donald Beuke, preparing to tackle the highest mountain in North America, Denali, realized he could use his planned summer adventure as a way to encourage and inspire students to set goals, dream big, and help tackle a problem facing children such as themselves. Beuke, who had raised funds for the Mwebaza Foundation through his successful run of the Leadville 100 a few years ago, once again teamed with students to assist St. Paul School in Uganda. The Coronado Hills community raised $1,228.03 that will be used to help purchase a school bus for St. Paul School!

On April 27th, Dale Peterson and Devaki Douillard educated Coronado Hills students about what life is like in Uganda and at St. Paul School. Afterwards, the Foundation was presented with an oversized check in front of the student body. Because students raised more money than the teachers during the coin drive, they earned the fun privilege of shoving cream pies in the faces of teacher volunteers. The Mwebaza Foundation is honored and humbled by the generosity and support of Coronado Hills staff and students.

Cream Pies

Middle School in Nkungulutale

Nkungulutale roofWhile the Foundation’s Development Assistant, Devaki Douillard, was in Uganda she oversaw the installation of the roof at Mwebaza Primary new middle school extension. This middle school is located in a town called Nkungulutale, about 15 minutes away from Mwebaza Primary.

Our colleagues in Uganda planned to use Mwebaza Primary’s school bus to transport Mwebaza students to the middle school since it is too far to walk. They also planned to continue to use the bus as a taxi when it wasn’t being used for school purposes to bring in supplemental income for the primary and middle schools. Unfortunately, when the van was at a garage for an upholstery upgrade, a fire from an unknown source burnt the shop and our van beyond repair. Furthermore, we are likely to receive little or no reparation for the damages. Our aim is raise enough funds to replace the van so Mwebaza Primary graduates can be transported to middle school.

Progress at Empakasi Primary

GreenhouseThe Mwebaza Foundation’s newest sister school, Emapaksi Primary School in Kitengela, Kenya, has come a long way since the beginning of our partnership. Kevin Omondi, our project manager in Kenya, has been busy directing the development of a sustainable lunch program for the students of Empakasi School. Among many other things, Omondi has overseen the construction of a chicken coop and a greenhouse garden at Empakasi School so the students will get a well-balanced lunch. The extra eggs and vegetables will be sold in the local market to create supplemental income that will support the continuation of these projects.