Safe water for community in Uganda

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WE  DID  IT !!! 

It always seems impossible until it's done!

We are overjoyed to announce that the borehole well for the Starlight Family Charity Organization and the local community of Kiboga has been successfully completed and that clean water is flowing now! 

What a blessing! We cannot thank you enough for all your support!

May your kindness return to you in the same beautiful way it was given.

Much love from the entire Starlight Family team ❤️

www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org 


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T H A N K   Y O U   S O   M U C H  !!!





UPDATE / LATEST NEWS  (May 2018)


Borehole Well for Starlight Family 


Dear friends and supporters of Starlight Family Charity Organization,

Great things take time - we’re back with some good news!

Since we started reaching out to find a way to provide clean and safe drinking water for all the children at the school and the orphanage as well as for all the locals nearby in the rural and remote district of Kiboga, Uganda, the charity has been blessed with many acts of kindness that can be viewed on our website www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org and Facebook page www.facebook.com/StarlightFamilyKibogaUganda.

Let’s keep the momentum going! We invite you to be part of the change to accomplish our water project which will provide clean and safe water for the entire community. 

Since our last writing it has been confirmed by the Ugandan Water Project  www.ugandanwaterproject.com that the local spring that everyone relies on and which has been causing lots of health issues is contaminated and unfortunately beyond rehabilitaton.

However, we are excited to share that we have an opportunity to become part of a community project to finish a borehole in the local area that has been successfully drilled but couldn’t be completed due to lack of funds.

With our help Starlight Family will be in a position to take on the responsibility alongside the community to finish the borehole and provide a good water source that is so desperately needed by Starlight Family School, Starlight Family Orphanage and the local community.

Join us to be part of this positive change.

Donations will go towards the cost of equipment and labour to finish the borehole. Details of the materials needed and the agreement regarding its usage and upkeep can be viewed here and here.

Your contribution will make a big difference in their quality of life, health and well-being. The entire community will be forever grateful, blessed and moved by your kindness and support.

We are looking forward to seeing the completed borehole well provide plentiful and clean drinking water, and will keep you posted with updates and photos.

Thank you for all you do! We appreciate you!

Warm regards,

Theres Iwanchuk-Germann and Nirvikalpini Nithya
Starlight Family volunteers from USA and UK





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Within the past year - since we started reaching out to find a way to provide clean and safe drinking water - we’ve been blessed with:

•  a visit from long time supporter David Amrein from Switzerland
•  a visit from the family of Pauline Mueller from Germany, who dedicated her time as a guest volunteer at the school and the farm
•  educational sponsorships of two more students
•  beautiful wooden school benches for the children to learn more comfortably
•  scholastic materials
•  solar panels
•  wheelchairs for the handicapped
•  malaria tests and treatments
•  sanitary pads
•  clothes and shoes
•  vegetables seeds
•  donations to improve the organic farm: seeds, tools, fence, water reservoir with mechanical hand pump to water the fields
•  a new orphanage group house that is currently being built (thanks to the generosity of architect Volker Goebel as well as the main sponsors David Amrein and Schubert publishing Switzerland)

http://www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org/family-friends  

http://www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org/about

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Background 
(previous fundraiser message dated February 2017)

Urgent need:
Access to healthy drinking water for orphanage, school, and the entire community which includes four villages
District of Kiboga, Uganda, East Africa


Dear friends,

First of all, I would like to thank each one of you to take some time out of your day to read my message. I hope it will touch and move you as much as it has impacted me to help make some voices heard all the way from Uganda, East Africa.

David Amrein, a dear old friend of mine, who I met when I was still living in Switzerland, told me the inspiring story about a work trip that brought him to Uganda where he met James Lukyamuzi, a young boy at the time, who had been living in an orphanage his entire life. James’ parents both were killed by rebels during the Uganda war in 1986 - when he was only two weeks old.

David decided to be James’ mentor, provided him with financial support, sent him to school and gave him the gift of an education. Years later, James returned to his village in the remote rural district of Kiboga, Uganda. The orphanage where he grew up no longer existed. James could have looked for a job in the city and allow himself to enjoy a more luxurious life but instead felt compelled to give back and help the many homeless and orphan children who were facing the same struggles he had to endure.

Raphael Gordon from England travelled to Uganda following his vision to assist another orphanage. During his visit there, James heard of him and went to see him. Together they discussed the idea of setting up an organic farm and the funding of a new orphanage in the village, which Raphael named “The Starlight Family”. Raphael returned to the UK and raised funds to pay for land, tools and many other things. He impressed on James what good he could do with his life in simple ways for his village, which he soaked up like a sponge, and which shows what some good guidance and direction can achieve.

James with his committee decided to embark on the Starlight Junior School. A Starlight Family Facebook page was created and funds have been raised yearly for various projects.

Starlight Family currently provides free education for 265 children. The orphanage center is just big enough for 10 children at this time. An additional 4 orphans are living with James, his wife Alice and their baby daughter Nakaweesi. All the children in the orphanage are being cared for by caretaker mothers, including James’ wife Alice and Janet Auma, an abandoned mother of two small children who found a safe haven with Starlight Family. James is hoping to take care of more orphans in the future, praying for a bigger home or the funds to build another house for the many vulnerable street children that still need shelter. Kiboga district of Uganda itself currently has 45,000 homeless and orphan children with a lack of housing, malnutrition, a non-existent or very poor health and education system, and an unsafe water supply. In Uganda 2.5 million children are orphaned, and a quarter of kids will not live to see their fifteenth birthday. They lack the most basic needs in life, especially the experience of a parents’ love. Several orphanage centers and schools have been set up by individuals like James, who, after the war, wanted to help the many homeless and orphans as well as women and young mothers to make a change in their lives and give hope for a better future. We are hoping to someday collect enough funds to build one.

Health seminars are held at the center, including workshops about various healths subjects like contraception, HIV/AIDS, Typhus, Malaria, etc.

The Starlight Family organic farm provides social and economic well being to the people in the community. It teaches youth groups and women the skills necessary for sustainable farming and agriculture. It is their main source of income.

James and his charity organization struggle with an unstable financial income and face challenges to fund all their projects and programs, including the school. It is a constant challenge to pay the salaries and wages for the teachers, caretakers, and famers as well as to meet the government policy to keep the school running. Yet James stays strong and believes that an education is a very important and powerful tool to break the cycle of poverty and that it will unfold opportunities for a better future.

A recent generous donation to Starlight Family provided an 8000 liter metal water tank to collect rain water. However, the entire community relies on a local spring water source which urgently needs renovating as its quality is not safe to drink anymore. Its stagnant water is contaminated with dangerous bacteria and parasites, and gets even worse during the annual drought season. It is the breeding place for mosquitoes and frogs. Last year a 6-year old girl from the Starlight Junior School died of Typhus fever and severe abdominal cramps because she drank water that hadn’t been boiled. The lack of medical aid and transport system forced her and her care takers to walk to the closest medical facility which is 10 miles away. Half way there, the little girl passed away. A safe and healthy water well would be beneficial to the orphanage center, the school, the community, as well as to all the people who live in the four surrounding villages. 

Volunteers are embraced and joyfully welcomed to visit and learn about the community, lend a helping hand to the Starlight Family’s teachers and students, the children and caregivers at the orphanage, the organic farm, participate in outreach programs, establish lifelong friendships and make everlasting memories.

I have been in personal correspondence with James and everyone whose name I have mentioned in my message. James is such a delight, so positive and uplifting! He is one of those beautiful and gentle souls who is a light to so many, with a passion to make a change. He is an invisible force to the world whose compassionate humanitarian work has touched and moved me. Let’s help James help others! Let’s help him expand his circle of friends and supporters so that he can reach out even further and accomplish his visions for the poor and the broken. We are blessed abundantly with so much - while others have so little. The beauty about helping James and the Starlight Family is that you can see where the money is being spent and know that any support directly helps. If you want you can visit and see with your own eyes or connect and talk with the people involved.

More information, photos and videos can be found on the website that the volunteers, long time supporters, and Starlight Family’s board of trustees Nirvikalpini Nithya and Piero Capelloni from England set up for James and the Starlight Family. They have personally visited the orphanage charity organization in Kiboga, Uganda and continue to help in whatever ways they can.

http://www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org/about

http://www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org/family-friends

http://www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org/gallery

If you are able, any kind of donation is very much appreciated! Financial support, school and art supplies, books, toys and games, clothing, shoes, mosquito nets, vegetable seeds, your time as a volunteer, your knowledge, ideas, and connections. Although most items are available at a limited variety in Uganda, especially the children get overjoyed when something arrives in the mail from someone who cares.

David is planning a visit to Uganda in June. If friends and family from Switzerland would like to donate items, he is happy to take them with him.

Financial donations can be made through GoFundMe or via Paypal on the Starlight Family website. 

Mailing address:

The Starlight Family Charity Organization
James Lukyamuzi
P.O.Box 89
Kiboga - Uganda
East Africa

Connect  via e-mail:

Nirvikalpini Nithya and Piero Capelloni, United Kingdom
friendsofstarlightfamilyuk@gmail.com

James Lukyamuzi, Kiboga, Uganda, East Africa
lukyamuzij2006@yahoo.com

David P. Amrein, Switzerland
davidpamrein@gmail.com


We rise by lifting others. Please help share this message. Each one of us can make a difference, together we can make a change!

Thank you so much for your support, your kindness and generosity!

With love and best wishes from Portland, Oregon

Theres Iwanchuk-Germann
and all the friends of Starlight Family

Theres.Iwanchuk@comcast.net




















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WE DID IT !!!

It always seems impossible until it's done!

We are overjoyed to announce that the borehole well for the Starlight Family Charity Organization and the local community of Kiboga has been successfully completed and that clean water is flowing now!

What a blessing! We cannot thank you enough for all your support!

More photos and videos are being shared on the campaign story.

Much love from the entire Starlight Family team ❤️
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We reached our fundraising goal to complete the borehole well!

What a blessing!

We are deeply thankful for each one of you who shared our message and donated to this important project!

We'll keep you posted with photos and updates during the process.

Thank you again for your kindness and generosity and for being part of this positive change!

With warm regards and best wishes,

Theres Iwanchuk-Germann and Nirvikalpini Nithya







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UPDATE / LATEST NEWS

Borehole Well for Starlight Family


Dear friends and supporters of Starlight Family Charity Organization,

Great things take time - we’re back with some good news!

Since we started reaching out to find a way to provide clean and safe drinking water for all the children at the school and the orphanage as well as for all the locals nearby in the rural and remote district of Kiboga, Uganda, the charity has been blessed with many acts of kindness that can be viewed on our website ( www.friendsofstarlightfamily.org) and Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/StarlightFamilyKibogaUganda) such as:

- a visit from long time supporter David Amrein from Switzerland
- a visit from the family of Pauline Mueller from Germany, who dedicated her time as a guest volunteer at the school and the farm
- educational sponsorships of two more students
- beautiful wooden school benches for the children to learn more comfortably
- scholastic materials
- solar panels
- wheelchairs for the handicapped
- malaria tests and treatments
- sanitary pads
- clothes and shoes
- vegetables seeds
- donations to improve the organic farm: seeds, tools, fence, water reservoir with mechanical hand pump to water the fields
- a new orphanage group house that is currently being built (thanks to the generosity of architect Volker Goebel as well as the main sponsors David Amrein and Schubert publishing Switzerland)

Let’s keep the momentum going! We invite you to be part of the change to accomplish our water project which will provide clean and safe water for the entire community.

Since our last writing it has been confirmed by the Ugandan Water Project ( www.ugandanwaterproject.com) that the local spring that everyone relies on and which has been causing lots of health issues is contaminated and unfortunately beyond rehabilitaton.

However, we are excited to share that we have an opportunity to become part of a community project to finish a borehole in the local area that has been successfully drilled but couldn’t be completed due to lack of funds.

With our help Starlight Family will be in a position to take on the responsibility alongside the community to finish the borehole and provide a good water source that is so desperately needed by Starlight Family School, Starlight Family Orphanage and the local community.

Donations will go towards the cost of equipment and labour to finish the borehole. Details of the materials needed and the agreement regarding its usage and upkeep can be viewed on the attached documents (more images/links to documents are uploaded on the main fundraiser message).

Your contribution will make a big difference in their quality of life, health and well-being. The entire community will be forever grateful, blessed and moved by your kindness and support.

We are looking forward to seeing the completed borehole well provide plentiful and clean drinking water, and will keep you posted with updates and photos.

Thank you for all you do! We appreciate you!

Warm regards,

Theres Iwanchuk-Germann and Nirvikalpini Nithya
Starlight Family volunteers from USA and UK


We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. ~ Winston S. Churchill
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Dear family, friends and supporters,

Today is World Water Day and I would like to express my gratitude for all the blessings in our life!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has shown interest in our campaign! Thank you for helping spread awareness and most of all, for your generous donations and support!

Our friends in Uganda are facing another outbreak of water diseases and severe health issues due to contaminated water that affects the community, especially the children.

Their spring water well needs urgent repair and rehabilitation.

We are currently in touch with the U.S. based water organization The Ugandan Water Project and are hoping to work out a plan to partner up with their expertise.

Our campaign has also been published to the Western Union Chain of Betters website and we pray to be one of the lucky winners to win some funds towards our project.

https://www.wu.com/chainofbetters/betters/access-to-safe-drinking-water/

Each one of us can make a difference - together we can make a change.

Every drop counts.

Thank you again for your continued support!

With best wishes,

Theres Iwanchuk

and friends of Starlight Family


Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. ~ Proverbs 11:25
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