When you see the enthusiastic smiles and energy of the kids at Kingsway Christian High School, you’d never guess what some came out of. Some were conceived by rape. Others have lost parents to AIDS. They, like many in Uganda, have endured much suffering in recent years.
In the 70’s, almost two million died during the rule of Idi Amin. In the early 2000’s, the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorized northern Uganda and destroyed countless families and communities, leaving many with nowhere to go.
Rev. Dr. Milly Erema grew up in northern Uganda and endured these horrifying realities herself. She was just 13 when she watched insurgents burn down her home before fleeing into the bush to live in near starvation for almost two years. Later, four of her brothers were murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army, leaving Milly responsible for raising their children.
As a result, in 2008 Milly and her family founded Kingsway Christian High School, to provide a desperately needed education to her orphaned family members and others who had endured the horrors of war.
“Unstoppable with Christ” is the school’s motto, reflecting Milly’s earnest faith and awe for Christ who has accomplished miracles in the lives of her students. Many go on to university and good jobs, a fate impossible for impoverished youth otherwise.
Critical Needs: October 2022
Kingsway Christian High School is licensed and registered through the Ministry of Education in Uganda. The school was originally set up to operate independently and sustainably, by enrolling paying students whose school fees would allow orphans to attend for free.
However, the two-year COVID shutdown devastated Uganda and now inflation is causing prices to skyrocket. Drought has further driven up the cost of food. Few students can afford to pay, yet an enormous number of needy children apply in the hope of getting an education. Additionally, the Ugandan government insists on the immediate completion of a building project, a dormitory for girls. Despite their best intentions, Kingsway is now greatly in need of support. Their current needs are below.
Kingsway is facing closure by the Ugandan government unless funds are raised to complete a girls dormitory required to meet government standards by the end of this year.
Currently, girls rearrange a classroom each night so that they can sleep on mattresses on the floor. The foundation and walls of the lower level have been built. They currently need approximately $40,000 to finish the dorm. (See their progress here.)
Photo taken 10-1-2022
Kingsway has a large garden that that it uses to raise vegetables and fruit, to keep the cost of food for students at a minimum.
The worst drought in eastern Africa in 40 years has destroyed last season’s crop. Until the rains return, Kingsway must purchase what usually can be supplied for little cost.
Update: Rains have returned, praise the Lord! They have been busy planting crops for next year. It will be several more months that they need to buy food until these crops are mature.
The COVID pandemic closed schools for almost two years and devastated families financially. In other countries, children studied on the computer at home. In Uganda, many children gave up school entirely to make money for their families. See this PBS report.
Kingsway was able to reopen along with other schools in January 2022, but with far fewer students than their usual class of about 40 to 50. Few families have money to pay school fees right now to support students who cannot pay.
Additionally, inflation driving up prices for everything. An additional $2000-$3000 per term is needed to pay teachers and buy food and classroom materials.
Your prayers and financial support are critically needed to weather this crisis.
Applicants Turned Away:
Going forward, your ongoing monthly support would allow Kingsway to transform many more lives. The school currently has a long list of orphans and needy applicants who they must turn away, even though they have classroom space. They simply don’t have money to take them on, to their great dismay. These children will lose their only opportunity to get an education.
If you’ve ever wished you could directly help the poorest in Africa, you’ve come to the right place.
If you live in the Western Michigan area, you are invited to join us for a Musical Gathering of Friends of Milly Erema Saturday, November 12th, 2022 from 7 – 8 PM Mulder Chapel Western Seminary 101 E 13th St Holland MI, 49423 We will have a conversation with Milly about her life and ministry …
Food traditions tell you a lot about a new place, and when I visited Kingsway High School from the USA a few months ago I learned a lot. Currently the students have two meals a day. They have tea in mid-morning, and supper at night. Tea had leaves and some sugar, but nothing else. Supper …
While Kingsway’s boys have a dorm to live in, Kingsway’s girls do not. Money is tight so each night the girls have been rearranging a classroom so that they can put out mattresses on the floor. This situation is probably not unlike what many had before coming to Kingsway, but the need has now become …
Hundreds of students have attended Kingsway and have been nurtured in faith as they’ve received essential education for life’s journey. Here is where you’ll hear and see them share.
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(Credit: Kari Tverberg for video editing)
Here is Milly along with Trinity Yikiisi, who graduated from Kingsway in 2014.
Trinity’s father died when she was a baby and her mother had no money for school fees. Her education would have ended in the 7th grade but Milly sought her out and enrolled her at Kingsway, where she did very well. When extended relatives heard how well Trinity did, they pulled together the money for her to attend university.
Trinity has since attended university and is looking for her first job.
Kingsway Ministries is a fiscally sponsored project of the Christian Ministry Alliance. The Alliance is a U.S. registered 501c3 tax-deductible charity with the Internal Revenue Service and has a Candid Platinum Seal (formerly GuideStar), the highest rating available for nonprofit transparency and accountability. [Tax ID: 46-3408177]
The Kingsway Ministries US Financial Oversight Board is in Holland, Michigan.
Lois Tverberg, Chair (616 212 9910)
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