We want to thank everyone who gave to help us prepare for COVID-19. Uganda remains in total lockdown with all the borders closed and very strict guidelines. But because of your generosity it brings great comfort to know our Gems immediate needs have been provided for through your gifts! We are praising God for his protection over our Gems during this difficult season. During this lockdown not one of our Gems have fallen sick! This is truly a miracle, all glory to God!
Throughout Uganda, many families of children with special needs are struggling to put food on the table. With many families out of work due to the restrictions in place and the ban on public and private transport, all non-essential businesses have been closed! The result? Many families are going without food. We literally are seeing the need for vulnerable families of children with special needs going hungry and no idea where their next meal will come from.
We feel that we must act and do something! Let’s feed 100 families for the week of lockdown! $20 = 1 week of food for a family of 4.
GEM SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY OUTREACH
There are families like our precious Noah (see picture above) who was reunited with his mom this past summer need daily food. Also, remember our beautiful Leila who is thriving with her family. Our mission always has been to care of the disabled and help families with disabled children. Now is the time to act in our community. Would you consider joining us to help make sure children with special needs are not going hungry in our surrounding community? We are partnering with our friends at Special Children’s Trust to work together to accomplish this task.
$20 will provide food for a family of four for one week. We understand that things are hard for many of you, whether that’s job loss, cut hours, etc. so please don’t feel any guilt if you can’t give this time around! 🙂
We would love to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this season of uncertainty. Our goal is to raise $2,000 to provide food for 100 families for a week! Would you help us? Get involved today by giving to our community fund here:
Please share this post with friends and family and help see vulnerable children with special needs celebrated and cared for in their communities! We will keep you updated on our Facebook page!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for valuing children with special needs and stepping up to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this season!
Leila joined our home in January 2019 after being severely malnourished and a victim of extreme neglect. She was sick, withdrawn, and scared.
Her empty eyes held so much heartache as they bore into each person she met
Yet because of our generous donors, Leila was able to receive emergency medical care, intense therapy and excellent nutrition. Leila was able to heal as she learned how much we love her, and how much Christ loves her.
Where is Leila now?
Little by little, Leila began to blossom! Leila began to talk, walk, and the best part of all – she started to smile! She has become the life of our home with her chatting, dancing, and praising Jesus! It has been such a beautiful story of redemption and transformation right before our eyes!
After more counseling, therapy and support Leila was able to say goodbye to our Gem family as she was reunited with her biological mama! God is so good, and we are so excited to see her accepted and loved not only by her family but the entire community around her!
Think about it, at the beginning of the year, Leila looked hopeless but today she has an entirely different story! Leila is healthy, talking, joyful, loved and adored and reunited with her family! Although we will miss having Leila in our home, we are so excited about the future for Leila!
We have 45 other children, just like Leila that we care for — and are taking in new children all the time. Want to see more children like Leila healed and cared for?
Today we are thrilled to share with you an update and video on the progress of Gem Village changing what was once just a vision to a reality… all because of YOU! The construction crews made up of a team of 45 have been digging by hand the foundation, laying the foundation brick upon brick, pouring the concrete floors and finally the walls have begun to rise up from the Ugandan soil!
The video is specifically of the walls of the Medical Center going up but we will place the Medical Center on hold until the additional funds are raised for the clinic. Don’t let the building stop here! We have a matching grant to get us closer to our goal.
Watch the video below to experience the thrill of seeing the walls of the medical clinic begin to rise out of the African soil. Each brick, every wall and all the concrete floors will declare God’s love for the Gems! We are beyond thankful for all you have sacrificed to make this vision a reality.
Matching Grant: We are excited to announce that we have received a very generous offer of a $60,000 matching grant from a Foundation in California. If you’ve been thinking about making a donation for Gem Village now would be a great time to make it and to double your money! This will allow us to get closer to finishing the medical clinic.
Phase 1a cost: $739,000 includes 3 homes and the Medical Clinic
Phase 1a raised: $519,000
Phase 1a needed: $220,000
The matching grant will get us much closer to completing the Medical Clinic. If you know of anyone who may be able to help: your church, small group, friend, coworker – please share away. Together with God – all things are possible!
Please celebrate with us all that God is accomplishing through ordinary people in creating the Gem’s forever homes. Thank again for loving, giving and praying for our precious Gems!
We are so excited to share our latest update from The Gem Village. The construction team and engineers have been hard at work and we are beginning to see progress! Foundations have been dug and the concrete slab is being poured! It fills our hearts with incredible joy to see this dream and vision becoming a reality! Thank you precious friends for your generosity that is making this village a reality for our precious Gems! #thegemfoundation #thegemvillage
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Today we are highlighting our amazing supervisor Ritah! Ritah oversees unit 2 of our team of staff! She is part of our administration team and works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that our home and children are cared for with excellence! We are so thankful for Ritah and the role she has behind the scenes to make our home run smoothly! #meetgemstaff
Have you met Mattie yet? If not, please allow me to introduce you two!
When Mattie first came to The Gem Foundation he was rushed to a hospital in eastern Uganada which specializes in brain surgery. He was operated on and although it was tough for him, it was successful and he pulled through like a champ! Cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus can’t keep him down.
As of today, Mattie loves life. He loves to smile, play with his toys and you can usually find him laughing a lot. His whole being is filled with tenderhearted joy that oozes out of him. We love you Mattie and are so thankful you’re a part of our Gem family!
PS: We chose the name Mattie (or Matthias) is because it means gift from God and that’s exactly what we think he is.
We are so excited to share with you the progress of the construction going on at Gem village! The construction team has been hard at work and the foundations have been dug, mapped out and are being prepared for bricks and cement to be poured!
We are rejoicing that so very soon our precious Gems will have a place to call their forever home! All thanks to our generous friends and supporters who have given to make this vision and dream a reality of a place to call our forever home.
From the bottom of our hearts and all 44 of our precious Gems, thank you, thank you, thank you! We couldn’t do what we do without you!
Love from Uganda,
EmmaLee and Joshua Quisenberry and all of our precious Gems and team at IVO
When we began asking the Lord for the exact location of where he would want us to call The Gem Village home we prayed for wisdom and clarity! Our Staff, Board members, and friends around the world prayed with us as we searched all across Uganda.
The moment we first saw the picturesque land with its gorgeous, lush green fields, papyrus trees and pine trees (my personal favorite) we just knew that we knew! Instantly it was so easy to picture our Gems rolling in their wheelchairs, running and playing all across the land. I could almost hear their laughter and we knew that we knew this was where God was calling us!
Now please meet precious Pauline. She is a friendly little 10-year-old girl who lives with her family in the neighborhood near The Gem Village.
Because of Pauline’s special needs she has been unable to attend school. One of her needs makes it difficult for her to see. We are so excited that soon Pauline will be part of our community program! In our Gem community program families will be able to receive therapy and training to better equip and care for their little ones, like Pauline, with special needs.
We are so excited about the future of The Gem Village Medical Center, Clinic and Therapy Department! Would you help us minister to our community?
On behalf of Pauline and village children just like her – thank you! Your generosity will transform lives!