August News

Special Needs Awareness March

This past month has been full! We had a wonderful month of July with our Anniversary party as we celebrated four years of Gems! It was a beautiful time as we rejoiced in God’s faithfulness of all that he has done in our ministry.

We also had the incredible opportunity to march to raise awareness for special needs along with many other participating organizations. We were able to close one of the busiest roads in Kampala to raise awareness and share with others the infinite value of every person with special needs! Special thanks to the Special Children’s Trust for all their hard work and advocacy!

Bethany is passionate about sharing that every person has value!

Some of our staff and Gems marching to change the stigma one step at a time.

Collins was all smiles while we marched.


Anniversary Celebration

We were so honored to host on our anniversary celebration a member of Uganda’s Cabinet The Minister of Youth and Children Affairs of Uganda Nakawala Florance.

Birthdays

This past month we had several Gems who celebrated their birthdays! We celebrated our Jesse who turned 10 years old, Justin who turned 7 years old, and Jackson who turned 6 years old.

Josiah with nanny Grace

We had a birthday party with cake, gifts and lots of music! Special thanks to Jesse’s sponsor who sent money for his birthday gift. Jesse felt so loved because of you!

Jesse with his nanny Susan

Prayer Requests

  • Provision and favor as the blueprints are approved by the government and we are granted building permits – We wait and trust that God’s timing is perfect but we are anxious to break ground for building in September.
  • Wisdom for our board of Directors as our Engineering Manager meets with potential contractors to secure one for the build. We are praying for someone with a tender heart for special needs to help make this vision a reality.
  • Healing for Joey as he overcomes his sickness and protein deficiency that he has struggled with.  
  • A new reliable van for our ministry – provision and plenty of space for wheelchairs. We have some money set aside but with taxes and the increase in the currency, we do not yet have enough to buy a van. We trust that God will meet all of our needs!

Lots of Love, – The Gem Foundation


World Down Syndrome Day

It’s World Down Syndrome Day and we couldn’t let it pass without highlighting our precious girl Noel. Noel is a sassy bundle of fun, an even brighter light shining her joy in our Gem home. One of our children Noel We are so thankful she is a Gem! #NothingDownAboutIt #TheGemFoundation

Jackson is Joyfully Resettled

In August of 2014 Jackson was transferred into our home. He has brought us such love and joy. We believe that caring for each treasure is a privilege wether they be reunited with their family, with our home for a short season or with us longterm. Every Gem deserves a safe, protected and loving home. Jackson came into our home as a tiny one with several mild special needs. He is gentle, kind and loves to be held and cuddled. He quickly stole our nannies’ hearts. When Jackson first came into the care of another children’s home it was because the situation with his biological mom was not good. Later on his biological mom passed away. Soon after, Jackson was transferred to The Gem Foundation to better care for his many special needs. At The Gem Foundation – we do diligent investigations into a child’s background to trace and see whether a relative may be known that would be able to care for them. We know a family is the best place for a child to grow and thrive. Sometime ago we were approched by Jackson’s biological Grandma. She inquired,along with his uncle, if she would be allowed to care for him.Jackson has grown through love, care and therapy and we were overjoyed that his family had come forward and not only accepted him with his special needs but they love Jackson, and they longed for the day he would be able to come home to them. It is with great joy and happiness we share with you that after many assessments and careful months of preperation and planning Jackson has left our home here at The Gem Foundation and been resettled with his Grandmother. He is surrounded by relatives and family who truly love and care for him. Praise Jesus for the great things He has done! There is no greater joy than seeing Jackson thrive in his family and in life! We had the incredible opportunity to travel there for his welcoming home party. It seemed as if the whole village attended the celebration! There were speeches, a bonfire, lots of delicious food and so many hugs! God has been so faithful and we are so excited to continue to watch our precious Jackson thrive. He will always be one of our Gems and although tears were shed and we miss him – we rejoice seeing him in his family where he belongs! Please know we will continue to support and be there for Jackson’s family as he grows. We share this story with you with great joy!