Poss - new skills, new hope, new life

Poss – new skills, new hope, new life

 

The men in Kigazi village, 3000 metres above sea-level in rural Uganda, don’t have work. They are treated as second class citizens by the dashing, worldly-wise (ha!) town-dwellers of Kabale, the farming is done by their wives (we’re re-educating the next generation) and they have no transferable skills.

Or they didn’t. One of the wonderful by-products of what God is doing in Kigazi is that now many of the men DO have purpose. They work in the village they were born to build water tanks, a medical centre, staff accommodation and now the ‘Hospital in the Hills’ that will treat them and their families for many years to come. They are fed, paid and valued by us and by their community. And they have learned new building skills. And this makes me so flipping happy.

Poss, pictured above, is a great example of how God has blessed these men and their families. Poss started work for us with few skills – hard-working, friendly and diligent were all he could offer. Two years later Poss is a skilled worker and he can do many specialist jobs such as plastering, brick-laying, decorating and water-harvesting construction. Poss still works for us when we are carrying out construction work……and when we’re not he travels to Kampala and works there at skilled rates. I didn’t see that as a by-product of what we do but I am deliriously happy that our policy of only employing local Ugandans is allowing God to transform the lives of the men and women that build our facilities…..as well as those whose lives will be delivered, saved or improved through the Hospital.

Poss and his friends are concreting the ceilings now…..and the septic tank is looking very good as you can see below. And our God is at work too – in their lives. Halleluia.

Real work for local men - Alleluia

Real work for local men – Alleluia

Ceiling concreted

Ceiling concreted

A very pretty septic tank!

A very pretty septic tank!