When we visit the villages with a mission team it does not go unnoticed how many children are there when they should be in school. We have been visiting Kayepas village for 6 years. A child, Lokut Friday, who was 2 when we first met him is now 8 and he has NEVER been to school! That is not ok.
The closest school is over 5 miles away. Remember, they do NOT have cars to drop their child of at school. School is also NOT free. So even if there was a school around the parents would not be able to afford to send them.
In May 2016, an elder of Kayepas village was addressing the team and telling us their struggles and needs. The first man stood and said they really needed help with gardening tools and seeds for planting. The second man stood and said "Do you see all of these children? They should be in school but they aren't because there's no school for them." It hit our team in the heart. We decided to pray about it and see where God leads us. After a couple weeks the team sent Becky, our director, back out there to Kayepas to talk to village about what we could do. They ended up signing over to us 8 ACRES of land at no cost to us to build a school. We believe that shows their level of commitment and love for their children and grandchildren.
Ezekiel 37 Ministry is standing on the scripture of 2 Corinthians 5:7 "Walk by faith, not by sight." When we stand back and look at the size of this project it's easy to get overwhelmed by it. However, we serve a mighty, powerful, awesome God who can do all things! We know that He wants this school to be built and it will bring more souls into His kingdom. The school will be a Christian school where children will hear the word of God.
As the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 says the Lord has plans for each of us. Plans to give us hope and a future. We believe that this school is all in God’s plan and it is to give HOPE to these children and future generations. The word HOPE in the Karamajong language is Akigyeno. So we have decided to name the school Akigyeno Nursery and Primary School. The school motto is “Our Hope is in Christ Alone”.
The school will also provide jobs for adults in the village. Some of the women will be the compound cleaners and the cooks. Some of the men will be the day and night security guards. The property is large. There will be space to have our own garden. We plan to grow sorghum and millet to offset the cost of buying food for the children. So we will need people to work in the gardens. They have been involved in the actual construction of the school. We plan to train women who are part of a church sewing group to learn how to make the uniforms for the children. It is an exciting time for this area. This school is not only about educating the children but also to help the adults as well.
Nothing is too hard for God. We know that with Him on our side that all things are possible!
We have constructed a building with 3 classrooms, an office and storage room. Also, we have a 14 stall pit latrine (bathroom). The latrine is large enough that it will service the school even when we reach full capacity of a nursery and primary school.
As of May 28, 2018 we have opened with 3 classes (totaling about 70 children). These children will be nursery level classes (Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten for the USA equivalent). Some have asked why start with nursery? The reason is these children have ZERO education. They only know what they hear at home. Their parents and grandparents are nearly all illiterate so they are also not teaching them. They have to learn the read and write before entering the primary level classes.
The vision for the school is that it will not only educate children but it will also serve as a place to hold church services for the community and Sunday School for the children on Sundays. The Karimojong people have long suffered from lack of almost everything but especially of hearing the word of God. We now will have a facility for them to come to. For the children to learn in Sunday School and we will raise up a new generation of believers in Karamoja!
In addition to the school buildings we need a borehole for water. The closest borehole is quite a walking distance. The school needs clean and safe water for cleaning and cooking. The borehole will also serve the village community and surrounding villages so it is not only for school use. Our budget currently does not allow for a borehole but we are praying for one in the future.
There are different ways to get involved.
1) PRAY PRAY PRAY - Please pray for this school project. Prayers really are the most important need. We can do NOTHING without the Lord's guidance, wisdom, and provision.
2) Support Construction - You can give financially to support the school with either a One Time Gift or Monthly Giving. Click the DONATE button at the top or bottom of this page and you will have the option to give electronically. Or go to our Contact Us page for our mailing address.
3) Support a Child - There are going to be 100 kids in the school to start. We need sponsors for the children so that we can pay the teachers and staff, feed the children, supply the school supplies, etc. You can see our students at the link here: http://www.ezekiel37ministry.org/akigyeno-students/
4) Join an upcoming mission trip to do some construction and painting. To join one of the trips please see the page for Mission Trips. http://www.ezekiel37ministry.org/missiontrips
The people of Kayepas village tell a story that back in the early 1900's a white man who was a missionary went to that area to plant a town and share the word of God. The local people had never seen a white person before so they thought he was a ghost and they killed him! The people believe that God forgot about them for many years because they killed His blessing. However, they feel like God has remembered them now through Ezekiel 37 Ministry.
These children want to be in school. They want to learn. They want to be able to read and write and help their parents and their community as they get older. They want to change Karamoja and Uganda. These children need your help. Won’t you please consider how you can be involved? This school is going to affect not only this generation but the ones to come as well.
With God all things are possible...
Plans for Akigyeno Nursery & Primary School
Construction has finished on the Pit Latrines and the Nursery Class building. The entire property is 8 acres. The majority of it we are planning to use as a garden to grow food for the school children to eat.