Namugongo - Kira Town, Kampala Uganda
Don Bosco Child And Life Mission - CALM
Uganda my country is mainly an agricultural Country with 80% of its land devoted to farming and yet today’s youth in Uganda is interested in urban employment leaving their small holdings in the country side fallows. Uganda’s soil is fertile with adequate rainfall twice a year leading to 2 crops a year. Don Bosco – CALM sits on a land of 12 acres, one acre being allocated for existing buildings. Salesians of Don Bosco took charge of Don Bosco – CALM in the year 2005. Beginnings were difficulties and finance was the main problem for the up keep of its 140 plus more children.It was only in the year 2013 an attempt was made to cultivate the vast fallow lands. To get the children interested in a small farming project was not all that easy. We began with a cattle – poultry farm with geese, ducks, layers, piggery, goats plus cows and this proved successful. As for farming, the years 2013 plus 2014 did not bring in much yield.
Year 2015 has brought joy and happiness because of the told attempt to go on a large scale. The brain wave behind it is our Rector Fr. Jean Marie together with Br. Hubert and Mr. Henry Bukenya Also a good number of boys put their hands to the plough. We cannot forget; Dhamba Vincent, Reagan, Waisswa, William plus other farm hands. We are now harvesting the fruits of our labors among which grown include; Cabbages , carrots(Daucus Caroto) , Nakati , Onions ,Beans ,Maize ,Cassava ,Egg plants , Green peppers ,Cowpeas and Sweet Potatoes. As for now we have started and still consuming on the above mentioned vegetables and crops since they grow in a very short period of time. We are now harvesting beans and they are many in line with the area we planted them on. Already started consuming on these beans as we await the harvest of maize in short period of time from now.
Early in the morning the boys were up and eager to prepare for the big day. They were well motivated to show their faith and love for Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist. Some boys had to do house chores. Each one had to make sure that his bed was the best and some had put different types of roses on their beds and all looked wonderful because each boy had made different designs on his bed. The boys of each house organized tables in the front where the Blessed Sacrament was going to be adored. The tables were decorated with lovely roses of different hues and appearance. After work completed, the boys went to take shower and then dress smartly for the Eucharist Celebration.
The first Eucharist celebration was for Makerere students and Fr. Jean Marie was the celebrant. The second Eucharist celebration was for us, Don Bosco-CALM and a good number of faithful from the neighborhood and elsewhere. Fr. Elie was the Celebrant. Fr. Elie in his preaching explained the meaning of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He did this to tell us different stories trying to analysis the three readings and to draw from the lesson of being good Christians and how we should take ourselves as Christians.