Luwero Newsletter March 2021

Luwero Newsletter March 2021

Welcome to the March edition of our Luwero Newsletter.  The prevailing conditions in Uganda have made it difficult to maintain contact.  However, Ernie and Gabriel persevered and managed to furnish us with the latest news.

The Kijjambus

Gabriel, Deborah and the four girls are all well.  The triplets are now sitting up and going through the trauma of teething.  As you can see below, they look the picture of health.

Sadly, Gabriel has lost close relatives (2 aunts, 1 uncle and 1 nephew) in the past two months.  Please remember the Kijjambus and their relatives in your prayers.



At the time of writing, notified cases of coronavirus numbered 40,408 and deaths totalled 334.  The accuracy of these figures cannot be guaranteed.  Locally in Luwero, four pastors contracted coronavirus: two have survived and two have died.  Some vaccinations are expected to become available in Uganda next week.  A government programme commencing with the vaccination of teachers is planned, although there is a lot of rumour and misinformation circulating in the country about the vaccine.  Uganda’s population is just over 46,500,000 with approximately two-thirds below the age of 24.

Funds continue to be sent to Gabriel to enable relief to be given to staff and pupils at the projects as well as the needs of local people with whom Gabriel has contact.  We are indebted to those who continue to support the work at Luwero both prayerfully and practically.


School News

Schools in Uganda face an uncertain future as a consequence of the Coronavirus.  Some parents, because of unemployment, cannot afford school fees.  In other situations, children who have not been at school for over 12 months have found work and have chosen to continue working.  Some schools have closed and others have been sold because they are no longer viable in the changed circumstances.

Despite problems, the schools at Luwero continue to function. Sponsored children are returning and contact continues to be maintained with those who have yet to return.  It is likely that all sponsored pupils will become boarders.  The Board are continuing to support Gabriel and building work is continuing, albeit under coronavirus restrictions, to the boy and girl’s dormitories at the secondary school.

  • P6, P7, S4 and S6, returned in January,
  • S3 and S5 returned on 1st March,
  • P4 and P5 will return on 12th April,
  • S1 & S2 will return on 19th April and 21st June respectively,
  • P1 to P3 will return on 21st

School exams for P7, S4 and S6 pupils take place between now and June.  The academic year for all school years will move temporarily from January to December to the new arrangement from this year’s commencement dates for the school year until June/August 2022.  In 2023 schools will revert back to the school year and calendar year coinciding.


Farm News

The success of the farm continues with the news that the recent maize harvest yielded about 8 tons of maize!

This will provide food for the school children for the next two months.  Please pray that the farm continues to thrive.




Church News

The church continues to meet under COVID19 restrictions.  A 9.00 pm to 6.00 am curfew still applies across the country.  People attending services need to comply with sanitising procedures, wear face masks and apply social distancing measures.  Services are limited to 200 people, so two services are held on Sunday mornings.  Mid-week Bible studies continue.  The co-ordinating committee will meet in May for 3 days to plan ahead for conferences and youth camps in 2022 and 2023.

This year’s Pastor’s Conference has been cancelled, and whether a youth camp will be possible in September remains uncertain.  Plans are afoot for preparing videos of Bible teaching sessions for use in Uganda with limited numbers attending.


National Elections

Some political unrest followed the national elections which took place in January.  This has now quietened down and the country is stable again.


Prayer Points

We ask that you continue praying for:

  • Prayerthe Kijjambu family, and Gabriel in particular as he copes with the loss of his loved ones and supports those left behind,
  • the pupils in their phased return to school,
  • the continuing success of crops and livestock at the farm,
  • continuation of the return to normal Ugandan peace and stability following the national election
  • everyone involved in arranging future conferences and youth camps
  • further afield in Uganda, as people continue to cope with the effects of COVID-19 and the negative impact it is having on their lives.
Luwero Newsletter  December 2020

Luwero Newsletter December 2020

Welcome to the Christmas edition of our Luwero Newsletter.  As Christmas approaches, we are very aware of the impact that COVID-19 will have on our celebrations, both here and in Uganda.  However, folk here and at Luwero are determined to celebrate the birth of Jesus despite the restrictions in place

Christmas Worship in Luwero

Covid-19 restrictions mean that services cannot be held after 6 pm because of curfew.  Churches at Luwero are able to meet; numbers are limited to 70 people per service with protective measures in place.  Gabriel informs us that this limit has been increased from 70 to 200 provided social distancing can be maintained.  The church at Luwero can easily accommodate that number, even with restrictions.

The Christmas programme has been curtailed this year because of the coronavirus restrictions.

Programme    23rd December   –        a Carol Service is planned in the church

                         25th December   –      one Christmas Day service will be held

                         26th December   –      Christmas gifts will be distributed throughout the local community to orphans and needy families

                         31st December    –     a day of prayer 9 am to 6 pm

                         1st January            –   between 3 and 6 pm church members and local villages will be visited for evangelistic outreach

The Kijjambus

The Kijjambu family are all well.  Gabriella has recovered well from her recent health problems.  She received good treatment initially from the main hospital in Kampala and then at Kiwoko hospital, about 10 miles away from Luwero.

         Priscilla and her 3 baby sisters

Please remember Gabriel, Deborah, Priscilla and the babies in your prayers.


There have been a number of coronavirus cases in the Luwero area with a few reported deaths.  At the time of writing there have been 22,499 cases reported and 206 deaths across Uganda. Lockdown restrictions still apply across the country.  Numbers continue to grow.  Funds continue to be sent to Gabriel to enable relief to be given to staff and pupils at the projects as well as the needs of local people with whom Gabriel has contact.  We are indebted to those who continue to support the work at Luwero both prayerfully and practically.


School News

The first  term for P7, S4 and  S6 pupils ended on 18th December; exams will be taken next March/April.  It was anticipated that a full return to school would take place on Monday 11th January, however this has been delayed until 18th January because of elections next year.



Farm News

Crops have been growing well;

  • maize was planted recently following a period of rain
  • coffee was harvested
  • the cows have produced 3 calves.

We hope that these successes continue, as the farm is crucial to the long-term sustainability of the projects.


National Elections

National elections take place on 14th January 2021.  Such events can often be accompanied with violence and problems: pray for peaceful elections and ongoing stable government in the country.


2021 Calendars and Gabriel’s Favourite Hymns

Final call for Luwero 2021 calendars and Gabriel’s Favourite Hymns CD for delivery prior to Christmas.  Small desk calendars £5 and A4 wall calendars £9..  Copies may be ordered by email (mailto:[email protected]).  Copies of Gabriel’s CD are £8 and may be ordered in the same way as calendars.


Knowing and Doing

Printing of the Luganda translation of Knowing & Doing by John McQuoid is expected during January 2021: we are working with the publishers to finalise outstanding issues.




Prayer Points

We ask that you continue praying for following:

  • everyone involved in arranging Christmas services and celebrations at the projects and within Kiryanyonza,
  • the Kijjambu family and the 3 babies in particular as they grow stronger,
  • all the children and their families as they come together at this time of year
  • the pupils, and their return to school after the Christmas break,
  • the continuing success of crops and livestock at the farm,
  • a peaceful and civilised national election, free from violence and disruption,
  • further afield in Uganda, as people continue to cope with the effects of COVID-19 and the negative impact it is having on their lives.

Child Sponsorship and Coronavirus

At the time of writing Uganda has 13,568 reported cases of coronavirus and 117 deaths. There has been a steady increase in both sets of figures since mid-August. The accuracy of these figures cannot be verified.

During these past few months, Gabriel has been in contact with as many sponsored pupils as possible. He has facilitated practical support such as visiting children, providing maize and other foods to families, advising on school work able to be done at home and provided financial assistance to families and teachers where needs exist. Where direct contact has not been possible, financial gifts sent by MoneyGram via mobile phones have been made. Your gifts have made all of these things possible.

A couple of weeks ago the Ugandan government allowed pupils in P7, S4 and S6 to return to school. This enabled 38, 41 and 7 pupils respectively to return in these three school years. Pupils in these years are known as ‘finalists’ since they are in their final year of education before moving on. Normally these pupils would sit their annual school exams in November. These exams have however been delayed until April/May next year so that pupils can complete the curriculum for the school year. All sponsored children in these years have returned to school. The remainder of children in all other classes are scheduled to return to school in January 2021, their school year having been delayed by 12 months. Hopefully these plans will be able to materialise.

To allow the return to school, full coronavirus protection measures have been put in place in accordance with government guidelines.  Additionally, the authorities have instructed that a boundary wall be built to ensure that pupils and the public are kept separate at the secondary school.  Work has commenced building the wall.  In the light of the steps taken and being taken the government has granted the schools a licence to operate.

Once the schools return, we will be able to assess any specific concerns regarding sponsored children and will advise you accordingly.

Gabriel will arrange to supervise the distribution of Christmas gifts to sponsored children.  The normal arrangements of sending a suggested £10.00 donation for your sponsored child still apply.

Payment can be made in a variety of ways including

  • cheques made out in favour of Luwero Community Projects Ltd and sent to Krysia Cruickshank, Child Sponsorship Coordinator,
  • electronic transfer via mobile banking or direct debit to our bank account
    • (RBS, sort code 83-16-13,
    • account number 00617368,
    • account name Luwero Community Projects Limited)
  • giving on-line via Virgin Money Giving through this website.

Whichever route you chose please ensure your gift is clearly marked for your named sponsored child.

Thank you again for your prayerful and practical support for the work at Luwero.

2021 Calendars

2021 Calendars

We’d like to finalise calendar orders this weekend to ensure delivery before Christmas.  If you’d like to order any calendars just for yourself, please let me know and I’ll arrange for them to be sent to you. You’ll recall large ones are £9 and small ones are £5.

Every blessing to you.