Our three weeks with Aine Abel, the Director of the Blue House orphanage in Uganda, were busy, stimulating and very productive.
Aine experienced everything from a drive-thru lunch at McDonald’s to the awesome beauty of the North Shore, and he met Americans and Ugandan-Americans aplenty.
Aine enjoys one of Minnesota's lakes
Each Sunday, we visited a different church – St. Peter Claver Catholic, SAP Lutheran and St. Matthew’s Episcopal. There were many meetings with Blue House board members, several dinners, and we attended an all-day conference, Nonprofit Essentials, sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits. Aine learned, and the board learned, and we made big plans for the Blue House!
Aine and Pastor Marc Oslie-Olson at SAP Lutheran Church
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church presented checks to Aine from a Special Ministry Grant for the Livestock Project and from the Youth Commission Lenten Soup Suppers for a playground.
A cookout fundraiser completed the funding for the Livestock Project. And, as you might imagine, the girls are eagerly waiting for their new dairy cows and for work to begin on their playground!
Thank you so much for your interest in and support of this work of the heart. Aine was truly amazed and humbled at the enthusiasm and encouragement he experienced while here. You can be sure he is already sharing his many pictures and your good wishes with our friends in Uganda!
Aine met 97-year-old Charlotte Hansen (and her son Dave) who was a friend of Beatrice Garubanda in the 1980s, and a supporter of the Blue House.
At an open house for Aine he met more of HMI's friends, inlcuding Nina Zachary, left. They were discussing the importance of helping the community in Uganda while supporting the orphans.
Carol Roeller, President of HMI, Aine Abel, Director of the Blue House in Uganda, and Jerry Roeller, HMI consultant, at the MSP airport.
See more photos on the Blue House - HMI Facebook page, July 2012 on the timeline.