Open For Business!

It’s thrilling to report to you that the lower level of the Medical Centre is completed and open to care for the children and staff of KCC.

During the early stages of construction, in order to compensate for unexpected terrain issues, the original architectural plans were modified to include a second level.  Now we need your help for the final push to complete the expanded upper level interior as well as the exterior pathways.

Here are pictures from March 2017:

And here is a recent image from October 2017:

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Thank you for your generous support for this important goal.  Once open to the community, the Hope Centre will work under a self-sustaining model of care.

 

A Second Floor!! Hope Centre construction rolling along

Progress continues on the Hope Centre with work on wall framing for the second floor.  Already and amazing achievement, all built by hand.

We’re very excited about the progress and look forward to Opening Day, but still need your help.  We’re just under $5,000 away from our phase 2 goal of $17,000.  Phase 2 would add solar power and an new well, providing vital independent resources and enhancing the ability to serve more of the community.  Please DONATE TODAY and help us reach our goal.  Thank you.

 

Setting the foundation!

Work continues to progress on the Hope Centre site.  Here’s the most recent photo of part of the foundation being built.

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And here’s the blueprint plans of the complex.

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Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!

We’re all looking forward to the Destiny Africa Choir 2015 US Tour and we’re planning a Special Concert event.  Click here for more details!

And continue to visit our site for more updates on the construction progress.  The crews are working hard toward the goal of ribbon cutting within the year!

Thank You Concert

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THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!
Monday, May 18, 2015  at the Newport Yachting Center

Thanks to all who attended a wonderful night of music, dance and love.  We are so grateful to the Newport Yachting Center for so generously donating their venue and hosting us to celebrate the amazing progress of the Hope and Wellness Centre construction and experience the Destiny Africa Choir.

The performance was fantastic and  the evening a great success. Many thanks for the overwhelming response to the additional funding need for independent solar power and water. Through your generosity we raised over $12,000 and are now just $5,000 from the goal of $17,000.

Here’s a few pictures from the event.  Thank you all again for your ongoing love and support!

Hope Centre Groundbreaking!

All the planning is complete and the next phase has begun!  We are all so thankful to those who have worked so hard to get the Hope Centre to this place.

The final version of the blueprints now include a dental room and repositioning the nurse’‎s room  to be in between the doctors so that she could serve both. Also an external door was added on the nurse’s room which will help if we needed to lock off other areas of the facility.

Where are we now?
Due to the added features we shifted part of the facility a few metres from the original spot which meant to dig up new foundations.  Here are photo of digging up the foundation by hand!  That’s how they do in Uganda!!

A Night of Hope

Thank you for making A Night of Hope an overwhelming success! We’ll be posting pictures from the event soon as well as updates on reaching our goal.

Thank you!

Home of Destiny Africa

DA-Drummer-image-473x500With the support and encouragement of Arnold Muwonge the Director and founder of Kampala Children Centre the choir started with the housemother and children of the first house at KCC! Now Destiny Africa has become a voice for millions of suffering children in Africa and the world over, a channel that brings healing, joy and hope to a desperate world.

Through their music and art, they are influencing church leaders, leaders of nations, the corporate world and inspiring fellow children.

Amazingly, since 2008, Destiny Africa Children’s Choir have traveled throughout the UK, Belgium and USA performing in schools churches and theaters. Their performances capture brilliantly the joy, creativity, story and dreams of these young lives. Working with artists in Uganda their shows include, drumming, singing, dance, drama, video, testimony and more with many ideas originating from the children themselves.

Destiny Africa has become a voice for millions of suffering children in Africa. A message that brings healing, joy and hope to desperate situations. Through their music and art, they have impacted church leaders, politicians, business’s and continue to inspire other children through their story.

 

To learn more about the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir and see tour dates, performance videos and photos, please visit the Destiny Africa website.

Building Hope

Thank you to Mary Lou LaMontagne for her personal story of Martine.
Martine’s story underscores the profound need for the Hope Centre.

I am the US Tour Manager for the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir from the Kampala Children’s Centre in Uganda. The  first tour I managed was for the year 2012.  Having never seen the choir perform before, I wasn’t really prepared for what happened when I first met them.  I instantly fell in love with these precious children from the very first moment that we met. They  exuded a peacefulness about them that was not like anything I had felt before. They were smiling, happy and full of joy. Their faces were angelic  and their eyes melted my soul. There were twenty in total from age 9 to 16 and were incredibly talented singers, dancers and drummers. One of the first boys that I got to know was Diego. At 16, he knew he wanted to become an engineer. He had a quiet and gentle spirit about him that melted my heart, especially as he called me Auntie.

In January 2013, my life took an unlikely turn of events and I ended up going to KCC in Uganda. I was thrilled to be going to visit the choir members that I missed so much!  Upon arrival I got to hear members of Destiny Africa practicing the song “Oh Happy Day” with my friend Dana. The singing was amazing but one girl in particular, really stood out. Her voice was loud and confident. Martine Alive with ChristHer smile was bright and the sound of her voice tugged at my heart. I couldn’t stop looking at this girl, she was like an angel from Heaven. I cried as I listened to the song but couldn’t take my eyes off of this beautiful young woman. She was Martine, Diego’s older sister who also lived at KCC. This girl sang with such compassion and conviction, I was incredibly moved by this experience.

When I left KCC with letters written to me by both Diego and his beautiful sister Martine, letters I will cherish for a lifetime. I remember telling the  Director that I wanted to take Martine back to America to live with me, she was a very special young woman.

During the 2013 US tour, with a new group of choir members, we received the disturbing news from Uganda that Martine had not been well and was taken to the hospital. Symptoms of high blood pressure and water on the brain were noted.  Over the course of three weeks, her condition went from bad to worse. She went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. People across the globe were trying to help and were praying for this precious young woman’s life. In the end, we lost this angel, she went to be with the Lord on November 3, 2013. The final diagnosis was cerebral edema , we did all we could but the problem was identified  too late. Many people around the world were heart-broken over the loss of such a young life.

Did this child have to pass or was it due to inadequate care and misdiagnosed situations? We may never have the answer for this. We do however know that having the opportunity to have better preventative care and a better trained medical team could have made a difference. Our hearts’ desire is to help this group of children have a better chance of receiving the right healthcare at the right time. We want to make a difference in these children’s lives, we are hopeful  that others may want to help on this journey.

With Gratitude,
Mary Lou Lamontagne
US Tour Manager of Destiny Africa