Rockford man takes on grueling feat for kids

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

“Kids for Kids” Goat Project to benefit children of Uganda In September 2005, Rockford resident Dean Vandermey, of Set Free Ministries (SFM), had traveled to rural southern Uganda to hold a conference for some local pastors. During the morning session, a group of 42 orphan children sat nearby, quietly observing. When Vandermey asked the pastors why the children had come, he was informed that they had come because they heard lunch would be served. Vandermey wondered why the children were not in school. The pastors informed him there was no school for them to attend. This astounded Vandermey, and he asked how much a teacher for the children would cost. He was told $100 per month. Vandermey offered that SFM would pay for one Christian teacher if the local church would start a school and allow use of the church. Thus was born Glory of Christ Primary School in Rakai District, which today has over five hundred students! “As you may know, I have been working with Set Free Ministries in their sponsorship of nine different groups of school children and the schools they attend in Uganda and Kenya,” explained Richard Borisch, a lifelong Rockford resident. SFM is now helping over 3,500 children. Nearly all of these students are AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. Some have lost both parents and now are left to care for younger siblings. The schools are located in rural areas and have been started by local Christians who have taken seriously the Biblical command to care for widows and orphans. The children love being able to attend a Christian school, even though classes are held in temporary structures. The schools are operating at very basic levels. Funding currently covers teachers’ salaries, a porridge breakfast drink for the children, and a lunch of beans and rice on school days. An important goal for the schools is increased sustainability. The schools need to be involved with income-producing projects which will help them care for students, build permanent cement school structures and strengthen their communities. In discussions with the schools’ leaders, they have informed us that raising goats is a good project for improving sustainability. One of the sustainability projects being undertaken by SFM this summer is the purchase and placement of goatherds […]