Good News For Our U.K. Donors

As of this week, for the first time, residents of United Kingdom who wish to donate to our charity puttivillag.org, can now claim Tax Relief on their donations providing they donate via Achisomoch 

 

U.K. donors need to set up an account with Achisomoch so they can then deposit money into it. Once the funds are deposited, they can start to donate to any of the many charities set up with them, of course including ours, Putti Village Assistance Organization.

 

Donating via the Achisomoch route, is suggested to people who are considering larger sums, or, giving on a regular basis.
Smaller donors may still prefer to donate on our own website via Pay Pay or contact Ros Eisen PVAO secretary, for alternatives..

 

No matter which way you donate, all of the money Putti Village Assistance Org receives will go to the KKSY Putti Community.
Thank you for your continued support!

 

A Visit From A KKSY Board Member

Joel Beattie, one of our board members, visited KKSY in October, here is his report on his visit.

Hello everyone,

Day 1:
I just wanted to give a report on my successful trip to KKSY.  My son Chase and I arrived the afternoon of October 2nd, Simchat Torah.  We got settled in at the Lucia Villas.  We were then greeted by Tarphon, Elisha, and a few other men.  After introductions and getting caught up, we went to Tarphon’s home and received a tour while meeting his daughter.  At that time, we headed over to Joy Secondary School.  We were greeted by the headmaster and KKSY student teacher.  There were approximately 20 mid-to-older teenagers and we were given time to speak.  Traveling with me (my driver) was a good friend Moses Mukisa, who is also an agronomist and was also able to speak to the students and was able to encourage them in their studies as he grew up in the bush with no electricity or running water, an hour out of Masaka.  He was able to be sponsored, graduated from a major university in Kampala with a degree in agriculture, then being sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture of Uganda to live on a kibbutz for a year in Ashkelon and Ashdod, Israel.  After spending time with the students, we presented a soccer ball to the teacher.  After the school, we made a site visit to the property, which is 20 to 25 minutes from downtown Mbale.  When we arrived, there were additional men there and I was given an opportunity to speak to the men, approximately 12 to 15.  We were able to go out to dinner and had a delightful African meal with the small group of men.
Day 2:
Martin the agronomist from Uganda arrived and was going to be having a class and instruction time in the morning, and I thought it would be best if we were not around and causing a distraction as it was his first day on site, so we decided to drive up to Sipi Falls, which is a couple hours away.  We arrived back at the KKSY property and listened in on Martin’s afternoon session.  He mostly discussed proper spacing of vegetation, bell peppers, and specifics, along with being able to grid out, measure, and maximize your property.  That evening we were able to go out to dinner with the same small group of men.  I had asked Tarphon if all of the members would be able to come together at the temporary synagogue on the property the following morning and we agreed at 8:00 through 8:30 AM after morning prayer and before Martin started in on his second day of sessions.  Tarphon agreed.
Day 3:
We were able to arrive early on site and participate in morning prayer.  Then I was to speak to the entire community in attendance, approximately 50-60 men, women, and children.  I was able to take 10-15 minutes to talk to them, encourage them concerning new beginnings, second chances, taking advantage of now, also that they a representation of the Sephardic Orthodox Jewish community in Uganda and that not only are their immediate neighbors watching them, but also the global community.  Before coming to Uganda, I was able to procure a few items that ended up filling up three suitcases.  I was able to present these things at this time, such as soccer balls, cleats, shin guards, first aid kits, calcium pills for “the child”, some mens apparel, quite a bit of women’s dresses, skirts, and pants, an extreme amount of American candy.  Last but not least, two banners that I had printed up with a photo that I took on the shores of Caesarea during the sunset.  It was a great time had by all.  After the meeting was over, we headed out.
Day 4:
Chase, Moses, and myself were able to go to Entebbe and meet Ekaterina for an hour over a cup of coffee.  We were able to discuss how the visit went and hopes and expectations of the community over the next year and into the future.
Takeaways: I felt like our visit was extremely successful to be able to have a KKSY board member visit the community. If you have not visited the community, I strongly recommend that you find a way to do so.  Everyone that I met was extremely positive and upbeat.  I’m hoping to make a return visit in 2020.
Blessings,
Joel

A Visit From Rabbi Shimshon Nadel

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel who visited KKSY from Israel in October sent this lovely informal report on his Ugandan experience.

Monday, October 8th
Jonathan Lali, his brother Allan, and our driver Isaac met me at Entebbe Airport on Monday morning. Jonathan was exceptionally helpful during the planning process and execution of the trip. He arranged for ground transportation, my itinerary, and accompanied me throughout the journey. I could not have done it without him. I was very impressed. Isaac was super-professional, courteous, and overall a very good driver. I would not have been able to navigate the terrain without him.
We drove to Kampala and met with members of the Marom community – Esau, Yonatan, and Israel. We chatted for a bit and they shared with me about their community and vision.
Before leaving Kampala, I picked up food for myself from Chabad of Kampala. Not cheap, but good to know about for the kosher consumer concerned about eating local foods.
After a full day of driving, we arrived at the Mbale Resort Hotel approx. 11pm.
 
Tuesday, October 9th
Prayed Shacharit with KKSY members. Lots of singing and dancing. After prayers, I presented the community with Tefillin, Talitot, Tzitzit, and some books they requested, purchased from donations from friends and colleagues. We continued and had a number of classes until lunch. Following lunch we prayed Minchah, the afternoon service, sung some songs, and had more classes. We prayed Arvit shortly before nightfall.
It was a very positive day filled with learning and song. I was very impressed by the leadership of Elisha and Tarphon, who led prayers and really took the lead. They are great leaders for the community.
In the evening, I met with Tarphon, Elisha, his brother Allan, and Jonathan. We spoke about some of the challenges of the community, some of their goals and vision for the future (sending young people to study in Israel, building the synagogue), and I offered some suggestions and advice.

 

Wednesday, October 10th
Prayed Shacharit with KKSY members. Lots of singing and dancing. After prayers we had some classes and did more singing. I met Ekaterina Mitaev briefly after prayers. We said goodbye to the community and made a short visit to Sipi Falls. Afterwards we visited the synagogues in Namanyoni and Nabugoya. Then we visited Hadassah Primary School where I met with the headmaster, Aaron, and got to interact with the students. They taught me a song, and I taught them a song. The students and faculty very much enjoyed the visit – and the new songs they learned.

Afterwards, we began the long drive to Entebbe. We stopped off in Kampala at the home of Rabbi Gershom Sizomu. We immediately ‘hit it off’ and we had a very nice conversation for over an hour about the community, come of the challenges they face, his role as the rabbi and as a member of parliament. It was a very positive meeting.
Afterwards we continued to Entebbe Airport where I would continue on to S. Africa.
B’vracha,
Shimshon
 

KKSY Giving a Helping Hand

“Behalf of the Buseta community”

Firstly and foremost, it is like a miracle to earn 6millions in our community, the profit we made from Agriculture we bought school needs for our children and students, other money has been shared among the community members who participated in project, little has been saved  and every one is happy about this project.
Secondly,KKSY and WORLD JEWISH RELIEF are showing us development and bright future because we couldn’t believe to such profit we made from Agriculture.
Thirdly, KKSY is a real ,loving and religious community to corparate with, it  looks after other communities for development and they are not opportunist community . we as  buseta Jewish community we believe in KKSY and we would love to subscribe to it.
special thanks to  Ekaterina and every party involved in supporting my community.
B’HASHEM.
Joseph Takani.

Breaking news!!

Big Congratulations!!

 

To the PVAO chairman Sjimon den Hollander on becoming a Rabbi.

The PVAO members their family and friends together with members of the KKSY Community are delighted to hear of this truly wonderful achievement. rabbi Sjimon is an inspiration to all who know him.

To KKSY Chairman and his wife Ruth  have a new addition!

A bouncing baby boy was born July 31 2018, PVAO send their congratulations to the whole family and community. Mazel Tov

 

To Dahlyt and Kase (PVAO members) also have a new addition!

Congrats on the recent safe arrival of their second child, a 9lbs beautiful baby daughter Zeyana Miriam Baluka Kase-BerezinBahr.

KKSY give a helping hand to the Ugandan Jewish communities of Busete and Nalubebe

The Partnership

   The community of Busete numbering 130 people, and the community of Nalubebe numbering 100 people, have been given a helping hand. Through World Jewish Relief’s  (Wjr) efforts and with the help of the KKSY Leaders, KKSY are partnering up with both of these very poor, little known Jewish communities, who are located about 30 minutes by road from one another.

 

Thus far, the partnering is mainly focused on agriculture.

   KKSY are helping these people by showing them some modern agriculture training techniques.
Currently these two communities, like that of KKSY, have successfully been growing water melons.
Erisha Ziraba is head of the KKSY agriculture project.

 

In the near future, both Busete and Nalubebe will learn how to also grow green peppers.

   There seems to be a good nearby market for these locally grown water melons and green peppers.
KKSY have managed to sell everything they grew this season, as they did in the two growing seasons previously.  The unexpected very heavy rains, earlier in the year, played havoc with the planting but even in spite of this, KKSY harvested fairly good sized crops.
   All the communities now need to learn how to direct heavy rain water into drains, then vessels that can be stored, so that when the dry season comes, they will be able to access this water and use it for irrigation purposes.

 

Always under the watchful eye of Wjr, their future looks really promising.

   Busete and Nalubebe are Jewish communities who have reached out to the KKSY Sephardi community and have asked to be included in their orthodox practices. It is even hoped that one day, they might become part of the KKSY orthodox community itself.
Kamya Tarphon, the Chairman of KKSY today said, “It is all looking very positive, I think we shall become one big community as we are empowering ourselves economically and religiously.”

 

 

KKSY farmers showing that hard work really pays off!!

Amazing bumper crop of  green peppers, ready to go to market!

A Successful Trip to Rwanda

Elisha, KKSY Head of the Agriculture Project and Kamya Tarphon the KKSY Chairman, travelled to Rwanda few days ago in order to meet up with Ekaterina Mitiaev from World Jewish Relief. They went there in order to see how the Wjr Project in Rwanda is being run and to learn more about agriculture from them. Below is a letter about the successful trip.
“Our Rwanda trip was successful, we went and came back safely Baruch Hashem (Thank God)
While at Rwanda we had field  tour of Rwanda agricultural project where we learned new style/method of growing tomatoes and water collection which will be implemented to our Uganda project as well, we had a work shop with farmers from Eastern province of Rwanda where by we learned from them and them from us as well and of course all this conducted by Ekaterina.  We also visited the offices of the NGO running the projects in Rwanda and everything was amazing, we were inspired how organized their office is and the structure of the organization in place , we learned about Data collection, we had discussion with education department etc . well they seem to be far away in terms development in their organization which has inspired us to work hard at list get to their standard.
We also had a dinner with Ekaterina’s visitors , where by we narrated the abayudaya history and spoke about KKSY community and how the project is changing the lives of people.”
Love you all.
Elisha.

Tarphon (on right) KKSY Chairman and Erisha (on left) Head of KKSY agriculture
with head of Rwanda Wjr project in the centre.

KKSY Soccer Team

All your support is needed!

Now KKSY – Jewish Community has a strong football team! They have been invited to participate in Mbale municipality football challenge!
” As yet we don’t have a permanent field to play on, we train whenever we find there is space for us. We are playing different teams. KKSY has been chosen as the best Abayudaya team. Erisha and I were invited to speak on a radio sport show, we talked about our community, we had really good comments from the public. We have two uniforms, one blue and one green. Our captain is Segendo Avrahm. We are playing against Mbale hi5, Nkoma f.c and Mbale Progressive and Islamic university of Uganda f.c. (f.c. = football club). If anyone can offer us some help it would mean so much. We urgently need training and additional equipment like footballs, football shoes, whistles, goal nets. We need to have use of an established football field facility. Our aim is to give our youth the opportunity to play and compete. In the Jewish communities (Abayudaya), we are the first to establish a football team.”
-Tarphon the KKSY Chairman
Anyone that can help should contact PVAO or, donate directly on line via www.puttivillage.org marking their donation as Football aid.

Congratulations to Katula Avaran!

In 2016, you helped fund the education of Katula Avaram, who was studying to become a layer. He has since graduated and is now studying for his bar, this is the last piece of his education. Below is a letter that we recently received from him, updating us on his progress.

A letter from Katula Avaram:

“I am almost completing the study as next month on 28 June this year I am finishing with the theory part. Then I remain with internship. which will run for three month that will run till October this year of this 2018. On returning to Uganda it is an obvious case as I am to serve my community and my country. Per now after graduation next year I will be an international arbitrator and meditator as its one of the core units in the bar course am doing. I thank PVAO board for what they have done for me to have reached this step now. After this course am ready to give back to community via service delivery and many more than may need me. Thanks.”  Katula Avaran // Legal advisor // KKSY