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.

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

Your Help for Sinyanga Galandi was received!

Thank you for your support!

In February 2018, we received information about a young boy needing medical assistance. 6 year old, Sinyanga Galandi, has deformed legs and was only able to stand upright using crutches to support him.

After examining Sinyanga last week, the orthopedic surgeon, in the nearby Mbale hospital said  ” From what I observed……he can be fine as well”.  As the child was in great pain, the surgeon recommended that treatment should be carried out with delay.  PVAO was linking up with a spinal surgeon in USA who will work closely with the Mbale hospital doctors to obtain best possible outcome for the young boy. – We aimed to raise $600 for the treatment.

Since publishing the appeal, a donor provided the funds to buy Sinyanga a wheelchair! – Over the next few months he will receive more medical aid. It is hoped that he will eventually be able to walk unaided.

Update: Sinyanya can now stand without support of the wheelchair! There is noticeable change that he will be able to walk without crutches.

To donate to causes such as this, check out our donate page.

*Important to note, PVAO sends your donation in full to the KKSY Putti Community, they do not deduct any admin charges.


Life at JOY Secondary School

Here a lovely photo of the Jewish class that our Secondary School students enjoy at the JOY Secondary School.

Michael and Elisha regularly teach there.
Right now they are concentrating on the topic of the upcoming holiday of Pesach (Passover).
It is so wonderful that we have this facility at JOY that our youth can receive a Jewish education, thanks to Head Master Richard Olupot!
At the same time we plan to further train the teachers and community leaders, starting after Passover, by means of a weekly internet-based course on Jewish laws and rituals, based on the Sephardi tradition. We will use the Rabbi Pinchas Toledano’s Fountain of Blessings, Code of Jewish Law.

Putti’s Newest Addition

PVAO are thrilled to announce the birth of baby Noam!

Mazel Tov to Peretz and Winnie, on the safe arrival of their beautiful son, the youngest member of the ever growing KKSY Community, born on November 18th, 2017. The circumcision itself (pictured below) was performed by Moshe Walyembe, a member of KKSY-Putti Community.
This newborn boy is the son of Peretz Magenzi- Peretz is himself a respected Member of the KKSY Board.

Sukkah Built by KKSY Puttis

What is a Sukkah

Each year, when the harvest season in the Holy Land is at its end, Jews all over the world will move out of their houses to dwell in makeshift structures for seven days. This happens during the week-long holiday of Sukkot (aka Festival of Booths, aka Festival of Tabernacles). Here is Putti’s chairman Tarphon in his “sukkah”.

Emunah Wanjiko

‘A Mother’s Hug Lasts Longer After She Let Go’

It is with regret PVAO were told that sadly, Emunah Wanjiko passed away last week in Nairobi, Kenya, surrounded by her close family who were with her at the hospital day and night following her stroke.
The funeral of Florence Wanjiku Ngugi (Emmunah) Emunah was an inspiration to all that knew her. She was known fondly as Mama Emunah.
In 2011 she met with various rabbis including rabbi Shlomo Riskin who subsequently officially converted her to Judaism a few years later when she visited the Putti Community in Uganda. During that visit , rabbi Riskin Riskin, and rabbis Ari Greenspan and  Ari Zivotofsky, all travelled from Israel to officiate. Emunah  had studied in a yeshiva in Israel and took her new found religion extremly seriously.

It is not the length of life, but the depth of life

The Late Florence Wanjiku Ngugi (Emmunah) Was born on 24th July, 1949. Daughter of the Late Julius Ngugi Ndugi and Damaris Wambui Ngugi. Sister to Winfred Wangu, Jennifer Njeri, Steven Muiruri, the Late Michael Mwangi, the Catherine Muthoni and the late Janet Wanja. Mother to Martha Wambui, Rickson Ngugi, Winfred Wangu and Lucky Ndugi.

Grandmother to Naomi Wanjiku, Ruth Muthoni, George Chege among others. Great Grandmother to Leah, Shillomit and Hirel.

Having completed her Secretarial Studies, she started working in Nairobi with Ministry of Public Works (1967-1977), worked with Cotton Lint and Marketing Board of Kenya (1967-1977), worked with International Development Research Centre – IDRC (187 to 1990) and finally entered into private practice in 1991.

Her quest for Judaism begun in 1990, and was later accepted by the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation in 1995. As a Kenya Jew, she inspired her family and friends from all walks of life globally, by virtue of creating suitable environment tonsure perpetuation justice, love, care, compassion and kindness. Her walk in Judaism enabled her to transform lives of the less privileged members of her community access quality education through the assistance of benefactors she had established cordial rapport with.

In August 2012, Wanjiku survived a stroke that left her with partial paralysis in her left side. This medical condition did not dampen her zeal to serve; she religiously kept her routine. Her health drastically deteriorated on 1st September 2017. She admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital on 2nd September 2017. She drew her last breathe on Saturday 9th September 2017 while in Hospital.

‘A mother’s hug lasts longer after she let go’

From the eulogy written by Rabbi Greenspan, it is clear what a wonderful inspirational lady she was.
Emunah was buried in the Jewish cemetery in Nairobi. As a mark of respect, thirteen Members of the Ugandan KKSY/Putti orthodox Jewish Community attended.


My dearest Emunah. From the moment I met you in a class that I taught in the synagogue in Nairobi, I knew you were special. I can still see you sitting in the front row raising your hand to answer every question I posed. Your devotion to Judaism despite all of the hardships, was extra ordinary. Despite facing bigotry, unfortunately even at the hands of some of our brothers, your devotion to Hashem was apparent. I remember how you came to Israel to have your eye surgery. I had told you to bring a small token gift for the doctors. We were waiting for you for more than an hour and when you finally arrived, you had huge wooden giraffes and a slew of other items. You explained that customs wanted to charge you a lot of money and you just kept arguing with them until they finally gave up!. That tenacity was part of your amazing personality that affected so many people around you. You stayed with us for 3 months and I saw your devout ways. You would learn every day and visit the kotel almost daily. In fact you wanted to come a week early because you had never experienced sukkoth in Israel.
You are a beacon of hope for all of us as well as an example of a leader. Your tenacity achieved wonders.   We were enriched by knowing you. It is hard to say goodbye, but we ask forgiveness if in any way we were discourteous to you and ask you be a “maylitz yosher” a person who will intercede in heaven on our behalf and behalf of the enentire Jewish people. 
May your memory be a blessing for all of us.

Anyone wishing to donate towards her Headstone, should please contact PVAO. Stone setting date is yet to be arranged.

Visit to Putti

Summing up the  recent visit  to the Putti/KKSY Jewish Community, Ros Eisen said ‘it was an outstanding, simply amazing, visit’, so much was achieved in just a few  short days.
 For the duration of their visit Sjimon den Hollander (PVAO Chairman)  his wife Suzanne, and Ros Eisen (PVAO Secretary), were accompanied by Ekaterina Mitiaev, Head of Impact and Livelihoods for World Jewish Relief (Wjr) a UK based charity.
Ekaterina is in charge of the current agricultural project which, thus far, has exceeded our wildest expectations. Ekaterina held a one day workshop regarding agriculture and the ongoing realistic future for the KKSY Community.
 Both men and women participated, in total 30 KKSY members attended, lunch was provided + lots and lots of input by Ekaterina, who is a dynamic individual. PVAO are lucky to have her ‘on board’. A great exhausting day was had by all.
Sjimon and Ros also very much enjoyed meeting the students at the Joy school and subsequently receiving regular communications from them.
This connection has already earmarked which students might potentially become new Putti/KKSY Leaders. Being able to now put a face to a name makes the world of difference.
Currently, PVAO are in the process of placing their first order for 100 pakcs of Afripads sanitary ware for the women and girls, for them that will be life changing. PVAO are so happy to work closely with the Putti Womens Group (PWG). Now they too have a ‘voice’ in the Community’s affairs.
After our visit, PVAO realize that it would be important to find a qualified local nurse, who could visit the PWG say 3 or 4 times a year. The nurse would give must needed advice, on health, hygiene, birth control, diet and so on. We are looking to find the right person for the job! Hopefully we will be able to do that fairly soon.
Sjimon whilst in Putti  presided over the Shabbat Services. He gave a talk on Judaism followed by  questions and answers, put to him by the Congregation. Those who attended this Service were treated to a wonderful lunch afterwards, where the conversation, about Judaism in particular, continued long into the afternoon.
Sjimon and Suzanne also participated in the Tisha B’Av (the saddest day on the Jewish calendar)evening Service held in the small KKSY synagogue.
The following day was a fast day and sadly, the day PVAO headed back home.
A return visit is planned for next year.