In October, Puttis worked hard to prepare the land for harvesting.

Feeding the village

Putti Children of Putti VillageThe people of Putti decided to plant maize and soya this last October, as these contribute to a major part of the African diet. In years gone by, before Putti had land of their own, they just had to hope that somehow food would arrive, it didn’t. Meaning that every year they suffered from famine. Sometimes, so bad that adults would only have enough to enable them to eat one meal a day, on alternate days, children were restricted  to small portions of whatever was around, causing severe malnutrition.

 Now thankfully, that is something we pray will not happen again. Putti-Village-Agriculture_MaizeYes, there is still a shortage of food but with maize and soya  crops growing well,  no-one should go hungry. The crops will be harvested in February, then stored and distributed to the most needy during lean times.

The next Food Project is on it’s way, the Putti land is fertile but until money is raised to buy more seeds the harvest is relatively small. Please donate just $10 or whatever you can, which will ultimately feed a child during their most needy times.”

Thank you so much for your interest and kindness.

Ros -PVAO

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Once the Maize is Harvested

Putti-Village-Agriculture_Maize3After harvest, the maize is poured on the clean and dry court yard or compound in hot sunshine for it to dry for 3 to 4 days, depending on the good weather. If poor weather is being experienced, it may take more than 4 days for maize to dry. After drying, it is taken directly to grinding mill machine. It costs 6 cents per kilo (2.2lbs) to grind maize to make flour.

Making Posho with the Maize

Making Posho5 maga/ cups of water from any water source are measured into a saucepan, the saucepan is then put into the local stones (stove) already on fire, and the water is boiled up to 95 degrees. 1 kg of maize floor is poured into 5 cups of boiled water stir it with megling sticking,  in few seconds it will turn into porridge, eventually turning into solid form. when it turns into poshosoild, cook it with less fire for 10 minutes, eventually the food known as Posho will ready. When it is ready, put solid Posho On plate and start serving like a person would serve bread, cutting with knife or plate (it is very soft when hot), and served warm.

1kg of maize flour serves 3.

Recipe For Say

Measure any amount in the cup and fry it in the saucepan directly without any ingredients. Leave it to cool for a few minutes then put in the motor or machine mill, or pound by hand. Mix the milled powder with cold or warm water and cook for  15 to 25 minutes. Mix in some salt, then if desired, you can stir in tomatoes and onions. After 15 to 25 minutes the source is ready to eat, serve using handful spoon on plates.

Keeping Focus on God in the Synagogue

Did you ever ask yourself WHY?

In traditional orthodox Jewish synagogues men and women sit separately.  This practice allows the men and women to keep their focus on God and the prayers and not the opposite sex.  

On a more spiritual level men and women have different souls, from complementary but opposite sources.  When praying Jewish people aim for being with one’s true self, to communicate with their soul.  Men and women need space from each other to help them become intuned to their higher selves.  Sitting separately allows for this freedom. (commentary by Aron Moss;) 

Shabbat Shalom

Psalm 25:4-7

Make me know your ways, o Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God who saves me,
my hope is in you all day long.
Remember your compassion and grace, o Lord;
for these are ages old.
Don’t remember my youthful sins or transgressions;
but remember me according to your grace
for the sake of your goodness, o Lord.

Shabbat Shalom from Putti Village

Happy Hanukkah to one and all!

“We hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah this year, the Puttis certainly did”

Spread the Light!

Hanukkah, the History, the Celebration, the Lessons

During the time of the second Temple, the Holy Land was ruled by an oppressive regime.
The ruling dictators, supported by the Greek empire, suppressed the Jewish religion, persecuted the faithful, and even set up idols in the holy temple in Jerusalem…!

It was Mattityahu the Maccabee and his five sons, from the priestly tribe, who rose up and drove the dictators from the land.  Each year, the Hanukka lights remind us of the great miracle that a small band of Jews defeated a mighty army.

Another miracle that is remembered annually is the miracle of the oil.
According to legend, all the sacred oil, necessary to light the Menorah (the candelabrum) in the temple, had been made impure.  Only one jar was found which contained just enough oil for one day. The Maccabean liberators nonetheless lit the Menorah but low and behold, it lasted for eight days! Thus the eight days of Hanukkah!

Hanukkah reminds us that, even though darkness often seems to prevail in this world, and it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is always hope and life is filled with miracles, breakthroughs that happen at all odds.  Nowadays, is not a celebration of a military victory, but a time to rejoice in the delicate little lamps and candles that shine in the darkness, sparks that we can light to chase away the darkness.   We eat and get together with friends or family, we give presents and share with others.  And that’s when we experience that happiness, joy and faith have the power to overcome negativity.

By adding an additional candle each night for eight days, as with each night our light becomes stronger, we charge ourselves, and we learn to see God’s miracles, then and now.

With best regards,

Sjimon R. den Hollander

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah (Chanukah) means “rededication” and is one of the most important and significant periods in the Jewish calendar. This Festival is often known as the Festival of Lights.

This year, Hanukkah started on the evening of Sunday December 6th. During this Festival, it is traditional to give gifts to one another. Putti Village Assistance Org. (PVAO) thought, what better way to start the Festival, than to give each family living in the Putti Jewish Community, a life saving mosquito net. These nets will undoubtedly help the Community to combat the unseasonable current malaria outbreak which is affecting every family in Putti. Children and the elderly in particular, are at most risk. We need to buy many more nets so we can ensure everyone is given one. No-one needs to die, nor fall seriously ill – mosquito nets will hopefully ensure that does not happen. For every $10 donated, we can buy a specially coated net for maximum protection. Our goal is to raise $750 by the end of the year.

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Happy Hanukkah to one and all!




Take a Stand Against Malaria in Putti Village.

CAN YOU HELP?

As the U. S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports a high risk of contacting malaria in Uganda, it is not surprising that Putti Village recently experienced a rampant increase of malaria cases. Accordingly, PVAO has set malaria prevention and case management as a high priority.  

The World Health Organization considers mosquito nets coated with Permethrin–one of the world’s safest insect control products–to be the gold standard for malaria control. Mosquito nets are prone to develop small holes. Untreated nets thus become useless in a few months and must be replaced. Treated nets remain effective for several years.

Accompanying pictures in this article show Putti villagers receiving their first distribution of lifesaving treated nets funded by PVAO. The need is great for additional nets to protect all families in the village. Can you help?

Please consider donating to the PVAO’s Medical Fund. Money goes to buy treated nets which prevent the spread of malaria and to buy medicines for those village members who have malaria and have received prescriptions from the local clinic.

As we light the Menorah this Chanukah holiday, let’s consider a gift to lighten the load malaria has brought to so many village families. Your gift for treated nets helps to save lives. 

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Shabbat Shalom

Zechariah 4:6

 Then he answered me, “This is the word of Adonai to Z’rubavel: ‘Not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot

Shabbat Shalom

A sucessful trip to Israel

Joel Beatti visits Israel

Joel Beattie and Rabbi Riskin in Israel

Joel Beattie and Rabbi Riskin in Israel

Just wanted to report on a successful and safe trip to Israel. The tour that I was on kept us busy non-stop for 12-14 hours every day. There was little to no free time while I was in the land. I had a fantastic phone conversation with Ari Greenspan, and also Menachem. I also received voice messages from Ari Zivotofsky, but was unable to meet with them. Interestingly enough, one evening at the hotel in Jerusalem, our tour had scheduled a guest speaker, and unknown to me, ended up being Rabbi Riskin. Afterwards, I was able to put 2 and 2 together, and introduced myself. We were able to spend a few precious minutes conversing and getting to know each other. We felt as though it was a divine appointment. And I was thoroughly blessed. Not to mention, he gave a fantastic lecture on the meaning of Sukkot along with the connection between creator and creation. This was the first time to Israel, and the trip was extremely impactful. As the saying goes, “Next year in Jerusalem”

Chag Sameach!

 

Blessings of Arrival – Blessings of Rain

Here much have been lectured about the miracle of Purim by many different, Rabbis. We have been answering and revising questions about the upcoming festival of Purim. We are glad to inform you that all this work has been done in Hebrew. Thanks to Rav Menachem Weinberg. We are looking forward to finishing more text about the complicated verses in the Megilah by Rav Yair Spitz next week. I am very anxious to know the fact King Ahushverosh knew that Esther was Jewish, that is why he chose for a queen. Rav, I can’t wait long to learn that.

Rain DropsWe have a belief in Uganda that when a visitor comes into one’s home and eventually it rains, it is a sign that the visitor has come with a blessing to one’s home. Therefore, the host becomes very happy for the visitor. Now, Rabbi Riskin told us that Moshe and I are blessing to the Yeshiva and  Israel as a whole because our coming resulted into snow which has not occurred  in the past few months. We are thus very grateful. Although this snow has hindered us from traveling to Sfat North of Israel to meet a friend who has invited us for many times since we came, we like it very much. We are so excited!

It is very amazing to meet someone from the same village in a strange country. Last week two friends here, who had been to our village four years ago, abruptly visited us at our Caravan. We had fun together by playing old songs that we sung while they were in Putti. It was such a funny day.

Thank you so much to you all for helping us have this kind of experience in our lives which I pray that everyone in our village should have a chance. Moshe and I are very thankful. Thanks to Rabbi Riskin’s wife Vicky for constantly providing us with warm clothes and shoes. We would not withstand this coldness without your help. I wish you all a happy Purim Festival. It is good to drink but avoid getting very drunk on Purim for you may end up doing bad things.