Great Leadership And Compassion Shown During A Time Of Need

 

Recently the town of Mbale located close to the KKSY community, suffered extreme flooding.
People were left homeless, no electricity nor clean water,  schools and offices were closed. Transport came to a halt. The local hospital doctors did what they could with their very limited stock of medicines.

 

Tarphon Kamya the Head of *Jewish Response Africa (JRU) and the former Chairman on the KKSY Community, decided he had to do something to help those who were suffering the most. To that end, PVAO sent $500 to be used in the best way possible to support the homeless and hungry. With the PVAO donation, Tarphon bought food, blankets, clean drinking water and medicines.  World Jewish Relief in U.K. also contributed greatly towards the plight of those caught up in the disaster.

 

The Namatala Ward Local Government Council of Mbale were extremely thankful for the help provided. Tarphon on behalf of JRU, has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation, by way of saying a big thank you to him, his community and PVAO .

 

See the two photos, the man on the right is Tarphon Kamya.

 

 

PVAO are so proud of Tarphon who showed true leadership and compassion at a time when was most needed.

 

JRU is an NGO set up by World Jewish Relief. The NGO is responsible for the agriculture side of the KKSY community. PVAO are proud to call themselves a partner of World Jewish Relief.

 

Hanukkah greeting from Uganda

 

Dear Friends and Supporters of KKSY Uganda,

We will soon be celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Light.

Jews will celebrate this magical time of the year all around the world. None more so than the Sephardi communities in Uganda. The community leaders and members wish you send you their heartfelt Hanukka greetings!

With your generosity and support, they certainly have something special to celebrate.

This year, apart from now having their own new little synagogue, they are happy to share the news that they have had a successful agriculture season with – special thanks to the participation of World Jewish Relief –watermelons, peppers, and onions in abundance.

In addition, we are pleased that so many of our students have finished their Senior 4 level education. Now, PVAO are focusing on determining, with your help, the best way to continue to support the Sephardi families of Uganda. The plan for 2020 is to provide good, private, elementary education for the younger children.

There is also a need to buy more land so that the community can expand their agriculture program.

Another focus is overseeing online religious instruction, as some of the members want to be given the opportunity to study Judaism in more depth.

We hope that, with your support, we will be able to build a mikweh for the community in their present location, as the Putti mikweh is too far removed for our members. There is a plot of land close by with an active spring that would be very suitable as a water source for the mikweh. The owner is willing to sell it to the community for $3,000. Naturally, the land can also be used for agriculture as well. I hope to visit the sight in a few months to have a better idea about the exact location and condition of this plot, but at this moment, unfortunately, we do not yet have a budget for this purpose.

In addition, some of you may have heard about the severe floods that have hit the Mbale area. The region of KKSY and its sister congregations (yes.. there are 2!) is seriously affected. Once again, World Jewish Relief and PVAO have teamed up and made money available to alleviate some of the hardship of the families that were hit the hardest. It goes without saying that we did differentiate between Jewish and non-Jewish families…

PVAO was able to contribute $500 toward this cause.

 

 

Only with your help can we accomplish what we are setting out to do.

We hope you will support our beautiful Ugandan community with your end-of-year contribution.

We kindly ask you to CLICK HERE to donate online, or by sending a check to:

PVAO
Attn. Sjimon den Hollander

21 East 22nd Street 12G

New York, NY 10010

Remember that we have a wonderful new KKSY calendar to buy online via our website. These calendars make great Hanukkah gifts!! Click the picture below to order.

All donations are used to fund KKSY programs. We do not spend any money on overhead or administration costs.

Thank you again for being part of our Team and for helping us support the KKSY Community.

 

Severe flooding in Mbale and surrounding areas

Dear All, just wanted to let you know that there have been severe flooding in Mbale area. Fortunately, our partners have not been directly affected but the situation is very concerning.

Livingstone University, where two of the WJR-sponsored students are studying, was severely flooded and even halt their exams https://www.independent.co.ug/livingstone-university-halts-examinations-over-floods/

https://livingstoneuniversity.org/stories/deadly-flooding-impacts-livingstone/

Jewish Response Uganda expressed willingness to support their affected neighbors – We were impressed with Tarphon’s leadership and commitment. According to Ekaterina, Tarphon on behalf of JRU, is really helping the people in the areas that have been worst hit., JRU has some savings which we are now using to purchase some food for the most affected (mainly elderly and children). Today Tarphon is assessing damage and needs with local leaders.

They are hoping PVAO would donate to this crisis, saying $500 would be great.
If you are able and willing, please give  to our emergency fund and make a note for Mbale flooding.

Or you can pay by check, checks should be made payable to Putti Village Assistance Organization (or simply PVAO). Checks should be mailed to:Putti Village Assistance Organization
Attn: Sjimon den Hollander

21 East 22nd Street, 12G
New York, NY 10010, USA

 

PVAO Came To The Rescue!

The KKSY community were devastated when just before Shavout, their simple little synagogue collapsed following extremely strong winds and heavy rain. PVAO came to the rescue!
Within a matter of days, funds were raised and people were brainstorming what to do.
Rabbi Sjimon den Hollander, the PVAO Chairman, together with Joel Beattie one of the PVAO members, came up with a solution.
 They drew up plans and asked local builders to suggest ways of rebuilding a structure would would stand for a least the next five years. One important change would be that the new building would be supported this time, by metal poles instead of wooden ones, which the termites eat their way thru.
Funds were raised from PVAO members themselves, as well as from within KKSY community. Others who heard thru social media of the need to rebuild a place to pray, as soon as possible, and were generous and happy to donate towards.
Currently, the new secure structure, which took about three weeks to build, is almost finished….well in time for Rosh Hashanah.
All we need now is a solar panel, any offers greatly accepted! and to find some additional funding to buy suitable chairs. The building will also double up as a library, a meeting place and a classroom.
Over the next few years, PVAO have plans to build a permanent Sephardi synagogue close to where the KKSY members live. Plans are now being drawn up and costings worked out.

 

 Check out the video of the construction of the new temporary Synagogue:

Ugandan Jews Celebrating the 71st anniversary of the State of Israel

Last week, the Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda, hosted a wonderful event in the capital city of Kampala, in order to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the State of Israel.

Two founder members of the KKSY-Putti Jewish Community were invited to attend.
Tarphon Kamya together with Erisha Ziraba, the KKSY Spiritual Leader, travelled the 8 hour road journey to Kampala so they could attend the party.

Tarphon said “I am was honoured and delighted to have been invited and to know that finally the KKSY community are being accepted as the orthodox voice of Judaism in Uganda.
it’s taken a while for us to get here but we’ve made it, we have been acknowledged“.

Tarphon and Erisha were proud to hold up the Israeli flag and wear their kippot (head covering) in public, they felt safe and protected by the general Ugandan population.

Other Abayudaya (Jews of Uganda), headed by Rabbi Gershom who represents Liberal Judaism, were also invited to participate in the happy celebrations.

All the Jews who stayed for dinner, were given kosher food, brought in from Israel.

It seems that Uganda has made it government policy to accept the State of Israel and to include the Jews of Uganda in their future plans.

Tarphon and Erisha will never forget the wonderful hospitality offered to them and look forward to many more official celebrations to come.

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!