I recently received a request from my friend, Claire Wilson, to participate in a fundraising event for the Bethany Centre School in Jjungo, Uganda, Sunday November 14th.
I am proud to say that Handmade at Homestead will be one of many artists/vendors participating in The Festival for Africa , an open-air market just outside the VanGuard Gallery at Steve Wilson Stained Glass Studio, 1469 Laurel St, Baton Rouge from noon until 4pm. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the children attending the Bethany Centre.
Baton Rouge has a strong connection to the Bethany Centre School. Peter Kiwanuka, a native Ugandan, attended LSU. He returned to Uganda and felt compelled to help his community by starting the ministry to “provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the orphans, youth and HIV patients residing around the village of Jjungo, Uganda.”
Currently there are 450 children, many of them orphans that live in this region, attending free of charge. Most of these children would otherwise have no formal education. Note the uniform shirts of the school children in the pictures below-purple and gold!
I will have more information regarding all the participating artists in a few days and will post a list for you. Meanwhile, if you’re on Facebook, please join our business page for all the latest information on the Festival for Africa and our other events and sales.
Pictures from Bethany Centre School