Harvest Academy by Sinza

It is my honor to be the Principal of Harvest Academy. As always, every good thing presents its own unique challenges and I have had my fair taste of those ever since I took on this role. However, every so often I get a shot of encouragement that gives me tonnes of fuel to continue running this race and reading this piece was one of those really special moments. This final article in the “The Harvest Academy Series” is by Sinza Crystal Muwanguzi, who is also my daughter. Sinza turned 9 in October this year and is finalizing Grade 4. She loves singing, writing songs, mathematics, spelling, cats and dogs.

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Harvest Academy by Mark Guum

At Harvest Academy we intentional about creating a F.R.E.E learning environment. F.R.E.E stands for Fun, Respectful, Excellent and Empowered. Mark’s article confirms to me that we are on track. Mark Guum Ogwal is 8 years old and currently completing Grade 4. He loves planes, children and science especially the experiments. This is Harvest Academy through his lenses.

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HARVEST ACADEMY by Daniel K.

At Harvest Academy, we run the Leader in Me program; an integration of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in our daily routine in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, on stage, and back home. Daniel Kanyesigye is 10 years old and currently completing Grade 4. He loves to video games, soccer and basketball. This is his summary of the program.

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BEAUTY ON THE INSIDE

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This week, I present to you Desiree: The Motivator.

Desiree Kainembabazi is 14 years old and in Grade 8. She is an incredible singer and loves to write songs, poems and to bake. This final piece is dedicated to every young girl;

 

I walk in a crowd

I see all eyes on me

I see faces change

And they all giggle

 

I go to the toilet

 I get the broken mirror

Girls gossiping like howling wind

Boys lips move like “What is this creature?

But only One gets the inner me

That is my Father God

 

You are my only wall

And steering wheel

I can change myself

But you will still know it is the same me

 

My estimate is zero

But yours to me is beyond the seven seas

 

Because I know

I am beautifully and wonderfully made by you

And hidden beauty

Is inside and outside me

 

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ABOUT LIFE: To a very special friend

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This week, I present to you Desiree: The Motivator.

Desiree Kainembabazi is 14 years old and in Grade 8. She is an incredible singer and loves to write songs, poems and to bake. In this article she is writing to a young friend who wants to take their own life;

Life is a tough journey.

It has three journeys; the start, the middle and the finish.

The start has an introduction to this life.

You seem so happy until the lies, deceit and rumors make noises in your face.

You want to get a dagger to end it, but hold up!

Stop there!

This world may trigger you and you may get harsh words.

Oh World! You can’t defeat me.

Your words mean nothing to my ears

Becuase I get motivation from the one who gave me this life.

That is; God.

Your words might hurt me.

Your comments may put a dagger in my hands

But I will drop that dagger and say;;

“The LORD is my shield, strength and comfort.

I came to live, not to die young

For God already healed my wounds.”

 

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A GIANT I AM

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This week, I present to you Desiree: The Motivator. 

Desiree Kainembabazi is 14 years old and in Grade 8. She is an incredible singer and loves to write songs, poems and to bake. She writes;

A Giant I am

A Giant I will be

Overcoming temptations

Overcoming intimidations

Going through the mountains

Going through a wall of Jericho

Going through a Goliath in life

Building an ark to conquer that flood

And a winner I come out

An achiever I become and live as

Yippeeeeee!!!!!

Success is my middle name

I call to the LORD

And a giant I become the more

Death, failure, witchcraft and possessions

Are not in my vocabulary and life

Because of Jehovan Jireh

Jehovah Nissi

And all glorious names

I am a giant when I face my battles

With only the beginning of my life

He shall forever always be.

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HARVEST ACADEMY: In the beginning…

Tr. RebeccaTr. AngellaTr. DoreenTr. CathyTr. DianaTr. Johnny

When Chris and I decided to homeschool our children in 2010, I had no idea the kind of journey I had just subscribed to by saying yes to that call. With all the doubts and fears, I took the leap of faith to instruct two precious ones at home with an understanding that I was committing to two children for the next 12-15 years of my life. How wrong!

Warning signs began to show when I had friends express interest in entrusting their children with us in the homeschool. As you can imagine, I would not hear of it. At the time, I felt like two children were ENOUGH! Four hours a day of questions, energy, life and exploration with a two year and a five year old daily was enough to make me break sweat without a jog! Lemuel is always experimeting with anything ranging from collecting insects, creating mixtures of harpic, jik, dissolvved soap, perfume, omo, and baking powder, small time hiome made bombs from the black substance on a matchstick, electrical experments and anything else he can land his hands on. And he has managed to recruit his meticulous and organised sister into the mix. To imagine that I can multiply that by 20, 50, 100, 200 or more students with time was not a welcome idea. At all!

But God has this incredible sense of humor. Being heavily involved on leadership team, I was very aware that Worship Harvest had a plan to start a school in response to the fifth global giant: Illiteracy. Every time our Lead Pastor Moses talked about it, I got extremely  agitated with conviction to step up to the challenge: Lead the education part of the church vision. As if that was not enough, for about a year every time I arrived at Worship Harvest Naalya for garage, a swarm of children run to me automatically. If they arrived later than I did, they came to me to say hello before they settled in their seat. Well, eventually I said yes and the journey began.

Today, I look back on 2014 in amazement at how far we have come. I did respond to the call to think beyond our two-student homeschool and chose to believe that God indeed knows the end from the beginning. For the next three weeks, I will be giving you a sneak peak into the world through the eyes of some of our students who make me absolutely proud. I am forever thankful that I said yes to the call to Harness the Greatness in every child and raise them to be leaders that transform their communities.

To begin with, I would like to celebrate the amazing laides and one young man who literally gave their lives, time, resources, sweat, tears, homes, name it to set this ball rolling. They were there in the beginning when we ferried saucepans, plates, cups, buckets, and all kinds of kitchen equipment to keep in the office because the kitchen itself was not ready. They were there in the beginning when all of us did everything-recieve children, go to the bank, go to the market fo shopping, cook the children’s meals, wash dishes, take them swimming (all of us apart from the chef went along), cleaning our three calssrooms and so many other activities involved in setting up a new school. We have weathered all kinds of storms together and we have shared intense joys together as well (I will never forget the kitagururo dance we had in the office on the last day of the first year!)

Rebecca, Angella, Doreen, Cathy, Diana, and Johnny: You are my superwomen and superman. It would have not been the same without you. I am absolutely proud of you. You have made Harvest Academy shine and this story can never be told without your names being printed on the very first pages because you were there….. In the beginning!

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