Coyote Ridge Fundraiser Day

DSC_002596ca58This spring, Coyote Ridge Elementary held a multifaceted fundraiser for their partner school, St. Paul Primary School, in Uganda. Throughout the day, Dale Peterson and Devaki Douillard from the Mwebaza Foundation, updated classes about this year’s progress at their African partner school. This day was also “Hat Day”, where students were given permission to wear a hat all day long if they donate one dollar or more to their partner school. At the end of the day, student and parent volunteers sold beautiful African beaded jewelry and other small gifts, donated by the Wandishin Family from Coyote Ridge Elementary. In total, Coyote Ridge Elementary raised $2,180.86 to be used to finish construction of the new school building at St. Paul!

Welcome, Ms. Namatovu Catherine!

After a long couple of years and two previous, frustrating attempts, Ms. Namatovu Catherine, the headmistress of Mwebaza School, will set foot in the U.S. for the very first time!  On Monday, December 5th, she will arrive in Denver for a lengthy 3 ½ week stay in Colorado.   After years of anticipation, so many teachers, staff members, students, and parents are eagerly waiting her arrival.

Several key components allowed us to finally secure a travel visa for Ms. Namatovu.  These include Mwebaza Foundation President Dale Peterson’s recent award from People to People International, Congressman Jared Polis’ staff working to convince the U.S. embassy in Uganda of Ms. Namatovu’s integrity, and the help of a generous immigration lawyer from Boulder (Megan Hall, Green & Gardner Law Firm).  Ms. Hall assisted Ms. Namatovu in assembling a portfolio showing her strong ties to her home country.  Of course, much credit can be attributed to Ms. Namatovu’s hard work, persistence, and faith.

During her stay in Colorado, Ms. Namatovu has a busy and exciting agenda planned.  After a short time to recuperate from traveling, she will be visiting and observing classrooms at Niwot Elementary, as well as giving classroom presentations to Niwot students about Mwebaza School and Ugandan culture.  Then, on December 15th, there will be a culminating, all-school, “All-American” celebration in honor of the cross-cultural friendship between Niwot and Mwebaza schools.  In addition to spending time at Niwot Elementary, Ms. Namatovu will be visiting Coyote Ridge, Lyons, and Eagle Crest Elementary Schools, where she will deliver more classroom presentations.

Sprinkled amongst her work at schools, Ms. Namatovu will be enjoying a myriad of social events, including holiday gatherings, sight-seeing, dinners out, and even spending the holiday in Durango and Colorado Springs with the Peterson family.  New experiences such as sledding, a Narrow Gauge Train ride, and a visit to Garden of the Gods and Seven Falls will culminate her travels.

It is with gratitude and warmth that we welcome Ms. Namatovu to Colorado!

CRE Assistant Principal Runs to Make a Difference for Colorado & African Children

Just how far could you push yourself physically?  Where exactly is “the limit?”  And if you pushed yourself to that limit, what would it mean to you?  What would it mean to the world?

The assistant principal from Mwebaza Foundation partner school, Coyote Ridge Elementary, recently explored those boundaries, and pondered these questions. [Read more…]

A Visit to St. Paul Nkokonjeru

by Christa Keppler

Many of you are familiar with the partnership forged last year between Coyote Ridge Elementary, the school where I was previously an assistant principal, and the St. Paul School. Visiting this summer was a dream come true, and without a doubt, a life-changing experience. [Read more…]