The first 3 1/2 Years

Musana Camps

Brief History

2008

  • Camp land identified in early 2008
  • Started the process of acquiring camp land with the help of Nswemu Nathan
  • First camp held in October
  • First camp duplex started in November

2009

  • Sparks family moved to camp in February
  • Hosted 5 volunteer teams
  • Established the name Musana Camps and developed master site plan
  • Held 1 retreat

2010

  • Held 12 camps/retreats including 1 for a church group and 3 for a street children’s organization
  • Hosted 3 volunteer teams including a medical team that was the first community break-through
  • Medie Kanyike, our first full-time Ugandan staff member, joined in July as Enterprise Manager/Community Liason.
  • Began the Musana Camps Enterprise Farm to generate revenue and grow food for camp operations.
  • Dave and Andrea Bouffard and family arrived in August to be the Camp Manager

2011

  • Nathan and Kendra Jackson and family arrived in January to be the camp Construction Manager
  • Thus far have hosted 5 camps, 3 volunteer teams, and several family retreats
  • Namukasa Specioza hired to be Community Relations Officer in July
  • Cristen Wall joined short-term staff (1 year) as Administrative Assistant
  • Established Musana Seed Savers (a community savings & credit union program) in cooperation with community leaders
  • Established a community youth outreach program working in coordination with local village churches
  • Added cattle to our Enterprise income generating programs

Status

  • To date around 500 orphaned, abandoned, and street children have come to Musana and heard God’s Truth about their lives.
  • Currently have facilities to effectively host 30 at our rustic campsite and yet are consistently hosting retreats and camps of up to 50.
  • Completed construction – camp duplex, storage room, 2 latrines, 2 showers, 3 semi-permanent tents, 2 staff houses, meeting/dining hall, camp cistern.
  • Received a generous matching gift of $100,000 in November 2010 to help toward the goal of completing the rustic campsite development. As of September 1, 2011, $14,450.64 remains to be raised to finish matching that gift.
  • The enterprise program is growing and providing some food for the camp as well as generating revenue to help subsidize Musana Camps’ operations.
  • Currently have 32 people on staff including full-time NHU staff and wage-earners (not including children).

Goals for 2011

  • Finish raising the final $14,450.64 to meet the matching gift.
  • Complete Musana’s rustic campsite and establish facilities to effectively host 120.
  • Begin establishing our men’s training program.
  • Fundraise for ongoing monthly contributions towards our general operations.
  • Become operationally self-sufficient from NHU National Office.

Needs met by the matching gift

  • Water security project, meeting/dining hall, medical clinic, dump truck, squatter compensations, remaining land and lawyer fees, compactor for construction.

Moving ahead

  • Our current priority – raise the final $14,450.64 to finish the matching gift.
  • These final funds will help finish squatter compensations, build a Ugandan staff house (duplex), and help launch a fishing Enterprise business.
  • We are seeking partners who will pray for Musana Camps.
  • We are seeking partners who will come and get involved with Musana Camps on site in Uganda.
  • We are seeking partners who will give ongoing monthly contributions towards our general operations.

If while glancing over the summary you feel led to get involved and help with one of the needed areas, please contact the NHUM director, Gary Wood (nhuwood@msn.com; 800.611.6486)