I hope that you are enjoying this season of preparation and reflection as we await the Joys of Christmas. We here at Bethany Land Institute are reflecting on the genuine goodness of God, and how He has opened so many new partnerships for us this year. We are pleased to announce that through two generous grants, we have secured funding for much of Phase I of our construction, allowing us to break ground in 2019 for two dormitories and classrooms. This will enable us to open our doors to our first cohort of students in 2020, and target our formal launch in 2021.
We wish to thank each of you for your continued support for the vision and mission of BLI. We are especially thankful for the funding that you provide for the staff, who have been working tirelessly this year to prepare the campus. They have made tremendous progress, including cultivation of the land, which not only produces all of their food, but with enough extra to sell to the local community. With their proceeds from those sales, they have started the Savings and Credit Co-op, which will allow them to eventually purchase their own farms. In addition, they have planted and dispersed to the local area over 5000 trees on the mission to reforest the land. I invite you to visit our updated website to see photos of their progress.
I also had the privilege this fall of being interviewed by Near and Far, a world Catholicism podcast, about our vision for Bethany Land Institute. If you would like to listen, here is the link: https://soundcloud.com/user-597480973/putting-laudato-si-into-action-in-uganda.
We look forward to the deepening work of BLI in the coming year, and value your partnership and support to continue our mission. You may make an online donation through our website www.bethanylandinstitute.org or send a check to the address below. If you would like to speak with our Development Coordinator about ways that you can make an impact at BLI, please reach out to her at the contact number below, or through our website.
Wishing you and your family the blessings of Christmas,
Fr. Emmanuel Katongole