HSD Kindergarten Registration

Register Now for the 2019-20 School Year.

Learn More...

Steinbach Christian School (SCS) had a guest this week who traveled all the way from the district of Kitgum in Uganda.

SCS vice-principal Scott Wiebe says a few years ago they were asked by a speaker if they would ever consider partnering with a school in another country, and notes the relationship between SCS and Faith Academy has grown and flourished. Wiebe says through fundraisers their students have been able to help expand the school in Uganda and change the lives of the children, who are the future of the country.

"The first time [I was there] was three years ago, we went out, and I was able to see the school as it was prior to us getting involved," recalls Wiebe. "They were teaching school in a bamboo hut that wasn't a whole lot bigger than this room. While we were there we were able to dedicate and open up a new school wing and they began using that shortly after we left. The second time I went back we were able to see them in their new classrooms with the new facilities and new desks. It was really nice to see the transition from where they were."

Wiebe says SCS has also been able to facilitate a pavilion for Faith Academy where students can have shelter while eating their lunch, installed solar panels, and have future plans for a computer lab.

Clayton Odhiambo is the director of Faith Academy and a pastor with Faith Alive Ministries (ChildCare International). Odhiambo says the support they have received from SCS has made a huge difference.

"It would be very hard because 100% of our operations would depend on this support. Without this support the school would not really proceed because most of the parents that their children are in our school, they're from the war-torn area, this war took 23 years. They are not able, they don't have a job, they did not go to school, they cannot read and write. So, their opportunity to get funds or money to pay for their children is very limited."

Odhiambo says when he was answering questions from the SCS students he noticed a number of the questions were about what a child in Uganda goes through on a daily basis. He notes when asked how far a child may have to walk each day to get to school, he answered a child could walk up to eight kilometres one way to get to school.

Wiebe notes, "I made the remark that that's almost all the way to Blumenort. Then their eyes got large. Whoa, that's a long distance if they had to imagine walking themselves to Blumenort and back for school."

He adds they are working on getting transportation for the students and have already provided ten bicycles for the teachers to get to and from school each day.

Odhiambo says the heart of the students at SCS have a worldview and he would like to inspire his students to think beyond themselves as well.

"One thing I'm taking from Steinbach Christian School is that they're teaching the children, even the young children, to have the love of Christ. They're learning as young as they are and they're even thinking beyond their area, as young as they are. So, that is something that we need to give our children. They need to not think of themselves alone, they need to think about the whole world, how they can help and how they can pray for other people."

He adds the students currently in school in Uganda are the future of the country and can see their influence bringing about a positive change in the future.

"I think these students, after their education; the children are learning to be the future of the nation. As they're learning through a Christian perspective, we are very optimistic they will change our whole nation."

This was Odhiambo's first time in Canada. He says he was surprised by how cold the weather was, but was glad to be provided with a jacket to stay warm before going back to Uganda where the temperature is closer to 42ºC.

Read More:
$15,400 Raised During 'Famine For Faith'


More Local News

Pennwood Hearing Draws Large Crowd Of Residents

The Reeve for the RM of Ste. Anne says council has a tough decision to make regarding a proposed major expansion at Pennwood Dairy. Around 60 residents attended the public hearing last night in Ste.…

Teen In Police Custody Following Steinbach Break And Enter

A teenager from the RM of De Salaberry is in police custody following a break and enter Monday night in Steinbach. Steinbach RCMP were called to an apartment along Loewen Boulevard shortly after nine…

Kleefeld Semi Driver Hits Police Car

Police say they have not yet decided on charges against a 22-year-old male from Kleefeld after he crashed his semi into an RCMP cruiser. It happened Thursday morning on the Trans-Canada highway in…

Car Stolen In Niverville While Being Warmed Up

RCMP report a vehicle was stolen Wednesday morning in Niverville. The 29-year-old female owner of the car told police she had started her car at 9:35 a.m. to let it warm up. When she returned 15…

Police Seek Assistance In Locating Theft Suspects

RCMP have released the photos of two suspects wanted in connection with a theft last November 30th in St. Malo. They were notified at 7:45 that evening that two women had purchased a few items at a…

CN Rail Bridge OK After Mishap

A semi became wedged beneath a railway bridge in Emerson Thursday afternoon. RCMP say it was a case of driver error because the trailer was too tall for the amount of clearance there. Police note…

Thousands Of Dollars In Drywall Tools Stolen

Police say about $2,000 worth of drywall tools have been stolen in Mitchell. RCMP were notified of the theft Thursday and say that it happened either Wednesday or Thursday. The tools were taken from…

Trans-Canada Will Be Down To Single Lane West Of Ste. Anne This Summer

The Trans-Canada Highway from the Highway #12 interchange to Dufresne will be down to one lane each way for most of the summer. Doug Struthers is the Director of Manitoba Infrastructure for the…

"Farm House Meets Modern Country Flair"

The couple that is transforming a former Kleefeld Church building into their home, says this isn't the first time they've attempted this type of outside the box project. Bethany and Kevin Funk…

Smook To Seek Re-Election In Altered Riding

La Verendrye Conservative MLA Dennis Smook has been nominated to run in the next provincial election. The nominating meeting was held Wednesday afternoon in La Broquerie. Smook says he is excited to…

Premier Applauds Steinbach Announcement

Manitoba's Premier has officially announced that Rest Haven personal care home in Steinbach is expanding. Brian Pallister and Health Minister Cameron Friesen each made the trip to Steinbach Thursday…

Pedestrian Rail Crossings Approved In Niverville

The Town of Niverville has been given the green light to install pedestrian crossings over the train tracks at PR 311. Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck says with the new high school set to open on the…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.