Our PKM Christmas Gift-Back Campaign is back. Why is this campaign a favorite? Because it allows our students to have an amazing and memorable Christmas. Our Christmas gifts are some of our fondest childhood memories, so it is a wonderful cause for some very deserving children.
Your generous gift will ensure that the children in our PKM Program will have a wondrous Christmas with a meaningful celebration among friends. This gift back campaign will ensure that every child in the program receives a special present, and with it, the message that they are loved especially during these unprecedented and challenging times due to COVID-19.
For all inquiries and questions, please contact us at (918) 928 5505 or email: email@example.com
Thank you for sharing your love and spreading JOY this season
Please make your donation by December 18th to give our Child Champions sufficient time to shop for the presents & deliver before Christmas.
Note: Please do not send packaged items to PKM for Christmas gifts. Due to numerous complications (delays in customs paperwork & shipping due to covid-19 etc.), it is more efficient to make a financial contribution.
Thank you for observing these guidelines and for giving the gift of joy!
Annual Banquet and Auction Aug 21,2021.
Annual Banquet and Auction
First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8
Consider how 2020 challenged all of us, then think about living as an orphan or deeply impoverished child in Uganda. Petra Christian School provides a haven for these kids.
The children of Petra Christian School have returned to campus and continue to grow spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually. Help us continue to live out the promise!
This year, we will host a hybrid in-person and online event!
Over the past 11 years, the ministry has grown to serve 400+ students, ages preschool through College/ University. Many student sponsors have actually continued to support their students allowing them to move on to secondary and higher educational opportunities. The impact has been remarkable.
Recently, the 7th grade students have been preparing for their graduation exams which will enable them to move on to high school. We are contacting you today to let you know of an urgent need we have at PKM. Your prayers and support are urgently needed for 24 unsponsored seventh grade students who are preparing to enter high school. Every prayer, every gift, every word of encouragement makes a difference in these children’s lives.
While nearly 90% of all Ugandan children attend some level of primary school, only 53% actually complete it.
PKM is hoping to identify sponsors for as many of the currently unsponsored students as possible at an average cost of $400 per year/$33 dollars per month before April, 2021.
No contribution is too small whether through sharing your prayers, donations, or full sponsorships.
Your support is the beginning of a relationship with the students of Petra Christian School. You may communicate with our students through our website at www.petrakids.org or request further information at firstname.lastname@example.org
*For information on visiting us at our headquarters to learn about our immediate and long terms goals, call 918-928-5505
PKM IMPACT REPORT 2019-2020
It is with great enthusiasm that I am sharing with you our 2019-2020 PKM Impact Report.
Thank you for being such a great friend of PKM, for connecting with our mission, together we will continue to restore hope-build dreams in Uganda.
With your kind support, we have come a long way and we would like to thank you for everything you have done for our children.
Wishing you all the happiness and glory on this festive occasion and a very Prosperous New Year 2021.
Warm wishes on Christmas to you and your family.
Please consider a small gift for our children during this festive season.
Thank you for your support at the PKM Virtual Event 2020.
Thank you for joining with us during our recently ended virtual event for 2020 to respond to the cries of at risk children in Aduku – Uganda.
Any burdens become lighter as we come together to lift it.
We couldn’t have done this without you! It is such joy and an honor to continue to partner with you in an effort to help the children & the communities we serve.
Thank you for being a part of the PKM family.
#PKM #restoringhope #buildingdreams
Please keep an eye on your inbox, we will be sending the full fundraising report soon.
A Virtual Event: Stories from the Ground
The PKM Virtual Event – Don’t miss our upcoming new virtual fundraising event “Stories From The Ground” starts August 8th, 2020 at 7:30 PM.
All details will be coming soon for your participation.
You can now Text to Give to PKM!!!
Your $30 a month gift of sponsorship is life-changing.
Help Families Affected by COVID-19
Families in poverty have no safety net in times of crisis. Help provide food, medical care and support during this pandemic.
PKM volunteers are reaching out with food supplies to some of our children’s homes!! Please give to our urgent campaigns so we can reach more children with the food & essential supplies they need so urgently.
A brief update from Uganda: COVID-19 – Effects
The country of 42 million people reported its first case on Sunday and has since imposed travel restrictions and banned public gatherings. As of today April 1, 2020, Uganda has 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including an eight-month-old baby.
“The rapid evolution of COVID-19 in Africa is deeply worrisome and a clear signal for action,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said.
The PKM – School is closed as of March 20th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done following the Ugandan ministry of health and government directives for all public places including schools to shut down for at least 32 days.
All our students have been sent home including the ones that board at the school. We are very grateful to the community leaders under the guidance of the Mayor of Aduku Mr. Rolex Oyari and the local church – St. Peters Church of Uganda for making sure that each of our children had a home to go to. We are grateful for the staff members who not only act as workers but also as caregivers to the children.
Although children are not dying from the disease per se, they are shouldering a lot of the social burden due to school closures. For many of our children living in abject poverty, not going to school, not having access to a safe space during conflict, not having the only available meal of the day that they receive from school, having no running clean water and soap to wash hands – all of these are huge challenges.
While the PKM schools are temporarily closed, that does not mean all programmatic activities and expenses have stopped. Your monthly support is still vital in this season. Our local community partners and leaders are visiting homes to check on the welfare of children and their host families. They may be delivering medical supplies, hygiene kits, extra food, water and other resources to help during this time of crisis.
A CALL TO PRAYER
Viruses of this magnitude can affect all of us, and we ask that you pray with us for the children, families, churches, employees and sponsors already affected by this outbreak. Please join us in praying for:
Protection from the virus for all our PKM children and their families.
Health and safety for all of our local community partners in Uganda, as well as staff and volunteers at the PKM – School Aduku and partner school – Skyland High School – Lira.
Children longing for a sponsor to be encouraged, loved and cared for during this wait.
Sponsors and their families who have been impacted by the virus.
God bless you for your care and concern for his children living in extreme poverty. And thank you for keeping them in your prayers.
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers …—2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)
What an extraordinary time we find ourselves in. All over the world families and individuals isolate themselves from friends and family, they cancel weddings, postpone parties, and attend worship services online or over the television due to the threat from an invisible enemy. Only a few weeks ago, we lived our daily lives completely unaware of what steamrolled towards us. Facebook Live, Zoom and Google Hangouts permeate the vernacular of millions of people who never thought that videoconferencing would serve an important role in their lives. I pray that you and your loved ones are remaining healthy and safe physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically during this time of quarantine, isolation, and widespread anxiety.
Petra Kids Ministries is not immune to the effects of COVID-19. As of the most recent report, 14 cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Uganda. The Ugandan government directed all schools to close, consequently, all 350 of our students were sent to live with families in Aduku. Our scholarships are still providing the basic necessities for our students in those homes. We still continue to pay the teachers, so that they will be available when the school reopens. The only person remaining at the school is a security guard. Despite all of this, we have made progress on a new dorm! The only things remaining to complete are the roof and the floor which could not be completed before the school was closed.
Obviously with local city and state orders prohibiting gatherings of ten or more people, the PKM banquet scheduled for April 3rd must be postponed. Even before the order, the board and committee engaged in contingency planning. The safety and health of our friends and donors are of the utmost importance, but we wanted to have a clear path forward before communicating what could possibly require changing yet again. We have rescheduled the banquet for Saturday, June, 6th at 6pm at the same venue, Stephenson Hall at First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa.
As you may be aware, the annual banquet is the largest and most important fundraiser of our year. By far, the vast majority of sponsorships, scholarship funding, capital funding and general operating funding comes from this event. Delaying the event by two months impacts cash flow substantially. While the teachers and headmaster have been sent home, students must be fed, clothed, and attended to regardless of the quarantine situation here and
abroad. Our plea is that, while the banquet itself will not occur until June, please make any donation you planned to make and renew or increase your existing sponsorships as soon as possible. The attached Banquet Donation Form includes all the details needed to help continue the Petra Kids Ministries mission to develop the orphaned and impoverished children in northern Uganda socially, spiritually, physically, and intellectually grounded on Christian Biblical principles.
In addition, we are preparing yet another contingency in the event that the banquet cannot be held on June 6th and must be canceled for 2020. The contingency plan will involve a virtual (digital, online) banquet including the auction. We will update you with details if this becomes necessary, though we hope that it does not. In order to participate, we ask that you ensure that your contact details, including your email are updated.
If you need to make corrections or additions, please email me directly at email@example.com and I’ll ensure that our records are updated appropriately.
Even in this time of uncertainty, our God reigns. While we never saw this pandemic coming, He knew and has a plan to bring his people through. Our prayer is that the love of God will drive out your fears (1 John 4:18), He will protect you from this disease (Deut 7:15), and that you will have hope and peace because Christ has prevailed, no matter our circumstances (John 16:33).
Blessings and grace,
Jeremy D. Case Jan Creveling
PKM Board, Banquet Chair PKM Board President
Announcement: PKM Annual Banquet rescheduled to June 6, 2020
Please check this space for any further details at a later time.
We here at PKM are praying for you. Remember to pray for our children, staffs & their families in Uganda during these unprecedented troubled days.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Petra & Karen interview at the Deborah Sweetin Show – KGEB TV -TULSA OK
The official launching of the John & Phyllis Early Childhood Dev’t Center – Aduku Uganda
Sept, 2019 the Petra Kids Ministries registered another landmark in Aduku by officially launching the John & Phyllis ECDC. The children graced the occasion with excellent performances. Thanks to our faithful donors and the Ugandan local leadership for the unwavering support. Blessings
FREEDOM FROM MALARIA
Malaria is a major killer of children under five years old, taking the life of a child every two minutes.
In low-income countries, a child bitten by a mosquito carrying a malaria parasite often doesn’t have access to the proper health services to receive treatment, and the child’s parents may not even recognize the true meaning behind the child’s symptoms.
TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
Antimalarial medications have been available for years to treat those infected with the disease. Traditionally, those with malaria who are properly treated can expect a full recovery. But over time, the antimalarial drugs have become less effective as the malaria parasites have developed resistance to the medications.
Antimalarial drugs are not a sustainable malaria control solution due to the high cost and negative side effects that come from long-term use. Plus, with malaria being so common, a fever is sometimes the only symptom used to diagnose a case of the disease. When a patient is given an antimalarial medication unnecessarily, it reduces already limited resources and further contributes to development of drug-resistant parasites.
The best strategy for reducing the incidence of malaria is to prevent an infection in the first place. And the most-effective way of reducing the initial transmission is through the use of insecticide-treated bed nets.
Since many mosquito bites occur when a person is sleeping, insecticide-treated mosquito nets are a cost-effective method for protecting millions of children and their families. Insecticide-treated bed nets offer 70 percent more protection over sleeping without a net and are twice as effective as using an untreated net.
Distributing malaria nets to children and adults most at risk of contracting the disease ensures everyone receives the protective benefit the nets offer, which strengthens the health of the entire community.
HELP A GENERATION OF CHILDREN
A child’s health must be tenaciously protected. Childhood is characterized by freedom, play, and hopeful futures full of potential. These pillars of childhood are stripped away when sickness and dangerous diseases such as malaria threaten a child’s life.
In the gospels, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan who advocated for the well-being of a man in need and ensured that this stranger was brought to good health. When asked, those listening to Jesus’ parable pointed to the Samaritan as an example of what a good neighbor looks like. In Luke 10:37, Jesus instructed them to “go and do likewise” (NIV). Where there are people in need, the gospel message instructs us to be a source of help, care, and provision.
Our Malaria Intervention Initiative gives poor children and their families resources for healthy living and malaria prevention. It includes:
Mosquito bed nets treated with insecticide, along with training in how to properly use a net
Anti-malarial drugs, IV medication, transfusions, and breathing treatments
Education on ways to prevent mosquito breeding areas
Resources to clean mosquito breeding grounds, such as ponds and standing water bodies
Thus far has the Lord brought PKM
The Lord has indeed been very faithful to PKM and the children! Thanks to our sponsors and partners for continued support.
Solar is up and running at the PKM School in Uganda. We are getting ready to launch a cutting edge computer coding,
The Rt. Rev. Alfred Acur Okodi, of West Lango Diocese visiting PKM – School on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
entrepreneurship and networking program at the school in partnership with a dynamic innovative team of engineers, developers and technology experts in NY. This is a major blessing to PKM!!!
Our goal is to help bring these students into the 21st century workforce, so instilling these communication, organization and due diligence skills, in addition to actually learning how to code, will be most beneficial.
Join us in transforming a nation, restoring Hope, one child at a time by providing a laptop, preferably windows 8 up.
PKM just acquired 12 acres of land in Aduku that will be used for the school farm. We are introducing a not so new concept of permaculture by the end of this year 2018. Permaculture is permanent agriculture that seeks to replicate nature in a food producing farm, so people are better cared for (by having more and varied foods), the planet or environment in an area becomes healthier (by reducing chemical usage and returning valuable nutrients and water to the soil), and to have enough left to sell for a profit.
We are now in the process of acquiring machinery for the farm, if you feel led to help with this project please give us a call.
We have already cleared the land and are ready to start the construction work on our Pre-K School. The school will have 4 classrooms, a store, a staff room, bathrooms and a play ground to cater for our 3-5 yr olds. This project cost is $18,000, Naming opportunity available.
The “Coming Back for you Cross”
Sister Mary Lee Weaver one of our faithful partners of PKM asked me the story behind my custom made necklace by Bill Derrevere Jewelry Tulsa recently.
Here’s the story behind this awesome piece. This Cross bears an inscription on it “coming back for you”. I made this promise as a little 7/8 yr old orphaned girl, I had imagined a community with no more kids going hungry, shoeless, jiggers in their feet, ringworms, no education, clean water ????, no shelter to lay their heads at night and obviously no security. I felt at the time a force pushing me to do something not just about my own situation but my fellow children with whom we suffered the same fate of hopelessness and neglect. I imagined a world where a child would be free to be a child, protected by adults and of course given the opportunity for education. The opportunity to dream big about whom they wanted to become in future.
Today 10 yrs later, here we stand. We continue to witness his love, mercy & great faithfulness wrapped all around us through faithful friends and partners around the world. Thanks for helping me answer to the promise “Coming back for you”. We’re making great strides with the Lord’s help and your support.
Much much blessings from Petra Kids Ministries Inc USA & all our partner schools & projects in Uganda.