In the African village of Kumi, Uganda, there are far more unschooled children than there are schools accessible to them. Six years ago, the Chinese Community United Methodist Church of Oakland funded the purchase of land and a partnership was born with the Youth and Child Visionary Ministries of Uganda. From this totally grassroots project, the congregation has witnessed the power of faith working a miracle.
Brick by brick, a building has risen on what was formerly barren swamp land. Each year, a little more is completed: windows, doors, ceilings, floors, electricity. But there is more to be done before the school can open for instruction on the target date in 2014.
This year's fundraiser dinner, a nine-course Chinese banquet is slated for Friday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the legendary Palace Restaurant, 708 Franklin St., Oakland, CA, 94607.
Everyone is invited to come, hear stories of how the project was conceived and developed, and to be a part of the campaign to open Kumi Christian Visionary School (KCVS).
Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 10.
Reserve your spot now! Reservation deadline is October 12.
Donations may also be sent to CCUMC/YCVM Benefit Dinner, 321-8th Street, Oakland, CA, 94607. Make checks payable to CCUMC and add "2012 YCVM Benefit Dinner" on the memo line.