All Posts by Amy Carst

Welcome Joshua!

~From the desk of Auntie Bea Since I first arrived in Uganda, I have been saying, “this country never ceases to amaze me.” Sometimes for the good. Sometimes—too many times—for the bad. I have been living here for nearly eight years, and every day I take off my armor to

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Meet Ismail

This is Ismail. He is 17 years old. In 2013, we met Ismail when he first came to our farm in nearby Kigungu, offering his help. Because Ismail is deaf, he had never been to school and was very shy, unable to effectively communicate with the outside world. Although there

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Malayaka House 15 Year Anniversary!

On Saturday, December 12, 2020, we celebrated our 15 year anniversary, which also happens to be the 15th birthday of Malayaka, the child who started it all! In honor of this joyous occasion, we threw a family party with dancing, music, and delicious food. With the help of technology and

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Project Catherine

In September of last year, I met Catherine. I can’t believe it’s been that long. Coco, a Dutch volunteer whose father, Peter, helps us with the Fort Portal project, had just arrived. I took her to the shopping center in Entebbe, to buy a sim card for cellular data while

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Malayaka House (Coronavirus Update)

We just wanted to post an update and let everyone know how Malayaka House is handling this pandemic. Fortunately, our compound is set up perfectly to “weather the storm,” with multiple play and learning areas, a library and tech lab, two newly-renovated kitchens to feed our large family, and a

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Innovative Minds

In the US, when we need something, we typically just go and buy it. Whether that involves hopping in the car and making a quick trip to the store, or looking up the desired item online and clicking a few tabs, we can usually have exactly what we need, in

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Focus on the Good

With so many horror stories coming out of mismanaged orphanage homes around the world, and the vile treatment of migrant children in detention centers here in the United States, we want to remind people that there are good stories, too. There are thousands of caring men and women, in every

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Month in Review at Malayaka House (August)

This month we were humbled by the generosity of volunteers. From Spanish dentists who provided hundreds in our community with free dental services, to technology experts from Minneapolis who donated thousands in high-tech educational equipment, we felt particularly fortunate for our friends around the globe this August. Please check out

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Patricia Goes to School!

Despite heated debates in recent years as to the state of the U.S. education system, we are generally quite fortunate. Most Americans have access to a high level of free public education. For many countries in the developing world, including Uganda, public schools often have dirt floors and are lacking

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