LivingStone International University Partnering with Exceptional People and Organizations Across the World

September 9, 2016 we hosted friends from the Hills Church of the United States of America, Ron Holland, David Meyer and Don box. These people have been helping and supporting LivinStone and recently donated for our new girl’s hostel.

The day started with a tour around the University campus, including all departments, followed by a visit to the newly developed hostel and the new campus site. The guests later joined our Human Resource Workshop which was held for all the Head of Departments and was presented by David Meyer.

Don Box

From Left: David Meyer, Don Box, Ron Holland

Meet Don Box

A member of The Hills Church, Don has been in love with LivingStone since it was only a dream of the missionaries in Mbale and in Kenya, and it is such a blessing to see him back in Mbale today to see the blossoming of the dream into a strong university. He is a retired engineer living in North Richland Hills, Texas, USA, and he has been involved in many LivingStone Board Members activities and supporting university in many ways.

Don recently donated to the building of the new girl’s dormitory by selling his car that he loved the most to raise funds for LivingStone International University. When asked why? He said “Sitting back in my office, I realized that out there I have this beautiful red car that I love to drive, and I asked myself, why treat myself better if I sell the car it could enable me to raise funds for LivingStone”

“It is always my pleasure, and it gives me great joy, to contribute to the development of this university as we continue to transform Africa through quality, Christ-centered higher education. I want to encourage you to look beyond your own resources and pray about your responsibility to support the university.”

LivingStone International University greatly appreciate the efforts of our partners and friends who extend support to our programs. We strongly believe that it is through partnerships with such organizations and people that LivingStone is enable to empower young leaders and to transform Africa through high-quality, Christ-centered education.

People like Don Box and others at The Hills Church are dedicated to empowering youth to change the world, making significant investments to transform Africa. It is because of these incomparable contributions, which have allowed LivingStone to expand, to reach more people, and to fulfil its mission in the world.

New girl's dormitory at LIU

New girl’s dormitory

Don Box selling his car

Don Box selling his red car to raise funds for LIU

 

LivingStone International University Partners with The Leadership Academy of South Sudan

The Leadership Academy of South Sudan was established in 2014 at Nimule, South Sudan. It is under the Umbrella of East African Ministries and aims at developing and empowering future leaders to serve communities in East Africa. The school is an innovative university preparatory academy that will equip South Sudanese students through an academic, professional, spiritual and character development curriculum. In essence it aims at, not only imparting knowledge, but also spiritual nourishment.

It is beThe-Leadership-Academy-of-South-Sudancause of these strong Christian values and beliefs that LASS is partnering with Livingstone University this year and sending 21 of its students this August to further their education at LivingStone University. The University is founded on Christian values and endeavors to build the nations of Africa by providing practical, excellent education that is relevant to African students while at the same time instilling Christian values.

South Sudan is a young nation that is still struggling with low literacy levels which stand at only 27%. Therefore LASS sending 21 students to Livingstone to study various courses is not only going to have a huge impact to their individual lives but to their communities and the country at large.

The country is currently on the brink of civil war and during such instabilities it is usually young people who are misused. The three years that these young men and women will spend at LIU will eliminate the risk of probably being used during such conflicts and also provide them with education and broaden their scope of thinking as far as the happenings in their country go.

In addition they will be able to support their families and have better lives than they would have had if they had not accessed education. Therefore by enabling these students to access education LASS is moulding and preparing them for leadership positions that will gear their country towards the right direction.

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Written by: Diana Musenya | Scholarship Coordinator, LivingStone International University

 

Meet Umoja International French School

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We believe in getting to know more about students before they join us for university studies.We want to know more about them and to better understand what they are looking for. For this reason, we are reaching out to students in colleges and high schools. In addition to learning more about them and their experiences, we wish to share how we can prepare their way to university and to shed more light on what they can expect when they get through high school.

On 31 May 2016, we visited Umoja International French School in Mukono. It was a great day out, meeting brilliant young high school students as well as the amazing staff of Umoja. We prayed together and also had a two-hour session where students from LIU and Umoja shared their experiences from university and high school respectively.

Umoja and LivingStone Praying together

Umoja and LivingStone Praying together

We believe that such interaction not only provides a reflection of university experiences but also helps to create great bonds between these students. We pledge to keep connecting to more schools, because we believe that young people can do more together.

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Meet the Leadership Academy-Southern Sudan

At LivingStone International University we are always working very hard to transform Africa through quality, Christ-centered higher education. We connect every day to different organizations, personalities, and academia to foster dynamic, meaningful relationships. We aim at exploring and advancing strong relationships that help the entire community.

On 12 March 2016 we hosted our friends from Leadership Academy, which is part of Cornerstone Academy and The East African Ministries in Southern Sudan. Leadership Academy of South Sudan was developed through a partnership with and under the guidance of Cornerstone Development Africa. Cornerstone has decades of expertise working in East Africa, and its mission s “To raise up future leaders with a shared vision of positively transforming their communities and nations–as an outgrowth of their own personal transformation.”

We are forging strategic ways to support and develop talented students who can help transform Africa. Both LIU and Leadership Academy provide resourceful support, like scholarships and funding, to different students from all around East Africa.

We are investing in students; we see great potential, and we believe they have a lot to give; we are creating a life-transforming learning environment that molds young people and women into the future leaders of South Sudan–men and women whose lives fully reflect the character qualities and leadership principles embodied in the life of Jesus Christ. Says Lauren Zumbrun, Education Managerat Leadership Academy

Students of Leadership Academy and LivingStone International University had a chance to share experience together, and the interaction included a trip to Sipi Falls, giving a chance for our friends from Sudan to explore the geographical features near LivingStone International University.

Student reactions to their visit to LIU

I have always turned to God, and when anything that happens to me is achallenge, I have always worked hard because I knew I would make it. Every timeI pray, my prayers are always answered; I was sponsored by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army from primary to senior four, and now I have gone through senior six with the Leadership Academy. I have reached Uganda and am at LIU and the amazing Sipi Falls through the Leadership Academy and LIU; I feel happy. Ukaa Ezekiel Abraham –Student from Leadership Academy

I’m happy to whatever happened today; I was imagining whether I could make it up to here at LivingStone, but we made it. I have really enjoyed every moment, and I’m so grateful. It is a good place to study from; Uganda is fine and secure. This makes me feel so much about my country Sudan, where we are affected by instability. I’m looking at taking part in transforming Sudan to be a better place to live; I know I cannot start from the top, but I can start from the ground up. Liong Annet –Class Coordinator at Leadership Academy

LivingStone and Uganda are so peaceful compared to Southern Sudan; I have been in the North of Uganda and the West Nile, and I’m now in the east and everything is fine—people are welcoming and social. It was also a great feeling at Sipi Falls. Going back to Sudan, I’m looking at taking part and leading the transformation of our communities as well. I want to become a lawyer and ensure that total justice prevails in Southern Sudan. Ochola Chris C. Oryem–Student from Leadership Academy