Barb Retelny, President of Partners in Mission USA, first met Rev. Canon John Mulindabigwi when she visited Uganda in 2002. At the time, Rev. John was the newly appointed coordinator of PIM Africa.
In 2005, Rev. John was inspired to begin a secondary and vocational school in Kamwenge, Uganda. He and his wife Jolly decided to sell some land they owned and use the proceeds to purchase 20 acres of land to build Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School for the community.
Rev. John and Barb stayed in touch and in 2006 Barb returned to Uganda to visit Rev. John.
During Barb's 2006 visit, John took her to Kamwenge and showed her the land and first walls for the school. He wondered aloud how he would pay to build the school. Barb was touched by John's vision and determination, and by the need in the community. After discussing plans with John, she returned home to Glen Ellyn and began sharing the vision with others in her church and elsewhere.
In 2007, Partners in Mission USA was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization communicating the work and vision of Partners in Mission Uganda to provide financial support for the construction and operations of Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School. In 2010, Good Shepherd Kindergarten and Primary School was opened on the KSVS property. The schools are growing and now provide education for over 800 students.
Our Mission is to promote God’s love to marginalized children of Uganda by providing education, community development, and Christian Discipleship.
Our Vision is to prepare future leaders and equip them with the education and Christian principles that will enable them to reinvest in and lead their communities.
Together with our partners we are joining God’s call to improve the lives and futures of the people of the Kamwenge District, Uganda. It is our belief that all people are God’s children and deserve an opportunity to live their lives with dignity and opportunity so they can become all that God intends them to be. Through KSVS and GSK, lives are being transformed as the cycle of poverty begins to break.