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"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." -Thomas Aquinas⁣
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Most of us made our best friends at school. The ones that you really love and rely on, and the ones who love you back. Going to school is more than books and chalkboards. It's making forever friends that will be with you through thick and thin.⁣
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Thanks to everyone for making friendship happen by supporting Retouch.

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." -Thomas Aquinas⁣

Most of us made our best friends at school. The ones that you really love and rely on, and the ones who love you back. Going to school is more than books and chalkboards. It's making forever friends that will be with you through thick and thin.⁣

Thanks to everyone for making friendship happen by supporting Retouch.
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Can we talk about 💩 for a second?⁣
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Clean and available bathrooms are a worldwide problem. Almost half of the world struggles to find a good, functioning toilet to use. Sadly, this causes diseases and waterborne illnesses, and even death.⁣
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One thing we've learned is that having a lot of kids means a lot of 💩💩. So we've built a LOT of toilets.⁣
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Who knew the Kingdom of God looked like toilets?

Can we talk about 💩 for a second?⁣

Clean and available bathrooms are a worldwide problem. Almost half of the world struggles to find a good, functioning toilet to use. Sadly, this causes diseases and waterborne illnesses, and even death.⁣

One thing we've learned is that having a lot of kids means a lot of 💩💩. So we've built a LOT of toilets.⁣

Who knew the Kingdom of God looked like toilets?
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Check out these miracles!

Check out these miracles! ...

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I call this pic "the supervisors." On the left is unfortunate Bills fan, Cobra Kai Sensei, Pastor, and board member of Retouch: Steve Bellavia. On the right wearing the gorgeous patterned shirt is our Lead Pastor, School Director, construction manager, and all things amazing: Patrick Julo.⁣
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Without these two men, things would grind to a halt. They are truly brothers from another mother.

I call this pic "the supervisors." On the left is unfortunate Bills fan, Cobra Kai Sensei, Pastor, and board member of Retouch: Steve Bellavia. On the right wearing the gorgeous patterned shirt is our Lead Pastor, School Director, construction manager, and all things amazing: Patrick Julo.⁣

Without these two men, things would grind to a halt. They are truly brothers from another mother.
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For Ushindi, education means her kids go to school each day and she gets to go to work. She used to wonder how she would provide for her family, now Ushindi is the head cook. She's the lunch lady that gives you a little extra when you need it. :)⁣
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Ushindi doesn't serve square pizzas or giant chocolate cookies but she does make a mean plate of rice and beans.

For Ushindi, education means her kids go to school each day and she gets to go to work. She used to wonder how she would provide for her family, now Ushindi is the head cook. She's the lunch lady that gives you a little extra when you need it. :)⁣

Ushindi doesn't serve square pizzas or giant chocolate cookies but she does make a mean plate of rice and beans.
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“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson⁣
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For these boys playing together means life isn't so stressful anymore. There used to be days when play was a distant dream. But now, play is every day.⁣
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We're celebrating kids playing and the generous folks who make all of this happen- YOU! Thank you for giving to education.

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson⁣

For these boys playing together means life isn't so stressful anymore. There used to be days when play was a distant dream. But now, play is every day.⁣

We're celebrating kids playing and the generous folks who make all of this happen- YOU! Thank you for giving to education.
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Today we are remembering how much God has blessed our village. Only a few years ago we were struggling to build the church, and now we have this plus two huge classroom blocks, a library, two latrines & admin offices. God truly loves this community, and we are so thankful for all of you who made these dreams happen.

Today we are remembering how much God has blessed our village. Only a few years ago we were struggling to build the church, and now we have this plus two huge classroom blocks, a library, two latrines & admin offices. God truly loves this community, and we are so thankful for all of you who made these dreams happen. ...

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We are one step closer to having power at the school & church! The lines are being run, and now we just have to wait for the utility company to connect our buildings to the main power. The kids couldn't be more excited - they say they can't wait to be back at school and stay past the sunset!

We are one step closer to having power at the school & church! The lines are being run, and now we just have to wait for the utility company to connect our buildings to the main power. The kids couldn't be more excited - they say they can't wait to be back at school and stay past the sunset! ...

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Another successful food distribution for our families. Many of them are out of work due to the virus restrictions, so the food means a great deal to them and their children. They are so thankful for the amazing supporters who give.

Another successful food distribution for our families. Many of them are out of work due to the virus restrictions, so the food means a great deal to them and their children. They are so thankful for the amazing supporters who give. ...

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This is Joy, our rock-star social worker who has been consistently running discipleship programs, home visits, and food distributions despite the craziness Corona has caused. We are so thankful for her!

This is Joy, our rock-star social worker who has been consistently running discipleship programs, home visits, and food distributions despite the craziness Corona has caused. We are so thankful for her! ...

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Behind the masks we are still all smiles! Don't let Corona get you down!

Behind the masks we are still all smiles! Don't let Corona get you down! ...

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These might just look like huge logs, but to us they look like a miracle! Electricity is coming to our village! We never dreamed this could happen when we first opened our mud-walled school with rocks for desks.

These might just look like huge logs, but to us they look like a miracle! Electricity is coming to our village! We never dreamed this could happen when we first opened our mud-walled school with rocks for desks. ...

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One Month of rice is bagged & ready for our families to pick up! Can you believe the mommas carry that on their heads for miles back to their homes? Often with a baby tied on their back.

One Month of rice is bagged & ready for our families to pick up! Can you believe the mommas carry that on their heads for miles back to their homes? Often with a baby tied on their back. ...

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“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes.” Psalm 133

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes.” Psalm 133 ...

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