Year 5 – New to Kajjansi

2 Cor. 1:24
 We’re partners, working alongside you, joyfully expectant.
Year 5!  God has gifted and engaged many of us through this program: the students participating in the training; the opportunities for volunteer surveyors to share their hearts and skills; our partner ministries; and the generous sponsors who are helping empower Ugandan surveyors to be a force for change in their profession and communities.

Some new things to adjust to in Kijjansi:

  1.  Oh my, the mosquitos are bad.  The little blood suckers are attacking me at night through the bed netting.  Nasty little creepy, fluttery things!  Simple solution……get new netting with insect repellent for our bed and deet all the screens in the house. Hah!
  2. Allowing ourselves extra time and grace to acclimitize to jet lag.  Its not so bad to be wide awake at 4:00 am when you don’t have to rush out the door at 7:30.
  3. Waiting for God’s direction for my mission here.  I am always too willing to jump in with both feet before prayerfully asking where I should serve.

Our 1st invitation to lunch was on Saturday with Hope (HR), Pauline (Office Manager), and Hattie (Staff Architect), three Ugandan eMi staffers.  Ben (our Australian Survey trainer) joined us for a lovely meal of mexican burritos.  Multicultural extravaganza with the best guacamole ever.

This years Students

Akutu Fosca

1Akutu FoscaMy Story
: Fourth year at Makerere University. Brought up in a Christian based family but began a personal relationship with God in 2003.

My passion:  Taking up any responsibility for the Lord, watching animations, travelling, field work.

A happy/joy-filled moment: I feel so happy dancing for the Lord while ministering to my fellow youth.

My Dream/My Goal: to be an honest, dedicated and good surveyor.  I also dream to start an orphanage and help people in home region because they are suffering a lot.

Amongin Racheal

1Amongin RachealMy story: 
4th year Geomatics student at Makerere University

My passion: Sharing my life experiences with others and practicing the skills I acquire.

A happy/joy-filled moment: I enjoy fieldwork, singing hymns, cooking, and eating chicken.

My dream: To embrace surveying profession with dedication, diligence and love wherever God places me and to bless the lives of others to the glory of His name.

Area Walter

Area WalterMy story:  Graduate from Kyambogo University, coming from northern Uganda (Lira). Second in a family of five.

My goal: Acquire more professional skills and share it with confidential integrity.
Joy filled moment: When engaged in activates that clearly share the gracious love of Christ to all races of people, men getting freedom in Christ.
My dream: Hope to spiritually mature and live to use my profession to serve God within his kingdom principles.

Nakachwa Anastasia


2Nakachwa KasoziMy story:  I am from Central, Mukono. I am the last born in a Christian family of 12 and currently living with my dad.

My passion:  To share my skills, achievements and experiences in life with others. I believe it can create a difference.

 My goal: To acquire as many skills as possible because in this life, it can be a good stepping stone. My dream is be a profound surveyor.


Taremwa Mujuni Reid
1Taremwa Mujuni ReidGraduate Makerere University

My Passion: I am passionate about all things surveying – the challenging tasks, amazing equipment and software, constant interaction with people and above all the ability to provide a service.

My Dream: To learn to be good at surveying and live my profession in true Christian values.


Opolot Daniel

1Opolot DanielMy Story: Finalist of Institute of Survey

Happy moments: Interacting with people has always been fun.

My Goal:  Enhance and improve on my skill and exposure on different survey technics and equipment.

My dream: Be part of the solution on increasing land disputes in the country and participate in the improvement of infrastructure of the country through engineering surveys.

Richard Lukwago

1Richard LukwagoMy story:
 2nd year student at Makerere University.  I am fourth out of five children and got saved at 10.

My Passion: seeing others become happy and fruitful in God.

My Goal: gain practical skills at EMI and share them with colleagues, use Surveying to serve God.



Tumwebaze Annest

: I come from the western part of the country, born in a family of 5, 2 boys and 3 girls

My Passion: I am passionate about helping others and working hard to attain excellence just like God excelled in His perfect work of creation.

A happy/joy-filled moment: This was when I went beyond just being a member but went ahead and became a full minister of different ministries in my chapel at the University that opened me to great opportunities in all spheres of life.

My Goal: To acquire skills and knowledge in the surveying profession from the skilled facilitators of practicum that will help me succeed and develop my future career.My Dream: Looking forward to extending much service to whichever community I will interface with by reaching out to the people of all classes. Just like eMi does, I believe I can do the same God willing.

Rukwanzi  Evelyn

1Rukwanzi Evelyn

My story: I came from a family of five and am  from western Uganda

My passion: I love discovering new things

My happy moment:  When I was given land surveying in 2013 at Ndejje University

My goal: To help others learn from what I know


The Trainers

Ben Craig

Ben CraigMy Story – Civil Engineering Surveyor with 20 years surveying experience. Graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia in 1996.

My Passion – Mentoring young Christians in the developing world and also at home in Australia and helping them to grow in their faith and service for the Lord.  

A happy/joy-filled moment – The first time I went on a short term mission in Thailand in 2006, I was so happy to be out in the jungle serving those who were just struggling to survive. I was doing a survey for a proposed school and community health center.

  My Dream/My Goal – To continue walking along side young adults and share a little of my personal experience so they can have a deeper sense of direction and purpose in their lives.

Kasasira Nathan – Intern

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Mark Kaems

mark kaems photoMy Story:  I’m currently working as a Civil Engineer in a surveying office which has allowed me to learn/teach others.

My Passion:  Mentoring engineering students

A happy /joy filled moment:  Mid-week, evening church service in Ganta, Liberia

My dream/My goal:  to be able to mentor/teach students at home and abroad, now and into retirement

Roy Farley

Roy Farley PhotoMy Story: I was saved when I was 12 and I have followed God all my life and can attest to his saving and keeping power.    I’m retired now and can devote more of my time to short term missions around the world and work here in the U.S. with groups that help provide housing to those in need.

My Passion:  To share Christ’s witness in a practical way with deeds as well as words.  Knowing the needs are great around the world, I like to reach out to those who need it most.

A Happy/Joy Filled Moment:  Most memorable is the day I married my wife and we’ve been together now for almost 35 years.

My Dream/My Goal: To be able to continue ministry around the world.  My goal is to stay tuned in to the Lord’s will and allow him to lead me wherever it is I’m needed most.  I want him to be in control of my life on a day to day basis.

Patrick/Joan Cochrane

joanMy Passion:  I love love love working with likeminded and like hearted individuals to share our faith and skills is such a practical and impactful way.  And I get to do it with my dear wife, who, although she glazes over when we talk nerdy survey talk, fully believes and supports what we are doing and makes an invaluable contribution to this endeavor.

My Dream: I have hope that my dream will soon become a reality…that EMI’s Survey Practicum in Uganda will be led by one of our former students.

Weebale – Thank you

2015 Team - Full Size

Fr Row L-R Ben, Janet, Cissy, Joshua, Nathan, Peace and Joan Bk Row L-R Victor, Consy, Moses, Samuel, Job, and Patrick














It is our privilege and we thank God to call you part of our team.  Because of your partnership in prayer and support, encouragement and love, we are able to develop, maintain and grow relationships with our students.  This pure mentorship is truly walking alongside our brothers and sisters and watching them blossom.  From our hearts to yours – thank you!

From our students with love:

Janet:  Thanks for your generosity.  It has touched my heart and spirit through the training and skills I’ve acquired.  May God richly bless you.

Victor:  This has been a great opportunity and experience for me and because I know in my heart that through you God was fulfilling His plan for my life.  I am also certain that the seed you have sowed will produce abundant fruit in your lives.  God bless you.

Job:  Wonderful people and trainers I have met have made my practicum worthwhile.  The daily devotionals have been a life changing moment in growing spiritually and confidenct.  I pray this practicum doesn’t stop with us.  God bless you.

Joshua:  I feel the word “Thank you” is the least I can give in return, yet< I am always left with that as the only option.  How I wish someone saw how deeply it flows from my heart, sometimes I get drops of tears in my eyes.  Thank you for all the support towards this programme.

Cissy:  I am so grateful for your contribution towards my success in my career as well as my spiritual life.  I strongly believe I am going to use the skills and knowledge eMi has imparted to me to develop my career and also be able to share with others.  Thank you for your support and my the good Lord abundently bless you.

Samuel:  Thanks alot for your love and support.  I’ve been transformed spiritually and professionally.  I pray God richly reward and bless you abundently.

Nathan:  I am so thrilled by your generosity and contribution towards the vision of eMi.  You are indeed changing Africa.

Peace:  I am so honoured to be among the students who have participated in the practicum.  It has been so great because I have achieved alot expecially when it comes to machines and software.  I can proudly say I am competent and confident.  God bless.

Consy:  Thank you for all that you have done to see this programme a success.  God bless you abundantly and generously.

Our intern Moses:  Thanks a lot for the tremendous support you give this program.  The students that go throu it are spiritually blessed, professionally sound and of high integrity.  This is all we need to shape the country step by step.  Thanks for the love.  We love you too.  May God bless you more.





“O God… make me a child again, even before I die; give me back the simple faith, the clear vision of the child that holds its father’s hand.” ~Israel Zangwill, Dreamers of the Ghetto, “From a Mattress Grave,” 1897  [spoken by the character Heinrich Heine —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Our lives are serious enough, with stress abounding sometimes everywhere we turn.  Join with us as we revert to children in these next pictures.  Laugh with us as we laughed with the students of the schools we served by surveying.  It is never enough to just serve, but it is in the memories that we create with these children, that they leave in our hearts that God’s resounding work is proclaimed.  Connections and love, respect and encouragement – powerful tools that are ours to give.


Patrick in mid-skip











Joan skipping with students – it’s hard work to skip























Students cheering while Moses, Peace and Patrick skip








Cissy resting with students after doing “apart-together” – jumping jacks while reciting the alphabets












Victor blowing bubbles












Peace and Ben








Joy abounding on Ben’s face as he and Moses take a turn skipping




















Moses double skipping with little girl – look how high those little legs of hers went













Job and Joshua taking turns


















Nathan's interrupted game

Two uninvited guests joined Nathan, students and teacher’s game of soccer











Consi blowing bubbles












Job and Samuel, surprising themselves.













Janet cheerleading from the side-lines














My times at King of Kings School:


L to R – Gladys, Sheba, and Shammah – all little ones having difficulty in learning














Gilbert and Alexander. Both have infectious laughs and try so hard to get it right.














My friend and sister Florence, the amazing teacher/Principal who, in faith, believed in this school. What you see is God’s amazing grace in this new building and the land that she has been gifted.















Children are so ingenious – a make-do trampoline out of old tires. They are singing as they bounce.















Recipients of Samaritan Purse Shoeboxes. These little ones are 2 and 3 years old and a little shocked at the gifts.
















Showing off the gifts from the shoeboxes. Note the colourful socks, always loved by the kids.