Returning to the Home — EMI India, 2022

Note: When I heard the Boy’s Dormitory at Shanti Niketan Children’s Home was completed, I began looking for the opportunity to go and see to tell the story for EMI. In early October, three of us spent four days at the Home to catch up and rejoice with the Home staff.

The original concept we developed in 2012 for Shanti Niketan Children’s Home had an image like this. The building was only a render then.

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Summer with EMI Uganda — Kajjansi Airfield, 2022

Note: Ivy & I worked alternate days at EMI Uganda over summer. Here are some of our favorite photos from the times we remembered to bring along our camera.

One of the many cakes shared by the team over summer — this one is to celebrate the birthdays of Brian, David, Hedina, and Carol.

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EMI Project UG-0268 — The Gem Foundation, 2022

Note: The Gem Foundation is a home for children with special needs. In June, a small team from EMI Uganda spend a week at Gem designing the next phase of developments. While coaching a first-time project leader, I got a first-hand look at a campus designed and built by EMI.

Located about an hour outside Kampala, the Gem campus is far different from their previous rented space in the city. EMI designed and constructed these buildings which are now home to 47 Gems.

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The EMI Directors Conference, 2022

Note: After over two years, EMI’s Directors gathered in the mountains of Colorado for an overdue conference. The space to reconnect was just as important as the sessions themselves.

EMI CEO John Dallmann didn’t mind starting the conference on his 60th birthday. At least he got a cupcake.

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EMI Project NI-0048 — Arból de Vida, 2022

Note: Joining an EMI project trip to Costa Rica within 48-hours of the green-light was an exciting privilege, but not something to make a habit. Though I prefer coaching, leading a team again was fun — and I found space to attend my camera.

Eliazar’s boy was like a little mirror — gumboots, cap, smile, and without fear. Neither was he too small to open the gate — just like a man would do — nor was he too big to ride on papa’s shoulders.

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EMI Project UG-0257 — Restoration Gateway, 2021

Note: In the middle of my visit to EMI Uganda, I joined a project team which was performing an infrastructure assessment at Restoration Gateway, a multi-ministry centre in Northern Uganda.

I was told Kampala’s daytime population swells to nearly double, as people from outlying areas come into the city to work. A disproportionate amount of travel time to the project site was spent escaping the capital.

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A visit to EMI Uganda — Kajjansi Airfield, 2021

Note: My last visit to Uganda was in 2012. When your children are with you every day, their growth is imperceptible. Only visitors enjoy the privilege of celebrating growth. What a joy to see how EMI Uganda has grown in nine years!

EMI constructed this building in 2015 in partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Located at the MAF airfield in Kajjansi, the EMI office is on the first floor.

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MJ Coffey

Matthew J. Coffey is a writer with a background in civil engineering. He spent much of his adult life in India serving with EMI.