KidsUganda supporter, Jodie Nadeau, traveled to Uganda and discovered female boarders were living in a dark, crowded, converted classroom on bunkbeds stacked three high. She was inspired by her visit to pilot a fundraising campaign and build Maranatha a new girls’ dormitory. 

The female boarders at Mizigo now live in a spacious building with both electricity and running water. Upon it’s completion, the number of female boarders grew from 40 to 120. Since then, the number has climbed even higher. In partnership with Solar Light for Africa, solar panels were installed on the dormitory. 

Maranatha honored KidsUganda supporter Jodie Nadeau by naming the girls’ dormitory ‘Jodieland.’ On the 2010 Adventures in Service trip, KidsUganda founder Tom Dickleman dedicated the dormitory kicking off a long celebration in which the boarders sang songs of gratitude for their new home.