Receive warm greetings and hugs from the Lulwanda family that comprises of children and the staff. We are doing wonderfully well, and I must profess that God’s favor and love is upon us. We hope that God is as well keeping you safe and sound as we serve in His vine yard. Allow me to high light on the following aspects that have covered the month of April;
The children are fine and growing steadily. We continue to provide them with a balanced diet, nutritious meals and fruits. We give God glory for what He is doing in the lives of these youngsters. Indeed all the staff is committed to this noble cause and I pray that they continue with that spirit.
The Primary School had lots of teaching and learning process. Our children continue to be empowered academically, morally and spiritually. Hopefully this education will make them the leaders of tomorrow and they will serve their respective communities. Great appreciation goes to you our cherished donors for the financial support that is faithfully provided. The school held athletics competitions at the class level where the three team colors red, blue and yellow competed seriously. Red emerged the winner and they were handed a goat for roasting. Personally I was supporting blue and even when they became second, I bought for them a goat as well. They proceeded for the inter school competitions and up to district levels. The LCH children who excelled to run at the district level were Madina Akello, Willy Wamono, Egulansi Adong and Timothy Wandiba.
Secondary students were visited at their boarding schools by a team comprising of me, Uncle John and his family, Betty, the Social Workers, house moms and some children from the primary section. Tororo Girls’ were visited on April 2 and the 6 girls are doing well. Faith Grace Nambuya and Mary Gorrette Nalumansi are trying to cope up with coverage and the environment. However, Faith Alinga was found sick, she had malaria and she had even developed sores on her lips so she was brought to LCH and we took her for further medication. She became fine then we took her back to school. Nabumali High School was also visited on the same date just like Tororo Girls. We found them healthy except the provisional test grades were not good. Paul the Social Worker engaged them to find out why their performance was not impressive. A general lack of seriousness and attitude problem among the children were identified as the causes. He counseled them and they promised to improve.
Still under secondary schools, St. Paul’s College was visited on April 9. We were joined by Natalie who had just returned from a 6 month sabbatical and jetted into the country two days earlier. They were definitely excited to see her. We took for them scholastic materials, household items, toiletries, pocket money for upkeep, and food. They are hardworking and promising students. The last visitation was on April 17 in St. Mary’s College, Lugazi. Our van developed a mechanical problem along the way, so we had to borrow a van from Mama Aidah to continue with the journey. Though we reached late, but at least we saw the children and delivered to them the supplies. I have cleared all the fees balances in the three schools, so we have no debt in any of five schools. Again I want to thank our dear esteemed donors and sponsors for your financial support that has made us able to clear school tuition fees.
Natalie returned on April 7th from her six months sabbatical leave. Both staff and children were very happy and excited to see her. She told us she had a time to relax and seek God’s will in her life. She came back invigorated and fresh to take on her role of Program Coordinator. I appreciate all her efforts in serving the children of Lulwanda and I enjoy her company, agility, frankness and hard work. May the Lord continue to bless her mightily for the passion she has for the children.
The Local Management Committee (LMC) meeting was held on April 23 2016 in the school library. A number of aspects were discussed among which was the contract of the Administrator and that of the Head Teacher that were long overdue plus salary arrears. The Chairman LMC said that he was going to give the two gentlemen their contracts the following week. The issue of the 2015 P.7 exam grades that were not quite impressive was also discussed. The issue of people outside LCH encroaching on our land was also discussed and it was resolved that a custodian committee be formed to make sure that such a vice stops.
Paintings and major repairs of LCH buildings has taken place in this month. We have painted all the buildings at the home both inside and outside and indeed Lulwanda has a new facelift. This has enhanced the beauty around the compound. Even the old ceiling boards were replaced and repainted. Our children must live in a clean environment both in the dormitories, hostel and the outside at large. Again appreciation goes to our sponsors and donors that make such renovations to take place. In summary I can say that Lulwanda is beautiful scenery. Even when the members of the LMC, who came for the meeting, they were greatly impressed.
The Resettlement meeting with the district took place on the April 19.2016. I together with the two Social Workers went to meet the Alternative Care Panel to present two cases of resettlement basing on the home assessments that had been carried out by our Social Workers. These were Peter Massa and Ivan Masifwa. It was discovered that they have both parents that are living; they are willing and able to look after these children. There was accommodation, medical facilities nearby, educational institutions and some source of income to sustain the family. The Panel asked us whether we shall continue educating these children and I replied that the position of our Board – G.I.C.F USA is that once we resettle a child that marks the end of financial support. We can and will make a single payment to pay for the child’s education for a certain period, up to a maximum of one million shillings ($300 approximately). This period of education may be from a few months up to about 2 years depending on the circumstances. The Panel therefore approved that Peter and Ivan be resettled immediately when they break off from school for holidays.
The NGO certification and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development License for the home are on course. We presented all the required documentation including the audited books of accounts for the period 2012, 2013 and 2014. We also submitted information to the Gender Ministry to have our license renewed and extended for a period of five years. The Work Permit for John Palmer is also being renewed for another two years. Pastor Morris and the Senior Probation and Welfare Officer are leading these processes. Am very optimistic that come the month of May we shall have our certification and the license respectively.
Farming is being extensively undertaken both at Lulwanda and Namajje. We have planted maize, beans, yams, papaya, potatoes, pineapples and eucalyptus trees. The progress so far is so good and we expect bumper harvests starting in July. All donors who have given us money for capital development we thank you so much. Fish ponds have been dug, a new pig sty has been constructed and soon the South African Hybrid pigs will be bought. We also intend to buy new heifers from Kenya that produce close to 20 liters of milk daily. All these are to make Lulwanda more self sustaining and reduce food costs. I know my brother John Palmer will give a detailed report on developments at Lulwanda next month.
- Pick up Secondary students for holidays.
- Celebrate birthdays of both children and staff.
- Have the Good Neighbor day with community children.
- Prepare to welcome Sue and Buzzy Green who arrive on May 17 2016.
- Prepare to warmly welcome and receive the G.I.C.F President Mr. Rob Marshall and his dear wife Cathy Marshall.
- Resettle Peter Massa and Ivan Masifwa with their families.
(Corresponding photos coming soon)
Administrator, Lulwanda Children’s Home