I greet you once again in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Receive warm regards from both the children and staff of Lulwanda Children’s Home. We appreciate all that you do for us from across the continent. We love you and continue to pray for you for strength and God’s blessings to be upon our esteemed sponsors and donors. Allow me to report about the activities and events that took place in the month of December being largely a holiday month to crown up the year of 2016.
The children are fine and growing steadily well. We thank God for the great work that He is doing in their lives. All the children are increasing in height, weight and physique. Special thanks go to our sponsors for their continued contribution towards helping the vulnerable children of East Africa. The staffs also do appreciate your support and they are committed to nurture these children and serve the Children’s Home diligently.
The Nursery / Pre-School graduation was one of the highlights of December. These little ones were able to transit from Nursery to Primary one (First Grade). They made presentations; we had speeches from the school administration and representatives of parents who came to attend the function. At the home, we didn’t have any LCH children graduating into P1. We shall have them next year because most of them are in middle class. We pray for them that they too will pass and go to the next level after all; the journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.
December witnessed a big holiday break where all children do rest from the hectic school programs. Both those in Primary and secondary were very happy to have come back home. They will be resting for close to two months until when schools resume by February 2017. The holiday is usually characterized by lots of fun and games, helping with domestic chores, personal cleaning and writing of sponsor letters, lots of football, volleyball and training in music and dance.
We had a staff meeting and end of year staff party on December 15 2016. We began by having the general staff meeting in which we made a review of 2016 highlighting the achievements and a few challenges mainly among the staff. In this meeting also, Ryan and Megan were officially welcomed by the staff. He made a brief remark in which he appreciated the love and cooperation from both the children and staff. After the staff meeting, lunch was served by the children. Unlike in the past where the cooks would still be the ones to cook, this time around everything was handled by our children and indeed the staff were the guests. These children have learnt to prepare delicacies which were greatly enjoyed by the staff. After lunch, it was time for entertainment and short speeches. This was followed by giving out the staff their Christmas bonus and indeed this was fun filled. On behalf of the staff, I would like to convey our sincere thanks the G.I.C.F USA Board for this bonus.
We had a joint meeting of the Local Management Committee (LMC) the School Management Committee (SMC) and the Parents & Teachers Association (P.T.A) executive members in which we discussed a number of issues pertaining to the school and the home at large. Among the key issues included lobbying for teachers housing, increasing on the Primary enrolment both from the Children’s Home and the community to share the operational costs, update on the borehole water, improving the teaching of Mathematics subject in the whole school right from primary one up to primary seven and staff welfare for 2017.
We received new children in this month of December. These were four in the names of Kettu Kakayi a girl aged 8 years, Daniel Makhonje a boy aged 5 years. These are siblings to Kevin and Milton who were brought in 2015. We also had Mark Pande aged 5years and his sister Whitney Khanakwa aged 3 years – the youngest child at Lulwanda as of now.
Kettu and Daniel are from a child headed home while Mark and Whitney are from total orphaned home formerly cared by the grandmother who also runs a local bar selling alcohol. There was need and want in all these cases and that is why we could not hesitate to take them in.We took them through the routine medical examination, secured their court orders and did shopping for household items and supplies for them. We thank God who is enabling us to rescue the vulnerable children. We now have a total of 118 children and growing.
The arrival of Global Journey team comprising of 5 members from the US was another event that took place in the month of December. Their visit was characterized by on campus bible studies for both boys and girls. They also did participate in various games that were not only exciting but equally left the children physically fit and sweating given the hot temperature. We celebrated Christmas day together with this team and they were able to give each Lulwanda child a back pack. Wow!! What a blessing they were to the children. We thank the Lord for their love, kindness and generosity. It is true that they were only five in number, but they left an impact upon the over 100 children that we have at the home. God continue to expand their territories and bless them abundantly.
The month of December can never be complete without Christmas – a day that is celebrated worldwide signifying the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The day began by the children having a splendid breakfast consisting of eggs, coffee and chapatti, they then proceed to church in the new clothes and shoes for prayers. After prayers, they proceed home for the real lunch buffet served with a bottle of soda. This time round, they had deep fried turkey with Irish potatoes and rice. It was yummy and delicious and indeed the children did enjoy a great deal. We were able to get for each child a new and nice outfit plus new shoes for Christmas. Thank you so much for making the day of these children colorful.
Miss Cathy and the Grace Fellowship team did bless us in the month of December. They arrived in the country on the December 28 2016. She led a big team of 17 members. She and her team had lots of activities that included, most importantly, giving out new bibles to all the children, sharing in the bible studies. There were several games played, sharing the thirst of the gospel among the (Raj*put) people of India in which she urged the children to always pray for salvation among the Indian communities. Pillow cases were designed and painted with Indian designs by the children and the art that came out was fantastic. There were swimming sessions for two whole days of over 100 older children. She and team did participate in half day evangelism in one of the slum areas in the outskirts of Mbale town together with the Tendo children who were the translators. They were guided around by a few youths from Mbale Presbyterian Church. The results were amazing as many souls were won back to Christ. This was perhaps the greatest joy of this trip. Miss Cathy and the team also fellowshipped at the Bulolero church and the service was amazing with a powerful sermon from Chris Hiller. On New Year’s Eve, there was goat roasting and the children had New Year’s caps that were nicely made and distributed to all children and the home staff. For the first time in the history of Lulwanda, we had fireworks that were quite exciting and scary, especially to the little ones and Mama Joy. Miss Cathy and team, thank you for blessing our hearts and loving Lulwanda Children’s Home.
- Start on the surveying of Lulwanda lands
- Add (buy) a few more small pieces of land to the property and make an amalgamation of all the plots.
- Send children for family bonding
- Celebrate the Korean University Students work at Lulwanda
- Prepare to receive Larry and Dee Hoelscher
- Continue to care for and look after the children
- Prepare to take some secondary students back to their boarding schools.
In His Name