I greet y’all in the Name of our Lord and Savior. We say to you all Happy New Year 2016. The children are all fine, busy with holiday activities because school time is still far. The schools will be opening on February 22, so they still have time to play and help with domestic chores, learn how to make cakes, cookies and a lot more. We are grateful to God for the gift of life He has accorded to the 120 children and us the staff who care for the children. Thank you so much our dear sponsors for your financial sacrifices. Let me with pleasure update you on the following aspects.
After the festive season particularly starting on January 3, 2016, we sent up to 99 children to their “home villages” to go and meet their kinsmen. The duration was between 5 days to three weeks depending on individual cases of the children. We have a lot more information concerning these children; the Social Workers were able to update the children’s files. The 12 new children we brought in last year, those ones we physically took them to their homes for a few hours then we brought them back. Among the discoveries was that parents of some children who had earlier records showing both parents were dead, were actually alive. The names of the some of the brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles were also wrong. There were cases of biological parents denying that they are not the real parents but rather an “uncle” or an “Auntie”.
Our children were part of this camp that took place in Kapchorwa after Sipi Falls. The camp was organized by the Orthodox Presbyterians and attracted several youths from the neighboring districts. It was mainly attended by Secondary school age students. From Lulwanda, we sent Mary Nalumansi, Maliza Mutenyo, Zulufa Nambuya, Doreen Kibukuna, Faith Nambuya, Joseph Wabuyi, Josephat Wefafa, Nooru Watera, Naster Chebet, Ivan Kuloba, Sarah Kimono, and Fatuma Sarah. The children participated in bible quiz, door to door evangelism, bible studies, and memory verses recitations. The bible quiz competition was won by Nooru and she was given a bible as a gift. Fatuma was able to recite the books of the bible chronologically from Genesis to Revelations and she equally got the gift of a bible. In summary, they had fun and came back spiritually energized.
P.7 National Exam Results;
These results were released during the second week of January and the good news is that all our 18 children passed and therefore graduate from primary school. We had two in first division (that is, they earned the highest level of achievement) and sixteen in second division (one level lower in overall score, but still an excellent result). At the District level, we were at position No. 6, four steps below past years, while at the national level we stood at 14%. Generally the children were weak as compared to the previous years; Mathematics was a major problem at the National level but we thank God that all of them passed. Below is the breakdown;
|3.||SARAH FATUMA NAMUBYA||2||2||2||7||13||2|
|8.||SEDDU WYCLIFF TAMBAKI||3||3||3||6||15||2|
|10.||PETER MASSA WILLIAM||3||3||2||7||15||2|
|12.||FLORENCE NAALI PROSSY||4||3||3||7||17||2|
|18.||KAMADI GIZAMBALI AYUBU||5||6||4||8||23||2|
S.4 National Exam Results:
The results of the exam given to children completing Secondary School level 4 (roughly equivalent to 10th grade) too were released. We had three candidates who sat these exams: Naster Chebet, Zulufa Nambuya and Ritah Khaitsa. Naster was the best overall because she was in first division, while for Zulufa and Ritah they failed most of the subjects. When a child scores between Distinction 1 to credit 6 in the best 8 subjects; that is excellent and very good performance. Whereas from Pass 7 up to Failure 9; that is just bad news. Therefore Zulufa and Rita will straight away join trade schools while Naster will proceed to S.5. Their detailed performance is seen here below:
|NASTER CHEBET||ZULUFA NAMBUYA||RITAH KHAITSA|
|SUBJECT SCORE||SUBJECT SCORE||SUBJECT SCORE|
|1.||English Credit 4||English Credit 4||English Credit 5|
|2.||Literature Distinction 2||Home Economics Credit 5||Home Economics Credit 3|
|3.||History Credit 3||History Pass 7||History Pass 8|
|4.||Geography Credit 3||Geography Pass 8||Geography Failure 9|
|5.||Commerce Credit 4||Commerce Fail 9||Commerce Pass 8|
|6.||Mathematics Credit 4||Mathematics Pass 8||Mathematics Pass 8|
|7.||Christian Rel. Educ. Credit 3||Christian Rel. Educ. Credit 4||Christian Rel. Educ. Failure 9|
|8.||Biology Pass 7||Biology Failure 9||Biology Failure 9|
|9.||Physics Credit 6||Physics Failure 9||Physics Failure 9|
|10.||Chemistry Pass 7||Chemistry Failure 9||Chemistry Failure 9|
|Aggregate (for best 8) 29||Aggregate for best 8 55||Aggregate for best 8 56|
|Division 1||Division 4||Division 4|
Government Inspection at Lulwanda;
On January 25 we had a team from the District led by the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (D.C.A.O) Mbale, the Probation Officer, a representative of the Health office and the representative from Child Fund. This is a routine bi-annual inspection. John Palmer gave them a tour of the facility, then we zeroed down to the Question and Answer session. The categories included Basic Information, Current Children in care, child Admissions and Placements in the last 12 months, Governance and Management structure, Finances, Inspections and Reports, Human Resources, Child Care Provisions, Child’s general records, ICT and Data Systems, Post Placement Monitoring and Support and OVC Quality Assurance, Improvement & Referral. They were impressed by the policies that we have in draft form. They also advised us that we need to draft a Risk Management Plan and develop a Staff Manual. We also need to name a Doctor of record approved by the district to be coming once in a month to LCH. We also need to renew our registration with Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development that ends in March this year. Generally the exercise went well and we hope to score very highly this time round.
The home staff is fine and dedicated to serve the vulnerable children. The teachers are still on holiday except for the Administrators who have to come on week days to give admissions to new children from the community. However on a sad note one of the House Mothers resigned. This followed an internal transfer that I made where I wanted her to shift to the boys’ dormitory while another House Mother would go to the girls’ dormitory. I had earlier on carried out a “sting operation” and discovered that she had been stealing food stuffs especially when she was on duty and taking them to her home in town. The supplies at LCH were typically not sufficient during this House Mother’s duty week and both the children and the store man had raised a complaint to me. We had a heated argument and so she threw in the towel and resigned. We are yet to advertise and fill her post. Another staff member was fired because he did not report for duty for a long period of time.
- Celebrate children and staff birthdays
- Have The Good Neighbor day
- Prepare the secondary students to report to secondary boarding schools for term 1.
- Make placements for the new 18 students to join S.1 this year.
In His Name
SIMON PETER MUSAGALA
ADMINISTRATOR, LULWANDA CHILDREN’S HOME