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I greet you all in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Receive warm hugs from the children and staff of Lulwanda Children’s Home. God has been Gracious and faithful to us all. I hope everything is well with you over there across the continent. We love you so much and greatly appreciate all that you do for us. God bless you abundantly and may He replenish all your stores and bank accounts. Let me take this opportunity to report / update you on the following;
The children have been well and God has kept all of us healthy. We continue to provide them with a nutritious balanced diet and fruits. Sometimes we who are on the ground cannot know that these children are actually growing and increasing in both height and weight, but when a visitor or teams come around they do commend us for the wonderful work. I must appreciate all our treasured donors and sponsors, for without you such growth would not be possible at all. Or if it was there, the children would not be as healthy as these ones of Lulwanda. Indeed thank you so much.
The teaching-learning process is on course at the primary school. Some teachers are teaching the science skills that they got from the Books Are The Beginning team and there is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from the children. Other subjects are also being taught to equip the children with the relevant knowledge that will be beneficial to them in the future. The teachers are committed to transferring knowledge to these future leaders and I want to appreciate G.I.C.F, Mike Thrasher and the team for all they do in support of these children’s education.
We received a medical team led by Dr. Tom from Oklahoma who visited Lulwanda in the month of July. They were joined by one of GICF Board members; Pete Palermo and two social workers Paul and Olive who were registering the children before undergoing medical examination. The medical team attended to all the Home children plus the community children as well. They were able to treat sicknesses such as malaria, cough, chest pain and they cleaned the ears of most children which were containing wax. A few staff members were also given medical examinations and treated and or medicines prescribed for them. We appreciate Pastor Morris Ogenga and Mama Aidah for coordinating that medical team to come to Lulwanda.
Still under medical, one of the Secondary kids — Josephat Wefafa — had cerebral malaria and he was throwing fits, and was violent towards fellow children and even the house moms! He was at first diagnosed with malaria which the doctors started treating but along the way, things really turned for the worst as he had seizures and hallucinations. We had to invoke the power of God by having intensive prayers and counseling. For close to a month and half, he was at home as we monitored him. Special thanks go Mama Joy, Teacher Favor, Natalie and her friend Melanie who were fervently praying for his total recovery. We even engaged a Psychiatrist — Dr.David — and a Counselor – Titus — who are still having sessions with him. At his own request and following a discussion he had with one of the Social Workers, he preferred we take him back to school but not under the Boarding section. I talked to the Head teacher who agreed and now Josephat commutes from Tendo house to school and comes back every day as we are still monitoring him. I want to thank Ms. Cathy and other members from State side who too prayed for Josephat. He is on the way to full recovery and we believe God for complete healing. That was our toughest happening in the month of July but God is in control.
The Secondary kids are studying well and we went on visitations in Tororo Girls School on July 16th and St. Paul’s College, Mbale on July 23rd. The six girls- Faith Alinga, Faith Grace Nambuya, Juilet Kimono, Mary Gorretti Nalumansi and Mary Namubi in Tororo are fine and they are extremely smart in their royal blue, white and cream dresses. The only bit of problem was with Mary Gorretti who has attitude issues with fellow students and some house teachers. But I and the mentor strongly cautioned her and reminded her how she had discipline issues in Seroma Christian High School leading to her indefinite suspension; again in Nabumali she was suspended for two weeks over discipline issues. I told her should she be kicked out Tororo Girls, then she would have eliminated all her educational chances and I won’t look for any other school again. I haven’t heard any complaint from the school since that joint talk we held. Hopefully she has settled and corrected her past mistakes.
Still under indiscipline, Deezi Andrew Ochieng sneaked out of Nabumali High School on the day the Muslims were celebrating Eid under the disguise of being a Muslim student!! He went to the outskirts of Mbale town particularly to Jerad’s home. He was spotted by one of our staff who immediately called me. I called the school authorities and they were not aware of his absence from school. They embarked on a frantic search for him in the school but he was nowhere. On investigation from some of the LCH boys who study with him, that is when they told us that he had sneaked out and suspected he could have gone to Jerad’s. Indeed on reaching Jerad’s place, Deezi was found there. We took him back to school and following the interrogation by the school authorities, he confessed to having passed as a Muslim student. He was almost being expelled from school but after pleading with the school, he was pardoned and we were told to buy a roll of chain-link fence. He wrote an apology and promised to behave well. Only time will tell what he promised.
Another case of indiscipline was registered by Derrick Masaba of Makhai Seed School. He was in the company of a gang of 4 boys who were suspected to be having a cell phone which is an illegal item at school. These boys even threatened to beat up the Head Teacher! When they were taken to the office to find out the truth about the matter, he defied the school Head Teacher and walked away while disrespecting the teachers as well. He was suspended for one week. We went and settled his case but he was given the last warning.
So those are the hassles we are going through with a few of these teenagers as they grow. As a consequence, all these indiscipline cases will not spend their holidays at LCH, I am sending them to their villages. Also they will miss out on the pocket money, soap, sugar and other supplies that we normally give out. They will not be part of the Good Neighbor program neither will they participate in the Birth Day celebrations and any other holiday fun events as punishment for their serious misbehavior.
We continue to nurture the children spiritually and morally so that they grow in the fear of the Lord. They go to church, participate in singing, collecting tithes and offertories as well. Though there are cases of some children who want to dodge church service, we are not about to give up on them. We are not aiming at making all of them Pastors and Bishops, but we feel once they are grounded spiritually, then they will not be swayed by any false doctrines and or teachings. Friday fellowships are on with a lot of vigor, children continue to recite memory verses in the various books of the bible. The teachings and preaching are quite informative and educative.
Mr. Larry and the Tomball Bible Church visited us and were a blessing to the children. They brought crocs for all our children, had kite games with the little ones and the climax was the water balloons game that is enjoyed by the children. Most of the Secondary students were brought home and sponsor photos were taken by Dee. Mr. Larry in his message to the children urged them to take education seriously and assured them that from the State side, lots of people are praying for them. He even read out some of the messages from the sponsors. The team also donated to Lulwanda a screen photo studio that can be set up with the enhancement of lights. This screen can also be used in the shooting of videos and taking still photos. Indeed we say thank you so much loving Lulwanda.
On a sad note, the mother to three children at Lulwanda — Egulasi Grace Adong, Clement Kudo and Emma Dee (one of the boys we rescued last year) passed on!! She had been very ill for a long period of time and unable to care for her children. I sent a team to the funeral comprising of Natalie, the three children, two house moms, fellow children, one of the Social Workers and a few staff members. It is amazing to see how God works in ways that man cannot think of or even understand. Just last year, we were able to rescue Emma Dee from the village and bring him to his brother and elder sister. This was one of the most taxing journeys to trace the whereabouts of Emma lasting over five hours deep in the villages. One year later, the mother passes on! However, am happy for the trio because shelter, food medication and psycho-social support are assured under the full support of G.I.C.F. Praise God for His Hand of Blessing upon these children. Amen! Amen! Counseling services have been employed to ensure that these children go back to normalcy.
As you will see in the photos, the children were removing the maize kernels from the cobs harvested on our land, to help with the production of their food. We dry the maize before we take it to the mill for grinding. The milling machine we have is for milling or grinding but not to “hull” or remove the kernels from the cobs. Also because of rain, we decided to put the maize in one of the corners of the main hall but not a classroom so that it does not get wet.
And the last topic, the Palmers did not return to Uganda from their home leave in USA on the expected date as their flight was cancelled and rescheduled from July 30 to August 3rd. Their luggage was ahead of them and there was a big worry whether all of it could be recovered. Mama Aidah was notified and she quickly swung into action. She was able to trace all the luggage of the Palmers. Later when they finally arrived, everything was in place. To the Palmers — welcome back to your second home.
- Preparing to receive Ryan and Megan Kelley together with entire family.
- Picking up Secondary students from school for the term break.
- Continue to take good care of the children.
In his Name
MUSAGALA SIMON PETER