The month of June began with children going back to school for second term. This means the secondary boarding school students will be out of LCH for close to four months up to September 2nd when they will get holidays again. This is usually the longest term but also with vigorous academic and co-curricular programs. For the secondary children, we had to buy for them scholastic materials, hygiene kits, new shoes for those with worn out ones. We also buy for them household items and toiletries for use while at school. We encourage them to work hard while at school so that they do not misuse the opportunity that is before them. In fact six girls – Faith Alinga, Faith Grace Nambuya, Fatumah Namubya, Mary Namubi, Mary Gorretti Nalumansi and Juliet had the privilege of being taken back to Tororo Girls’ School by Mr. Rob and Ms. Cathy because they wanted to see the school. It’s the first time we’re taking our girls there because it is purely a girls’ school. In the words of Victor Hugo, he says:
“He who opens a school door,
closes a prison”
While Nelson Mandela had this say:
“Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world”
In terms of medical, most of the children have been sick in this month. Among the cases were Christopher Mukisa, Betty Bulage, Ian Wekesa Godfrey Okware who had severe malaria and typhoid cases. Siraji Maumo had a fracture just below the knee while Timothy Wandiba broke his right wrist. They were all hospitalized and treated and returned home. For Sirajji, John Palmer was able to buy a knee brace from Kampala as he took the Marshalls to the airport. Others had minor flu and cough that was ably handled at the home.
We managed to get 2 new heifers (cows) from Eldoret, Kenya to enhance our farm animal husbandry section. We were able to purchase them at a cost UGX. 6,240,000 (about $2,000). They are high milk yield producing animals that will boost milk production at the home; they will also help us with the nutrition of the smaller children. Great thanks for the donation that was made to Lulwanda. This will also improve on the breed of the animals that we rear at Lulwanda. Indeed I must say that the Children’s Home is moving from Strength to strength. We as well appreciate your prayers and moral support plus the finances that are channeled to us.
Secondary school visitation was another highlight of the month of June. This was in St. Mary’s college, Lugazi whereby a team of two moms, Betty the accountant and some home children went to visit these children. They took for them assorted scholastic materials, snacks, pocket money, and household items. They interacted with the children and shared their progress at school, their future careers. There were also medical issues with Peter Yeko complaining of severe chest pain, Antony Wojjambuka complained of itchy eyes while Phiona Wasagali had malaria. Yeko was brought for further medical attention while for Phiona and Antony, medicine was bought for them. All the tuition fees of these students has been completed, our esteemed sponsors we thank you.
Mike Thrasher and his Books Are The Beginning team, and the Global Journey team happily graced the month of June as well. They landed at Lulwanda on the 28th of June in the afternoon. They received a resounding welcome from the children and the staff at the Primary school. They participated in the science exhibition, we had daily bible studies, the men in particular were taught by Mike Thrasher himself about the Creation story. A one day training / work shop on Science Curriculum on magnets and weight for the teachers was organized at the primary school by Mary Jane Lunsford. The Global Journey members led by Adam were also quite instrumental at the primary school. Mike and Marc also helped Sam to clean one of the containers and a lot of trash was burnt while scrap was sold and we bought meat for the children. They played with the children and on a Sunday, Mike preached at the Bulolero based Presbyterian Church during the main service. Glenna Applewhite taught in the Women’s bible study, Marc Applewhite taught the men while Jaci and other ladies taught the children Sunday school in various age categories. Indeed we were blessed with their coming.
The future activities will include;
- Receiving Tonya and Colton Cameron
- Receiving a medical team from Oklahoma led by Dr. Tom
- Receiving GICF Chairman Larry Hoelscher and Tomball Bible Church team
- Welcoming the Palmers who will return from home leave in America
- Visiting the remaining secondary schools.
I commit that we shall continue to provide holistic care to the children of Lulwanda, and nurture them in a manner that is acceptable to society.
In His Name
MUSAGALA SIMON PETER