We send warm greetings from Lulwanda Children’s Home. We continue to thank God for all of you and above all His Grace that He has given us. All children are at home for the holiday and school break, so the home is quite busy and everybody is well.
In November we had only a few major illnesses. Children are doing well and the malaria rates have been down. This is due to the increased compliance among the children with using mosquito nets while sleeping. We had one isolated case of chicken pox with one of our younger children, and a strange rash with one of our girls in the University, but both are recovering and will be fine. We renewed our database of people who are accepted as dependents of staff (and hence are provided medical care at our expense) and have seen a significant decrease in our bills from both of our partner medical clinics in Mbale. Children are reporting home from secondary school and we plan to finish Hepatitis B vaccines in the few that are remaining. We will test all children for HIV over the next two months. Overall, health and wellness at Lulwanda is good, both among the children and staff.
Discipleship at Lulwanda is now in full swing. We have committed to having small groups throughout the year with all children, on Fridays after fellowship. During the times children are home from secondary school, we have discipleship twice a week. Please be praying for our children to continue to open up to the small group setting and pray for all of their hearts to turn from self-service and towards serving the Lord. Some of the children have responded well and are now reading their bibles daily. However, our desire is for many more to join them in a hunger for God’s Word.
We received from the government authorities a long list of destitute orphans who need to be rescued. Our target is to rescue a maximum of 15 children by year end or early 2018. We have carried out village visits to conduct the social inquiry and confirm that the children are total orphans and are truly in great need. So far, we have identified seven (7) vulnerable orphans and we hope to identify more eight (8) before the end of the year. Our team is being accompanied by the District Probation Officer, Madam Meresi Mutonyi and Mama Aida Ogenga.
The social workers are in the process of preparing thirty eight (38) applications for the renewal of care orders for our children before December/ 31st / 2017. By the end of May/2018, we should have renewed the total of 71 care orders. (The legal documents granting us guardianship of the children must be renewed by the district court every three years.)
UPCOMING HOLIDAY PROGRAM
During the upcoming holiday, we are planning on taking many of the children swimming. Most recently we took school national examination candidates (P.7 & S.4 ) for a swimming and lunch outing at Mbale Resort Hotel. The children loved the event.
Also the holiday gives us the opportunity to take some of our children to St. Kizito Babies Home and love on the children there. Aunt Megan has organized this with Sister Mary from St. Kizito, and so far the response from the children has been wonderful. There are still more outings to come. We praise the Lord for these opportunities to take our children to serve. May God develop in them a heart for service in His name.
The children are also enjoying sports activities as a way of refreshing their mind. This includes playing football, netball, volleyball and others. We also plan to teach them a number of life skills during this holiday.
Our children had an opportunity to tour Jinja town where they visited the source of River Nile and some factories for study purpose. The tour included all the Primary Children and some Secondary Children on vacation. They were accompanied by their teachers and the dorm mother.
This month the Primary School held the Nursery graduation. Eight (8) of our Children graduated to P.1 effective next year 2018. These include;
- Ketty Kakayi
- Mary Namari
- Priscilla Lodiwo
- Patricia Nakhumitsa
- Kevin Matsukuni
- Milton Mubajje
- Ian Wekesa
- Grace Mwende
We thank God for this achievement.
It is now two (2) months without power at Lulwanda. The solar power system cannot sustain the low power security lights through the night. Truly by 8:00 pm Lulwanda is in total darkness and some of the tasks needing to be done at late hours can’t be accomplished. We have visited Umeme office for assistance but all in vain. Recently Umeme workers visited us and wanted to restore power but they found the transformer had been tampered with by the community people. We are waiting for Umeme to bring the new transformer but this will take some time.
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE AND APPRECIATION
On behalf of the staff and children of Lulwanda, I congratulate Mr. Andy Fruge upon being elected as the president of GICF. We strongly believe that it was God’s will for him to replace Mr. Rob. We know Andy has vast experience on Lulwanda activities and has a great love for the children. It’s our prayer that God will continue to use him and the other Board members in powerful ways to serve the interests of the children. We are glad to work with him and we shall support him in all activities.
On the other hand, we greatly appreciate Mr. Rob for the wonderful job well done for the last 15 years. He has left office when the older children have entered University, yet they came to Lulwanda while in Baby class or Primary one. He did well together with the rest of Board members to help Lulwanda function well. All of us are happy for the good work he has accomplished. It’s our prayer that the Almighty God rewards him with better health and whatever his heart desires.
We are very grateful to all our sponsors for the generosity and good heart towards Lulwanda Children’s Home. Thank very much.
Merry Christmas to all of you!
Lulwanda Children’s Home