I greet you all in the Name of our lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our dear beloved donors and sponsors. Receive warm greetings from the children and the entire staff of Lulwanda Children’s home. God has been so good and faithful to us. Indeed we say Glory be to His Name.
The Children as of today are a total of 120; 69 girls and 51 boys. We admitted 12 new in the month of May this year having successfully carried out the social enquiries in various villages hence raising the number from 108 to 120. We secured court orders for the new children and renewed those for the older ones for the next three years. We took all the 12 for thorough medical check and luckily none of them had HIV. We are grateful to God for that. We also appreciate all the new sponsors who have come on board to financially care for these children.
The Nursery school had its graduation ceremony on November 26 2015. In total there were 11 graduates with 1 being from LCH. This is none other than our new entrant- Gift Nandala who graduated from Top Class to Primary One. The ceremony was colorful and full of pomp. The Nursery teachers are really doing a wonderful job. All the 10 new children in the Pre-school have started speaking English and they are coping well with the rest of the children. We thank God for Gift and continue to pray for the 9 still in Pre- school that they will continue learning well.
The Annual General Parents and Teachers’ meeting for Lulwanda Primary School took place on November 27th 2015 and it was attended by over 50 parents from the community. We were so privileged to have Andy Fruge (a G.I.C.F Board member on a 10 day visit to Lulwanda) in that meeting. It was such a peaceful meeting where we increased Lulwanda Primary School fees for 2016 without a lot of hurdles. The children from Mbale town will be paying a total of UGX 435,000 per term up from 390,000 previously, inclusive of tuition, food and transport. Busiu they will be paying a total of UGX 305,000 up from 260,000 previously.
Lulwanda Primary School has been operating well. Great thanks go to the Head Teacher and his team for monitoring the teaching learning process. The 2015 enrolment stood at 182 pupils with 72 from LCH and 110 from the community. The school participated in co-curricular activities both at the school and sub county levels up to the District. In football the boys who excelled up to the Mbale District were Timothy Wandiba, Alafat Gizambali and Clement Kudo while in athletics, we had Wycliff Seddu and Andrew Masiga.
The primary school did present a total of 22 candidates for the P.7 National Primary Leaving Examinations on November 2nd and 3rd. The 18 are from LCH while 4 from the community. Before the exams, we had a dedication service at Bulolero Presbyterian Church. The prayers were graced by Pr. Boaz from Mbale PCU, Pr. David, the host, the teachers and some community parents, LCH Administration and one G.I.C.F USA Board member- Pete Palermo. The ceremony was characterized by speeches, the word and dedication service. The candidates were later taken to John Palmer’s home for lunch. We prayed for wonderful results in 2016. The 18 candidates from LCH who took the P7 PLE are under listed below;
|1.||SARAH GIMONO||10.||KAMADI GIZAMBALI|
|2.||JULIET KIMONO||11.||JIMMY WAMBI|
|3||MARY NAMUBI||12.||AARON WANDA|
|4.||FATUMA SARAH MPAKIBI||13.||MOSES BUYINZA|
|5.||SANDRA NAMAKOYE||14.||IVAN MASIFA|
|6.||SARAH KHAINZA||15.||PETER MASSA|
|7.||FLORENCE NAALI||16.||ANDREW MASIGA|
|8.||FAITH ALINGA||17.||YUSUFU MUKASA|
|9.||WYCLIFF SEDDU||18.||ZACHARIA LEKA|
The primary school has a new solar power system thanks to a donation from Mike Thrasher and Books Are The Beginning (BATB). The whole primary school complex now has lights both inside the classrooms and outside security lights. This will greatly facilitate preps and thus enhance performance of the learners. He also gave us a donation to repair the floor of the Pre-School which is now very smooth and tidy. Indeed we are grateful to “Uncle Mike” as we call him here at Lulwanda.
Students of the secondary boarding school St. Mary’s College, Lugazi began third term holidays on November 25 2015. The 15 children in this school during 2015 are as in the table below:
|12.||DAVID PETER YEKO||S.3|
|13.||DAVID LUCKY MUDALI||S.3|
The two boys in S.5 were promoted to S.6. Naster sat the National S4 exams and we expect results to be released in February 2016. All the 12 in S.3 were promoted to S.4.
December began with both Nabumali High School and St. Paul’s College, Mbale students starting their holidays as well on December 2nd 2015. The table below shows the details of St. Paul’s College:
|8.||PEACE DOREEN AYOMBE||S.2|
|10.||DISON JUNIOR OSANGADA||S.2|
All the above students were promoted, though some of them struggled throughout the year and likely will attend trade schools in 2016 to learn a vocational trade.
The students of Nabumali high School are categorized below:
|NAME OF CHILD||CLASS|
|3.||MARY GORRETTI NALUMANSI||S.2|
|5.||FAITH GRACE NAMBUYA||S.2|
|8.||ANDREW DEEZI OCHEING||S.2|
|10.||RACHAEL MALIZA NANDUDU||S.2|
In the above school, three children were advised to repeat the class. The rest were promoted but on probation. Many of these children will probably be shifted to trade school in the next year or two.
End of year staff party was another event that rocked the month of December. This was on 18th when the staff and the children gathered in the main hall. We had presentations from the children, speeches. The Lulwanda children led by Mercy baked the cake; we had a sumptuous lunch after which the staff members were presented their bonus gift. Thanks go to Grace International Children’s Foundation for this annual gift as an appreciation to the staff for the good work they are doing. Indeed thank you so much.
We were blessed to have another team in December- Global Journey all the way from U.S.A. They came and blessed us in bible studies, they played with the children, participated in our home chores but above all, they presented wonderful Christmas gifts to the children and the home staff. We had Christmas lunch together and everything was colorful. Again I want to thank G.I.C.F for the gift of the Christmas clothes to our children. We secured for them new clothes and a pair of new shoes that can be used on Sundays for prayers. This week of celebration was crowned with a goat roast in the compound.
Lulwanda Tendo is on course with children developing life skills. They can now go to the market on their own, bargain for prices, cook their own food, and do the laundry. The married couple that is looking after them – Jackson and Sarah – is devoted, nurturing them in a Christian manner. During the holidays, twice in a week they come to LCH to engage in games, baking and executing various roles with their counterparts. So far, there are 10 young adults living at Tendo: 3 boys and 7 girls. The boys reside in the main house with the parents while the girls leave in servant’s quarters, a separate block from the main house.
May God bless all of you.
Lulwanda Childrens Home