APRIL 2018 REPORT
Once again, I bring greetings and lots of love from the Lulwanda family. It’s always our joy to let you know the activities and progress of our Children as they strive to reach their full potential in Christ. We appreciate you very much for all the endeavors in helping our Children realize the love of God towards their lives. As staff we are always delighted to serve the Children and ensure that they are given the necessary direction to be responsible in society.
April saw a steady decline in malaria rates due to Children being in secondary school and increasing compliance with bug nets. Moms are continuing to be trained in how to properly care for the Children after diagnosis and are doing a wonderful job. The first quarter of this year has been under budget while still providing great medical care. We have secured typhoid vaccines and these are to be administered this May. The medical facility continues to be a haven for children where not only they are treated for illness, but also come ask questions, learn, and play games.
Discipleship has continued to be beneficial to both Children and staff. It has drawn us into a closer relationship with the Children. It has also given us the opportunity to share God’s Word and His love through our words and instruction. Children are becoming more open to ask questions both during and after small group studies. Topics discussed this month included three sessions on friendship, and four lessons on sexual purity. We had just over half of our Children make a commitment to remain pure before marriage. Please be prayerful that this number will grow as it is quite difficult in this culture. We are currently seeing God at work in many of their lives and pray that this will continue.
We picked up all the secondary Kids for Easter celebrations at home. We invited Pastor Martin to preach to Children. He explained to the Children the true meaning of Easter and why it’s important to celebrate it. In attendance was Pastor David M. who also prayed for the Children. Later, Children were served a delicious meal and the afternoon was characterized by fun activities and games.
All secondary and primary Children are back for holiday and all the Children are happy to be at home and share experience of school life. We designed a holiday program where each day the Children have different activities to carry out. Children have been trained and particularly in skills like baking, driving, football, farming to mention a few.
University and Tertiary Children are still at school and they will be getting their recess at a later time. Sylvia L. and Allen M. are both pursuing a degree in Social Work and Social administration and have started their internship at Jenga Community Development Organization – Mbale. Faith Grace N. has started her certificate in Child Ministry at Uganda Christian University Mbale. After completion, she will be able to continue on for a diploma in Social works and social administration. All candidate Children from different schools have registered for Uganda National Examinations Board.
Let us continue praying for our Children that they pass well during the final exams. The final exam period will be between September and December of this year.
Construction work is going on well and we are hopeful the work will be completed in the agreed time. The two houses have been roofed and what is remaining is mainly plastering inside and putting the tiles. So far we are satisfied by the work of the contractor and hopefully the keys to the houses will be handed to us by June/02/2018.
The constructions of the new cow and pig sheds are almost complete. The construction of the new fence around the sheds is also almost complete.
We have also renewed 26 care orders for our little Children. Care orders are renewed every three years and they have to be signed by the Magistrate (Grade One). Before signing the care orders, the Magistrate visited Lulwanda together with the probation officer. He was extremely happy with what he found on the ground. He was happy that all the Children were healthy and the environment was Child friendly. He was quick to say that Lulwanda Children’s Home is the best care institution of all the homes he has ever visited. He thanked the donors for the great work of helping the government of Uganda in addressing the plight of orphans. He promised to be supportive in all areas when approached. He also plans to request the government through the probation officer to help the home get free access to certain medical supplies. We are yet to meet the District Health Officer- Mbale and see how best the home can be assisted.
Meanwhile the assessment of Children meant for resettlement and reintegration is still on going. The panel is to sit in May 2018 to discuss each Child. The panel will come up with recommendations which I will be able to share with you. We are all committed to ensure that Children are in safe hands and also reach their full potential in Christ.
We thank the Almighty God that John W. the General Secretary of GICF was able to visit Lulwanda Children’s Home. The staff and Children were happy to interact with John. Everybody came to realize that John has much love for Lulwanda and he got familiar with everybody within the shortest time possible. While at Lulwanda, John visited some families in their village homes to get familiar with the process of rescuing Children. He visited the grandmother of Daizy Angela K. from Bunghonko- Mbale, and the grandmother of Sophia M. from Manafa District. He also visited Tendo Home and interacted with the elder Children and some of the University Kids. We had dinner and he got the chance to meet the Local Management Committee Members plus the in-coming and outgoing probation officers- Madam Harriet and Madam Meresi respectively. John was taken through the policy guidelines of care institutions and also Tendo rules and regulations by Madam Meresi. He received a tour of Namajje farm with John Palmer and Aida Ogenga.
PRIDE MICROFINANCE DONATION
A group of staff members from Pride microfinance visited the home and donated 200kgs of posho, 50kgs of beans and also donated 10,000/= to James W. and Adrian P. Pride microfinance is a financial institution within Mbale town and every year they move to different communities giving support. The group promised to come back to Lulwanda and offer support where possible.
We shall continue thanking our donors and well-wishers for the support you render to Lulwanda Children’s Home. Who knows that the years to come, some of our Children will be preachers of God’s Word, big officers in Public Service, Members of Parliament or the President of Uganda? Without your support, then realizing such dreams and rescuing more orphans would be a nightmare.