We are in the process of the evaluation of Hope Medical Center as a possible alternative to our current form of medical care. They have a form of health insurance they are offering at reduced rates and this might be a good alternative for our staff and or Children. Overall, I want to thank God for sustaining both our staff members and our Children with good health.
Our secondary school children have reported back to school. Prior to reporting, all the secondary children went for shopping under the supervision of the staff members. The shopping involves personal requirements necessary for the stay at School. The School requirements are purchased by the staff member, Mama Juliet. We have also paid the first installment of School fees and the remaining balance shall be cleared on the visitation day.
We have applied for the University admissions for the S.6 Children of last year. These included Aidah Kakayi, Brenda Namakoye and Brenda Babirye at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mbale campus and Nambozo Dinah, Nabwire Brenda at UCU Mukono. We are waiting for the response at the beginning of June 2019. Meanwhile we are yet to pick up the admission letter for Maliza Mutenyo who was taken on government sponsorship.
We also secured the admission for Namutosi Betty, who successfully completed her P7 last year and passed with division 2 grades. She has showed interest in hair dressing and currently she is studying at Miken Vocational Institute, Mbale. We are still waiting for the admission letter for Anthony Wojjambuka who applied for a general certificate in Agriculture at Arapai Agricultural College. He is most likely to begin in August but right now he is helping in the farm as he gains experience and knowledge.
We held a family meeting with the children to discuss family and school issues. It was a good time to share and discuss their academic progress. Those with good grades were encouraged to work harder and those with low grades were advised to set goals and encouraged never to give up but aim higher. Children who excelled were rewarded with gifts and cash. Below are the names of Children who excelled and were rewarded.
2. Secondary ‘O’ Level
|1.||Gift Naluboka||5.3||80||DIV. 1||100,000=|
|2.||Norah Masai||5.3||80||DIV. 1||100,000=|
|3.||Samual Buyinza||5.2||71||DIV. 2||40,000=|
|4.||Davis Namonye||5.2||70||DIV. 2||40,000=|
3. Secondary ‘A’ LEVEL
4. Secondary Bursary Cases
We also discussed about discipline / behavior and respect for caregivers since they are their parents at the moment. Children were encouraged not to involve themselves in activities that waste their time, and avoid bad peer influence. They were advised to have positive attitude towards counseling since it’s a healing process to personal or psychosocial problems. Personal responsibility was emphasized as assign of maturity and should learn to use the available resources very well and be content with what has been provided.
The children had a community outreach to Joy hospice and Our Lady of Fatima Dispensary as a service and way of sharing their love with those outside their environment. The children and staff did a major cleaning of the facilities, both young and older children. They scrubbed the washrooms, mopped the wards, windows, verandas, cleaned the compound (picking rubbish, slashing, digging the flower gardens) and also prayed with the patients who were admitted on ward. It’s an activity that is done every holiday in different facilities and they enjoy it.
Thrashers team visited Lulwanda and had meetings with the Social workers, house mothers and the Lulwanda management team plus some members of the local management committee. During the meeting with the social workers and house mothers, they discussed the library and its use as a way of inspiring Children to develop good reading habits. They also shared the daily schedule for Children and resolved that Children need enough time to refresh as they pursue their goals.
The team also held workshop training with the teachers. Teachers were trained on the new teaching methods and best ways to use the library for effective teaching. They were taught about the use of science practical for better understanding of science. The training lasted for three days and teachers were much blessed and promised to apply the knowledge acquired to help the students.
Exemption Of Tax
We finally received our exemption tax letter from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) from the period 2017-2019. This is a big deal for Lulwanda because we shall be exempted from all the income tax which had been assessed on us without our knowledge. We are in the process of renewing the tax exemption for the next 3 years.
The Good Neighbor Program
As we normally do, we hosted the community children at Lulwanda where they were given scholastic materials, shoes and uniform. The community children together with our children received educational and spiritual guidance from the staff members. We had games and preaching of the word by Pastor David Muwoya and finally the children were served with a delicious meal before going back home.
I would like to thank the Almighty God for His faithfulness, love and grace that we were able to carry out all these activities successfully.
Thank you so much for the love towards the children and staff of Lulwanda, and for the continuous support. We are grateful for all that you do to ensure the children are well, happy and living a life towards reaching their full potential. May the lord bless you all.