It’s yet another moment of bringing warm greetings from the big family of Lulwanda. As you catch up with the life and activities of October, we are always grateful for your prayers and support given that enable us to provide parental care and Christ-like love to our beloved Children. All our Children are doing well despite the fearful pandemic which has claimed many lives of our beloved ones, God Has been faithful and protective to our Children. We have the reason to worship and Glorify His Name. Allow me to point out key activities of October.
Medically, all is well at Lulwanda. Most of our full-time staff have been fully vaccinated and COVID SOPs are enforced. We had no suspected cases of COVID-19 or any related illnesses this month. Overall, we saw a total of fifty-four patients overall during the month of October. This number is composed of LCH children, staff, and staff’s children. As always, malaria continues to be the leading cause of patients coming for treatment, although relatively positive rates are low and those who test positive are treated early. We saw twenty-six patients with suspected malaria and had ten test positive and sixteen test negative. It is currently the rainy season but use of nets is heavily emphasized. We saw 19 cases of flu (dry and productive cough) which were all minor and treated. Eight patients were treated for ringworm or other fungal infections. The other cases ranged from abdominal pain/cramps, minor headaches, etc. God continues to provide for the health of Lulwanda and for that, we are extremely grateful.
Discipleship continues daily and we are continuing to see both young and older children desire to know God more intimately. Daily devotions are held on site (LCH) and at Tendo, as well as sent digitally to all young adults who are at campus or unable to attend. Weekly Bible studies have restarted since the lockdown and worship gatherings have been lifted, and we love seeing our youth have a hunger to know God’s word. Please be praying that God will lead us to a prayer life that intimately knows what we need to be focusing on, as each child is different, and there are many topics to cover. Worship and devotions take place both in small groups and in large groups weekly as well. The major emphasis on campus is evangelism to those who don’t know Christ and training up disciples for those who have repented and believed. Thank you for your continued love, support, and prayers.
TEAM AROUND THE CHILD (TAC) MEETING:
The social workers visited and assessed the homes of the four children (Davis Namonye, Phoebe Namono, Joel Gwapa and Samwiri Buyinza) who are set for the official reintegration in December 2021. All the four Children are 17 years old and as such they are young adults who are not eligible to stay at Lulwanda. Reports were compiled, submitted to the TAC committee and all our four Children were recommended to explore Tendo for the next two years before the final reintegration with the clan members. It was a great experience for Sylvia to attend and learn what goes on in the meeting as a new social worker.
APPROVAL OF THE NEW CHILDREN
We are grateful to the US Board for the approval of the eleven (11) vulnerable and total orphans to be rescued next month. We are working hand in hand with the senior probation officer to secure the care orders before coming to Lulwanda. On the arrival day, we shall take the new Children to the hospital for medical checkup to be aware of any health complications. We really appreciate all our donors and sponsors that God uses to support us and be able to rescue such children so as to bring them up in the fear of the Lord and have a bright future.
The Secondary kids from S.1, S2, S3, and S5 are studying online. We are using the available laptops FOR the Children at Lulwanda, while at Tendo the Children are using smartphones. The children are happy that they can at least have some reading and interaction with the teachers as we wait for the official opening of schools in January 2022.
Our four (4) that sat for Senior six exams all passed and have joined the University. Carol Naula scored 10 points and doing a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Nooru Watera scored 9 points and is doing a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration, Musoba Abel scored 15 points and doing a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Economics and Mutsoshi John scored 15 points and doing a bachelor’s degree in Law. Carol and Nooru have joined UCU Mbale while Abel and John joined UCU Mukono. All have reported and started serious lectures. Be praying for Anthony Wanzala who is doing Bachelor’s degree in Water Engineering and Naster Chebet doing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration will be completed by February 2022.
We agreed as Lulwanda Management Team that we will conduct home learning for only Lulwanda (Home) children. The lessons are being conducted from the hope dorm home since the school is not officially opened. The Children have been promoted to the next classes since the previous syllabus was completed in the first lockdown. The head teacher together with the teaching staff are conducting home learning from P.5-P.7 while the lower classes are just receiving study materials and assignments which are done by the Children and submitted for marking. We have four teachers coming daily to teach P5, P6 and P.7 while the head teacher is helping to teach phonics from Nursery-P3.
We hosted Roke telecom as they were celebrating the 15th anniversary and decided to come to Lulwanda and bless us with items like rice, posho, sugar, salt, soap, liquid soap, sanitizer, sanitary pads, balls and two new sewing machines. The day was colorful as the Children were served with breakfast, lunch and above all the Children enjoyed the different games with the visitors.
In Galatians 6:9 says ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we shall reap a harvest if we do not give up’ Thank you for being there for Lulwanda and standing with us at all difficult times. May the good Lord bless!
In His Grace