Greetings our lovely friends! It’s a blessing to share with you the activities of the month and get acquainted with the new developments at Lulwanda Children’s Home. We shall continue thanking you for this noble cause which you have carried on your shoulders since the inception of this Home. The tangible fruits and testimonies from our Children are vividly evident as they grow and strive to reach their full potential. We sent out sponsor letters from our Children and we are so grateful to all of you who have kept in touch by replying back to our children.
God continues to bless Lulwanda with good health. All our children at both campuses are cared for medically and have had no major illness or injuries this month. To break down the medical patients seen by our LCH staff this month we report that we had a total number of fifty-five patients (consisting of staff, staff’s children, and home children). Twenty-seven malaria tests were performed and eleven were positive while sixteen were negative. Treatment was given in each instance based upon SOPs and general treatment guidelines. We also saw 29 cases of mild flu/cough which were treated based upon symptoms. We have six cases of ringworm that are actively being treated, two minor injuries, along with common complaints such as headache, backache, etc. All patients have been treated and have recovered. Thank you for your continued support and prayers and God’s providence in health and general wellness at LCH/Tendo.
First, we want to praise God because churches have been allowed to reopen in Uganda. There are current limitations on numbers, and strict SOP adherence policies but this is a major praise. This is also a time to be thankful for Pastor Martin and the work he has been doing on behalf of the Lord Jesus in training up our LCH children to be lovers of the Word of God, raised, trained, and instructed in it. We see lives and hearts being changed daily and all the Glory goes to God who saves and grants Grace to those who repent and believe. Tendo Bible study has been largely virtual as the curfew time is still at 7pm. Devotions are held each night both on the LCH and Tendo campuses and there is evidence of the fruit of God’s presence in the lives of His sheep. Praise God for all He has done, and all He will continue to do. We ask you to continue to join us in prayer; that Lulwanda will be a beacon of light into the darkness, that we will reflect the image of our Creator, the rock on which we stand, and that we will Glorify God in all that we do. Thank you for your prayers.
I am glad to report that all our Children who sat and passed Uganda’s advanced certificate of education have been admitted to different Universities. Abel Musoba has been admitted at UCU Mukono for Bachelors of Business statistics while John Mutsoshi was admitted for Bachelors of Law at the same Campus. Caroline Naula has been admitted at UCU Mbale Campus for Bachelors of Public Administration and Management while Nooru Watera admitted for Bachelors of social work and social administration at the same Campus
Meanwhile Ambrose Mutema who was meant to Join the University last year but due to Covid-19 pandemic, is joining this year at Livingstone International University-Mbale Campus for Bachelors of Media technology.
All our University Children are studying online pending the reopening of Universities at the beginning of next month. The number of Children joining the University is growing bigger every year and this calls for more expenditure in terms of tuition, boarding and room, meals and requirements like laptops and textbooks. Thank you so much for your support and prayers.
MINISTRY FOLLOW UP
The team from the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development visited us as a follow up of the virtual training on the Alternative Care management information system. This system helps create digital profiles of children living in approved homes as guided by Alternative Care guidelines by capturing birth, family, health, special needs, education and uploading all legal documentation against the child’s profile. This system is a five step process that begins with, registration of the child, building a plan for the same child, Investigating and qualifying families of the child, placing the child, and following up the Child after reintegration.
This system helps in recovering children’s data in case of fire or any other natural calamity. The system is also viewed by the Senior Probation and Social welfare officer and the Ministry officials for easy monitoring and being updated on the Home at all times. The system reduces much paperwork and reports can be negated on any Child in the shortest time possible. So far we have just completed the first step and the Ministry of Gender is yet to organize another training for the second step.
Our Social workers have continued to attend Online training by Mr. Virgil Hughes on how to Manage Business Money. We plan to use them to train the Lulwanda Alumni on business transactions. These were some of the learning goals:
a) How to keep household and business money separate.
b) How to understand if your business is earning money.
c) How to manage your money to keep your business growing.
All this can be achieved by keeping details of all records and avoid mixing business and household money, calculating profits, reinvesting in your business, using loan money for only business, using profits wisely, preventing business money losses and managing requests for credit sales
The government policy requires that children should be reintegrated with their families before they attain the age of 18. We have three Children, Davis Onesmus Namonye, Sawmiri Buyinza, and Joel Gwapa who are of the age of 17yrs and have to be reintegrated with the clan members at the end of this year. However, before the Children are fully reintegrated with the clan members, we continue to house them at Lulwanda Tendo to learn more practical life skills for the next two years. At this point, most of our Children will be at the University or trade school and therefore can take care of themselves when fully reintegrated with the clan members.
Great appreciation to our donors and sponsors for supporting us all the time. We are very much grateful to all the Board members and volunteers who have devoted their resources and time for the benefit of the Children. It is because of your endless guidance and financial support that we are able execute the above activities and smooth running of the Home. Thank you so much and may the Almighty God bless you all!
In His Grace