Administrator’s Report February 2018
Praise the Lord! I bring greetings from Lulwanda family; we love you and appreciate the assistance you render to us. Thank you for the sacrifice and continuous planning to ensure that all our Children have a brighter future. Every Child knows that Lulwanda is their home and nobody desires to leave this Home. I have seen older Children who have been resettled with their relatives wanting to live together with their Lulwanda brothers and sisters because they have such a great attachment. What makes my heart happy is seeing these Children having a spirit of sharing and caring for one another. Children have a strong attachment to the Lulwanda care givers. All this has made Lulwanda to be a loving home for every Child. With much pleasure, allow me update you on other aspects.
All our Children are healthy both at home and Secondary Schools. This is attributed to good feeding and constant monitoring of illness. Ryan has trained all the mothers and social workers to give First Aid to the Children in case he is away. He has also established a good working relationship with all the Secondary School nurses so that they pay maximum attention to our Children and even call him in case the sickness persists. Our clinic has been stocked with the first line up of treatment and we thank God for what He is doing in our midst.
The social workers in collaboration with the District education officer in-charge of special needs education took Mariam Bahati to St. Martin’s Kisoko special needs school Nambale Busia-Kenya. This school offers skills to Children with disabilities. The school administration is to observe Bahati for some time as a way of assessing her interests and let us know what skill she can do. So far she is doing well and she has liked the school.
Due to issues with discipline issues from a few of the children at Tendo, the Local Management Committee along with the office of the District Probation Office, came up with guidelines for operation of Tendo.
1. Tendo is optional after the official resettlement
2. Only Children that have been fully resettled can be invited to Tendo. They must first complete one month in the village prior to be invited to Tendo
3. Only Children that are truly needy with family situations that have not improved can be invited.
4. Only Children that have impeccable behavior are allowed to come to Tendo.
5. The Child and the Child’s Clan have to sign an agreement with rules prior to being accepted at Tendo
Our newly rescued Children have been enrolled at Lulwanda Primary School and all of them are getting used to the school environment. Currently Lulwanda Primary School has a total enrolment of 185 Children. The home has 46 Children while the community has 139. All the Lulwanda Primary Children completed “beginning of term” examinations plus the secondary Children. We hope to look at the performance during visitation period. All the new Children have received new uniforms and school shoes. Thank you for supporting us.
Lulwanda Primary School recruited three qualified teachers at a much lower salary scale and this has helped to reduce the budget for the school. The new teachers are Jemimah Kusasira for P.3 and Prisca Nambozo for P.4 and P.1, and Rachael Kakai for Nursery section. They are all on mandatory six (6) month probation.
We have received Hillary Jackson as a volunteer teacher for mathematics. She is missionary volunteer at Tyler International School Mbale where Bobbi Palmer is the Principal. She comes every Friday to help the math teachers. She is carrying out research on how to integrate the Ugandan and American curriculum in teaching mathematics. Teacher Favor Ejang resigned to pursue other Ministry and she has been replaced by Edith Chemushak as the new librarian. I thank teacher Favor for serving the Children for the last 12 years. She has been truly instrumental in the Friday fellowship and helping Children read books. Let the Almighty God bless her abundantly.
We also had a Thanksgiving service for the outstanding good performance in primary leaving examinations of our P.7 Children. We were the best in the District and we thank God for such outstanding performance. The service was held at the church and it was presided over by Pastor David Muwoya. Different speakers urged the teachers to remain committed in order to keep up with such good results.
Farm department is doing quite well. In the dairy section, one of our dairy cow commonly known as Sarah had a female calf. Three of our other cows are expected to calve within 2-5 months. This will increase milk yield and farm income. We currently have 7 cows
In the piggery section, 2 pigs/ sows furrowed 17 piglets and three (3) more are expected to furrow within the period of 2 months. Our current pig stock is 66
We harvested several bunches of Matooke and pineapples and we see more coming.
AFRICAN CHARTER CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE
We were invited to the meeting of the African Charter on the rights and welfare of the African Child held at Sunrise Hotel Mbale. Uganda is a signatory to the African Charter and the Commissioner Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development organized a one day conference in which 10 Lulwanda Children represented the rest of the Children in Eastern Uganda. Our Children did well in the conference; they were able mention the rights of Children and this made the commissioner of Uganda very happy. When asked to mention the problems faced by the Children in Eastern Uganda, our Children were able to mention the following;
1. School dropout due to lack of school fees
2. Child sacrifice
3. Over beating of Children
4. Early marriage
5. Child labor
6. Teenage pregnancy among others
When asked to give advice to the Ministry of Gender in preparation for the African Charter meeting to be held soon after the consultations, Lulwanda Children were able to give the following;
1. Teach Children about their rights
2. Imprison law breakers like rapist and defilers
3. Advise parents to save in order to provide basic needs
4. Improve security to avoid Child sacrifice
5. Early marriages should be stopped
6. Set up police stations in each area
We thank God that our Children can speak for themselves and know what goes around on the plight of Children. We shall continue sensitizing our Children about their rights and encourage them to be responsible citizens.
We hosted Good Neighbor Children this very month. It was a happy moment as our Children welcomed the community Children. They were served breakfast and later were given lunch. It was fun as our Children participated in several games including a great dance competition. Later Pastor David Muwoya preached to the Children and this was followed by counseling from the social workers, aunties and lastly the Administrator. The Community Children were given scholastic materials which included, counter books, pens, soap, uniforms and with other items.
I would like to appreciate the American Board and all our donors for their tireless effort in ensuring that Lulwanda Children have a second chance of hope. Without you all Lulwanda Children would be languishing and suffering in their villages. Thank you very much and may the Heavenly God bless each of you.