Administrator’s Report January 2018
Happy New Year 2018! We thank God who enabled us go through 2017 a midst the challenges of life. All in all we glorify God for His love and mercy upon everybody. Let us not forget the purpose and focus on what God wants us to accomplish this year 2018. As Lulwanda family our Theme for this year is to renew our relationship in serving God and family. We are focusing on better ways of serving God and our family better than the previous ways. We are looking at God changing the hearts and minds of Children and staff in ways that honor Him and our neighbors.
The year started well by receiving Natalie Rolfe who visited us at the beginning of the year. All Children and staff were extremely happy to see Nat. We cut the cake as a sign of love and being re-united with our Aunt. She also had dinner with the University Children and all was Joy. She also brought some playing material and gifts to the Children plus staff members.
All older Children were sent to the village to experience the Christmas season with their relatives. While in the village we painted the rooms, beds and bought for them new Bibles. We did all this to show them that we love and care for them and that through God, we all become a new creation. On arrival every Child was given the Bible, the letter from the administrator with loving message and spelling out expectations for our Children. We also explained the theme to our Children so that they become good stewards. The following was the party where staff members entertained Children through dance and serving them delicious food. It was a lot of fun on the side of Children to see how staff members were dancing. Similarly it was fun as staff members tried their best to dance in order to make Children happy.
Upon returning home from the village, we performed our bi-annual HIV testing for all Children. I am proud to report that all our children that were tested previously negative are still HIV negative. Most Children returned from the village with typhoid and malaria, so our rates were very high this month due to Children being off-site for much of the holiday. Currently all our Children are happy and healthy.
We evaluated a list of Children, who needed to be rescued, but only eight were approved and the rest were left out due to different reasons. These eight (8) Children were brought towards the end of this month. The rescued Children are:
1. Peace Marani P.2 (She is 8yrs and a total orphan without care)
2. Emma Tumwa- Middle class (He is 5yrs, partial orphan, father is dead and Child was abandoned by the mother because she is too young and positively living with HIV. She was last known to be in Karamoja-Northern Uganda and the Child was staying with a paternal grandparent in Lulwanda village.
3. Adrian Pedo- Baby class (He is 5yrs and a total orphan. The mother died shortly after delivery. She died without disclosing the father of the Child. Adrian is a jolly and friendly to people and above all he is very intelligent among the new Children.
4. Mary Mugala- P.3 (She is 8yrs and a total orphan. The mother died and the father is unknown. The mother used to sell local brew and was a drunkard. It’s believed that she was raped while drunk)
5. Max Mbulayiteye- Baby class (He is 4yrs. The father died and mother is mentally ill and admitted on long term care at Butabika Referral Hospital for mentally sick people)
6. Angella Daisy Khanakwa- Baby class (She is 4yrs and a partial orphan. The father died and the mother abandoned her as a baby under the care of an elderly paternal grandmother (73yrs) who is blind. The mother has never been seen since the disappearance.
7. Bridget Khwaka- Top class (She is 7yrs and total orphan. She was in the hands of elderly grandparents with a large family yet with no source of income to sustain the family)
8. Allan Mwayafu- P.2 (He is 7yrs and total orphan under the care of a disabled paternal Aunt) He is from Lulwanda village.
The office of the probation officer together with the staff of Lulwanda visited all the homes and made the assessment on each Child. We secured the care orders from court and later on took them to Joy Hospice for medical screening. We thank the American board for enabling this exercise to be performed successful.
We had many activities this holiday, thanks to Aunt Megan and other staff members who made the holiday enjoyable to all Children. Children wrote sponsor letters, watching movies and going for hiking. Our Children visited St. Kizito Babies Home where they played and fed the little Babies. Our Children also had an opportunity to go for swimming as one way of having fun and keeping their bodies healthy.
We celebrated a birthday party for our Children and staff who were born between September and December. It was a colorful ceremony as there was a lot of entertainment and later cutting the cake. We prepared a delicious meal and the children enjoyed the day.
In preparation for school study, our older Children were given money to go for personal shopping. The purpose is to help our Children to learn how to bargain. The staff members accompanied the Children to oversee what they are buying. The major requirements for school like books, uniform, sugar, soap among others were bought by the staff members.
Aunt Megan organized the party which was a huge success. We are thankful for the wonderful day as Children and staff enjoyed the entertainment organized and the food prepared.
Our older boys played an exhibition soccer match at the Mbale Municipal Stadium which is the official stadium for national league games in Mbale, against a professional team called Sky sports soccer club which is in the 3rd Division of the Uganda Soccer league.
We had a good crowd and the Children loved the experience. We were off to a poor start as within 10 minutes of the match. We were unlucky to be 2 goals behind. However, the boys showed incredible resilience and fighting spirit to get 1 goal back after half time with Anthony Wojjambuka laying off the ball to Bernard Womeli for our opening goal. The game was tied at 2:2 and the boys left with big smiles on their faces as it was a performance we could be proud of.
We were invited to Eric Tuininga’s house for a volleyball tournament against the Children of the Presbyterian Church Mooni-Mbale. Our girls did the best but were out matched by their opponents and lost 2 sets to 0 in a best of 3. The boys’ team started out strong and was a good match for their opponents easily winning the first set. The final set was strongly contested and the opponents were able to win.
We shared some sodas with the winners and later on joined in the community bible study where Fatuma Sarah Mpakibi was able to recite all the books in the Old Testament.
Our Children participated in sports activities like football, volleyball and basketball with other youth in town. This is one way of identifying the talents for the Children, creating friendship and also keeping their bodies healthy.
We thank God that Lulwanda Primary School emerged the best in the district in Primary leaving examinations. On country wide ranking the school scored 60%. Out of the 15 candidates who sat for PLE, Eight (8) passed in division one and seven passed in division two. Lulwanda Home had eight Children and four passed in division one while the other four in division two. All of them will be joining higher education which begins soon. This is how our Children performed.
We thank God for such good performance and very soon they will be joining secondary school. They will be placed in schools near Mbale town where we can monitor their health and continuous counseling
The Bible study is another success and we thank God for what He is doing in our midst. Our Children especially the boys have started having their own Bible study without the supervision of the staff members. We are seeing God changing the hearts of our Children and the discipline has greatly improved. This also shows that our Children have understood the theme of the year. Praise God!
We are trying to build our farm slowly so that in the long run we can make profit and provide for the Children. We are specializing mainly in animal husbandry traits and trees more than crops. We think we can make more money in selling milk and the off springs of heifers plus piglets more than selling crop products. Five out of six dairy cows are now pregnant and we have fifty exotic breed pigs with more on the way. We have planted mangoes at Namajje farm and we have started harvesting our own matooke. We will soon begin harvesting pineapples. We harvested our fish and supplemented on our food diet. However, we were much disappointed by the villagers who stole some of our fish in one of the ponds.
Once again thank you for being part of the big family! We appreciate for what you are doing for the ministry and we are looking forward to seeing most of you this year 2018. God’s blessings and peace be with you.
Yours in Christ,
Lulwanda Children Home