March 2018 Admin Report
I bring greetings from Lulwanda family. We thank God for what He is doing in our midst both spiritually and physically. Our Children are growing well and have continued to grow in the knowledge of God. It’s the rainy season and most people are so busy with garden work. Equally we are so busy with farm work in order to benefit from the rains. This month we were blessed to host the Chairman of GICF Mr. Larry and his wife Dee. However their visit was short lived due to the accident of their son Chris and we are praying for his quick recovery. We thank God for the life of Mr. Rob; it’s of great joy to everybody and more so Lulwanda family to know that he is doing well after the surgery. It’s our prayer to see Mr. Rob visiting Lulwanda at any given time.
Though the weather has changed, all our Children are doing great health wise. We could expect high levels of malaria cases, but so far few cases of malaria have been registered. Ryan had a dislocation on his ankle of the left leg while playing basketball. He could not move outside his house for some days, but we thank God that he is recovering very well and besides that he continue to attend to all the Children.
CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S DAY
The Theme of the day was Empowerment of rural women and girls; Opportunities and challenges. This activity was a nationwide idea of recognizing who a woman is and having a broader perspective of the role of women in development of our nation and at family level as well. This activity was organized by the officials of Mbale District in partnership with child care institutions and schools within the district. In attendance was an old woman of 118 years, Woman Member of Parliament Mbale District (Connie G.) and the Guest of Honor was the Country Director of Hunger Project Uganda, Mrs. Daisy O. The celebration was colorful and the day ended with rewarding of certificates to the participants and we also received one.
CONSTRUCTION OF VILLAGE HOUSES
The construction of the village homes kicked off this month with the beginning of two houses. Right now the two houses are at beam level and hopefully by 1st June the houses will ready for use. We thank all the donors who contributed towards this project. Our expectation is to construct 7-8 houses and convert some of our existing buildings into the store, offices and another house if funds are available. Each house will be able to accommodate Children with a house mother so that Children are well attended and raised in a more authentic family setting.
ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN
We have embarked on the assessment of 22 Children who are due for family re-integration and resettlement due to age factor. The Ugandan government does not allow any Child care institution to keep on retaining any young adult who is over the age of 18yrs. I will be able to give you the full list of Children in the May report. The ones fully re-integrated will be taken to Tendo for the next two years as they get accustomed with life outside Lulwanda.
We visited all our Children in secondary schools during their visitation days. During such days, we buy for them scholastic materials like pens and books. We also prepare for them nice and delicious food and get time look at their performance and counsel them accordingly. This time Children from St Peter’s College Tororo were blessed to receive Mr. Larry and his wife Dee. He advised the Children to work hard to have a bright future. He said the work of the American Board becomes very easy to mobilize for educational funds if the performance of Children is good at school.
LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Hillary J. has continued to help our teachers in teaching mathematics. She comes once in a week (Friday) and hopefully she will add us more days so that Children are able to benefit from her skills of teaching. The Primary School has registered 21 candidates for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE 2018). Let us continue praying for our Children to perform better like last year.
We are constructing the new pig farm with the fence to accommodate more pigs for commercial purpose. We have planted Matooke and eucalyptus trees at Lulwanda gardens. We have started planting more pastures to feed on our cows.
CENTRAL RIDERS ASSOCIATION KAMPALA
We received the central riders’ association group members who came with big motorcycles and all Children were happy and excited. They donated a number of second hand clothes and shoes to our Children plus 300,000= Three hundred thousand shillings. They also gave 70,000= Seventy thousand shillings to little Children who entertained them through music and dance. Children had a ride around the home compound and it was all fun with different sounds as all the bikes started. The association President was happy for the great work at Lulwanda and more so to the donors. He said Lulwanda was the first care institution they have visited in Uganda where you find the orphans are well cared for and the dorms are clean. He continued to say that all the Children are healthy more than they would be in their extended families.
We shall continue appreciating all of you for the assistance you render to us. We are blessed because of your great support towards Lulwanda general welfare. We thank all the Board members for the keen eye on the day to day affairs and running of the Home. Every day before I sleep or wake up in the morning I make sure to check on my email for any message because there are Men and Women of God who care and love to know what goes on the life of orphans at Lulwanda.
Yours in Christ,