MAY 2018 REPORT
I bring greetings from the Lulwanda family as we thank Him for the gift of life given to us without any payment. This month has been very busy and special for Lulwanda as we were able to host some of our donors and sponsors. We continue thanking God for all of you and thank you for supporting us. Allow me to brief you of the activities of the month.
This month saw the return of all of our children from secondary school and visits from teams. Malaria rates were extraordinarily high due to most secondary children coming home with malaria from school. All have been treated and recovered fully. We vaccinated 100 of the home children and a few from Tendo this month for typhoid. We plan to vaccinate the rest next holiday. Overall health is great at LCH. Please continue to pray for the health of all children and staff at LCH.
This activity was done twice in a week and for one hour where the children get a chance to hear the word of the Lord being ministered to them. The children are brought up in the fear of the lord and guided in the way to go as the bible commands us to. They learn how to pray, sing and memorize scriptures. We use participatory approach where each child is given a chance to speak and freely express their opinions.
VISIT BY MARK P.
Mark P., the sponsor for Rose N. and Zachariah L. visited Lulwanda at the beginning of the month. He took the Children for lunch in town under the supervision of the social workers. The following day they went to Siipi falls where they had a good time. Mark also donated 100kgs of posho, 100kgs of beans and 20 liters of cooking oil. He also bought some clothes for the two Children and we thank him for his generosity.
VISIT BY MIKE T.
This month we received Mike T. and the team members. It was a blessing to the secondary Children because most of the time the team come to Lulwanda when the secondary Children are at school. The team arrived during a busy period of parties and they participated in all activities. On arrival the team was welcomed by the staff and Children and we held a fellowship in thanking God for healing Mary T. from cancer and in the afternoon attended the birthday party for the Children and staff. The following day on Thursday, the team attended the farewell party for the Palmers. The team on Friday had a meeting with teachers where a number of issues were discussed like how to handle the discipline of Children without beating them. The team on Saturday also attended the Good Neighbor program spearheaded by Pastor David M. They witnessed the donation of scholastic materials to the community Children. In the course of the week, Mike T. held meetings with the Lulwanda leadership and also the local management committee on how to improve Lulwanda primary school. We wish to thank Mike T. and his team for donating scholastic materials to Lulwanda primary school and Sue and Buzzy G. for donating all the fun board games to the Home Children.
On May 18th Lulwanda Children’s Home hosted the District TAC panel (Team around the Child) purposely to review the assessment reports prepared and submitted by the social workers from different Child Care Institutions in eastern Uganda. These reports are about the child’s family situation particularly those who are due for resettlement. The team is headed by the probation officer and other members include the police officer in charge of family and Children’s affairs, the district health officer, community development officers, social workers and a representative of the care institutions who in this case was John Palmer. On arrival the team was given a tour around the Lulwanda Children’s Home and they were happy with the place and excited by the construction of the new houses.
We presented cases of ten children and these included; M. David, M. John, N. Hellen, Denis W., Jimmy W., Ambrose M., Grace E., Betty N., Sarah N. and Mariam B.
DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD PREPARATORY MEETINGS:
There are consultative meetings that take place at the district level. The meetings are chaired by the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and are attended by different stakeholders (Government officials and Organizations that are children oriented). Members share great ideas of how to make this occasion a success. The budget is reviewed and there is fundraising for funds from different stake holders and well-wishers. Child care institutions are expected to prepare their children to participate in different activities that will take place on that day. We have been given an opportunity to present a child guest speaker for that day and we have chosen Gift N. who is ready and willing to take up that role. She is talented and gifted in public speech.
HIRE OF NEW STAFF
The local management committee recommended Osama Eid to the American board to replace John Palmer as the new treasurer. Osama has been working as the accountant and now we have hired Rachael N. as the new accountant in his place. Rachael was employed as the bursar at Arlington Academy in Bududa District. She is a graduate from Makerere University Majoring in Accounting. So far she is doing a great job in the finance department. We have also hired Martin O. and his wife Juliet O. to help in serving the Children. Juliet is being hired as a house mother while Martin is going to work as the Youth Pastor. Martin will be able to oversee the spiritual life of Lulwanda Children and staff. He is in charge of discipleship, bible study and fellowship of our kids and staff. I thank the Tomball Church for supporting Martin with his monthly salary. Martin will be sending monthly report to Tomball Church missions Committee detailing the work accomplished at Lulwanda. Let us pray for Martin and his wife as they relocate from Kenya to Lulwanda in serving the Children and the Lord.
CONSTRUCTIONS AT LULWANDA
The construction of the two new houses will be completed as stipulated in the contract agreement. The houses look great and the half bricks on the walls are beautiful. The contractor has done a commendable and we would recommend him as a good candidate to construct for us the subsequent houses if his quotations remain low. The construction of the cow shed, piggery shed and the septic tank is almost being completed. I will let you know when the constructions are complete. Thank you for supporting us in raising the money to carry out such projects. We are in the process of fencing off our pineapple farm and we are painting new sign posts at Lulwanda.
GOOD NEIGHBOR PROGRAM
Children of Lulwanda and community children came together to worship; share the positive and the challenges faced at school. The Children received the word of God and counseling from the staff of Lulwanda. After lunch the community children who are friends of children at LCH were given scholastic materials to help them in school. This is done to show the children that we should Love one another just as God commanded. And also to teach the children to share in that when they grow up and become adults they understand what it means to give a helping hand to the less privileged.
FAREWELL PARTY FOR PALMERS
We held a party for the Palmer family in appreciation for the good work at Lulwanda Children’s Home. It was an emotional time saying goodbye to friends who are so dear to us. It is dear to us all that the Palmer family came to serve the orphans at Lulwanda and not to be served. We are going to miss the skills and the time that John Palmer and his family dedicated to Lulwanda Children’s Home. The Palmer family has accomplished several tasks at Lulwanda very well, and that remains for them is the reward from our Heavenly Lord. The party was attended by all Children, Mike T’s team, the probation officer, and the Local Management Committee headed by Pastor Morris and Mama Aida.
Once again I thank the American board, donors and sponsors for supporting us. Without your support over 130 Children would be helpless. Thank you for showing them the love of Jesus Christ and May the Almighty God bless the work of your hands.