We greet you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank God for the gift of life and for keeping our children well. And we thank God for all our sponsors and donors because you have stood with us from day one up to today. Allow me to focus your attention on other important issues.
October presented a few challenges medically. This was due to the continuous rainy season, so the rate of malaria was somewhat higher because of more mosquitos. We have had 100% success in treatment and recovery of all illness at home without complications. Mosquito nets are currently being used with support of house mothers. We expect to continue to have higher rates over the next month until dry season hits. Overall medically Lulwanda and the children are doing well. Praise God.
We received the team from the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Welfare together with Mbale District officials headed by the Probation Officer. Areas of inspection were basic child protection policies like HIV policy, status of the organization, proper documentation of children’s files, and the ability of staff to handle children’s affairs. In connection to the above, the District Health Officer carried out the Annual inspection this month and the report was very good. The areas of improvement were repairing some cracks on the floor, painting, and construction of an incinerator.
SECONDARY BOARDING SCHOOL VISITATION
We had Visitation Days during October for our children in different schools. We visited Tororo Girls where we have ten children, Rainbow High School where we are having 14 children, Nabumali High School where we have 8 children and St. Paul’s college where we have 12 children. Next month we shall be visiting Jinja College and St. Mary’s Lugazi. We had a good time as we shared life experience, improving performance in academics and also sharing the Love of Jesus. Children were served lunch and later given school and personal supplies. We concluded with prayer.
We hosted a blessing ceremony of the Primary Seven candidates of Lulwanda Primary School. We have eight P.7 children and all of them are expected to join secondary next year. The occasion was officiated by Covenant Bible College students. They preached and prayed for the candidates together with Pastor David Mwoya. The Lulwanda staff and parents of community children in P.7 talked to the candidates and encouraged them to be strong and courageous while sitting for the final exams. The candidates were taken to Sisiyi falls for outdoor refreshing and later hosted at Ryan’s home for lunch. The candidates were happy and promised to excel in the forthcoming examinations. The results will be out early January.
Meanwhile all the S.4 children from different boarding schools have completed exams and they are now at home. Their results will be back in early February 2018. Let us continue praying that they will pass and go on to Advanced level S.5. We thank God for enabling our children to complete exams successfully. Naster Chebet will be sitting for S.6 exams next month. It’s our prayer that she does well and obtains a government sponsorship at University. During the holiday as the children wait for their school results, they will be engaged in active work around the home.
We were blessed to have the parents of Ryan Kelley come to Uganda. Penny and Gary Kelley visited Lulwanda and conducted Bible study with children every Friday. They bought uniforms for our cooks and laundry staff. The staff and children were also given a special lunch with sodas and sandwiches.
This month, we advertised the post of dorm mother after Mama Agnes had resigned (on good terms). Agnes secured a new job at the International School in Mbale. Four house mothers showed interest and applied. After the interview, we selected Susan Kasana. Susan is a good mother who has a great love for the children, and the children like her very much.
We experienced a power blackout throughout this month and this has hampered some of our activities. Umeme (national electricity utility) disconnected power from the local transformer due to power theft by the villagers. We visited the Umeme manager and he promised to get us a new transformer which will be placed inside Lulwanda fence. It’s estimated to cost Umeme 40 million shillings and we don’t know how long it will take. John Palmer met them again and Umeme has submitted plans to the energy commissioner in Kampala for final approval. They think power will be restored in early December. However, we need to have another plan of installing more solar power panels or standby generator to avoid such occurrences.
Once again, thank you for loving and caring for the children of Lulwanda. We are grateful to all of you and may the good Lord bless you as you continue supporting the work that the Lord started in you.
Yours in Christ,