Warm greetings from Lulwanda family. We are indeed grateful to the Lord for keeping us well. Thank you for the support given to us as we help the children reach their full potential in Christ Jesus. Truly our children have come from far and this has been possible because of your great contribution towards the welfare of Lulwanda children’s home. When we see some children joining the University and others going to trade schools for life skills, it brings a lot joy to all of us. Whatever contribution you give us, we utilize it to the benefit of the children. Please allow me to focus your attention on other important issues.
This month we experienced more malaria cases compared to the previous month. This was due to much rain leading to water stagnation and breeding of many mosquitos’ that lead to malaria. Most affected were secondary school children but our partnership secondary school nurses did good work to curb down the situation. Ryan coordinated well to ensure that our children receive all the medical needs. The rise of malaria would be expected during the wet season but the good part is our children were quick to come for testing and treatment, reducing the impact of the disease.
We secured the partnership with a local pharmacy to purchase medicine at whole sale on a post-paid account. This is huge in that it allows us to submit our order, pick it up, and pay for everything at once at the end of the month. Whatever we do medically, 95 percent is postpaid which is a blessing. Overall our children are doing well both at home and secondary school.
Our secondary children reported back to schools for third term. They will be breaking off for the long holiday at the beginning of December 2017.
|SCHOOL||NO. OF CHILDREN|
|ST. MARY’S COLLEGE- LUGAZI||14|
|ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE- MBALE||11|
|NABUMALI HIGH SCHOOL||09|
|RAINBOW HIGH SCHOOL||13|
Gift Naluboka obtained a school scholarship, which is a big achievement and reduces the cost of secondary schooling. Gift scored an average mark of 85% in all subjects to qualify for the bursary. We have encouraged all our children to follow the same example and work hard. This will help us to save money in order to rescue more vulnerable children who are suffering in the villages.
The following children need our prayers as they will be sitting for Uganda National Exams which begin on October/16/2017.
|1||NASTER CHEBET||ST.MARY’S LUGAZI||U.A.C.E|
|2||PEACE AYOMBE||ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE||U.C.E|
|3||MALVIN NAKAYENZE||ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE||U.C.E|
|4||AMBROSE MUTEMA||ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE||U.C.E|
|5||NOORU WATERA||RAINBOW HIGH SCHOOL||U.C.E|
|6||JUNIOR DISON||RAINBOW HIGH SCHOOL||U.C.E|
|7||MARY NALUMANSI||RAINBOW HIGH SCHOOL||U.C.E|
|8||FAITH GRACE NAMBUYA||RAINBOW HIGH SCHOOL||U.C.E|
|9||EMMA NAPOKOLI||NABUMALI HIGH SCHOOL||U.C.E|
|10||ANDREW DEZI||NABUMALI HIGH SCHOOL||U.C.E|
|11||JOSEPH WABUYI||NABUMALI HIGH SCHOOL||U.C.E|
|12||DAVIS ONESMUS||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
|13||MARITA AJAMBO||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
|14||CHARLES NAMADAZO||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
|15||SAMUEL BUYINZA||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
|16||AGNES NAMBUYA||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
|17||JOYCE KHAKASA||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
|18||ROBINA NALWANGA||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
|19||PHOEBE NAMONO||LULWANDA PRIMARY SCHOOL||P.L.E|
SENSITIZATION ON SANITATION AND HYGIENE
Marsha Terry from Houston conducted classes on sanitation and hygiene at Lulwanda children’s home. She talked about worms and how they enter into our bodies and some ways to get rid of them if not able financially to go to the doctor. She also discussed about access to clean water, toilet manners, the importance of keeping our bodies clean and the surrounding environment. Lastly she talked about body changes in respect to adolescent stage and the HIV/ AIDS. She reminded the children and staff that God’s design for us is to stay healthy and make God honoring choices. She cautioned children against early sex, substance abuse, alcohol, early marriage among other things. She encouraged children to choose God’s way for growth, asking Him for guidance, protection and provision. God is our very best friend and if we will let Him, He wants to give us the very best.
COUNSELING BY MAAMA AIDA
Maama Aida met the primary and secondary children for counseling. She spoke of being responsible in caring for the body and property. She urged adult children to wash their own clothes and also avoid being wasteful with the available resources. She encouraged children to care for the young ones and also being security conscious at all the time. She encouraged the children to be responsible and take care of any property to avoid wastage of money. She urged the children to be praying for the sponsors who give us the money to meet the medical bills, school fees and feeding.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR
We had The Good Neighbor day where the community children received scholastic materials. All the items were purchased by Pastor David Mwoya who is the coordinator to the program. The function started at 9:00am and at 3:00pm. The function was characterized by entertainment, speeches and counseling from different staff members. All community children went away with a smiling face and promised to work hard in class. We thank our donors for supporting this program. This helps in fighting illiteracy and strengthening our ties with the community members.
CHILD FUND EVALUATION
We received Beth Bradford,the American consultant on family and children’s affairs from Maestral International organization. The organization is based in America and their objective was to evaluate Child Fund Uganda as their activities come to an end. Child Fund in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Welfare has been working with home care institutions for the last two years. They coordinated the program called Deinstitutionalization of Vulnerable and Orphaned Children in Uganda. The consultant met some selected home institutions (including Lulwanda) in eastern Uganda, the team around the child (TAC) and the district officials. We shared a lot with the evaluator and we gave our responses which were both positive and negative. At the end of the evaluation, the consultant complimented the management of Lulwanda children’s home for the effort in rescuing the orphaned children. She said Lulwanda is far ahead compared to other home institutions visited in Eastern Uganda.
We have planted rows of Napier grass around the edges of the upper section of Namajje and Lulwanda farms. This will reduce the cost of buying grass to feed our animals. Busiu sub-county local government donated 70 mango seedlings and we have planted all at Namajje farm. We have installed outlet and inlet pipes on the fish ponds and this will maximize the water coming into the ponds from the nearby drainage system. We have brought wood chips to the pig farm to replace the mulch which will be taken and poured in the Napier grass planted at Lulwanda farm as fertilizer. We have planted vegetables commonly known as sukuma and soya beans to supplement the diet of children. We harvested maize and beans and peanuts which is a big achievement from the farm department. Everything is going on well in the animal and agricultural department.
The community has continued to trespass on our land and there is urgent need to fence the land. We are in the process of talking to different stake holders to help us and ensure that our properties are safe. Another challenge is the increasing cost of the children attending University but we continue to pray for God’s provision.
Thank you for supporting us and let the blessings of God be upon everybody.
Lulwanda children’s home