Lulwanda Children’s Home was established specifically to provide loving care to some of the orphaned and abandoned children of Eastern Uganda, in Africa. Before coming to Lulwanda, many of these orphans had no one to care for them, while others were living in desperate conditions with aging and overburdened grandparents. Now the children are thriving in a healthy, nurturing Christian environment. An important part of the growth and development of the children is the outreach programs carried out at Lulwanda. We consider it essential that the children learn to bless others, in the same way as sponsors and supporters on the other side of the world have blessed them.
Our largest and most structured outreach program, which has been active since 2007, is the Good Neighbor program. In this project, the children of Lulwanda are each paired with a child from a neighboring community family. The participating neighbor children receive a school uniform, a pair of shoes, school supplies and a hygiene kit, which will enable them to attend school in their own community. Even though primary education is free in Uganda, many families cannot afford the uniform and shoes to send their children to school, as together they may cost almost a month’s wages. Approximately 3 times per year, the participating neighborhood children come to LCH to join their partners for a full day of activities. Click here to read about the most recent Good Neighbor program day.
Another regular activity involves Lulwanda children visiting the St. Kizito’s Babies Home in nearby Mbale. St Kizito’s Babies Home cares for orphaned and abandoned infants up to 4 years old. The Lulwanda children have at various times brought them food, toys and clothing, and always enjoy feeding the babies and caring for them for a couple hours. Not only is this an expression of sharing God’s love with the babies, it is good practical experience for the Lulwanda children to care for younger ones. An informal partnership is developing with St Kizito’s, and in 2011 two young children from St Kizito’s were admitted into Lulwanda.
We have taken advantage of other opportunities to reach out to those in need, in keeping with our Christian ideals. In 2011, some of the older Lulwanda children assisted a ministry called Free Wheelchairs Mission distribute wheelchairs to 50 people who needed but did not have wheelchairs. The Lulwanda children also collected some of their clothing and supplies they had around Lulwanda and brought them to the victims of a huge mudslide in the village of Bududa. This outreach was the initiative of the children.
You can help maintain and expand the services offered by Lulwanda, including the outreach programs. Click here to learn how you can support the work of Lulwanda Children’s home and make a huge difference in the lives of orphans in Uganda.