Mountains of hope childrens ministries

Mission statement: To make a real lasting difference to the lives of children through provision of quality education and care. . Founding principles:To efficiently respond to the urgent needs of orphans and vulnerable children and the communities they live in through offering formal education to them by paying for them school fees, and provision of other scholastic materials like school uniforms, we believe that education is one of the fundamentals of success
Apr 16, 2015

We will always remain thankful

Hi, as a partner in this project, I Just wanted to share with you our annual report 2014, hoping that you will know how we are progressing.

Acknowledgement
Having completed the year, acknowledgement is extended to all those that have participated in planning and implementation of project interventions through the year. We appreciate Mpigi District leadership and management team for their continuous support and guidance in coming up with innovative ideas and giving strategic direction to the project.Special appreciation goes to the Mpigi District Probation and welfare officer Ms. Annet Nabuuma for her continued advice and direction during implementation. Not forgetting the Mpigi District police Family and welfare department headed by Ms. Nawegulo, thank you for the partnership.


Globalgiving is credited for its commitment in supporting the project raise funds through its site, we have been able to raise funds worth $19,000 through Globalgiving for the running of 21various sub projects under the 03 main projects of Health, Sponsorship and Education respectively. Through your support we have helped meet the needs of the community, but also forge a favorable working partnership that is geared towards implementation of community based sustainable projects for transformation of the community.


We are also grateful to Kafumu parish leadership, the local administration, security agencies, Religious leaders, traditional leaders, opinion leaders, various stakeholders and the entire community for their collaboration and support.
The participation of other stakeholders like Village Health Teams (VHTs), government aided schools and their support during implementation and planning processes is appreciated. Gratitude is also due to community membersfor their involvement in the prioritization, problem analysis, and visioning plus reflection exercises.


Lastly thanks to the entire Mountains of Hope big team beginning from the Executive committee chaired by Mr. Jimmy Mayanja plus other members of the committee including Miss.Max Namatovu, Mr.Ronnie Mutongole, Mr.Wilson Wabalanda, Miss.Lilian Nakiyaga, Mr.Sammex Ssinabulya, Bish.Sam Akol, Mr.Justin Okiaand the Implementing team Headed by James Malinga (Executive Director),Joy Muwanguzi (administrator) and volunteers for their time and commitment towards sourcing for funding and all implementation. You are all appreciated for your patience and overall support towards these entire processes.

Introduction
All planning and implementation processes involved collaboration and networking with a cross section of stakeholders, including; Mpigi District Health Office, District Probation Office, District police Family and child welfare Office, Kafumu parish leadership, operating local CBOs, Health centers and individual community members.
This document shows progress of interventions that Mountains of Hope projectand stakeholders have attained for this financial year beginning January 2014 to January 2015, the interventions addressed the prevailing community challenges and improvement in people’s quality of life. Project interventions during the FY included projects such as; Education, Health and Sponsorship.


Project goal: Improved quality of education among school going children both boys and girls and improved health of the people of Kafumucommunity through a participatory community based sustainable approach by the year 2018.
Project outcomes:
1: Improved access to quality of formal education for 100 Children (both boys and girls) but with special focus on the girl child in Kafumu parish by 2016.

2: Reduced malnutrition cases and its effects among 500 children in Kafumu parish through several approaches of prevention, care, support and advocacy by 2016.

3: Improved living of children both sponsored and non-sponsored and their community to become agents of change by 2016.

Progress towards project goal:

Success story:

Sarah’s Story- a reminder of why we do what we do:

Sarah always dreamed of being a teacher, but when her father died she thought there was no hope for her. Five years ago, Sarah moved into the children’s home and we immediately enrolled her in school to pursue a diploma in Nursery teaching education. She completed her course in just two years, and now she is teaching in one of the best schools in Kampala city. Since then, she has been able to help her siblings as well as sponsor herself for further studies in education.
Sarah is just one example of what is possible when children are able to follow their dreams. Sometimes, all a child needs is a place to call home, or someone to help them through school. With your support, you can help more children become like Sarah, and reach places that they never thought were possible.

Construction:

Construction of the childrens Home is under way and we are fixing doors and windows, we are also beginning the finishing works on the house coming month.

Sponsorship and Education projects

The project has enabled 10 sponsored children (05 girls, 05 boys) and 02 University students (01 girl and 01 boy) to remain in school and improve on their learning skills using its interventions in education project such as paying their school fees and tuition. These children are enjoying education since the Tuition and fees are paid in time.
Enrolment in some schools has changed, the project distributed sanitary pads to 70 school going girls of menstruation age and as a result their hope has been restored. They have as well participated in prevention of teenage pregnancies initiatives in and out of school using life skill approach.

Health project

The project in partnership with the District Health Office and stakeholders such as Village Health Teams (VHTs),trained 50 mother’s proper breast feeding methods andfood preparations to children aged 0-59 months to reduce malnutrition. Mothers were taken through the usage of Mid Upper Arm Circumference tapes (MUAC), they are now vigilant on the health of their children. This vigilance of mothers hascontributed to reduction malnutrition cases among the children of Kafumu community from 8% who measured yellow and red (at risk and critical stage respectively) in 2013 to 7% who measured yellow and red in 2014(source: VHT records report ,2014).
The project in collaboration with the Globalgiving donors facilitated 13 children (05 girls, 08 boys) to get psychosocial support, the children were talked to both boys and girls and after played and had the best Christmas meal in Freedom city kids play center Namasuba


Two project staff have been facilitated to attend various planning and review meetings in the project and with the District. This has enabled the staff be vigilant and have effectively monitored and managed project work. The staff have monitored and supervised the construction of a four roomed home to accommodate children who if not accommodated would not survive, the home will only accommodate these children for a period of not more than six months and find a home to place them.


Lessons learned
Involving children in the planning process and allowing them participate in the project interventions enables them to express themselves in identifying their needs and sharing problems affecting them and their families and communities. When we trained girls on prevention of early pregnancies, at the course of the training they told us that they had a great need for sanitary pads, something we had not planned for before, we immediately looked for money and provided them to enable them continue education.

Apr 14, 2015

David gets brand new Vostro laptop

David being helped by technical staff to install
David being helped by technical staff to install

Thank you once again for enabling David acquire a brand new Vostro laptop which will enable him complete his Bachelors in Fine art and Graphics design in University here in Uganda.

You and other donors contributed worth $ 300, this money has purchased him a brand new vostro laptop and a laptop bag and installation of graphics soft ware in it.

Mountains of Hope staff went together with David to the shop so that he could chose a lap top of his choice, he chose the vostro.

"Am excited, am very happy for this, thank you GlobalGiving donors" said David while receiving his laptop.

Donors like you have enabled many children in Uganda to complete their education, Sarah and others were enabled to complete their courses by generous people like you, David in this case will also complete his studies now that he is fully facilitated.

Mar 13, 2015

Ugandan Mothers excited over vegetable gardening

Baby Tonny, he now looks healthy
Baby Tonny, he now looks healthy

Thank you very much for the generous support you sent towards the establishment of backyard gardens for the 50 mothers in Uganda. Your money enabled us train these mothers on establishment and management of vegetable gardens, Mountains of Hope facilitated ANSWERID an organization that trains farmer’s on establishment of backyard gardens in Mpigi District.


These mothers were also trained on how to make their own composite manure to enable them fertilize the land before transplanting to the gardens. Although the project has facilitated the mothers with fertilizers for the start, they will be able to make their own in future, this will ensure continuity of the project even without our direct support.The money has enabled us buy a spray pump, watering cans, fertilizers, vegetable seeds such as carrots, Leek, water Mellon, cabbage and many more, we also paid the facilitators as well as provide meals to trainees during the training.


Mothers have started on the establishment of a mother nursery bed to enable them have a joint nursery bed with variety of vegetables, these will be transplanted to individual mothers homes in a months’ time. This will ensure children are healthy as they will have variety of vegetables and fruits, their household income will also improve as they will be able to sell some to the markets and buy the necessary items at home.


The moms have also elected a leadership team which will be responsible for the management and monitoring of the project.

Baby Tonny who used to be malnourished is now healthy after mothers received training on good feeding mechanisms, now how will he look loke if he adds in vegetables in his diet?

Facilitator training mothers
Facilitator training mothers
Acomittee to monitor the project progress
Acomittee to monitor the project progress
Facilitator shows how seeds look like
Facilitator shows how seeds look like
Mothers setting up a demonstration nursery bed
Mothers setting up a demonstration nursery bed

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