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
May 21, 2015

Our Computer school is the best

Students in class
Students in class

Hi,

I promised to be updating you on the progress of our Computer training school and Internet cafe, right now there are 38 youth that have completed the three computer courses and have earned their certificates in basic computer training, over 100 have acess to the fastest Internet in town. We hired a qulaified computer trainer who holds a bachelors degree in Information technology.

I would like to call upon you to like our Computer school face book page so you can keep up todate with what is going on here. https://www.facebook.com/mountainsofhopeinternetcafe?ref=bookmarks

Zahara, one of the girls studying the course has already been hired in one of the secretarial bureau in town, just imagine even before she completes the course, she is working.

Thank you for your you generous support

May 21, 2015

Pork at high demand

Hi,

Great we are here again, I know you are eager to learn more about the project, last week we were visited by 2 butcher owners, all of them want us to supply them with pork, there is high demand now but the  supply is still low, most of the farms have been attacked by swine fever, but thank God we are not affected.

By this time next year we will be able to supply over 5 farms in amonth, now that a kilogram of pork costs $4, one pig weighs between 80-90 kilograms, there fore one pig alone will fetch us $360, this will be a very big a chievement in the organization. All this will happen next year, why wont the children go to school?, why wont we do most of the hings without any other external hand, we are dreaming ahead and we will be there.

Thank you very much, and especially to those that have kept on giving money monthly, we also appeciate your feedback, thank you.

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.

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