We are happy to note down the little progress on some of the activities we carried out, failed and learnt lessons to inform our planning.
In the community we work, we are constructing a home for 50 kids, by November this year we will be putting up metalic windows and doors, we are doing all these because we want our children to be protected from harm and or abuse, in our community there are over 200 needy children living in 500 households, 80% of the children are abused and the very abusers are sometimes their own parents, we carried out several other sensitizations in our community to curb child abuse, in carrying out these activities during this quarter, Mountains of Hope carried out a mini survey on child protection issues to assess the cases of child abuse in relation to the reported ones, it was learnt that data on child abuse cases reported by community during child protection meetings varied with the police report in terms of figures and information.
Mountains of Hope used to rely on the reports of the village/community meetings alone, it was difficult to follow up on some cases with the police as the police was not aware of some cases we were following up, we discovered that these lower level cases were solved by the community locally without reaching police, this hampered the follow up process, a case in point is where a school girl that was defiled in one of the communities was not reported to police and none of the authorities neither our staff knew about it but the community was aware about it, the case was handled locally by the parents of the victim and those of the defiler who later on were not willing to release information on how it went about.
Mountains of Hope in an attempt to make its monitoring systems stronger leant that there was a weak partnership and linkages among agencies involved in Child protection including Mountains of Hope. A partner’s meet up was organized and systems availed for who does what? What resources are needed? When? And How?
So far in this new partnership, our project has been assigned the duty of mobilizing sensitization community meetings on child protection issues in the community as the police child protection and welfare office does the sensitizations.
This has eased provision of information as our project can easily get the right data from police office other than relying on the data provided by only the village committees, this information derived from the police helps to inform our planning process in the community we work, this has enabled us to target the activities that are beneficial to our community, a case in point is when we planned for the provision of sanitary pads to 50 school girls after a thorough sensitization carried out by the Mpigi District Health Officer and Police Child protection officer with facilitation from Mountains of Hope with Globalgiving donors.
Thanks for your continued support, now the old has gone and the New has come!we have got anew song now, the old song "we want to roof" has gone, and the new song is now the "roof is on"!
"We must thank you very much for your help"-James-Project leader
"I had lost hope in roofing the home, I thought it was awrong project, I have proved it was a right venture"-Jimmy Executive board chairman
We are now embarking on fundraising for the doors, windows, plastering and cementing, once we have done all these, we will be ready to shift in the New Home, we are also planning to put tiles, electrical wiring and plumbing work, we welcome any building materials in kind if any.
We will keep updating you on ongoing progress
Thank you once again for your help, we have raise the roof, we have already put on the timber, with your donation, we were able to purchase timber, roofing nails and pay for labour, we are also trying fundraising elsewhere for the iron sheets, we are already receiving some money for the remaining iron sheets, by July 1st this year am sure we will have put on all the iron sheets.
It has not been easy though to reach this level, "right now it has started shinning (dry season) and we are worried timber might get spoilt, pray with us that we get all this donations in before the timber bends" James-Project leader.
All pictures will be posted here by July when we are done with the roofing.
I know you would love to hear the news:
We’ve had progress in the construction project you are funding in Mpigi, Uganda, your generous donation has enabled us to complete the orphanage wall including tying on the concrete ring beam to help hold the walls strong, this week the veranda columns will also be fixed and surely we will be done with the walls!
“Am glad we will be shifting to our new property soon, I will be sleeping in the first room, it’s cool, it’s nice” Patrick
“I can’t wait to see the projects that are going to be done on the property, especially the chicken and water projects that will benefit both the children and my community” Local council 1 chairman Kitaanula village where the orphanage is located
“Our donors are doing a great job, three of them have given to the project more than two times which is great and two of them have volunteered to be our ambassadors in the USA, one ambassador mobilized her friends and family to donate on the Globalgiving bonus day that took place on February 12th” James-Project leader giving progress report to the staff during the executive meeting
Now that we are done with the walls, we are beginning on the roof, good news! We have funds enough for the roof timber, roofing nails and labour but we don’t have iron sheets, this is a rainy season, our engineers have advised to fix iron sheets as soon as possible to avoid weakening and collapse of the walls due to heavy downpour. It takes seconds for the building that has taken one year under construction to collapse but only six generous people will save it from collapsing, if we could only get six donors to commit $200 this month, the roof will be fixed immediately and we will save all the dollars we have injected in this project.
Our children are drawing great pictures and designing a letter with your name in it, if you will give $200 to this project this month you will receive that wonderful letter with colored pictures as a gift of appreciation!
Donors that will give from March 20th to April 6th will receive the children’s gift of appreciation, Isn’t it great?
So, Yes! I know God is blessing us.
I confess that there have been times when I wasn’t 100% sure that we would raise $480 this January.
And yet, in His mercy, has still shown wonderful grace to us.
You see, I set a goal for us to donate $500 in December.
And there have been times when I wasn’t sure it would happen.
But when I see how much we have given since the beginning of last year to date, $4652, which helped us build up to beam level, I am now confident that we will finish what we started.
There’s still time! We are almost there!
All of us have already given, some of us are recurring donors, and for those who haven’t signed in as recurringdonors can also sign in to give monthly, thank you in advance! There are only 14 days left to the end of thismonth (January). All we have to raise is $1825 to finish the roof!
And you have proven your generosity before. I know you will be generous again.
When you give, you make sure that the HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphan kids in Uganda have the same benefits other kids have all over the World.
I’m counting on you to do your part.
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