Happy New Year to all our Donors, friends and well wishers. We are grateful for all the support you have extended to us over the years and particularly for your support in 2013. Thank you for helping the Foundation achieve her goals in 2013, we look forward to your continued support in the New Year 2014.
We had our challenges in 2013 but i am happy to note that we ended the year on a good note. All the children got a new set of clothes for Christmas and a pair of shoes. We had a hefty meal on Chrsitmas day and each took a bottle of soda to accompany the meaty meal. That is what Christmas is all about in Africa. All the children are well and the project is up and running. The children are more happier than before and i am glad they have a place they call a home and a dedicated team that makes everything happen positively.
I have the third term student reports for those who did not have school fees balances. We will be picking the school reports for those who did not get them as soon as we clear the bills. Some of the children excelled while others need to improve, but overall we are one big happy family. Hanifa will be completing her teacher training course at the end of 2014, while Alex will be joing secondary school. Jane and Elizabeth will be sitting for their senior four and we hope they excel and join college. We are encouraging everychild to work hard and motivate you the people making it possible for them to access quality education. We are also proud to teach them other aspects of life like doing house chores as a way of preparing them for life ahead. I have attached some pictures of the children taken during the festive season too.
The new school term will begin in the first week of February 2014. Each child needs scholarstic materials, new set of uniforms, school fees, medical check up among other home requirements. We are positive we can provide for these with your continued support and request that you keep the support coming through.
You will appreciate that we are happy to provide a home for these children especially the young girls because we are helping prepare for them a brighter future despite their past and vulnerable situation. The girls in this part of the world do not get as much attention as the boys in the family and chances are that girls are likely to be victims of early marriages, uneducated teenage mothers, sex slaves and all this exposes them to a constant risk of contarcing HIV/AIDS and other dangers. It is my sincere prayer that you keep supporting the project so that we continue supporting our beneficiaries. Thank you always
Happy New Year 2014, once again.
It is amazing how time flies. The holidays are here again and it seems like yesterday when i wrote the last project report. It has been a wonderful three months for the children given that no one missed a single meal during the last three months like it has happened in the past. I am very grateful to out donors, well wishers and friends. Thank you for the support. We look forward to your continued support. I did spend the last week of the term with the children and as an Individual, am very happy with the progress the children are making. I did shed a tear of joy on one or two occasions as the young girls declared that they would like to spell their names for me. It was very fulfilling to hear them struggle to speak the English language, frankly i did not know that they could speak and communicate using the English language. I always tend to be more worried about their next meal, school fees, rent and other bigger things and i realise i have been missing a lot in the one on one bonding with the children. For anyone from a rural village to make such strides is a big leap into the future. I pray you continue to help us support them as we prepare them for the future. The older ones are slowly growing into responsible adults and this is what the project is all about. They can cook, wash clothes, clean the house and clean the compound under no one's supervision. They certainly get better with time and it is all good. I will be spending more time with them and will keep you updated. I should also be able to scan and attach the school reports in the coming week. Some still have to be collected from school on agreed dates. On a sad note, we are looking for another maid again. The latest one left after two and half months for none payment. We thought she would be patient since she stays at the house full time and depends on what the children depend on. We are now looking for a new maid before the new academic term begins. We also have some rent arrears, water and electricity bills to pay and will need to restock our food store for third term. Do give us your support. Thank you once again for your support an hope you continue to support this project.
Thank you our donors, friends and well wishers for your continued support and generous donations towards our cause. The children had a peace full school term minus any serious illnesses and we managed to continue providing for their school and personal needs with your help. That is why we value your support because it keeps us going forward.
The children are back from the school holidays and have reported for the second school term of the year. We did cross the Equator in Queen Elizabeth National park on our way from the village (Picture attached). The children will (for this term) require school fees, books, pens, pencils, sanitary pads, school sweaters,house rent, house old items like, vim, soap, tooth paste, jik detergent, toilet paper, etc. They are also in need of reading books to improve on their reading abilities and shading books. Most important, the fence around the childrens' home needs urgent repairs to ensure the children's safety.
Hanifa is back to college and spent the holiday preparing for her year one promotional exams. We are giving her all the support she requires. The new set of orphans that we picked on has totally failed to measure to the standard of their new school (school reports attached) and it is such a challenge at the moment. We will continue to support and encourage them to read for better grade - their first term reports were not good at all. Anita is also struggling in her new and better school, We are only grateful that with your help, she nolonger has to walk several miles to school given that she is now in a new boarding school.
We will be taking part in the Bonus day campaign on the 12th June 2013. We request for your support on the day.
Once again, thank you for your contiunued support. Look forward to a continued worthwile partneship.
Warm greetings to our donors, friends and well wishers. Thank you all for making 2012 a fantastic year for Ngoma Aid Foundation. We are exceptionally grateful to Charles and Sonal for the constant, timely, persistent and reliable support that they extended to us in 2012 and continue to extend to us. Thank you so much. Thank you Jessica for the the over a year long recurring donation that you have offered to Ngoma Aid Foundation. We are grateful.
The children are back to school and it has been over a month since the schools opened for the first term of the year 2013. The younger children in Primary school continue to perform well academically, are disciplined and hardworking at the house too. I pray we are able to continue supporting them with your help. Naome and AnnaMary have changed school ie from Little Angels Preparatory School to Namhuga Primary School.
Naome is now in Upper class ( pre primary) while AnnaMary was challenged to try Primary One after a single term in pre primary. Anna is older than and should be in Primary One but because she did not have access to education in her village, she had never had an opportunity to go to scool until we picked her up. If she was not in school now, she would be in the village carrying babies on her back, fetching water, tilling the land etc. She is a bright girl and will excel if given chance. That is why your support is very vital.
Elizabeth and Jane are now in Senior 3 at King Jesus College as boarding students. We are encouraging them to remain focused and impress academically. I will be visiting them at school once the funds are available to to encourage them to work harder for a brighter future. Like i have said before, it is important that we keep supporting these girls and if Ngoma Aid Foundation had not offered a supporting hand with the help of our donors and friends, Jane and Elizabeth's future would have been very uncertain. They would probably have four children between them and most likely single mothers.
Gladys is now in Primary 5, Krishna in Primary 6 and Natasha in Primary 4. They are still in Namhuga Primary School (walking distance from the house). They continue to impress and am positive, their future will be bright. Isaac is now in Primary 2 at Kasese Primary School and staying with a NAF Coordinator. NAF pays Isaac's fees and scholastic materials etc. We are grateful for that support too.
Our community children for 2013 are Godfrey (Primary 5), Viola (repeating Primary 6 but would probably do well with a tailoring course), Prossy (Primary 7) and Julius (primary 6). They go to Ngoma Central Primary School and stay with their surviving family members while NAF extends education support to them in form of scholastic materials, school fees and other requirements like school uniform, pads, vaseline, soap etc. We would be in position to help many more but unfortunately we can not. We kindly request for your continued support so as to support these disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Aniita (Primary 6) one of our last years community children has since requested that she is fully sponsored by NAF an dis now in Boarding school at Good Time Primary school - Rwentobo. She used to walk several miles to her school on a daily and she requested and we understood her situation. We are happy to help.
We are happy to have picked on Alex (Primary 7), James (Primary 6), Bright (Primary 2) and Evas (Baby Class). Together with Claire, they lost their father in December 2012. The three boys and Evas have a Congolese mother from DRC who is HIV Positive while Claire's mother is from Northern Uganda, and is currently taking care of Claire with some help from NAF. The three boys ie Alex, James and Bright attend boarding school at Good Time Primary School - Rwentobo, while Evas joined the other younger girls at the house in Namhuga.
We are excited that Hanifa passed her Ordinary level Exams and has been admitted to Kibuli Core Primary Teachers Training College - Kampala. She will benefit from the government cost sharing scheme so that means we will pay a fraction of her tuition fees and accommodation. Isn't that wonderful? She is also in need of personal effects like washing soap, sanitary pads, Vaseline and has a long list of scholastic materials given that she is going to a student teacher grade 3. I am Happy for her and wish her well. She should be through next year and the Government of Uganda will employ her as a teacher. What a good beginning to life.
Ezrah also passed some of his papers but failed crucial papers in Physic, Chemistry and Biology. With the government policy of promoting sciences, he can not benefit from a government scholarship and going as a private student is challenging given that the fees are relatively high. Getting him through secondary was a struggle and denying him a vocational skill is equally not worth it. Do help us support him with a course, probably a Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counseling and he would be a blessing to his community given that many people here still associate HIV/AIDS with witch craft. We can only help with your help.
In the meantime, we are looking forward to being a part of the The first Bonus Day of the year Wednesday, March 13th. 2013. We request for your support. Bonus Day— matching will begin at 9:00 am EDT. GlobalGiving will match donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $50,000 available in matching funds and matching will last until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT. We are currently going through financial difficulties and maintaining and providing for the children's basics is a big challenge. We are in rent arrears (November 2012 to March 2013), have school balances to clear, electricity and water bill to clear and our food store is almost empty. We need all the support in the world. We kindly request that you continue to support us through 2013. We can only achieve our objectives with your support. Happy New year 2013
I would like to extend my sincere greetings to our donors, friends and well wishers. I must say it has been a peaceful 2012 and it is amazing how time flies so fast.
We at Ngoma Aid foundation are grateful for the support our donors, friends as well wishers have extended to us during 2012, a year we began with a lot of uncertainty. We are greatly indebted to the support of Charles and Sonal Smart. What would we have done with out your immense support in 2012? Like i have said before, God Knows how to take care of is folks....you are certainly a God send. Thank you always.
The children break off for the long Christmas holiday today 30/11/2012. We will post the reports as in the coming days because we have to scan them first. The children are expected to return to school after a two months break. We are glad, with your support, we were able and continue to offer the necessary support to these children albeit the challenges faced.
Kasaija and Haniffa completed their senior four exams and will get a Uganda Certificate of Education if they pass. I do not see any reason for their failing, and their passing will open doors for their future including vocational studies to acquire the necessary skills. I also hope they utilized their chance well and gave studies their all given that many people lack people to support their education needs and end up dropping out of school.
I am particularly happy for Ankunda Haniffa given that if we had not extended support for her education in the last four years, she most probably would be a landless village mother of three children by now. I love children so much but i do not support children suffering as a result of their parents decisions and choices in life.
Jane and Elizabeth continue to face challenges with formal education. I must say they are well behaved girls at the house though weak academically. They have been promoted to Senior Three BUT how i wish they could perform better. Life without some formal education is very challenging in today's world. We can only continue to encourage them and give them the necessary support and guidance. I would never want them to end up as teenage mothers.
The children in primary school continue to be impressive. We will continue to give the younger children under our care at the house a fairly good foundation. It is however very challenging especially when it comes to issues of maintenance. Food is becoming a big challenge especially in the days when we have nothing on us. It is even more challenging when the Executive Director has no side income from side employment. We would like to continue to make a difference in these children's lives BUT we can only achieve this with your support. I thus request our donors to consider making a recurring (monthly) donation, however small, so that we are at any one time sure of something at the end of the month. It does make a difference. We are grateful for your support.
For the year 2013, we intend to take on more children (preferably girls from Ngoma Sub County) as community children. We feel we will be able to reach many children this way and it will ensure a contribution from their surviving relatives. We are hoping we can help empower their families through our agriculture projects for example. We hope to provide seeds (beans and maize) at the start of the planting season.
The girls will spend their holidays in Ngoma Sub County. Some will remain at the house, Krishna will go visiting in Fortpotal town. Christmas shopping follows in the coming days and there will be plenty of merry making on Christmas courtsey of your support. We are forever grateful, thank you so much, thank you always
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