Greetings from Ngoma Aid Foundation. I trust all our donors and friends had a fantastic festive season and are enjoying 2012. We at Ngoma Aid Foundation had a good festive season and YES, the New Year had a perfect start. Thank you all for your generosity, support and kindness.
The third term and promotional term of the year 2012 went well for all our girls in school. Both the ones in primary and secondary school progressed convincingly to the next class and they are now at school, committed to the challenge.
Christmas was particularly nice for the younger girls given that each one of them got a new dress and a pair of shoes for Christmas – a thing that brightened up their beautiful faces. Everyone of them went for the Christmas church service beaming with confidence and it reminded me of my earlier years and Christmas celebrations – new clothes, plenty of meat given that some families here eat meat only on big days and not for health reasons but simply because they cannot afford it.
I would like to report that our end of 2011 was a mixture of Joy and Uncertainty as to what 2012 would be like. Not that I worry a lot, but yes I do sometimes as the organisation Head given that it would be very difficult to explain to these young girls as to why they cannot make it to school just in case funding is a problem. It is HOPE that keeps us going at Ngoma Aid Foundation and indeed, while the worrying was going on, we received a BIG donation from our friend Charles on the 31/12/2011 and what a JOY it was to start the New Year in that style. Atleast, we were now sure that the girls would begin school as we look for their balances for school fees. We are very grateful for that Surprise Mr. Charles. Always keep us in your thoughts.
All the girls reported for the new school term at the end of January 2012 and are currently concentrating on their studies. I am happy to report that we will have two candidates seating for their End of Ordinary Level certificate of education (Uganda) at the end of the year. I also would like to report that we managed to get everyone’s school shopping list exhausted. The items on the list are nothing other than, exercise books, pens, pencils, mathematical sets, Knickers, Pads for the older girls, reams of papers, etc.
While we were beginning to worry about the remaining fees for the girls, our friends Charles and Sonal, made yet another hefty donation – THANK YOU SO MUCH CHARLES & SONAL – and come April when the disbursements for February 2012 are effected, we are sure of putting all our school fees balances, house rent arrears, water and electricity bills to Zero. We will stock our food store as well.
Our challenge as of today is fundraising for the second and third school terms of the year. The two terms begin in May and September 2012 respectively. Still on donations and fundraising, I would like to thank Jessica Cishek for the monthly recurring donation that you have extended to us for over a year now. We at Ngoma Aid Foundation are very grateful indeed for your continued support.
Last but not least, allow me remind you all our friends, new and old donors that GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made on the coming Wednesday 14th March 2012 by 30%. The good news is that the organisation that gets the biggest amount on the day gets a $1000 BONUS and the organisation that gets the biggest number of donors on the day also gets a $1000 BONUS on top of matching all donations by 30% of the donation. The organisation that gets both the biggest amount of donation money and the biggest number of donors on the day will get a $2000 BONUS. Kindly help Ngoma Aid Foundation get the BONUSES of the day by donating early on the day and kindly advise your friends, relatives and workmates help us achieve our goal.
We do appreciate your support. Thank you for partnering with Ngoma Aid Foundation as we try to make the world a better place by moving one mountain at a time.
God Bless you and Happy 2012
Greetings to all our friends, Donors and well wishers. It has been a fantastic year of good health at NAF given that none of the girls registered any major illness and am so excited that they all got to perform well in their academic work and have been cleared to join the next classes respectively at the end of January, 2012. The girls in boarding school are home and the younger ones have been taken to families back in their respective villages for a change. We are constantly in touch with them and they are all looking forward to Christmas. Christmas is a very big day in Uganda, well, i think world over but Christmas here is characterised by going to church and putting on new clothes and eating lots of meat and rice, well some families do not get that throughout the year and celebrate Christmas with an "expensive meal" and a new dress/cloth. I am under pressure to buy the girls clothes and shoes for XMAS especially the younger ones, rice and meat for the day, and yet what seems to worry me most is not XMAS but their next term's school dues and school shopping. I used to enjoy XMAS as a kid because of the small little things that my mother did for us so i promise i will be shopping some new dresses in the next few days before XMAS day.
We want to thanks our donors, friends and well wishers for the sacrifices they make to ensure that our project is alive. Thank you so much for the donations both in cash and kind and may the good Lord continue to Bless and reward you. We, however, continue to request for your support as we enter into another year. The challenge is still on and everything that you give is of great importance and is well appreciated. Thank you always.
I have attached some of the reports and will be attaching the remaining one in the days to come. Feel free to look at them and guide us where necessary. I will also be attaching the other photos of the other girls. I am sorry it has taken sometime but it is because the camera man was/is away and since we had not paid for the Photos, we could not have them before he left.
Kateta, the deaf and dumb young girl SHOULD be in school next year. She needs special education, her requirements are more than those for the others and well, i am praying that she gets a personal sponsor so that we are sure that she is in school throughout. If anyone out their can offer the special need, we will be more than grateful. She is not supposed to be in the village Monday to Sunday, she is supposed to be in a special needs school building her future. We continue to request for your support.
Next term opens around January end and early February 2012. It will be business as usual as regards the school goers.
I want to wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy 2012. I also want to once again thank you all for the support you have rendered to us throughout 2011 and we at NAF look forward to continue with you in the struggle.
God's Blessings to you all.
Hello everyone, I am Happy to report that we at Ngoma Aid Foundation are fine. The girls are all back to school for the last school term of the year although putting their school fees together for this term has been a hurdle. We have some uncleared bills.
I am still figuring out what it is that we are not doing right given that we have less and less donations coming through to the organisation. It is at this point that i kindly request all well wishers to help us direct traffic to our project page or organisational website www.freetocharities.org.uk/naf as a way of attracting potential donors to our website and fundraising page. I continue to request our donors to help us spread the word about our project as a bid to attract more donors and well wishers to the project.
Our oldest beneficiary,Josephine, joined University this semester and she will be helping with the organisation work as she pursues her studies given that we are still contributing to her education. All the girls are in perfect health, something we continue to thank God for given that we rarely have sickness cases both at the house and the different schools they attend.
The new deaf and dumb girl is still at home given that we are still trying to come with ways in which we can help. A sponsor for her would be ideal because she need alot more that the rest of the girls. I am optimistic that something good is on the way and that she could be in school next year. I will keep you informed about the same.
This is a promotional term and we have asked all the girls to do their level best and perform well. We will try and upload the end of year school reports for our donors and friends to see.
I have uploaded some new photographs of the girls. It took a whole day to do about four files. That is how terrible internet can be here sometimes. I am still uploading more for the rest of the girls for our donors to access.
I wish every one of our donors and friends well and continue to request for your support. Kindly help us spread the word about the project to family members and friends too.
I would like to extend my greetings to all donors, friends and well wishers of Ngoma Aid Foundation. I also would like to thank you all for the support you continue to extend to us.
It is close to three month since I posted a project report and am happy to update you yet again on what is happening on our side.
The girls and everyone else is in good health and spirit save for Lispar who, like I reported earlier had left the house to go and stay with her surviving relatives.
Shamim has after a longtime enrolled for a certificate course and am sure she will gain some skills that she will find vital in her future endeavors. Josphine will be joining University come August 2011. We are very proud of her achievements given that she is our oldest beneficiary and continues to be a role model to the younger girls.
I am sorry I have not kept my word as regards posting new and recent pictures of the girls. I have not had access to a camera and yes we do not have a camera of our own. I still promise that I will post them as soon as I have them taken.
We are also planning on taking on a new girl. She is young, lives in rural Ntungamo, orphaned, deaf and dumb. I am not good at sign language but from my "interaction" with her recently, she seemed to suggest that I ask for her mother's permission in regard to taking her to a deaf school in kampala and when the mother nodded in the affirmative, her face lit up with joy. I am making arrangements to see how we can help her join Ntinda school of the deaf. Until recently she has been attending normal school but it does not make sense given that she is deaf and dumb and a special needs pupil. I will keep you posted about the same.
It is the second school term here in Uganda. All the fees bills have been cleared and the girls are in their respective schools. We are happy and grateful for your support as we continue to take on stride at a time.
I wish you all the best
Greetings to all Ngoma Aid Foundation donors and well wishers. We are grateful for all the support you continue to extend to us.
It has been all good here at NAF right from the time of our last report todate. We had an enjoyable festive season and the girls are back to school now.
Josephine our very oldest beneficiary scored 12 points in the recently released High school results and she should be joing University come August 2011. We are happy to have brought her this far and as one of our oldest beneficiary, she continues to be a role model and a good example to the rest of the younger girls.
Lispar has since left the home to be with her surviving relatives on the advice of one of our neighbours. This was certainly a bad move given that we are the only family she has always known since she was about three years of age. (she is about 18ywears now). her late mother abandoned her at that tender age and we ensured that she had family from there on. We are putting in effort to have her back to the house given that tough times await her if she looses focus.
Hannifa is now in senior three. she remains a focused and well behaved girl. Jane and Elizabeth pased their 2010 Primary Leaving Examinations and are now in senior one.
Krishna, Natasha and Gladys have since changed school to a relatively better and more established school. The three girls were made to repeat class, ie they could not advance to the next class because the new school is of higher standard compared to their previous one.
Shamimu has not yet enrolled for her certificate course yet but it is in our best interest that we give her a skill before she moves into the world like we have always emphasized. Hopefull, she could join in the next intake.
We are happy to report that we have managed to maintain our bills in check. Our maid's health is also stable and all the girls are in good health too.
We have also managed to acquire a new internet modem after the first one failed to work. We however are in need of a laptop, new or used because the one i am writing this report on sometimes fails to open because certain files are damaged or missing. I had to wait for two hours for it to respond.
We have also made progress and acquired a new Barclays Bank account. We had earlier on moved to a smaller bank hoping to cut transaction costs but the smaller bank could not effectively handle international transactions. The new account charges are about $3 a month which is still okey for us compared with our previous bankers.
We continue to take care of Ezrah who has been ourr beneficiary for a long time. He is currently in senior three. We do hope to bring in more vulnerable young girls especially if the funds allow. I will be posting the latest pictures prefereably in their new school uniforms etc...hopefully soon given that we do not have a camera of our own.
It is my prayer that we all have a blessed 2011. I kindly request for your continued support.
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