I would like to extend my greetings to all our donors, friends and well wishers. As you might already know, I have been away to Sweden since August 2017 and I am happy to report that I am back to Uganda, and to the project and the Organisation having graduated with a MSc. Development Studies of Lund University. I am looking forward to utilising the knowledge acquired to further improve on the operations of NAF.
My time in Sweden was very productive and beneficial to me as an individual, the project and the Organisation at large. As a Swedish Institute scholar, i directly donated over half of my stipend for the entire time i was away for studies to ensure continuity of the project. I must admit that we curently have fundraising challenges partly as a result of inadequate manpower. We are continuosly trying to have this challenge adequately dealt with in the near future.
Since my return, I have been trying to reconnect with the children, staff, suppliers and now the donors. We are currently laying strategies for improving on our online fundraising for the project and dealing with some of the current challenges such as school fees as we map a way forward for the project. The project remains relevant to the beneficiaries and I am happy to report that we grown the number of the beneficiaries to 20 children, 13 of whom are residential and the other 7 are being supported from their respective homes. It is with your support that we are able to continue shaping these childrens future and we thus are grateful and request for your continued support to the project.
May 13, 2019
Its May and We Are Still Here
By Josephine Nshemire - Ag. Project Leader
Warm Regards to all our donors, friends and well wishers. It is hard to believe that it is already May 2019 and Yes we are still here. Time flies. ....Happy to communicate back after a fast moving three months. The children successfully completed the first school term of 2019. Everything went as planned and as had been communicated earlier. The home is peaceful, the children are happy and healthy, and the constant struggle to support them is on. We had no outstanding bills for the term (once again, thanks to our ED who has continued to donate and extend support to the project at a time when our fundraising is at its lowest). He remians away in Sweden and we should be able to have him back in the near future after completing his studies.
The children have been home for the last few weeks for the holidays and schools open again in a week or two. We are looking forward to having each of the children in school on day one and it is at this point that we want to remind you our dear donors that we still need your help. We cannot do this alone and your support means alot to the project. The children still need our/your support and together we can continue to make a difference in their lives.I hope we will have a peaceful and fruitful school term. I also hope that you keep the project in your thoughts. We are grateful for the support, always and forever.
Feb 11, 2019
Happy New Year 2019
By Andrew M. Niwagaba - Project Leader
Happy New Year 2019 to all our donors, friends and well wisheres. We had a peaceful, joyful and colourful festive season and hope you enjoyed your holidays too. We are all fine at NAF and steadily positioning ourselves in the new year. The children are back to school for the first term of the year and it has been a busy February so far. Nina, AnaMaria and Prince will be changing schools and this is partly because we need to reduce on the school fees costs that have been a challenge over the years. It is always in our interest to give them the best that we can afford and sadly, we have reached this decision to change to fairly cheaper schools. Joseph, Evas, Nimusima, Natasha, Olive and Bright will remain in their previous school and so will Emmanuel. Julia (named after one of our donors because she was not baptised when she became our beneficiary) the new girl that we reported about sometime last year will be joining nursery school and will now together with Emmanuel walk to their school together. We also felt it was necessary to seperate them so that they probably share different perspectives. Piu will start school this year too.
The results for last years Ordinary level examinations are out and Gladys and Tumwine are looking for what to do next. Tumwine performed slightly better than Glady but none of them qualifies for Advanced level of education. Our take is that they join college and start another life there. We have supported them over the years with your help and support, and they are almost achieving their goals. I must mention that they have transitioned and are responsible adults. Tumwine, will most likely join a Primary Teacher Training College and qualify as a grade three teacher after two years. He can always upgrade when he starts working in the future. Gladys will most likely start off as a kindergaten/nursery school teacher although she was suggesting that she re sits the exams, this would mean more expenses and there is no guarantee that she will perform better although this cannot be ruled out. We will continue to have a discussion with her on the possibilities. We will keep you posted with developments to this regard in the next report. The children still need your help and we are doing everything with in our reach to provide a home for them and even support some community children when we have an opportunity and the capacity to. The school fees bill for this term has not been dealt with at all. We do not have any outstanding bills for last year in regard to fees, food and other supplies. We will do good with your support in 2019. The struggle continues