Oct 3, 2019

A big Hello from SAM!

New friends
New friends

A big Hello from SAM!

We are delighted and excited to confirm that SAM -the ‘Samaritan Day Care & Kindergarten’ is up and running! We are now providing nursery day care and pre-school kindergarten for vulnerable little ones aged 6 months to 6 years.

We have moved into the modern buildings of our former centre, which were completed just 3 years ago, are purpose built to cater for the under 5’s, and have been adapted to better facilitate the new day care activities taking place.  The walled compound offers a safe environment with a garden ideal for outdoor activities, and there is a sheltered area where children can play protected from the strong rays of the African sun.

The nursery day care area has been set up to provide care for a group of the most vulnerable children. We are already providing individual care, healthy meals and a range of developmental activities, including games and reading to the younger children. The kindergarten is offering the same individual care, and putting additional focus on preparing each pre-school child for the transition to primary school. Many of the children that we will be looking after at SAM will go on to attend KHA’s Samaritan Primary School on the campus.

Our aim is two-fold – to give the little ones a healthy and stimulating environment in which to develop early educational and social skills, whilst offering their parents the opportunity to work or to undergo training whilst we care for their children. Our hope is that our support can give vulnerable young mothers and disadvantaged parents or carers the opportunity to build a life for themselves, and a basis to bring up their own healthy and stable family independently.

The support of our sponsors and donors will help make it possible for us to provide life changing care, and developmental and educational support to the most disadvantaged under 5’s and their families.

Your support means more than mere words can convey and none of our work is possible without it.

We are looking forward to all the new challenges that running and developing our day care and kindergarten centre will bring, and we hope that all our GlobalGiving donors are as excited as we are to be embarking on this project. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable young children in Uganda.

KHA, our charity Kinderhulp Afrika, has “from helpless to hopeful” as its slogan and SAM is going to play an important part in giving that an even broader meaning!

One of our project leaders will be visiting SAM in October, so we will post an update report with all the latest photos shortly to keep you in touch with all the developments.

If you have any questions, please do contact us.  jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl

www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/

Playing in the Garden
Playing in the Garden
Sep 18, 2019

Nafasi's Thank You and Farewell

 

Nafasi’s Thank You and Farewell

We are delighted and excited to confirm that Nafasi Welfare Centre’s chance for a new direction has arrived! The planned changes that we explained in our last report are now in place and the Nafasi buildings have their new purpose – they are open again under their new name the ‘Samaritan Day Care & Kindergarten’.

We are already providing nursery day care and pre-school kindergarten for vulnerable little ones aged 6 months to 6 years in our modern and adapted facilities. GlobalGiving have approved our new Project #42553 ‘Help Vulnerable Children Go to Preschool in Uganda’ and it is live and accepting donations. https://www.globalgiving.org/42553

The time has therefore come to retire Project #20522 that has supported Nafasi as a residential crisis centre, so this is Nafasi’s final report and farewell.

We want to say an enormous thank you to all our sponsors and donors, your support has been brilliant and none of our work would have been possible without it. You have helped us provide life saving care to babies and young children at a time of crisis, and to give them and their young mothers a Nafasi New Chance.

You can carry on helping! We are looking forward to all the new challenges that running and developing our day care and kindergarten centre will bring, and your continuing support will make a real difference.

You can find additional information by clicking on the new project link and if you have any questions please do contact us.

jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl

If you have been making a recurring donation to the Nafasi project these will automatically roll over to the new Samaritan project, so you do not need to do anything, and you will start to receive our reports and news of the little ones that we will be looking after.

Thank you once again – farewell Nafasi – hello and welcome Samaritan!

Aug 19, 2019

NAFASI'S CHANCE FOR A NEW DIRECTION!

Every donation helps vulnerable young children.
Every donation helps vulnerable young children.

NAFASI’S CHANCE FOR A NEW DIRECTION! 

As GlobalGiving followers of Nafasi Welfare Centre, we want you to be the first to hear about important and exciting changes that are taking place from this September. Plans are in hand to give the Nafasi buildings a new purpose – we are going to operate as a nursery daycare centre and as a pre-school kindergarten. To reflect this next stage of our development our name will be changing to the “SAMARITAN KINDERGARTEN & DAYCARE CENTRE”.

We will no longer be offering residential care; however our vision remains the same – to provide vital support to vulnerable young children, teenage mothers and disadvantaged single parents and families – as we outline below.

This change of focus from residential to daycare has been necessary because the Ugandan Government has recently adopted a new law regarding children's homes and crisis shelters. Unfortunately, this means that Nafasi, and 550 similar children's homes, will not be granted a license to operate as residential facilities. The new regulations require that when a child is being cared for and has a mother then both should live in the same home. Whilst that is ideal and something we completely endorse, it is unrealistic and unaffordable for our small charity with its limited resources to meet these new requirements.

We can however make a real difference to vulnerable families by redesigning how we use our brilliant buildings and the care we offer in them, and we are confident that this autumn will mark an exciting new phase.

Nafasi is very fortunate to have operated in partnership with and under the umbrella of the Kinderhulp Afrika (KHA) charitable foundation and we have been based as a self-contained unit within the KHA campus. From September the Nafasi buildings and all our resources will have direct support and management through KHA, which will allow us to the develop the  facilities and strengthen our links with the KHA Children’s Welfare Mission and the families they support.

The nursery daycare centre is being set up and will provide care for a group of vulnerable children. We will be offering individual care, healthy meals and a range of developmental activities including games and reading. The kindergarten will offer the same individual care and put additional focus on preparing each pre-school child for the transition to primary school. Many of the children that we will be looking after at our SAMARITAN KINDERGARTEN & DAYCARE CENTRE will go on to attend KHA’s SAMARITAN PRIMARY SCHOOL on the campus.

Our aim is two-fold – to give the little ones a healthy and stimulating environment in which to develop early educational and social skills, whilst offering their parents the opportunity to work or to undergo training whilst we care for their children. Our hope is that our support can give vulnerable young mothers and disadvantaged parents or carers the opportunity to build a life for themselves and a basis to independently bring up their own healthy and stable family.

Your help is still needed!

These changes give us the opportunity to develop and expand the help we can give to vulnerable families in Uganda– and so we do of course need your (continued) financial help and support for which we are so grateful.

We will be able to give you much more detail about all these developments in our next report, and in the meantime we will be refreshing our project information pages on GlobalGiving and updating our website and social media.

We are looking forward to the future challenges, and to giving the KHA slogan “from helpless to hopeful” an even broader meaning!

Thank you for your support and commitment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via: info@kinderhulp-afrika.nl or kha.jcvanleeuwen@gmail.com.

           

I love my new clothes :)
I love my new clothes :)
and my new toys :)
and my new toys :)
A new baby receiving love & attention.
A new baby receiving love & attention.
Dinner time for the toddlers.
Dinner time for the toddlers.
 
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