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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.
Jun 3, 2019

New Chance for Nafasi's very own Elvis!

Elvis on arrival
Elvis on arrival

New Chance for Nafasi’s very own Elvis!

Yes, it’s true! Nafasi is looking after Elvis. Unlike his namesake, his story was one of heartache and tragedy – until he was rescued by Nafasi in December of last year.

Elvis had been abandoned by his mother and left with his father and his new partner. The neighbours alerted the community social workers that Elvis was regularly being locked up in a tiny room in a dark mud hut all day, and without food or water. Now two years and seven months old he had been psychologically abused and severely malnourished, and he weighed only 7 kgs. An average weight for a child of his age is 12 kgs. His swollen belly was a sign of severe malnourishment.

On arrival he was very withdrawn and could not speak. He was very scared of adults and did not know how to interact with the other children.

Elvis's new chance , discovering books...

Six months on the change is amazing! He has put on more than 5 kgs and is in good health. He is very talkative, happy, mischievous and running around the place! He loves helping the Aunties look after the other children and he sings them soothing songs if he sees that no one is watching him. However, he can get upset if he’s told to stop doing something. It is then that the scars of the past become visible and we see that he is still very vulnerable and needs thoughtful care.

Nafasi’s caregivers have clearly worked wonders with this lovely little boy. Their team of social workers are now working closely with the community to quickly resettle him with his mother, under the guidance of her parents.

 

Nafasi’s New Year Chance for twin girls Precious and Pretty.

Precious

Pretty

These twin girls were admitted to the care of Nafasi at the very beginning of January, when they were just 3 months old.

Their probation officer had requested that Nafasi help look after them whilst their teenage mum returned to school to complete her studies.

Precious is the slightly smaller of the two, Pretty the more active and inquisitive. Both are healthy and have done well at Nafasi. Since arriving they have both learned to sit up unaided, and they love attention especially when in each other’s company!

Their mother has now completed her studies, so the twins have recently been resettled in the village where she lives. By mutual agreement, and with the best long -term interests of the girls in mind, they are now living with their father, his sister and parents. The family are farmers and grow maize, sweet potatoes, millet, rice and sugarcane which they sell at the local market. They can provide a safe and stable environment for the twins with financial security, but their mother will be able to visit them whenever she wants and will be involved in their upbringing.

The probation officer and the family are so thankful to Nafasi for the fantastic and timely care that Precious and Pretty received whilst staying at Nafasi. It was a very difficult time for all concerned, and a challenge to come to terms with the unexpected pregnancy and birth of the two little girls. Without this dedicated and professional care, the twins would have had a very different, and much more difficult start in life. The parents are very grateful that Pretty and Precious have been able to benefit from a “Nafasi Chance”.

Twins reunited with their Father

Visitors from The Netherlands.

In March a group of ten people from the Netherlands spent a week as volunteers at Children’s Welfare Mission, Nafasi’s sister organisation and located on the same campus. When they saw the great work Nafasi is doing, a few of them asked if they could join the staff and lend a helping hand with the daily activities. The children loved this extra attention, especially the balloons and bubbles they had brought with them!  Little Elvis was very sad to see them go, although they left with promises to return.

 Blowing bubbles with the volunteers

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Thank you so much for supporting Nafasi Welfare Centre. We hope you have enjoyed reading this latest report and update from Uganda. If you have any questions please contact us via email or facebook. info@nafasiwelfarecentre.org, https://www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarecentre/

Sisters enjoying loving attention from the Aunties
Sisters enjoying loving attention from the Aunties
Precious
Precious
Pretty
Pretty
Twins reunited with their Father
Twins reunited with their Father
Blowing bubbles with the volunteers
Blowing bubbles with the volunteers
Elvis's new chance to discover books!
Elvis's new chance to discover books!
Elvis experiences the joys of play and ballons!
Elvis experiences the joys of play and ballons!
Mar 8, 2019

Nafasi's Chance to hold its first Open House!

Open Day flyer
Open Day flyer

Nafasi’s Chance to hold its first Open House!

Welcome to our first report of the year and our chance to share the news and photos of Nafasi’s exciting first Open Day, held to celebrate a full year of caring for our babies and infants since the formal opening of our purpose-built Nafasi Welfare Centre. We hope the photos ‘transport’ you to the scene and help you imagine the colours, voices, joy and energy of the day!

The aim of the day was to create awareness about the services we offer at our Centre to members of the Nsasa community where Nafasi is located. In the days leading up to the event our brilliant staff were busy distributing flyers urging our local community to come along and find out more. Everyone worked hard in preparing the buildings and garden and in planning interactive sessions for our visitors to enjoy and learn from.

On the day itself there were joyful welcome prayers. Nafasi’s manager then introduced the staff and explained how, as an Early Childhood Development Centre, Nafasi is working to promote the physical, emotional and nutritional health of babies and under 5s, plus develop their social and emotional skills.

The children who came along from the local community got involved in lots of fun activities, and it was lovely for the babies and toddlers in our care to meet and interact with other young children. Some local parents expressed interest in bringing their children to us for day care – so perhaps Nafasi may have yet another ‘New Chance’ to develop further as a community project and resource.

Four of our teen mums, who Nafasi helps or have their babies in our care, took the lead in looking after local visiting little ones whilst their parents chatted to staff and participated in various adult activities.  This boosted these teenagers’ self- esteem because they were praised and appreciated. They realised that despite their tumultuous past they could still be recognized as useful members in their communities. Visiting mums had the chance to see the good job that these teen mums are doing in raising their children with support from Nafasi. A few expectant young local mums reached out to our teen mums to learn more about some of the practical skills and knowledge they have acquired at Nafasi or by participating in our community support project.

We are really pleased that the open day provided this opportunity for mums to interact. It also raised awareness that, despite the challenges of motherhood at a young age, with the right support teenage pregnancy does not have to be the disaster that it all too often turns out to be in Uganda. Our visitors left with a greater understanding of the plight of teenage mothers, and how collective and community intervention can begin to address the problems. We are very hopeful that another extremely important and positive outcome from the day will be that more local families will be prepared to foster a child in need, whether that be a baby or their teen mum, who of course is still a child herself.

We are thrilled to finish our first report of 2019 with news that in January Nafasi was recognised as a 'Top-Ranked Organization' by GlobalGiving, the leading global platform for grass-roots charitable projects. Better still, we have been awarded a total of 4 GlobalGiving accolades! We have also earned the 'Effective Organization' and 'Vetted Organization' badges and been given status as a 'Site Visit Verified' Organization. This recognition is helping us raise more money to provide crisis care for vulnerable babies and young children in Uganda at our Nafasi Welfare Centre, and to extend our work with teenage Mums through the Nafasi Community Support Programme.

Thank you GlobalGiving for this recognition and thank you all our wonderful supporters and donors who make all our work possible. 2019 has got off to a brilliant start!

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Fun activities
Fun activities
Bouncing joy!
Bouncing joy!
Cutting the Christmas cake!
Cutting the Christmas cake!
Happy crowd!
Happy crowd!
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