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May 18, 2018

4 Baby Girls - Each has a Nafasi New Chance

Our 4 little girls are growing fast!
Our 4 little girls are growing fast!

Our Baby Girls are doing well - Each with their own Nafasi New Chance - Thanks to You our Amazingly Generous Donors 

2018 is flying by and life is as busy as ever at Nafasi!  We continue to care for our babies and infants and our dedicated staff work hard to ensure that each child can be placed in a stable and loving ‘forever family’ and have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

In our last report we told you the stories of four baby girls who all arrived tiny and extremely vulnerable. We are now so happy to let you see an update photo of them and tell you how well they are each doing! Thank you all for your continued support in making this all possible – it is down to you that we can put food on the table, provide a warm and clean cot at night and most importantly give the care and love that our staff show these precious children!

Looking left to right on the photo you first see Baby L. She arrived at Nafasi only 5 months old and was very malnourished and underweight.  She was way behind in her development, but thanks to the specialist care she has received she is making a really good recovery. She has gained weight and made positive strides in her development and social skills. We are particularly encouraged to see that she is now enjoying interacting with the other children and care givers.

Next in the photo line-up is Baby M, who is with us at Nafasi until her teenage mum and foster family have sufficient resources so that she can be cared for by them at home. In our last report we told you how Baby M had learned to crawl, although only backwards – and she is certainly continuing to show her individuality! She can now crawl at speed and is starting to take steps when supported. She is clearly the most dominant of the four and when others get in her way she shows them so! She loves her food and only cries when her dish is empty! She is happy and cheerful, and her huge smile melts the hearts of all our visitors.

Baby P is next in our line-up and has been with us at Nafasi since she was less than a month old. She was dangerously malnourished when she first arrived as her 17-year-old young mum had died the day after she was born, and her family could not even afford to buy milk for her. Our Nafasi staff had to work round the clock to keep her alive and it is thanks to their skill and dedication that she has survived some serious infections, some of which needed treatment and stays in hospital. We are delighted that is now able to sit up, crawl, pull herself up to stand and is even making first attempts at walking. She is also a lot stronger and less susceptible to illnesses. She is a joyful little girl who greets everyone with a big smile. The Nafasi social workers are in close contact with her grandparents and plans are in place to reunite her with them very shortly.

Last but not least is Baby D, who came to Nafasi with her vulnerable 13-year-old teen Mum. Both are doing very well!  Baby D is now a happy, smiling child who has learned to crawl and will now pull herself up to standing whenever she can.  She’s very cheerful, loves playing with toys, smiles when anyone approaches her and particularly recognises the attention that she gets from her Mum in the evenings and weekends. Mum is now settled into her new class at the Mission School and working hard to catch up on her education. She has received extra books from a sponsor to help her with her studies and you can see her doing homework with her friend on one of the photos.

See for yourself what great progress they have made. On the original photo line-up you see them from left to right baby M, P, D and L.

In our other photo you will see the colourful container that stands in the Nafasi garden. Thanks to generous donations to a special appeal we have now been able to build an extension, which provides a sheltered outdoor sitting area, and a roof over the whole structure. Inside a partition wall has been added to create two rooms, one is now used for storage and the other for displaying and selling craft items that have been made by the teen Mums in our Nafasi Community Support Programme.

We are continually considering how we can develop our work, and to do this we need to keep building our donor base to improve our long term financial stability.

Our staff and volunteers in Holland are busy preparing for 3 days of fundraising and networking at a Pentecost Weekend event and we are excited to announce that at that event we are going to be launching our ‘Adopt a Cot’ campaign!

This campaign is going to give our supporters the chance to be a very special part of our work because ‘Adopt a Cot’ contributions will be linked directly to the monthly running costs of an individual Cot for a baby or infant in our charge.

We’ll be sending out much more detailed information and explaining how everyone can get involved after the launch weekend so please look out for that and find out how you can join in!

We are so grateful to each and every one in whatever capacity you can support us and thank you again for giving all our babies and their mothers a Nafasi New Chance.

What a difference 4 months Nafasi care makes!
What a difference 4 months Nafasi care makes!
Container with extension
Container with extension
Picnic table in good use under the container roof
Picnic table in good use under the container roof
Feb 28, 2018

New Chances in 2018!

Jackie with toddler
Jackie with toddler

A New Year message from the field – and the latest news on 4 baby girls – each with their own New Chance thanks to Nafasi and Our Wonderful Donors

Welcome to our first report of the year, in which Nafasi’s manager, Jackie, sends an inspiring message and we learn how 4 of our baby girls are growing thanks to the hard work and dedication of Nafasi staff – work and dedication that is only possible thanks to our fantastic donors.

So over to Jackie: -

“When a close friend told me that caring for orphans and vulnerable children would change my life I did not fully understand the meaning of this statement, but working with them and their vulnerable young mothers in need has made me realise that you will love more passionately, hurt more deeply, grieve more bitterly and celebrate more joyously throughout the process of caring for them than you ever thought imaginable.

Here in Uganda ,56% of our population are 18 or younger, and one in ten of these are orphans and critically vulnerable due to poverty, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Teenage pregnancy is a major challenge and many of our young women, still children themselves, find themselves thrust into early motherhood. Both unprepared and unsupported to raise a child, many of these young mothers are forced to abandon their children.

At Nafasi we are committed to providing support and care in such crisis. I lead a team of 12 dedicated staff who I cannot thank enough for the great job they do in ensuring every baby and young child in our care is nurtured, kept safe and healthy. I am also immensely grateful for all the hard work that our social work team put into our community support programme, which reaches out to teenage mothers.

We are committed to helping every woman and girl develop confidence and self-esteem and unlock the unlimited potential that is within each and every one of us.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and donors, as none of our work would otherwise be possible, and we look forward to a 2018 in which Nafasi can continue to grow our vital work.”

  

4 Baby Girls – Each with a New Chance

 Baby P was admitted to Nafasi when she was less than a month old, malnourished and in urgent need of life-saving care. Her 17-year-old young mum and baby twin sister had both died the day after she was born, and her family could not even afford to buy milk for her. Now she is growing well and can crawl thanks to the specialist attention she is receiving to develop her motor skills. She is a happy little girl who greets everyone with a big smile.

 Baby M has just had her 9-month immunisations at our campus clinic. She is with us at Nafasi until her teenage mum and her foster family have sufficient resources to care for her at home. She has a big appetite for everything and rarely cries. She loves to roll about in the Nafasi garden, and to crawl, although she can only crawl backwards!

Baby L was admitted to Nafasi last October, as a very malnourished and underweight 5-month-old, following a referral made as a result of our outreach initiative, the Nafasi Community Support Programme. Baby L’s mother is mentally ill and being cared for by the local authorities. Baby L is way behind in her development and has needed a lot of specialist care and encouragement to eat, settle in and get used to the daily routine at Nafasi.  Although she is not yet strong enough to crawl or stand, she is beginning to gain weight and to socialise with other babies of her own age.

Finally, we have an encouraging update on Baby D, the tiny baby who came to Nafasi at 2 weeks old with her vulnerable 13-year-old teen Mum, whose rescue and ‘multiple new chances’ we covered in our last report of 2017. We are delighted to report that both are doing very well. Mum has just started the new school year in Uganda in her new class at the Mission school and has a real opportunity to catch up on her missed education. Baby D is now a happy, smiling child who has learned to crawl and stand up. The clinic doctors are pleased with her growth and developmental progress. She recognises the attention that her Mum gives her in the evenings and weekends, and she is also developing independence and can play on her own.

Nafasi staff and social workers are working with the statutory authorities and our partner organisations to draw up plans to ensure that each of these babies can be resettled and grow up in a stable and loving family environment, and we will keep you updated. Two of our Directors are visiting Nafasi again in March, so look out for the update photos they will be taking of these babies on our website and social media, and in our next report.

Thank you again, your generosity gives each and every one of these babies and their mothers real hope and a new chance in life.

 International Women’s Day Thursday March 8th 2018

For one day only GlobalGiving will give away extra funds for donations made on International Women’s Day to projects like Nafasi Welfare Centre who work to support and promote women and girls in need. We are proud to say we qualify!

Please donate to not only celebrate with special day with us but also to maximise your donation! See flyer on our facebook page.

Thank you for taking time to read this report. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us: www.nafasiwelfarecentre.org

Jackie at Teen Mum camp November 2017
Jackie at Teen Mum camp November 2017
Bonus Day flyer
Bonus Day flyer
4 of our little treasures
4 of our little treasures
Baby L with her mother at Nafasi
Baby L with her mother at Nafasi
Dec 18, 2017

Nafasi's Chance to Celebrate!

Cutting the ribbon
Cutting the ribbon

Join in with our milestone celebrations!

As we promised in our last report here are some photos of the hugely successful ceremonies and festivities that everyone at Nafasi and our sister project, Children’s Welfare Mission, enjoyed on 21st October.

It was an unforgettable occasion and we were very privileged to have the Mayor of Kira District, and the Deputy Ambassador for the Netherlands to cut the ribbons and officially open the new buildings of Nafasi Welfare Centre and the new primary school block at the Mission. It was a big day too for meeting new contacts at local government and community organisation level, vital to developing our networks and securing support and resources into the medium and long-term. Everyone was hugely impressed by the design and excellent facilities that we now have at the new Welfare Centre and the high standards of care for our babies and young children was so evident and inspiring.

This memorable and wonderful day was shared by a group of 38 donors, sponsors and volunteers as part of a 10-day visit organised around the opening celebrations, tours of the local Namugongo area and trips to see some of the beautiful countryside and wildlife of Uganda. For many in the group, it was their first chance to meet the individual children they are sponsoring at the mission schools. It was everyone’s first opportunity to visit Nafasi’s new buildings, see for themselves the fantastic work and dedication of the carers and staff, and most importantly to meet the babies and young children who are the central focus of all we do at Nafasi.

Don’t miss the link below to a 2-minute film for a glimpse of the formal opening - see the children cutting the cake and hear their African jubilations! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yolr4dGrfUI

Chance to make a difference in the life of a teen mum and her 4-month-old baby daughter.

Meeting one of our teen Mums and her 4-month-old daughter so moved and inspired one of the Dutch couples in the group that it has resulted in new chances for them all! Read on for more detail...

Our youngest and most vulnerable teen Mum has just gone back to school, one of her many new chances, thanks to the generosity of her new sponsors. It’s the start of a new and more hopeful chapter in what has been a traumatic and frightening young life so far….

“Carol” was raised by her sister, as their mother died when she was just a year old. She is the youngest child in a family of seven. Their father struggled to look after all the children. The children had to get petty jobs in order to get food.  Carol was sent at age 10 to Kampala, some 150 miles from her hometown in eastern Uganda. Her dreams of getting an education, learning English and one-day training to be a nurse were dashed when she was made to work as a nanny and take care of one of her elder brother’s children and household. Sexual abuse and rape by a family member then followed. Before she was 13, and too young to understand what was happening to her body, she found out she was about to have a baby!

Thankfully one of her sisters managed to rescue her and take her to Wakisa, a crisis centre for pregnant teenagers in Kampala, where she was admitted and received pre and postnatal care and counselling. Nafasi Welfare Centre’s social work team and the Nafasi Community Support Programme work closely with Wakisa. Discussions started on how Nafasi could provide the care and support so urgently needed by this young Mum, a child herself, and her baby.

Two weeks after giving birth to a beautiful little girl, “Deborah”, they were both admitted to Nafasi, and as with all new arrivals, underwent assessment and personalised care plans were set up. One of the clear priorities identified was to help Carol go back to school without being separated from her own child. This is where the visiting couple come in. Carol and Deborah’s life-changing New chance had literally just flown in from Holland! The couple approached us and offered their help and ongoing financial support, explaining how impressed they are with Nafasi’s work and seeing it as their new chance to make a difference in the lives of these vulnerable children.

In their own words… “Even in Carol’s situation, we can make a small difference so that she can eventually hopefully live independently with Deborah and provide for the two of them. We hope that the small thing we do in sponsoring her can have big and positive consequences….Such a small thing, such a big impact. We have experienced so much of the kindness and hospitality of Uganda, that we have returned as changed people. We are part of a partnership that focuses on the children.”

We are delighted to report that Carol’s is already enjoying her new chances. She is back at school, attending as a day pupil at the Mission primary school whilst her baby is looked after by the Nafasi carers. She is able to look after Deborah in the evenings and weekends. Deborah is thriving, growing fast, she can now smile and sit up. Together Nafasi and our generous donors are giving these and other vulnerable babies and children new chances, and we really appreciate you all.

You can help make a difference!

Are you inspired by the generosity of this Dutch couple and would you like to help too? We are looking for donors who will support us every month. By increasing our regular income we will be able to employ more staff and look after more children like Deborah.

If you would be kind enough to start a regular donation before the end of the year it will receive a 100% match after 3 months from Global Giving’s Year-End Campaign.

This holiday season, give the gift of giving.

Why not give your loved ones a GlobalGiving Gift Cards and they can make a worthwhile and life-changing donation to Nafasi! https://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/

Thank you for your support in 2017

Thank you for taking the time read this report and thanks you again for your support. Only with your help and donations can we continue this vital work in Uganda caring for babies in the centre and supporting Teen Mums in the community.

There is more information on our website www.nafasiwelfarecentre.org  and you can follow us on social media. https://www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarecentre/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Dw0Cu9VWS2AbO7OZaEh7A

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@nafasiwelfarecentre.org

On behalf of all the staff at Nafasi, the babies and young children and the teen Mums supported in our community project we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and our best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and fulfilling 2018!

Cutting the cake
Cutting the cake
Deborah
Deborah
Carol in class
Carol in class
Sponsor with children
Sponsor with children
 
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