Jul 31, 2017

Report 10 New chance for teenage mothers

NCSP
NCSP

The NSCP is a programme aimed at empowering young mothers with Life skills and knowledge to better their lives and those of their children. It is aimed at creating safe community spaces where girls are respected and can develop skills, friendships and support networks. In this programme the mothers are engaged with peers in weekly mentor led sessions about health and livelihoods.

The mothers are guided by  Three Rs;  Doing Right things, In Right Places, At the Right Time   

The Life Skills Programme is a modular programme with 4 modules;

1)  Be Yourself  2) Be Healthy  3) Be Empowered  4) Be Money Saving

In the different modules a wide range of issues are addressed among which include; understanding gender, leadership and future goals, sexual and reproductive health and rights, community resources and making spending decisions.

Jackie and Jane

Here you can see Jackie, manager of the Nafasi Community Support Programme (NSCP), with one of the teenage mothers that the programme supports. I have called her Jane and her baby Anne for their privacy. Jane is 17 and Anne is 2 years old. Jackie regularly visits them at their house. It is a shack in one of the poorest slum areas of Kampala. There is no water nor electricity. Abandoned by her mother at just 15 years old Jane was befriended by a Boda Boda* driver and a pregnancy soon followed.  Anne is so small that she fits into clothes for a 6 month old. She is often sick but Jane cannot afford medicines and treatment for her. That's when NCSP helps out. 

Jane's house

Jane has to pay 50,000 shillings per month for their house, this is virtually impossible for her. The chance that they will have to live on the streets is becoming increasing likely. Due to the famine and refugee problem in Uganda food prices have risen by more than 30% in the last 3 months, it is becoming very difficult for her and her daughter to have sufficient meals every day. Jane can go for days without food, giving every scrap she gets to her weakening daughter. Their only lifeline is this Nafasi led programme, NSCP. Jane has always fought to care for Anne herself but a few weeks ago Jackie urged her to let Anne be looked after at Nafasi Welfare Centre where she can become strong and healthy again and Jane can also regain her strength and earn some more cash to support them.

*Boda boda is bicycle or motorcycle taxi.

Here is a short animation of the visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KukUpUQbFB4

Jane walking to a NCSPmeeting

International Youth Day 2017 Saturday, August 12th

 Youth Week

GlobalGiving is holding an International Youth Week Campaign to highlight this special day. This campaign specifically supports projects working with the youth.The campaign runs from 9:00am EDT on Monday, August 7th until 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, August 12th. That is 2pm Saturday 7th August  until 5am Sunday 13th August in the Uk.

GlobalGiving published the following: "Today, youth make up 16% of the world's population, the largest ever in history. Children around the world experience extreme poverty, child marriage and prostitution, internal displacement, increased risk of HIV/AIDS, and so many other challenges. Nevertheless, young people everywhere continue to act as community leaders and peacemakers. Every day our children give us hope for a better future and a reason to fight for it.

Nafasi means chance, through our NCSP we are doing our upmost to support and motivate young girls to be better equipped to face problems and help them to make sustainable changes to their lifestyle thus improving not only their own quality of life but that of others by being an example in their community group. Giving them all a better chance for their futures albeit in very difficult circumstances.

Florence is just such an example. Herself a single mother at 17, she went back to college and got a degree. She is now working as a social worker at the Centre helping Jackie with fieldwork investigations and with the community support programme, thus setting an example to other teenage mothers.

 Florence at Nafasi Welfare Centre

Please look on our facebook page for more details.https://www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarecentre

For more information about Nafasi Welfare Centre and Nafasi Community Support Programme look on the Global Giving Project Page www.globalgiving.org/projects/20522

If you have any quetions please do not hestitate to email us  info@nafasiwelfarecentre.org

Thank you for taking time read this report and thanks you again for your support.

Only with your help and donations can we continue to care for babies at Nafasi Welfare Centre and continue to run the teen mother programme

 

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

"It always seems impossible until it's done. "

Jackie and Jane
Jackie and Jane
Jane's house
Jane's house
Jane and Anne
Jane and Anne
Jane walking to a NCSPmeeting
Jane walking to a NCSPmeeting
Jackie at the meeting
Jackie at the meeting
Teen mothers taking part in the programme.
Teen mothers taking part in the programme.
Youth Week
Youth Week
Florence at Nafasi Welfare Centre
Florence at Nafasi Welfare Centre
May 15, 2017

'Marjan's Chance to Help Nafasi Make a Difference!

Marjan taking a child for a walk
Marjan taking a child for a walk

Nafasi means chance. We believe in making a difference in the lives of abandoned babies and vulnerable young children.

Chance of a new centre:

Thanks to the generous help of all our donors we have realised our dream to provide Nafasi with a brand new and purpose built home where the abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable babies and children that Nafasi cares for can be looked after and given their new chance in life.

After two and a half years of hard work, supported and encouraged by our supporters, the Nafasi Welfare Centre has been operational since last October and we are delighted to announce that plans are in place to have an official opening on 21 October 2017.  We hope that many of our volunteers from near and far will join our day of celebrations and have the chance to see our amazing facilities and the work we do.

The centre is now so much more than a home, it is a hub of activity, a place of love and laughter, tears and fun, playing and learning. Our Nafasi Community Support Programme now spearheads its work in the community from the centre, and as a result we can provide more activities that are tailored to help teenage mums learn parenting and related skills.

Our new centre has quickly become a place where people from differing generations, walks of life and experience can come together for the common good and Marjan’s story of her chance to help Nafasi is just one inspirational example!

 Marjan's chance to make a difference:

Marjan is one of our volunteers from The Netherlands whose childhood dream was to go and lend a helping hand in Africa. After her own children had grown and flown the nest she decided it was time, but hampered by chronic back pain she never took the plunge, until she heard about Nafasi! She was inspired and determined to help to give our babies their new chance and that is exactly what she has done.

For the six weeks of her visit to the new centre she threw herself into everything she could, from cuddling and playing, feeding and bathing to cleaning, and supporting other volunteers and staff. By sharing her knowledge and experience of bringing up her own four children she has been an enormous help and Nafasi is very grateful to her and conscious of the many sacrifices she made to make the trip.

Marjan’s absolute priority was to give individual attention to our youngsters and find ways to enrich their experiences. Now that Nafasi is located on the campus of Children’s Welfare Mission she took the opportunity to take our older children for a walk to the primary school’s playground. There they had the chance to meet others and play, and they each got a taste of  life beyond the Nafasi compound.

Marjan was also involved with fundraising before she left and now she knew how she wanted the money to be spent- play equipment for our new playground area! A shopping trip with project staff followed and they returned with a seesaw, slide, swing and not forgetting a paddling pool! Squeals of laughter filled the air as the children explored the equipment and enjoyed pushing, swinging and splashing about.

Marjan believed she could make a difference, that is what she has done and continues to do. She is now helping with our fundraising for a permanent outdoor canopy for the play area and we are excited to announce that we have just received approval for our first Global Giving Microproject! It is called ‘Permanent Garden Canopy for Shade and Shelter’ with project ID 27775.This project lasts for 3 months and earmarks all gifts fort he canopy. You can click the link here for more details.  https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/permanent-garden-canopy-for-shade-and-shelter/

Every donation however small will help towards our children and staff being able to enjoy outdoor activities sheltered from the Ugandan sun and the rain!

Stop press:

Since the beginning of April two children have been resettled with their biological families and four babies have been admitted. Read more in our next report coming in August!

Thanks again for supporting Nafasi Welfare Centre. Your help can really make a difference to the lives of vulnerable babies and young children, giving them a new chance in life.

 

Learning to play on the new equipment
Learning to play on the new equipment
Having fun in the Paddling pool!
Having fun in the Paddling pool!
Example of Garden Canopy
Example of Garden Canopy
Nafasi = new chances!
Nafasi = new chances!
Feb 16, 2017

Report 8 20522

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1 Alex.JPG

Alex was 14 months old when he was admitted to Nafasi Welfare Home in July 2015. He was abandoned by his mother whose whereabouts are still unknown. He was referred by local community leaders who had found him. He was very neglected and critically sick. Alex received emergency medical care and gradually recovered and started to grow.  Regaining his strength he quickly learned to walk and started to play and thrive.

The community volunteers were eventually able to find Alex’s father after making protracted and painstaking investigations. His father is a petty trader working almost 18 hours a day and does not have enough time to take care of his child.

Alex will stay with his paternal grandfather nearby his father.The Nafasi Community Support Programme will liaise with the probation officers and local community support staff to monitor his progress and provide any appropriate support.

The family will be supplied with a mattress, sheets, blankets, clothing and a small food package.

Alex was resettled with his father on 11th January 2017.

PATIENCE             

Patience was only 6 days old when she was admitted to Nafasi Welfare Home on 4/11/2014. 

Patience’s mother was just 14 years old when she accidently  got pregnant . Her mother on hearing that her daughter was pregnant disowned her and stopped her school fees and she consequently had to leave school. 

She has one sister who was 24 years old and working at a hair salon. She secretly took Marion in but it was an unsafe environment for baby Patience so Nafasi took her in.

In the proceeding years Patience has grown into a lovely little girl with a strong will and determination.

 Efforts to re-unite her with her Grandmother failed as she often left the country without warning, to find work in as a housekeeper.

Nafasi encouraged Marion to visit Patience weekly. She walked for one and a half hours in the scorching sun to visit her daughter. They have built up a strong bond. Marion took part in Nafasi’s Community Support Programme (NCSP) and was a faithful attender and diligent student. She has been supported, counselled and trained to be a hairdresser. We have carefully taken our time but now believe take both mother and daughter are ready and strong enough to be re-united. With the help of a strong support system we are confident that this reunification will be successful. The NCSP team continues to follow up and support these young girls as they start out together on the next step in their lives.

At the end of October last year the big day finally arrived for Patience and her mother Marion could take her home!

Nafasi means chance.

Thanks to your help and support Nafasi Welfare Home can provide loving care and protection to vulnerable children like Alex and Patience and support their young parents or guardians. Giving them a new chance in life.

Regrettably not every child’s new chance turns out so well. In our last report, Abandoned at just 4 days old - Mercy's New Chance, we shared the story of one of the babies in our care. Tragically little Mercy caught an infection and was too weak to survive. She  died in hospital, just before Christmas,  in the arms of one of the Nafasi staff.  Nafasi cares for  “vulnerable” young children.  Mercy’s short life has really brought home to us just how vulnerable these children really are. 

Thanks to your contributions and the efforts of the Nafasi staff we are very proud to say that we have once again attained superstar rating and been awarded this Top-Ranked rosette! This means that Nafasi will get more publicity on the GlobalGiving website.

GlobalGiving believes that every girl deserves a chance to realize her full potential. For this reason GlobalGiving have set up The Girl Fund to provide ongoing support to projects, like Nafasi, who are dedicated to helping women and girls around the world thrive.

This Girl Fund is hosting a special  Campaign running from March 1 - March 15 to coincide with International Women’s Dayon Wednesday, March 8th 2017. On this day, 8/3there is  bonus day during which donations will be matched at 30% until funds run out.

Please look on www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarehome  for more information.

Your support will mean that  Nafasi  can continue to provide ongoing support for girls like Marion and Patience. 

Thank you for taking time read this report and thanks you again for your support

 Thank you very much on behalf of these In the words of Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” 

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2 Alex.jpg
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3 Alex Mr Cool.jpg
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4 Alex in the corridor.jpg
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5 Alex with his father.jpg
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6 Alex.jpg
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7 Patience.jpg
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8 Patience Mother and aunty by their hairdressing shop.jpg
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9 Patience trampoline.jpg
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11 Patience with her mother at the farewel party.jpg
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12 Patience at home.jpg
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13 Top ranked rosette.png
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14 How wonderful - Anne Frank.jpg
 
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