Nov 23, 2016

Abandoned at just 4 days old - Mercy's New Chance

Mercy
Mercy

Disowned and discarded at just 4 days old.

Her 15 year old mother was raped by her step brother and sent to the city, Kampala, so that her pregnancy could be kept from prying eyes so that the family name would not be dishonoured. Incest is still taboo in many parts of Africa. She found help at a crisis centre for pregnant teenagers and gave birth to a beautiful little girl she called “Mercy”. She put her in a babygrow on which she had written the words;  "I love you my baby from Mom, You are precious to me".

Mercy in her babygrow. Mercy at the clinic

Four days later her own mother and grandmother turned up unexpectedly and forced her to return to the village without her daughter. She was forced to leave her tiny baby behind. The cruel words “you must forget about her, she never happened, you may never see her again’, must have rung in her ears as she was remembered the words she had written not knowing that these would be her parting words.

Jackie, manager at Nafasi was contacted by Wakisa crisis centre minutes after they discovered Mercy alone in her cot. Jackie immediately agreed to accept Mercy and made the necessary preparations for admitting such a small young baby. On arrival we took her straight to a clinic for medical checks and her vaccinations. She was laid in warm Moses basket and received individual loving care according to a care plan written by a qualified neonatal nurse. She was in good health but very small weighing just 2.5 kilograms, 5lb 8oz.

Mercy gets a bottle. Mercy getting a bottle.

Thanks to the dedication of the Nafasi staff who have fed her round the clock for the last 4weeks, Mercy is now gaining weight and thriving. Jackie, together with social workers from Wakisa and probation officers will try to find her mother to see if reunification with her biological family will be possible in the future but this is very doubtful. In the meantime we are looking for a foster family to nurture and love her.

Mercy safe in her cot.  Mercy 2 weeks old in her new cot.

October 28th 2016, the day of the removal from old to new!

  • 28/11/15  = Clearing of land & digging foundations.
  •   1/02/16  = Construction of walls & roof. 
  •   1/09/16  = Start interior painting, plumbing and wiring.
  • 28/10/16  = Removal day!

 Removal begins. Removal day!

Only the gardens need finishing. Only the gardens need completing.

Thanks to specific donations we have been able to build this wonderful new building for the abandoned babies in Uganda. Thanks to your help we have been able to equip it with new mattresses,  sheets, blankets, towels, playing mats, sofa cushions, cups, beakers, plates, bibs etc. Our staff were really amazed when they moved into the new building, saying what an improvement it will make to the standards of the care, health and wellbeing of the young and tender babies, greatly improving their home environment.

Meal time in the new dining room. Meal time in the new dining room.

David in his new bedroom. David happy in his new bedroom.

We need your help to keep our project running so that we can reach out to help more destitute babies, and through our Community Support Programme to continue to provide training and counselling for our teenage mothers helping them through their crisis.

In the next report we will tell you more about how the move and our plans for the future.

Global Giving are hosting a Christmas Giving Campaign: 50% match

  

Donations on GlobalGiving.co.uk will be matched by 50%. This campaign is kicking off on Giving Tuesday, 29th November, and ending on 31st December. By joining us during this campaign you can contribute to helping us raise a toast for a successful New Year for all at Nafasi Welfare Home.

Please look out for the flyer we will be circulating soon this Christmas Campaign on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarehome and share it with your friends about it, friends or contacts in the US? We are also on Globalgiving.org

You can help us by increasing awareness about the work Nafasi is doing helping vulnerable babies in Uganda by sharing our GlobalGiving Project Page: www.globalgiving.co.uk/20522 or website and: www.nafasiwelfarehome.org/en/ with your family, friends and contacts.

Support us with regular donations from as little as £5 a month.

We are extremely thankful of all the support we have already received from all our supporters rs and especially our GlobalGiving friends. Thanks to people like you we can carry on this vital work of caring for the  vulnerable babies and young children in Uganda.

May we take this opportunity to wish you, our readers, a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and joyous 2017.

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

In the words of Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

    

Mercy in her babygrow.
Mercy in her babygrow.
Mercy gets a bottle.
Mercy gets a bottle.
Mercy safe in her cot.
Mercy safe in her cot.
Removal begins.
Removal begins.
Only the gardens need finishing.
Only the gardens need finishing.
Meal time in the new dining room.
Meal time in the new dining room.
David in his new bedroom.
David in his new bedroom.
Aug 26, 2016

Chance for students to write their thesis.

In January 2016 Maartje and Paula stayed at Nafasi Welfare Home (NWH) for three months.

During this time they wrote their bachelor thesis “ Moving beyond basic care, Interventions on caregivers’ interactions and the social development of children at Nafasi Welfare Home, ” concerning the social development of the children at Nafasi and the quality of the care given by NWH. They have written the following report for us and we are very proud to say that they have now graduated and received a mark of 9.2 out of 10 for the research done at Nafasi!

It was clear to see that the Ugandan staff and management wanted to give a home to children who are abandoned by their biological family. Day and night there is a team of dedicated caregivers available who are responsible for the care of the children. Child abandonment is a massive problem in Uganda and therefore Nafasi Welfare Home (NWH) intervenes by taking care of a number of these children who are in urgent need of a home, shelter, care, food, warmth and the feeling of being wanted and loved. Besides the daily care of the children Nafasi’s Community Support Programme team works to reunite children with a member of their biological family or if this is deemed to be impossible, due to many far reaching circumstances, they will search for another solution to the crisis this often being a foster family. By doing this NWH wants to give the children and their family hope for their future and a new chance in life.

During our stay nine children aged 0 – 3 years were resident at NWH. Each child has their own specific story, challenges and abilities but with one common denominator: they are all traumatized because they have been separated from their parents and family. This is visible in their development and behaviour for example: A two year old boy appeared to be very afraid of men since he had been mistreated by his own father. A one and a half year old girl has difficulties making contact with new people because she was frightened of strangers. When the children were left alone for a very short period they started to scream with fear of being abandoned and left behind again.

Our research underlined the importance that the children are provided with a safe environment and adequate level of care in order to develop and reach their milestones. Our conclusion is therefore that the work of NWH is very vital and needs to be stimulated and continued so that children have the possibility to receive care in a positive, safe and stimulating environment that enables them to be reintegrated into the community so that they can eventually lead normal lives.

Chance for some extra funding coming up in October… Your support is so valuable!

Global Giving Little by Little by Little Campaign = 50% Match on all donations under £50

From 25th October - 1st November 2016

Please note the dates in your diary.

 

Please help our project even more by sharing the Nafasi story our GlobalGiving Project Page, Website and Facebook Page with your family, friends and contacts.

Better still become a regular donor from as little as £5 a month.

We are very grateful for all the support we have already been given from all our donors and especially our GlobalGiving friends. Thanks to you we can carry on this vital work of caring for the vulnerable babies and young children in Uganda.

In the words of Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Thank you again for your support.

Kind regards from Jill and the Nafasi Team

  

For more information go to:  www.globalgiving.co.uk/20522 or https://goto.gg/20522

 www.nafasiwelfarehome.org/en/   www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarehome

or send an email to kha.jcvanleeuwen@gmail.com

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Jun 3, 2016

Nafasi's New Chance is taking shape!

The new roof taking shape.
The new roof taking shape.

Nafasi’s New Chance is taking shape!

Under construction: Nafasi’s new home has nearly got a roof!

1 Roof taking shape

 https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_1_Roof_taking_shape_Small.jpg?changed=201615404310968

Thank you for taking the time to look at this report, read on to hear how you are helping change the lives of abandoned and destitute babies in Uganda.

Last October we shared the exciting news about our major initiative to build a new home for the abandoned babies of Kampala. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Dutch Evangelical Broadcasting Company Construction work was started two weeks before Christmas.

The land was cleared, the dimensions of the foundations for the house were marked out with stakes, and excavation work began.

The crew worked really hard under the hot African sun, often 30c or more.

Everything is done by hand. Shovels and pickaxes at the ready, no bulldozers and JCB’s here!

 2 Staking out the land  https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_2_Staking_out_the_land_Small.jpg?changed=2016154043220144     

3 Digging the foundations https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_DSC07342_Small.JPG?changed=2016154044237767               

The walls have all been built and the roof trusses are now in place. If all continues to go well the roof should be finished by the end of June.

 4 Building the walls. https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_DSC07498_Small.JPG?changed=2016154044416126  

5 Roof inside view. https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_DSC07962_Small.JPG?changed=2016154044639393

The perimeter wall is also being built simultaneously so that the whole site is secure.

 6 Perimeter wall. https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_DSC07923_Small.JPG?changed=2016154044819687

The board of directors visited in March and were very pleased with the progress that had been made since their last visit in November when the land was being surveyed. They also arranged for the staff of Nafasi to visit the new building site and see, with their own eyes, their new future workplace!  They were very impressed and amazed just how spacious it will be. "So many rooms!" someone said. Dora the cook was delighted with what will be her new kitchen! They are now counting the days until the move as are we!

 7 Staff visiting new building. https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_DSC07924_Small.JPG?changed=2016154045103684

We hope that the building can be completed by September so that all the babies and children can begin to move into their new purpose built accommodation where they can receive the love and care they so desperately need.

The new facilities will be so much better and will provide a modern, spacious and safe environment for each child to thrive under loving care. There will be increased opportunity for the staff to work on a one to one basis and plenty of bright and airy play areas purposely equipped for fun and development. There is a special isolation room for a sick child and a separate room where a mother can sleep with her child, this will double up as a multifunctional room for group activities when not in use. We will have safe pure drinking water from a bore hole and are looking into the possibility of having solar power/energy in the future if sufficient funding can be found. A new cooker has already been donated from gifts from a retirement party. You can help us to make all this possible by supporting Nafasi with a donation; as you know, building and equipping a home costs a lot of money and there will always be a shortfall. We are very carefully controlling the budget but inevitably there are price rises and unforeseen costs.

8 Building Plan. https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_20160524Bouw_planDSC04871_Small.jpg?changed=2016154045236503

 

Stop Press:

We have been awarded a Global Giving Community Development Grant!

Our organisation was chosen out of many to receive a grant for our work in East Africa. This grant is ring-fenced for the provision of emergency care, social work investigations and the community support program for teenage mothers. As you can imagine we are over the moon! We would like to publically take this opportunity to thank not only the Funder but also the whole GlobalGiving team who have made this possible… THANK YOU on behalf of the Nafasi children and team.

 9 Jumping for Joy! https://www.globalgiving.org/pfil/20522/changed_20160525_thank_you_supporters_trampoline_Small.jpg?changed=2016154045359938

 

And there is a chance for some extra funding coming up!

Please look out for the flyer we will be circulating soon about the GlobalGiving Rewards Bonus Day that starts at 2pm on 15th June 2016 when donations can be matched. Thanks to everyone’s prior support our project has ‘Superstar’ status which means that we can receive an extra 50% to donations made during the Bonus Day.

Please help our project even more by sharing the Nafasi story our GlobalGiving Project Page, Website and Facebook Page with your family, friends and contacts.

Better still become a regular donor from as little as £5 a month.

We are very grateful for all the support we have already been given from all our donors and especially our GlobalGiving friends. Thanks to you we can carry on this vital work of caring for the vulnerable babies and young children in Uganda.

In the words of Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Thank you again for your support.

For more information go to:  www.globalgiving.co.uk/20522 or https://goto.gg/20522

 www.nafasiwelfarehome.org/en/   www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarehome

or send an email to kha.jcvanleeuwen@gmail.com

Staking out the land.
Staking out the land.
Digging the foundations.
Digging the foundations.
Building the walls.
Building the walls.
Roof inside view.
Roof inside view.
Building the perimeter walls.
Building the perimeter walls.
Staff visiting the New Nafasi.
Staff visiting the New Nafasi.
New building plan.
New building plan.
Jumping for Joy!
Jumping for Joy!
 
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