Children
 Uganda
Project #10974

Build a Home for 50 Orphans in Uganda

by Mountains of hope childrens ministries
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We will also work on this water source
We will also work on this water source

We just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you our precious friend, you have been helping us throught the year, we feel we should share the joy of the season with you.

With your support, we wereable to raise  roof, put up windows and doors, fix glass and dig a pit latrine, had it not been because of your support, we wouldnt have achieved that, other GlobalgGiving donors also went a head to provide school fees for the children and other requirements needed at school, last year some donors helped to fund for a special meal for the kids on Christmas, next year when we are done with the latrine, we will work on the only water source that serves over 500 househlds.

Now it's coming to the end of the year, lots of gift cards at Globalgiving and many more offers and there are less than 10 days remaining to the end of the year, you may consider giving a gain to enable us put a slab on the pit latrine, the pit is very dangerous in the compound as a child or an adult may accidentally fall in it.

Its a holiday time and all kids are at home, all have been promoted to New classes, next year they will have unique experiences in their new classes.

I could have shared this success story with you recently but I find it amazing and would like to share it with you again:Sarah always dreamed of being a teacher, but when her father died she thought there was no hope for her. Five years ago, Sarah moved into the children’s home and we immediately enrolled her in school to pursue a diploma in Nursery teaching education. She completed her course in just two years, and now she is teaching in one of the best schools in Kampala city. Since then, she has been able to help her siblings as well as sponsor herself for further studies in education.
Sarah is just one example of what is possible when children are able to follow their dreams. Some times children need someone to help them through school. With your support, you can help more children become like Sarah, and reach places that they never thought were possible.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

The sweetest victory is the one that’s most difficult

Am privileged to share with you our fail forward story this year.

As most of you know, running a children’s home is one of the most tasking jobs especially if you don’t have sponsors for the kids.

Mountains of Hope among other projects run an orphanage accommodating more than 10 children.

The children fed well and slept well, they woke up early each morning to go to school and could come back in the evening to do some chores before they did their assignments, you could find social workers serving them rice, beans and posho and sometimes fresh fish.

The home was located near the highway but with a wall fence surrounding it, it was an accessible home among all homes, there was an available land near the orphanage that was on sale, but the home had no money to purchase the land, it ended up in the hands of some rich man who bought it and set up a guest house and bar. Because he was paying taxes that the government wanted he could not be stopped, it was instead the orphanage that was sent off the place because children could not grow up in such an environment where they had to watch people booze, watch sex workers being brought to the bar and guest house, the place became busy and full of sex workers, the environment became unfriendly for the little ones as they had to share the same toilets with the children.

The government sent us off the premises, the little earnings I could get were not enough to buy another house or rent house immediately, the immediate solution was to send the kids back to their relatives, and those that didn’t have them had to be sent to the relatives of their colleagues.

The orphanage idea seemed to go off my minds as I saw impossibility in returning back kids moreover without any sponsorship. In my minds I had a story to tell my kids in future that I once had a children’s home but it failed.

After a little while, my salary at my work place by then was increased, I rented a house with 10 rooms and brought back kids that had no where to stay. One day a friend sent us a link to post orphanages, fortunately when we posted Mountains of Hope on the link, weeks later an American student expressed interest in visiting and sent some money for children feeding; it was the beginning of the new story again as there seemed to be light in the end of the tunnel.

When our American friend raised money for the orphanage land, this time we had to buy land in the village, far away from town and a distance away from the main road because we had a lesson to learn, the land is fertile and bigger than the one that was taken away from us, farming can be done there, and schools can be set up there, no one can set up a bar and guest house in that kind of place. The presence of Mountains of Hope in that village is transforming the whole area, residents have learnt how to do modern farming, have been able to get clean and safe water when we distributed water purifiers, and their children have received several trainings in reproductive health including trainings in making of reusable sanitary towels. Now Mountains of Hope does not only run children’s homes, but also other Community development initiatives in the area.

Had we not failed, we wouldn’t have acquired a big land measuring up to 2 acres. If we had quit, our American friend Liz wouldn’t have found us. Hopefully, failing is not the end of the story. It is our reaction to failure that makes a failure story worth telling. In that way, failure can be seen as our greatest teacher.

Quote: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pitlatrine at the home
Pitlatrine at the home

Hi,

I hope you are fine again, last time I updated you on the glasses on the doors and windows, today its something quite unique, we have already hired people to dig a 40 feet deep pit latrine in the home, the pit latrine is expected to last 30-40 years while in use, this is one of the signs indicating the completion of the mission we started together with you, I again take this opportunity to thank you for your money and care, thank you dear.

Next week we will be putting up a slab on the pit, the next thing will only be building latrine walls, roofing and plastering, we have money for the slab, and we will end there till we get more donations may be by the beginning of next year.

"Once we complete the latrine, there will not be any reason why we should not use the place" said the chair man board of Directors of the Mountains of Hope Childrens Ministries.

I urge you to pray with us for the completion of this latrine and also ask your friends and family to support and pray for the project, Mountains of Hope has many projects on Globalgiving that have transfromed the lives of the communities where we work,you could check them out. I also urge you to keep checking on our website for more updates.

Children have reported back for third term/semester which will run upto November this year, most of our children are in Primary level, a few are in Secondary and some 2 in University, also pray with us for their success in education.

Wishing you all the best

Pit latrine digging in progress
Pit latrine digging in progress
Children enjoying a special meal
Children enjoying a special meal

Hey!


Thanks for supporting Build a home for 50 children in Uganda, you and other Globalgiving donors enabled us make strong doors and windows for the kids home.


Your donations always helps to keep the construction work going, so far we have fixed the strong doors and windows in the home to keep the kids safe. Our builders have just been fixing the glasses on the windows and doors, what does this mean? it means that its almost over.


The remaining bit of it is just to complete the wall plastering, fixing the floors and painting and that will be all.
What next? Kids will be ready to relocate in there without any problems.


The home will also need to build a latrine, a kitchen, bathrooms and a wall fence to completely keep the kids safe.
This home is near a water source and this is not a protected water source and yet the whole community of over 500 people fetches water for drinking in this well, in future Mountains of Hope will work on this water source to enable the children and the whole community drink safe water.


"We have plans of building a guest house for our volunteers to live in, they will not need to sleep in a hotel when they are here" James, Project Leader. The project has a plan to put up a modern guest house just in the home where children will be living, this house will have running water, electricity, a kitchen inside and a toilet to make it condusive for the westerners while they are here.


Many kids will be albe to acquire knowledge in income generation, farming and other things while in their own home.Children like Sarah were able to complete their education in a safe place and she is now working and earning money, we are sure that many kids would need to stay in asafe home to enable them complete their education.

Children fetch water from un protected well
Children fetch water from un protected well

Hi,

I hope all is well with you, our home is progressively getting to completion, this month we will be completing the plastering and flooring, thank you for the support.

In addition to that, all our children are attending school. Here is Alice, Alice is mute: cannot talk neither hear as a result of rubella contraction during pregnancy, Alice is nine but had never gone to school, Alice through Globalgiving donors has been taken to deaf school in grade one, her future now seems bright as she will in future be able to life life on her own.

"Am happy I can now read and write"signalled Alice in a sign language.

When the home is completed, Children like Alice will have a place to stay in while attending school.

Alice preparing to go to school for the first time
Alice preparing to go to school for the first time
 

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Mountains of hope childrens ministries

Location: Mpigi, Uganda - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​www.mountains-ofhope.com
Project Leader:
James Malinga
Project Director
Kampala, Uganda
$14,341 raised of $30,000 goal
 
262 donations
$15,659 to go
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