Children
 Uganda
Project #10974

Build a Home for 50 Orphans in Uganda

by Mountains of hope childrens ministries

Hi, as a partner in this project, I Just wanted to share with you our annual report 2014, hoping that you will know how we are progressing.

Acknowledgement
Having completed the year, acknowledgement is extended to all those that have participated in planning and implementation of project interventions through the year. We appreciate Mpigi District leadership and management team for their continuous support and guidance in coming up with innovative ideas and giving strategic direction to the project.Special appreciation goes to the Mpigi District Probation and welfare officer Ms. Annet Nabuuma for her continued advice and direction during implementation. Not forgetting the Mpigi District police Family and welfare department headed by Ms. Nawegulo, thank you for the partnership.


Globalgiving is credited for its commitment in supporting the project raise funds through its site, we have been able to raise funds worth $19,000 through Globalgiving for the running of 21various sub projects under the 03 main projects of Health, Sponsorship and Education respectively. Through your support we have helped meet the needs of the community, but also forge a favorable working partnership that is geared towards implementation of community based sustainable projects for transformation of the community.


We are also grateful to Kafumu parish leadership, the local administration, security agencies, Religious leaders, traditional leaders, opinion leaders, various stakeholders and the entire community for their collaboration and support.
The participation of other stakeholders like Village Health Teams (VHTs), government aided schools and their support during implementation and planning processes is appreciated. Gratitude is also due to community membersfor their involvement in the prioritization, problem analysis, and visioning plus reflection exercises.


Lastly thanks to the entire Mountains of Hope big team beginning from the Executive committee chaired by Mr. Jimmy Mayanja plus other members of the committee including Miss.Max Namatovu, Mr.Ronnie Mutongole, Mr.Wilson Wabalanda, Miss.Lilian Nakiyaga, Mr.Sammex Ssinabulya, Bish.Sam Akol, Mr.Justin Okiaand the Implementing team Headed by James Malinga (Executive Director),Joy Muwanguzi (administrator) and volunteers for their time and commitment towards sourcing for funding and all implementation. You are all appreciated for your patience and overall support towards these entire processes.

Introduction
All planning and implementation processes involved collaboration and networking with a cross section of stakeholders, including; Mpigi District Health Office, District Probation Office, District police Family and child welfare Office, Kafumu parish leadership, operating local CBOs, Health centers and individual community members.
This document shows progress of interventions that Mountains of Hope projectand stakeholders have attained for this financial year beginning January 2014 to January 2015, the interventions addressed the prevailing community challenges and improvement in people’s quality of life. Project interventions during the FY included projects such as; Education, Health and Sponsorship.


Project goal: Improved quality of education among school going children both boys and girls and improved health of the people of Kafumucommunity through a participatory community based sustainable approach by the year 2018.
Project outcomes:
1: Improved access to quality of formal education for 100 Children (both boys and girls) but with special focus on the girl child in Kafumu parish by 2016.

2: Reduced malnutrition cases and its effects among 500 children in Kafumu parish through several approaches of prevention, care, support and advocacy by 2016.

3: Improved living of children both sponsored and non-sponsored and their community to become agents of change by 2016.

Progress towards project goal:

Success story:

Sarah’s Story- a reminder of why we do what we do:

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. Sometimes, all a child needs is a place to call home, or 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.

Construction:

Construction of the childrens Home is under way and we are fixing doors and windows, we are also beginning the finishing works on the house coming month.

Sponsorship and Education projects

The project has enabled 10 sponsored children (05 girls, 05 boys) and 02 University students (01 girl and 01 boy) to remain in school and improve on their learning skills using its interventions in education project such as paying their school fees and tuition. These children are enjoying education since the Tuition and fees are paid in time.
Enrolment in some schools has changed, the project distributed sanitary pads to 70 school going girls of menstruation age and as a result their hope has been restored. They have as well participated in prevention of teenage pregnancies initiatives in and out of school using life skill approach.

Health project

The project in partnership with the District Health Office and stakeholders such as Village Health Teams (VHTs),trained 50 mother’s proper breast feeding methods andfood preparations to children aged 0-59 months to reduce malnutrition. Mothers were taken through the usage of Mid Upper Arm Circumference tapes (MUAC), they are now vigilant on the health of their children. This vigilance of mothers hascontributed to reduction malnutrition cases among the children of Kafumu community from 8% who measured yellow and red (at risk and critical stage respectively) in 2013 to 7% who measured yellow and red in 2014(source: VHT records report ,2014).
The project in collaboration with the Globalgiving donors facilitated 13 children (05 girls, 08 boys) to get psychosocial support, the children were talked to both boys and girls and after played and had the best Christmas meal in Freedom city kids play center Namasuba


Two project staff have been facilitated to attend various planning and review meetings in the project and with the District. This has enabled the staff be vigilant and have effectively monitored and managed project work. The staff have monitored and supervised the construction of a four roomed home to accommodate children who if not accommodated would not survive, the home will only accommodate these children for a period of not more than six months and find a home to place them.


Lessons learned
Involving children in the planning process and allowing them participate in the project interventions enables them to express themselves in identifying their needs and sharing problems affecting them and their families and communities. When we trained girls on prevention of early pregnancies, at the course of the training they told us that they had a great need for sanitary pads, something we had not planned for before, we immediately looked for money and provided them to enable them continue education.

Children in a kids play center
Children in a kids play center

Hi, we are grateful for the continued support you are sending to the Mountains of Hope orphanage. Last year your contributions lead to the roofing of the roof, making of the doors and windows for the building, this year we are plastering and painting up the whole building, that is our focus of the year and we have set a target by the end of July to have fully furnished the building. Furnishing this building will cost $6000.


Also last year we managed to take these children out for Christmas party at Freedom city, they had a wonderful day and meals at the kids park.


This month we are setting up a computer training center and internet café for training youth on computer and internet usage. Many youth will be able to use the service and gain many skills, they will do research and thus improve their local businesses.

Children having a Christmas meal in a hotel
Children having a Christmas meal in a hotel
Children holding their christmas gifs
Children holding their christmas gifs
Windows
Windows

OK. Here's the report:

I have just been visiting the building project, the engineers are busy making burglar proof metalic doors and windows and next month we will be fixing them on, the work is going on and progressively the house is nearing completion. Your recent donations have already paid for that so no worries.

We are now remaining with plastering and flooring, we are praying for $1000 provision this month and it will be done.

Globalgiving is offering organizations raising money on their site abig big opportunity, all donations given today the 15th October will be multiplied, here is how it goes:

Globalgiving is offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $75,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 a.m. EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 p.m. EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available!

But we encourage you to get donations in early, because matching funds will run out before the end of the day.

We need about $ 1000 in these last few hours to reach our goal. Just imagine your donation multiplying by 30%

Can we do it? I believe so. 

And you only have a few hours left to make sure children in Uganda get a good accomodation and survive and live life to its fullness.


Only a few hours left to give a child a gift of life.
 

Will we meet our goal? 

I’m counting on you! 

Child protection meeting
Child protection meeting

We are happy to note down the little progress on some of the activities we carried out, failed and learnt lessons to inform our planning.

In the community we work, we are constructing a home for 50 kids, by November this year we will be putting up metalic windows and doors, we are doing all these because we want our children to be protected from harm and or abuse, in our community there are over 200 needy children living in 500 households, 80% of the children are abused and the very abusers are sometimes their own parents, we carried out several other sensitizations in our community to curb child abuse, in carrying out these activities during this quarter, Mountains of Hope carried out a mini survey on child protection issues to assess the cases of child abuse in relation to the reported ones, it was learnt that data on child abuse cases reported by community during child protection meetings varied with the police report in terms of figures and information.

Mountains of Hope used to rely on the reports of the village/community meetings alone, it was difficult to follow up on some cases with the police as the police was not aware of some cases we were following up, we discovered that these lower level cases were solved by the community locally without reaching police, this hampered the follow up process, a case in point is where a school girl that was defiled in one of the communities was not reported to police and none of the authorities neither our staff knew about it but the community was aware about it, the case was handled locally by the parents of the victim and those of the defiler who later on were not willing to release information on how it went about.

Mountains of Hope in an attempt to make its monitoring systems stronger leant that there was a weak partnership and linkages among agencies involved in Child protection including Mountains of Hope. A partner’s meet up was organized and systems availed for who does what? What resources are needed? When? And How?

So far in this new partnership, our project has been assigned the duty of mobilizing sensitization community meetings on child protection issues in the community as the police child protection and welfare office does the sensitizations.

This has eased provision of information as our project can easily get the right data from police office other than relying on the data provided by only the village committees, this information derived from the police helps to inform our planning process in the community we work, this has enabled us to target the activities that are beneficial to our community, a case in point is when we planned for the provision of sanitary pads to 50 school girls after a thorough sensitization carried out by the Mpigi District Health Officer and Police Child protection officer with facilitation from Mountains of Hope with Globalgiving donors.

Children help with home chores
Children help with home chores
The roof
The roof

Hi!

Thanks for your continued support, now the old has gone and the New has come!we have got anew song now, the old song "we want to roof" has gone, and the new song is now the "roof is on"!

"We must thank you very much for your help"-James-Project leader

"I had lost hope in roofing the home, I thought it was awrong project, I have proved it was a right venture"-Jimmy Executive board chairman

We are now embarking on fundraising for the doors, windows, plastering and cementing, once we have done all these, we will be ready to shift in the New Home, we are also planning to put tiles, electrical wiring and plumbing work, we welcome any building materials in kind if any.

We will keep updating you on ongoing progress

The veranda view
The veranda view

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Organization Information

Mountains of hope childrens ministries

Location: Mpigi, Uganda - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​www.mountains-ofhope.com
Project Leader:
James Malinga
Project Director
Kampala, Uganda
$11,250 raised of $19,000 goal
 
198 donations
$7,750 to go
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