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Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda

by Wings of Courage Orphan Outreach Society
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Outreach Centre for Child-Headed Households Uganda
Prisca
Prisca

Young people in Uganda have just returned to a new semester of school as ours here in Canada are getting ready to finish off their year. The children in the two parts of the world share so many things but are also so different. What it all boils down to is opportunity and an awareness that not everyone has the same opportunity. Lets take school for example. Canadian children do not know that many children in Uganda so not "get" to go to school. The opportunity comes to Canadians just because they were born on one piece of land instead of another. This is a reminder that we are all the same, we are all human, but we are born into different experiences and that is what shapes our lives. We need to work together to share are uniquities and move forward as a human race. With opportunity there is so much potential. Take our dear Prisca for example. She is so clever and has such amazing strength. She worked her way up the grades to now being accepted into nursing school. With opportunity she can achieve her dreams. As a young child she lost her parents and was fighting to survive. Now she inspires many.

Dearest Prisca we are proud of you and we hope to work together to be able to provide opportunity for more children like you. Help us to build shelter on the land so that the young people we care for have a place to come home to and a starting off point for their future endeavours. Together we can create opportunities like we have for Prisca!

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Mark outside with neighborhood dog
Mark outside with neighborhood dog

I just got an email yesterday from our Auntie Grace reporting on suspicious activity surrounding our land. It is common for land that is sitting around with nothing on it to be snatched up or taken back by the owner at a lower price. We had been growing food to feed the children, but then the drought hit and things stopped growing. So now it sits vacant, until we are ready to build! That is where you come in!

This is the year! People are showing more of an interest in this wonderful piece of land, so we have to act now! PLease work with us to make this happen!!!

How much will it cost?? Just some estimates....

Building one hut on the land = $2547

            Building a latrine = $1649

Building a covered cooking hut = $418

As you can see-- every little bit counts! We need to work together to build on the land-- to finally provide the children with a  place to call home. They need the security and comfort of knowing it is theirs... it is their HOME!

Read what Mark has to say about why he loves being at HOME on the weeekends so much:

“Our Saturdays are always our best days at home, because we wake up at least 2 hrs later than we normally do on school days. On school days we wake up at 5.30 am and take about 1hr preparing ,this includes bathing, brushing our teeth and breakfast is served at 6.30, we then leave immediately for school after that, we have about 1and half kilometers to walk , but on a Saturday like today, we do wake up at around 8 am we then do a bit of house work, like sweeping the compound , we then have breakfast at 9.30 am , we are then free to play football or any other games as we please, it is only at 1.00p when we are called in for our lunch, after lunch it is a mixture of many things , according to our wish, we can join friends at the main play ground in the neighborhood or just continue with our different games from home . We then have our evening bath at 6 pm and supper served at 7.30 pm , we then have sometime playing indoor games or doing our homework till 9.30 p when we get to bed.”

Since playmates and peers are often those around you in the village, moving around and renting houses does not allow the children to be able to build on those relationships that they make. Work with us and help us provide for the children like Mark a safe and secure FOREVER home! A place that he can connect with other young people in his community without the threat that he may have to move. What an amazing gift!

It is so easy to partner with us to provide opportunity, love and safety for such amazing young people in Uganda. Share just a little bit of YOU and someones' life can be changed forever!!

Warmly,

Lena and the WOC team

 




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I was sitting back today thinking about this time of year and what it is that we are all searching for... comfort food, warm and cozy, fun and laughter, being around those we care about.... and that made me zone in on the word "comfort" and think about what that means for children all over the world... and for us, especially those in Uganda. I was thinking even for my own two children, what this season even means for them... and how we can get lost in our society with the intense amount of advertising and marketing to make us think even when we are young that we need-need-need....

Trying to explain this to my 6 year old about why Santa just doesnt make it to certain houses and places is a difficult venture. But I feel that it is so important. In the end... we simplified it to that fact that if you dont have a house (or a chimney), then Santa cannot stop by on Christmas Eve. It seems simple but it was a way to share about the differences in the way people live and the inequalities that exist in our world. And these inequalities re more than just Santa not bringing toys, but that Santa sometimes needs to bring other things like a good meal, a protected shelter, clothing, and other basic supplies that some people dont have. At the heart of all this though.... as termed by a phrase we constantly hear: "home for the holidays" ... is the HOME. And this is the one thing our young people in Uganda still do not have.

When they are asked, what is the one thing that comes up most - a stable place they can call home. No more renting and moving if the landlord decides.... no more insecurity.... but a place they will know will always be there for them. Somewhere they will always find someone who cares about them... someone to comfort them. Please help us make this wish a reality for them all.

Thank you so mcuh for your generosity and compassion to date. We hope that you will continue on this journey with us to continue to turn these wishes of some very amazing young people into reality. Especially during this time, lets work together to bring these very deserving young people a HOME.

With much warmth and gratitude,

Lena

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Ugadan home
Ugadan home

Dearest supporters!

In Uganda as everywhere research shows how difficult it is for children to be in a constant state of flux- to be moving around place to place and not have a place to call home. Our goal with the amazing young people who have joined our family over the past number of years is to FINALLY give them a place they can call home. Please join with us and help us build on our land in Uganda so that we can create a HOME for Auntie Grace and both Emmanuels, Sandra, Mark, Prisca, Stela, Denis, Daniel, Susan, Gerard and Joyce.  We can't do it without you! We need your help! Share our plea out to your family and friends and lets all join together to make a difference in the lives of these amazing young people. Let us help enhance their sense of safety and security and allow them the opportunity to settle in and stay put.

Thank you for your continued comitment to improving the lives of young people in Uganda!

We value your support and know we couldnt do our work without your partnership! Thank you!

Lena and the WOC team

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land

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Gerard posing outside
Gerard posing outside

While the children in North America are all finishing their Spring break and gearing up for the last little bit of school, the children in Uganda have just begun their new year. They are heading into the heavier rainy season (April and May) and it reminds me how much we need to build a cozy shelter for them to stay dry! Renting a space large enough to comfortably fit everyone has become more and more a challenge as it is increasingly more and more expensive. PLease team with us to build a home on our land by the end of this year! So that next year at this time we have the children comfortable in their own HOME!

All the children are working hard in their studies! Joyce has decided to do some vocational training while the rest are moving along in ether primary or secondary school. We have a new youngster in our group. His name is Gerard and he is so cleaver and lively. We are excited to have him join our family! Susan and Denis who also joined last year have also been doing quite well and prospering with our family. We have shared a couple pictures here with you!

Please continue to partner with us as the school fees continue to increase and more and more children need our help! We really need a shelter built so that the childrwn have a place to call home finally and dont have to be moving from place to place. We NEED your help and support for this to happen!!

PLEASE consider sharing another gift with us.... and help us to create a place for our children to call home. Please consider making a one time or monthly donation to help us to reach our goals by the end of this year! More information can be found on our website www.wingsofcourage.ca or via facebook (wingsofcourage).

Thank you for doing your part so that we can continue to do ours! Together we can make this a reality and continue to imrove the licves of orphans and child headed households in Uagnda.

Warmly,

Lena, Grace, Kristina, Jamila and the WOC team!

Denis fetching water
Denis fetching water
Susan helping in the kitchen
Susan helping in the kitchen

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Wings of Courage Orphan Outreach Society

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Lena Gilbert
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Lena Gilbert
North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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