A GIFT OF THREE MEALS A DAY Over half of Uganda’s children were found to be deprived of four or more socially perceived necessities according to the Uganda National Household Survey 2016/17. Among the necessities is having three meals a day, being able to access health care among others. Many children living in the poorest areas don’t have access to three meals, especially in rural areas. Another Hope children's Ministries, we are privileged to have the children consume three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and supper) a day even in the hard times of COVId-19. There hasn’t been a single day the children went without a meal. ACHIEVEMENTS One of the children narrates. One of the resident children at Another Hope Children’s Ministries narrates how it is a privilege to have three meals a day and every day. Here she is narrating the story: I was brought to Another Hope Children’s Ministries on 13th/08/2020 after I was rescued from child labor where I was working as a house help for six months in Nansana. I was surviving on two meals and sometimes it wasn’t heavy enough to satisfy me. For this time, I had forgotten about morning tea/breakfast and all I would consume is cold water in the morning up to lunch time. From the time I was taken in by Another Hope Children’s Ministries, my life has been totally different and I am always over joyed by the breakfast meal. Good feeding plays a part in child development and it is a blessing we can feed the children because there are many children of my age and different ages on the streets and in refugee camps not knowing how they go through the day. Some end the day without anything to eat and yet there is no hope of feeding the following day hence forcing them into illegal acts. Thanks so much for helping us have the assurance of 3 meals a day. The care taker narrates. Looking after a family is not easy especially with limited income. Because of the daily demands, yet the income is less, many households don’t have a chance to consume three meals a day. Some take two while others take one depending on the type of food available and the number of dependents. It is a blessing from God to have children at Another Hope Children’s Ministries feeding on three meals a day every day and every year. This has helped keep the children’s hope a live because if food is available, then the children believe even their other needs are available or can be availed. My heart is at rest because I know food for the children I take care of is available. I thank our partners for the support towards the support for the children because it helps us to improve the quality of life for the vulnerable children.
Feeling secure in your environment and having hope for a better life is the basic human need and must be fulfilled before any other need. There are different kinds of securities people can have but for the vulnerable children, they mainly need the physical and emotional security to have their hope for life renewed every day. Being free from suffering physical harm and having enough food and water to keep you alive are some of the physical securities. Access to psychosocial support through different activities like birthday celebrations, counseling sessions, and other activities provides emotional security. With the mission of bringing to vulnerable children in Uganda, Another Hope Children’s Ministries provides accommodation, food, clothing, and medical care to those children that need it due to various issues such as abandonment. Availing all these needs helps to keep the hope of the children on the sponsorship program new. The special days celebrated like Easter and Eid day where the children are fed on special meals make them feel loved. There are rescue cases handled by children who were abandoned by their parents and families and got enrolled through the police. These children are provided with shelter and other needs of life which makes them feel secure and have their hope renewed. The total number of accommodated children is twenty-six (11 males and 10 females), these children are able to receive physical, spiritual, and emotional security. Rescue Case handled. The young boy enjoying a special meal at Another Hope Children’s Ministries. A boy who was referred to Another Hope Children’s Ministries by Nansana police station was abandoned by his mother at a friend’s place of residence. The mother of this young boy who was nine months went to stay with a friend after separating from the father to her son. She stayed with her for two weeks and one morning, she went out giving an excuse for going to buy milk for her son but she never returned. The child remained in the custody of her friend who reported to the police and handed over the child because she couldn’t afford to take care of him. The police through the child and family protection unity and the office of the probation officer contacted Another Hope Children’s Ministries Management to rescue this child. The child has been under our custody for one and a half years but he is happy and healthy because of the love and support that sponsorship brings.
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