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Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala

by Engozi Za Mukama (God's Love Home)
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Educate and support 40 orphans in Kampala
Front of school
Front of school

Every child deserves the best possible chance of success – and they can't do it alone. They need a lot of helping hands along the way; yours and ours together.

God’s Love Home and School purpose is to help vulnerable children from Kibwa Zone (a district of Kampala) pursue their God-given potential. Together we are working to “Support and Educate 40 orphans”. With your support we are feeding them a better diet, educating them at God’s Love School (Nursery, P1 and P 2) and in other schools (for P3 – P6) which we don’t have at GLS.

Our plans

We are keen to expand the school. We make sure that the children on retro-virals take them regularly (some of our HIV children are not well giving rise to unplanned medical expenses) and we support guardians. Through the help channelled from Global giving we can now afford to improve the children's diet (the meals now include eggs), and kwashiorkor is now a thing of the past.  

Visitors- we've thrilled you've come to see us

We have had a range of visitors from dear friends and people who are eager to find out more about our great work. Our dear friend Mark Shaw-Hamilton came in February and helped us with our accounts and gave some teaching materials. Mr Wilson and his wife Sarah (based in the USA) and in April, Rhys and Rhonda visited us on their way to S Sudan on the recommendation of an Australian friend.

In June, GlobalGiving UK project evaluators visited us. It was a lovely visit from Ludiya and Basil meeting us and sharing with God’s Love Home staff.  They are yet to give their observations and help improve our internal processes, and they have already helped strengthen our PTA. 

The money received through Global Giving and directly via Mark has made a real difference and given some security for 2014. GlobalGiving UK have disbursed the money in regular amounts and we should have sufficient resources for 4 more months. Help us go further than that. Every donation, however small it seems, means so much.

Patience writing on the board
Patience writing on the board
Mama Rachel serving porridge and eggs to kids.
Mama Rachel serving porridge and eggs to kids.
GlobalGiving UK evaluators come to visit and help.
GlobalGiving UK evaluators come to visit and help.
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Hi everyone,

I have just got back from a week at the Orphanage that you have so kindly supported. You may remember the challenge that James had before Christmas to raise over £2000 from over 50 people. In the event over 240 people contributed a total of over £7000. This money has been earmarked for the feeding and school fees for the 40 children. Thank you so much!

Since I was there 1 ½ years ago there have been enormous changes. The children are older (obviously!!). Fiona, the childwith Kwashiakor, is now a robust and very healthy 5 year old. Ian and Elijah took over the toycar I had taken out (relic of our grandchildrens childhood) and I was impressed at how quickly they co-ordinated the string pulling and the release.(Sadly it was loved too much over the next 12 hours and I had failed to take miniature screwdrivers to repair it with).There has been a massive change in the facilities. The boys building has been finished (but still needs things done), the girls building has mortgage completed and a classroom built; all owned by the trust. A water tank has been given which should enable rainwater to be captured (and water bills lowered). All children have a bunk bed, mattress, sheet and are covered by mosquito nets which should reduce malaria. Money used to be so tight that food was inadequate in quality. Adults eat with the children and while I was there we had eggs twice, fish twice and meat once with fruit three times. The Matron, Mama Rachel, runs this.

I took out  a case of clothes. James and Matron had been through them and had a set of clothes for each child. They were soo excited and changed into them immediately. It was Christmas all over again!  A big thank you to all who heard about the need for clothes: I wish you could have shared in the excitement

The school has completed its first year. They are teaching children how to read and write but (I had not fully appreciated this) in English which they have little understanding of. It must be so difficult for the children and for the staff with few aids. There are 28 in the preschool section, divided into Nursery and Tops, and looked after by Nina. Justus looks after P1 and Julius Busibuzi, the  Headmaster, P2. 

Humanly speaking it is hard to see how they move the school on from this point. Land is expensive in Kibwa. James’s sense of calling is to the children of Kibwa (so perhaps cheaper alternatives elsewhere don’t meet this). Perhaps some local person will give the land and he could then afford the buildings. I went to James’s home area, 150m to the NW of Kampala.  It was great seeing his Mum again, especial as last time she was bedbound while now she can walk slowly (and has a fine aim keeping the chickens away). I also met an “old man” who was so supportive of James’s project that he had given 3 acres for 5 years to grow sugar cane to support the orphanage. 

James still lives in a slightly smaller room without electricity and water.James, Julius and Mama Rachel are a very specialgroup. Please keep praying for them.

I will happily send on any gifts, or if you are a UK tax payer and can Gift Aid please send via GlobalGiving UK at http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/support-40-orphans-kampala/

Again. Thank you so much for your continuing support and may God bless you

Mark                                                                           

markshawhamilton@hotmail.com 

01633615339

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 2014 already has the promise of amazing things to come. And we owe a lot of that to you.

 

In GlobalGiving’s December challenge we were thrilled that over 240 people supported us and gave over £7000

 

Thanks to your support, we are on track to help our children to solve problems better and seize opportunities. You are helping to ensure that every child has the best possible start .we're working to improve lives and strengthen communities. And together we're doing it faster, leaner, and better. Julius, Christine, Beatrice and I are extremely grateful that you're helping us get there.

 

 We have had cases of kwashiorkor in a few children like Fiona but I am glad to inform you that your generosity is gradually ironing out this. Enjoy the change in Fiona from when she had kwashiorkor and her current status after your support by attached photo.

 

Some of our children in nursery section at God Love School graduated to primary one and those in primary one to primary two. It was an amazing celebration! See photo for graduates alongside their head teacher Mr.Julius.



In December 2013, you and hundreds of others stepped forward to support the God’s Love Home work in 2014. What an amazing outpouring. Your incredible generosity will help us expand in key areas

Including:

 Improving the diet of GLH children to both improve health and learning.

Expanding God’s Love School to primary two. So more classroom desks and chalkboard are needed, as well as teacher’s salaries but future school fees due will be reduced.

  • * School fee debts will be paid

Providing critical job skills to 3 children in vocational college.

Increasing access to HIV/AIDS treatment and other lifesaving care in our community?

Things to pray for are;-Provision on feeding, School fees provision, Children and staff at GLH and School.

 

Because of you, I'm even more confident that we can reach our ambitious goals for this year. And we look forward to updating you on our progress so you can see just how valuable and important your support is.

On behalf of all of us here at the God’s Love Home, thank you for starting 2014 with such a tremendous demonstration of support.

Sincerely,

James Mukiibi


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Engozi Za Mukama (God's Love Home)

Location: Kampala, Uganda - Uganda
Project Leader:
JAMES MUKIIBI
Kampala, Uganda

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