Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda

by Stichting Kinderhulp Afrika
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Help vulnerable children go to preschool in Uganda
Back in class at SAM
Back in class at SAM

Hooray! Hurrah!! At last SAM is open and the children are back in school!

I can hardly believe that I am able to write these wonderful words! Yes, it really is true!

SAM is open again after the longest school lockdown in the world - 83 weeks compared to India’s 82 and USA’s 71, and so much longer that the Dutch 31 weeks and UK’s 12 weeks. 15 million Ugandan children have lost almost 2 years of schooling, although a privileged few were able to benefit from learning online. Approx. 3,300 people have died from Covid 19 in Uganda since the start of the pandemic, and every family has been affected in some way.

We are so proud that all our dedicated teachers and staff returned to work on 10th January, the historic day that schools re-opened. This has only been possible due to the generosity of you, our donors and supporters, who contributed to the Emergency Fund that we put in place to pay our staff at least 70% of their salary through the long months of closure. Many schools have had to lose staff, or close altogether, and there is great uncertainty for others. Significant numbers of teachers have not (yet) returned to work as they had to find new means to support themselves and their families financially through the pandemic and can’t afford the uncertainty of returning to their schools with the risk of not getting paid immediately. Our staff tell us they feel very blessed to have received their salaries, and all the additional support we have given in them in food and Christmas packages etc. They have all returned with enthusiasm and determination to do their absolute best for the children in their classes.

Here are 2 links to videos of the children returning to school and in class. Don’t miss their excitement, its great!

Back to school

https://www.facebook.com/Kinderhulp.Afrika/videos/350769803178390

SAM class

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=655695199121144

I am also delighted to report that we now have 49 children attending SAM, all receiving vital education and guidance again. We have a further 402 children in the Samaritan Primary School, which is 112 more than in our primary classes in 2019. The senior school has seven additional students, making an extremely healthy total of 560.

I will write a new report before the end of March, with lots of detail on how everyone is coping with the challenges ahead, and with the children’s progress, and I’m confident that we’ll have some very positive and uplifting stories to share!

For now, enjoy these great pictures…

SAM is once again full of bubbly, happy children and the campus is open and bursting with vibrance and energy!

We are all “Looking forward to better times in 2022!”

Our Motto, “FROM HELPLESS TO HOPEFUL”! has been dusted off and is back in action!

Thank you for all your support through these difficult and bizarre times.


Please visit our website for more information and regular updates: https://www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office via the website or myself personally, jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl, I would love to hear from you. 

Jill van Leeuwen.

Enjoying colouring again!
Enjoying colouring again!
SAM class  January 2022
SAM class January 2022
Arriving back at the school campus.
Arriving back at the school campus.
School bus back in action!
School bus back in action!
Playground Fun!
Playground Fun!
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Play ground waiting for pupils to return to school
Play ground waiting for pupils to return to school

The SAM buildings have now been eerily quiet since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020. None of our facilities have been allowed to re-open, not even for key workers’ children, so sadly I still can’t bring you news of our children’s progress or happenings at SAM etc.

However, there is hope that in early 2022 there will be the buzz of young voices eager to learn in both our primary and secondary school classes. We have tentative plans for the campus to re-open on a staggered basis, although we will have to wait and see what the Ugandan Ministry of Education decides.

In the meantime, our dedicated teams of teachers and child-care assistants have been trying to keep in touch with all our children, and to encourage parents to help with their children’s learning and development. As we all know it is more and more difficult to keep everyone motivated and morale high, especially when there is no definite end date in sight. We are continually trying to find ways to help the SAM and other staff members still living on the campus to support each other as families, and to help each other with their children in these uncertain and very stressful times.

The fact that the SAM staff, the teachers and the more than 100 employees at the Children’s Welfare Mission have continued to receive 70% of their salary makes a crucial difference, and we are so grateful for our donors’ fantastic support that makes this possible.

Many of the staff were delighted to finally receive a recent visit from 5 of the board members from The Netherlands. They were able to see for themselves the impact the pandemic is having in Uganda and at the project and to see all the work that has been done at the campus in the meantime. Thankfully one of the  them was able to have some fun with a few of the children who live on the campus.

The costs continue and we are struggling to make ends meet…

Along with every other charity, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting us deeply.

The closure of SAM and our schools since the spring of 2020 has had a major impact on our income – particularly that from the fee-paying Ugandan parents, which significantly subsidizes the school fees for our sponsor children. Most of that income has evaporated, yet we remain determined to pay all our staff. Despite making all the cuts and savings we can our emergency funds are dwindling fast ... so now more than ever your help is needed to bridge the gaps for a little longer… so that all our employees can welcome back, support and take care of our children when we can re-open. 

At the moment, £4,000 is needed just to pay the SAM bills and £40,000 for the whole organisation.

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FROM HELPLESS TO HOPEFUL...

Helping disadvantaged children, supporting the wellbeing of their families and therefore impacting on the local community, is why we all work so hard. In Uganda and in the office in the Netherlands, we are determined to keep on helping individuals and families in need, the little ones at SAM, the pupils in the primary and students in the secondary and vocational schools, and all the staff and patients at the clinic. Working to bring our slogan “from helpless to hopeful, give a child a chance!” to life, and give it an even broader meaning!


Thank you!

Thank you for your support and continued interest during this very difficult and frustrating 2021. If you can’t give now, we of course understand, and would be grateful if you can help us by sharing the link and telling your friends about the work we are doing and all that we are achieving in Uganda.


I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the staff at SAM, the Children’s Welfare Mission and Kinderhulp Afrika to wish to and your family a Very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for a healthier, happier, and safer 2022!  

For all of us, “FROM HELPLESS TO HOPEFUL”!


Jill van Leeuwen.

For more information visit our website: www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/

Primary 6 online lesson
Primary 6 online lesson
Corona guidelines from WHO
Corona guidelines from WHO
Happy faces, visitors at last!
Happy faces, visitors at last!
Children waiting to return to school
Children waiting to return to school
Giving Tuesday flyer.
Giving Tuesday flyer.
Gift card.
Gift card.
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and 2022!
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and 2022!
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Wall up to SAM compound being built
Wall up to SAM compound being built

“The Tortoise and the Hare

The coronavirus pandemic is still dominating daily life in Uganda. Whereas Western countries seem to be returning to “normal” Uganda is still, for the most part, in lockdown. Schools and other educational institutions remain closed and only 2% of the population are fully vaccinated. Metaphorically speaking you would call this the Tortoise. Progress is painfully slow and lives are being greatly affected. Currently schools are trying to do online education but the majority of students have no access to social media devices, and if they do very few can afford to pay for online data, approximately £15 per month

In contrast our building team at Children’s Welfare Mission (CWM) swung into action as soon as lockdown commenced, taking advantage of the bizarre circumstances of having no children on the campus. Firstly, improvements were made to comply with the government’s Schools Coronavirus Regulations so that we could re-open as soon as permitted. This entailed taps for handwashing with suitable drainage. See our report 7” SAM still in lockdown -closed for children but open for long lasting improvements!”. Secondly, in our last report we were delighted to announce that the new path up to SAM has been completed. Since then, a new Science Lab /Classroom has been built for the secondary school, and now the team is putting all its efforts into completing the perimeter wall.  Metaphorically speaking you would call our building team the Hare! 

Online education

The government is promoting online education in this latest lockdown. Regrettably, this leads to ever greater differences between the privileged few with internet access, and the vast majority of disadvantaged students. Currently only 50% of our paying students and 6% of our sponsored students are able to attend online lessons in our secondary school, and 14% and 7% respectively in our primary school and SAM. Despite this low attendance our dedicated teachers continue to give online lessons so that they can help wherever possible. They have been following up each child’s education progress, using social media when they can. Children unable to access the internet, but living close enough to the campus, are given work delivered by hand or collected by their parents. The SAM teachers are also teaching and providing support to the younger children who live on the campus and in the immediate neighbourhood.

Perimeter Wall

In 2019 we held a micro project appeal to fund the building of 400 meters of the campus perimeter wall, and were able to complete 100. We have now re-launched this appeal for the remaining 300 meters and are actively fundraising in the Netherlands. The building team is working very hard to complete the last section of the wall leading up to the SAM compound. You can see their progress in the photos at the end of this report.

If you would like to donate then please take advantage of the GlobalGiving 5 day ‘little x little’ matching campaign, which is running from 13th-17th September. Every donation up to $50 = £36, (or the first $50 of a larger amount) will receive a 50% match. BIG change can come from your little acts of kindness! Please be sure to tell your family and friends – GlobalGiving have promised that the matching funds will not run out – every single donation will go 50% further!

You can donate online any time during these 5 days at: www.globalgiving.org/53982 to increase your gift by 50%, or at anytime until the micro project ends on 3rd December 2021.

Kasi

Here is an insight into the life of our head builder Kasi. Kasi Robert is 47 years old. He is the father of 8 children. His eldest child is now 25 years old. Kasi is one of the longest serving employees at CWM.

He first became involved with CWM in 1995, supplying building materials to the project. A year later he joined the staff of CWM working in the Maintenance section. He has now been Head of the department for several years and worked on various of our Projects. These include the construction of the main office building; the new primary school; dormitories; guest houses; the campus wall; new volleyball all weather court; SAM and the road to SAM; new school classrooms and the refurbishment of the Clinic, etc.

He is proud of the fact that due to his hard work he has been able to build a house for his own family and pay for his children’s education, some of whom have graduated successfully and now have good jobs themselves!

“I am so happy that l got an opportunity to work with this Organisation. I enjoy working with children and really value the Organisation’s trustworthiness, its prompt payments of our salaries and the good administration” he says.

 Thank you

Your support in whatever way, is helping us make improvements to the safely and wellbeing of our needy, vulnerable young children and all the incredible staff at SAM and CWM. It also benefits so many others on the campus.

Please visit our website for more information and regular updates: https://www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office via the website or myself personally, jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl, I would love to hear from you. 

I hope to be able to give you more positive news on the re-opening of the campus before Christmas!

Jill van Leeuwen.

Digging foundations by SAM
Digging foundations by SAM
Quick progess
Quick progess
Kasi our head man and "Hare"!
Kasi our head man and "Hare"!
Little by Little campaign now online
Little by Little campaign now online
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Unofficial opening SAM path.
Unofficial opening SAM path.

Good News…SAM’S New Path is Open!

We are really delighted to announce that the new path up to SAM has been completed and unofficially opened by the children from the primary school! It is thanks to the help and generous donations from our GlobalGiving supporters that we have been able to make this wonderful path.

Please join us for a virtual walk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZGjfCnNgV8

 

This very steep path is the route up to SAM for the children and staff from the main campus, and now an important back entrance. The 210-metre-long path is used daily by staff and students of the primary and secondary schools and by patients attending the clinic. Each paving stone was hand-made on site and then set into a concrete base that is 2 metres wide, a key improvement allowing a vehicle to safely use it in an emergency.

The continued support from all our GlobalGiving donors is helping us make other improvements to the safely and wellbeing of our needy, vulnerable young children and their incredible staff at SAM. We really hope that this wonderful building will once again soon be filled with the patter of toddlers’ feet in the corridors, singing in the classrooms, and happy children once again playing in the garden. SAM’s staff have been checking the buildings and garden regularly and keeping the grass under control, so that no snakes or other dangerous insects or animals can get in and cause disease or danger to the day care and kindergarten children when they finally return.   

The Not Good News…

Although there was great joy when most of our primary and secondary school pupils returned in the spring, under a staggered reopening of education as part of the Ugandan Government’s Coronavirus Roadmap, sadly this joy was short lived. We were celebrating that a group of children from SAM were finally able to start at our primary school, and they were settling into their new routine. Then, totally unexpectedly, on Saturday 29 May the President addressed the nation and imposed yet another strict lockdown for at least 42 days. Schools were given until Monday at 8 o'clock in the morning to close their doors! The children who had literally just started or returned to school for a week now had to go home again. Sad and despondent, with their school bags packed, uncertain goodbyes were once more said.

Thankfully, the national primary and secondary exams (equivalent to 11 Plus, ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels) had already gone ahead as planned in April and the students are now waiting for their results.

The government is promoting online education in this latest lockdown, as it did in previous ones. Regrettably, this leads to ever greater differences between the privileged few with internet access, and the vast majority of disadvantaged students. As they have throughout the pandemic, our dedicated teachers at all levels have been following up on the children’s education progress, using the internet when they can. Children unable to access the internet but living close enough to the campus are given work delivered by hand or collected by their parents. The SAM teachers are also teaching and providing support to the younger children who live on the campus and in the immediate neighbourhood.

Vaccinations
Teaching staff, medical and nursing staff are priority groups for vaccination in Uganda, and all our staff have now received their first dose of vaccine. We are hoping that second doses will be given very shortly, so that SAM and the schools can reopen as soon as possible after this latest lockdown.

Given the situation it is evident that our emergency aid fund will still be needed in the coming months. As we have previously reported, your donations to this emergency fund have helped provide vital support to our staff. We have been able to pay 70% of wages, help children access learning materials, and give emergency food packages to vulnerable guardians. Now there is another lockdown, uncertainty about the future is increasing once again, and prices rising. Any donation that you can make to the emergency aid fund is therefore so greatly appreciated. For more information see the website. https://www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/emergency-aid

Please visit our website for more information and regular updates: https://www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office via the website or myself personally, jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl, I would love to hear from you. 

I hope to be able to give you a more positive report in the Autumn.

Until then I want to wish all our readers a very happy and safe summer 2021!

Jill van Leeuwen.

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Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kinderhulp-afrika

SAM ... eagerly awaiting the children's return!
SAM ... eagerly awaiting the children's return!
Happy faces reporting back to school.
Happy faces reporting back to school.
Despondent faces having to pack again.
Despondent faces having to pack again.
Hopefully SAM can reopen soon!
Hopefully SAM can reopen soon!

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On the road to Sam
On the road to Sam

Uganda is still in the grips of the global coronavirus pandemic, and SAM remains closed, but thanks to the continued support of our wonderful donors we have been able to continue our work with SAM. Vital support has been given to staff by paying them 70% of their salary, and we’ve been able to provide older pupils with online teaching and learning materials.

The primary and secondary schools partially reopened in October and welcomed back the students taking National Exams. On 1st April more classes will reopen on a staggered basis. At the moment the roadmap is unclear as to when day care centres and kindergartens will be able to reopen, although we are hoping that the children who were ready to start in the main primary school will be able to do so very soon.

Our dedicated teachers have continued following up on the children’s education progress by sending work to them online during the first lockdown. Children unable to access the internet but living close enough to the campus have started to have work delivered now that transport and essential workers have been allowed to resume working. Work for children living further away has been via the internet or collected by their parents. The SAM teachers have also been teaching and providing support to the younger children living on the campus and in the immediate neighbourhood.

A surprise awaits the children!

As mentioned in our September report, the maintenance team have been taking advantage of the quiet campus to do jobs that are very difficult or unsafe to do when so many children are around.  

We are really pleased to be able to report that a new path up to SAM from the main campus is nearing completion! This very steep path is the route up to SAM for the children and staff, and is also the back entrance to the campus that is used daily by staff and students of the primary and secondary schools. Patients attending the clinics on site also use it, and it used to be a grassy dirt track which would get very slippery whenever it rained.

The new path is 210 meters long and 2 meters wide, so a vehicle can now safely use it in an emergency. We have used paving stones that are hand made on site and then set into a concrete base. This is one of the best and most effective ways to construct paths in the tropical climate.

Wouldn’t it be great if this path could be finished before the children return?! Your support can help us get the job done and make a long-lasting impact.

Our total budget target for this work is £4,500. It costs £10, (€11, $13,25) per square meter of paving, so a kind gift to pay for just one meter of path will really make a lasting impact for everyone using the campus for years to come.

Next week GlobalGiving is hosting a 5 day ‘little x little’ matching campaign. Each donation up to $50, (or the first $50 of a larger amount) will receive a 50% match. BIG change can come from your little acts of kindness! Please be sure to tell your family and friends – GlobalGiving have promised that the matching funds will not run out – every single donation will go 50% further!

The campaign begins at 5 am GMT, (6.00 hrs. CET) on Monday 8th March and runs until midnight on Friday 12th March.

You can donate online any time during these 5 days at: www.globalgiving.org/42553

We will post a reminder on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kinderhulp-afrika

As we have said earlier, your support is helping us make improvements to the safely and wellbeing of our needy, vulnerable young children and their incredible staff at SAM, and to benefit everyone who uses the campus.

For more information visit our website for regular updates: https://www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office via the website or myself personally, jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl, I would love to hear from you. 

Walking up to Sam for the very first time!
Walking up to Sam for the very first time!
Happy faces and feet!
Happy faces and feet!
Road Under Construction, work nearly finished!
Road Under Construction, work nearly finished!
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Location: 1430 AB AALSMEER, Aalsmeer - Netherlands
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