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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
Enjoying their new class.
Enjoying their new class.

Here’s an update from our frontline in Uganda in these challenging times.

Our Samaritan Day Care and Kindergarten, SAM, opened its doors for the new school term at the beginning of February. There were 37 pre-school and kindergarten pupils and 3 children attending our day care section. We had high hopes to enrol new pupils into the day care as word gets around that SAM is not only a school!

School was going really well, and our new teacher was settling in. She is a graduate student of NSVS, our secondary school on the campus. We now have three former students working at SAM, all selected solely on their qualifications and abilities, and we are delighted that for them as individuals and us as an organisation that the circle is complete! We will tell you more about these three incredibly special and talented teachers in a future report.

For now, however, we want to inform you about the current situation in Uganda concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic. The first case was recorded on March 17th. The President, Yoweri Museveni, immediately announced that all schools would close at the end of that week for a period of 32 days. This has subsequently been extended for another 3 weeks and further extensions must be anticipated.

SAM, together with our 2 other schools on the campus, took the necessary steps to close as the “Lockdown” became reality. Three of our Dutch volunteers, including one of the International Directors, managed to get safely repatriated, but the long-planned week to host a group of 10 ladies was of course postponed indefinitely. All our children, some 850 in total across all the campus, had to return home to their parents or guardians. As you can imagine this was a huge exercise, particularly as most schools in Uganda are boarding schools. Almost as soon as the announcement had been made the main roads around the capital, Kampala, and other major cities became gridlocked as people tried to pick up school students and the University students also travelled home.

Social distancing in Uganda, and certainly in a boarding school, leaves a lot to the imagination. See the attached photograph of students leaving University.  Luckily they were still able to use a Boda-Boda’s, the main form of transport for the majority of people in Uganda, before they too were banned.

At the time of writing the lockdown is working very effectively. The number of recorded cases is only 79 and 47 of these are known to have recovered. Thankfully, no one in Uganda has so far lost their life to this terrible disease. The lockdown restrictions are extremely strict. No one is allowed to use their car unless they are doing essential work. Consequently, food prices have soared, and many people are having to walk long distances to get basis food supplies and water. As in the rest of the world many individuals and families have lost their livelihoods and are struggling to survive.

Although SAM and our campus schools are closed, we are still paying staff salaries and carrying out maintenance jobs so that when the children are able to return everything is in good order and we are ready to continue with all our work. We have no idea when this will be, no idea how many children will be able to return due to the economic crisis, nor do we know what the government guidelines and ongoing restrictions will be. There are so many unknowns and there will be exceedingly difficult challenges to face for a considerable time to come. What we do know is how much we appreciate you, our donors and volunteers, who make our work in Uganda possible.  

We will post an update on the SAM project page as soon as the schools can return, but if you have any immediate questions please do not hesitate to contact me at jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl.  I would love to hear from you and in the meantime stay safe and keep well.

Happy friends hoping to see each other again soon!
Happy friends hoping to see each other again soon!
Going home from University on the Boda-Boda.
Going home from University on the Boda-Boda.

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SAM’s Flying Start to 2020!

Hello and thank you so much for taking the time to read this, our first report of 2020 from ‘SAMaritan Day Care & Kindergarten’ – SAM!

2020 is definitely off to a ‘flying start’ at SAM. We have increased our numbers steadily and now have 32 children and toddlers/babies in total attending regularly. Each receives day care and early years education appropriate to their individual needs and stage of development. Our own on-site kitchen is now operational and provides nutritious and healthy food using local ingredients. We are also hoping to recruit a third care giver in the next few weeks, which will allow our team to offer one to one care to the most disadvantaged youngsters.

Our children come from varying backgrounds, this presents a considerable challenge when we start to introduce the children to the literacy skills they need to develop ready for their primary school education. We teach in English and Luganda and find there is a lot of work to be done to bring every Kindergarten child up to the same level before we can start to teach them all to become fluent readers.

Through our teachers’ contacts we recently learned about a respected resource – ‘Jolly Phonics’ – a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. We managed to buy one of the colourful wall charts from the package of innovative and creative materials available - see the photo below.  Teaching with this chart is already showing positive results and our teachers believe that the multi-sensory methods that the programme uses are truly excellent.

We are therefore excited to announce that we have ambitious plans to give our Kindergarten children the Jolly Phonics ‘Flying Start’ by raising funds to purchase the full Jolly Phonics programme package of materials. We are launching a microproject on GlobalGiving specifically to raise the money needed, and we are taking part in the GlobalGiving ‘Little by Little’ Matching Campaign in March. Please look out for more details on our website and facebook pages for the campaign publicity.

You, our donors and volunteers, are so important to us and we really thank you for all the support you give. We and our staff at SAM appreciate the time and energy that visiting volunteers give and are so happy that this appreciation goes both ways. In the words of one such recent visitor:

“Dear Colleagues in Uganda

Thank you very much for the wonderful time I have had with you!

You made me feel warm and welcome. I have had a lot of fun with you and it is very nice to get to know you.

You are wonderful teachers; you have a great heart for the children and you have so much love for them. Very beautiful to see!

And you are very involved with all the children and show in everything that you love them!

The children are lucky with such good and loving teachers at their school!

I wish you all the best and good luck for the future and God’s blessing for the work you do, but also in your personal life!

Lots of love A…..”

Little by Little campaign  Please support SAM by donating up to $50 during the period March 23rd  -27th March and your donation will get a 50% match from GlobalGiving.

Please note the campaign is worldwide: It starts at 09.00 hrs ET in US, 13.00 hrs GMT in UK, 14.00 hrs CET in Euro zone and ends at midnight 27th .

Better still, if you start a recurring donation during the campaign and keep it active for 4 months the initial amount of the donation will also  receive a 100% match!

Don’t forget Gift Aid in the UK!

To help even more please tell your friends about our work and this campaign and if possible share it on social media.

For more information look on our website: www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/preschool and Facebook page.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on info@kinderhulp-afrika.nl

Wall chart
Wall chart
Lego is a great way to play and learn.
Lego is a great way to play and learn.
More books to read!
More books to read!
Drawing ia also great fun!
Drawing ia also great fun!
Example of Jolly Phonics sounds.
Example of Jolly Phonics sounds.
Little X Little flyer.
Little X Little flyer.
Friends for life!
Friends for life!
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Merry Christmas from all involved at SAM
Merry Christmas from all involved at SAM

End of SAM’s first term!

We are delighted to say that we have had a very encouraging first term at the newly opened Samaritan Day Care and Kindergarten (SAM), which opened its doors on 16th October 2019.

The Kindergarten started with 29 children in three classes:

5 children in the first or baby class (4 girls and 1 boy),

8 children in the middle class (4 girls and 4 boys),

 and 16 children in the top class (5 girls and 11 boys).

We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs at the end of this report for a “Day in the life of a child at SAM”.

We are very pleased to be able to report that the children in the top class have all been promoted to the Samaritan Primary School for the start of the new academic year in Uganda, which will begin on 27th January 2020 and run through until the end of November.

Our staff are busy recruiting for the new school year, when the Day Care centre will also open for the very little ones and a promotional folder has been circulated to create awareness about this exciting new facility on our campus.  As the prices are low in comparison to other facilities in the area (and will be subsidised when appropriate) SAM can provide nursery day care and kindergarten to vulnerable little ones aged 6 months to 6 years and thus support struggling families. 

SAM’s aim is two-fold – to give the little ones a healthy and stimulating environment in which to develop early educational and social skills, whilst offering their parents the opportunity to work or to undergo training whilst we care for their children. Our hope is that our support can give vulnerable young mothers and disadvantaged parents or carers the opportunity to build a life for themselves, and a basis to bring up their own healthy and stable family independently.

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Did you know that GlobalGiving has “Gift Cards” that you can give to your friends? It’s easy! Just click this link: https://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/ to buy and send the card. The recipient can then choose which project to support, so it’s very important that you kindly ask them to donate their card to SAM! www.globalgiving.org/42553

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You can also share our cause on social media by sharing our website; www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/preschool Facebook page;  www.facebook.com/Kinderhulp.Afrikaand Globalgiving project page; www.globalgiving.org/42553

Thank you so much for supporting our work in Uganda. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl or our office info@kinderhulp-afrika.nl.

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of all the children supported at SAM and the Kinderhulp Afrika Team, to wish you and your nearest and dearest a Very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy and Peaceful 2020!

Click this link:  to hear a Christmas Carol sung by students from our Secondary School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkVw8DZgsSA

 

Kind regards Jill van Leeuwen

On the path to SAM.
On the path to SAM.
Finally there!
Finally there!
School bags neat and tidy!
School bags neat and tidy!
Learning is fun!
Learning is fun!
There is also time for play!
There is also time for play!
Then back to class..
Then back to class..
Before going home.
Before going home.
Promotional flyer.
Promotional flyer.

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In class
In class

In class

Black Friday or Giving Tuesday …. Which do you prefer?

Thanksgiving Day is behind us and all the media attention has switched to Black Friday and Giving Tuesday.

Which day attracts your attention most? Do you feel a tension between the advertisers wanting you to spend more and the charities asking you for donations?

As regular visitors to Uganda we feel this tension. When we go to the supermarket to buy our provisions, we pass many local markets and ramshackled shops. We drive a car whilst we see people walking along the road carrying their loads on their heads. We are torn between our needs and theirs.  But it’s also the reason why we help. We do what we can knowing that we can’t help everyone. Sometimes it feels like a “drop in the ocean”, but we also agree with the words of Mother Teresa, “If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one.”

It's a hard life for some.

Samaritan Day Care and Kindergarten (SAM) wants to keep helping disadvantaged and vulnerable young parents and their children. The kindergarten opened in September and we are planning to open the Day Care centre as soon as possible. As the school year in Uganda starts in February and ends in December, it wasn’t really logical to open the Kindergarten  and to wait until the new school year begins, but we wanted to make good use of the buildings straightaway, so that the children could  benefit and start their education immediately.

Here is just one example of how SAM is already helping a family:

Zam is 26 years old. She came from a deprived family who were unable to continue paying her school fees, as a result  she had to leave secondary school after the second year. She attended a Government aided school, but still needed money for uniform and books. She looked for work but has never had more than menial and temporary jobs.  Whenever extra help is needed at our project she is asked to help out and of course earns the going wage.

She is married and has 2 lovely daughters, four-year-old Veranah and two-year-old Victoria. Her husband is a builder. They live in Nsasa, near SAM and attend the church on the campus.

With Mum by the main gate.

Verenah is one of the first children to receive help from SAM. She joined the “baby class” of the kindergarten, along with 7 other children. Her mother, Zam, has seen a great change in Veranah since she started going to SAM. She is much more talkative and is learning to speak English. (English is the main language spoken in the schools in Uganda.) She is happier and gradually becoming more responsible. She likes doing homework and reading the wall charts her mother has hanging on the walls.  Her parents are very grateful of this opportunity to send their daughter to kindergarten and they hope that, in future, Victoria will also be able to attend. In order to be able to help Victoria and other vulnerable children attend the Day Care and Kindergarten we need your help. Will you please consider supporting SAM on Giving Tuesday?

With her new friend.

What happens on Globalgiving #Giving Tuesday?

This #GivingTuesday, GlobalGiving is giving away $500,000 in matching funds to its nonprofit projects. This bonus fund will be shared by all the participants proportionally based on the final sums raised on Giving Tuesday. This means that your donation earns us an extra bonus! The more funds we raise the larger our share of the bonusfund!

This year we are asking for support for SAM or for our wall project. You may already know that Sam has very secure compound. It is located at the back entrance of the 18 hectare campus. However, a 400 meter section of the connecting boundary fencing needs replacing by a high security wall. This brick and concrete wall will be 2.5 meters high, topped with razor wire. It costs £65 (€75 or $85) per meter to build the wall.

We’d be very grateful if you could help us on Giving Tuesday and join millions of other global givers on December 3. Please choose one of our projects by donating at www.globalgiving.org/42553 to support SAM or www.globalgiving.org/43969 to help build the Wall.

Please note Giving Tuesday Dec 3, starts in the US at 00:00 hrs till 23:59 hrs ET.

UK at 5am till 4:59 am GMT Dec 4 and in Europe at 6:00 hrs till 5:59 hrs CET Dec 4.

 You can also share our cause on social media using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and sharing our website, Facebook page and Globalgiving projects. www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/preschool, www.facebook.com/Kinderhulp.Afrika.

Thank you so much for supporting our work in Uganda. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl or our office info@kinderhulp-afrika.nl

I will be writing a new report before Christmas.

With her new friend.
With her new friend.
With Mum by the main gate.
With Mum by the main gate.
It's a hard life for some.
It's a hard life for some.
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New friends
New friends

A big Hello from SAM!

We are delighted and excited to confirm that SAM -the ‘Samaritan Day Care & Kindergarten’ is up and running! We are now providing nursery day care and pre-school kindergarten for vulnerable little ones aged 6 months to 6 years.

We have moved into the modern buildings of our former centre, which were completed just 3 years ago, are purpose built to cater for the under 5’s, and have been adapted to better facilitate the new day care activities taking place.  The walled compound offers a safe environment with a garden ideal for outdoor activities, and there is a sheltered area where children can play protected from the strong rays of the African sun.

The nursery day care area has been set up to provide care for a group of the most vulnerable children. We are already providing individual care, healthy meals and a range of developmental activities, including games and reading to the younger children. The kindergarten is offering the same individual care, and putting additional focus on preparing each pre-school child for the transition to primary school. Many of the children that we will be looking after at SAM will go on to attend KHA’s Samaritan Primary School on the campus.

Our aim is two-fold – to give the little ones a healthy and stimulating environment in which to develop early educational and social skills, whilst offering their parents the opportunity to work or to undergo training whilst we care for their children. Our hope is that our support can give vulnerable young mothers and disadvantaged parents or carers the opportunity to build a life for themselves, and a basis to bring up their own healthy and stable family independently.

The support of our sponsors and donors will help make it possible for us to provide life changing care, and developmental and educational support to the most disadvantaged under 5’s and their families.

Your support means more than mere words can convey and none of our work is possible without it.

We are looking forward to all the new challenges that running and developing our day care and kindergarten centre will bring, and we hope that all our GlobalGiving donors are as excited as we are to be embarking on this project. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable young children in Uganda.

KHA, our charity Kinderhulp Afrika, has “from helpless to hopeful” as its slogan and SAM is going to play an important part in giving that an even broader meaning!

One of our project leaders will be visiting SAM in October, so we will post an update report with all the latest photos shortly to keep you in touch with all the developments.

If you have any questions, please do contact us.  jill@kinderhulp-afrika.nl

www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/

Playing in the Garden
Playing in the Garden
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