Sunday, October 19, 2008
Kamwenge Orphanage (Mango Tree Kids) Concept Paper
The “mango tree kids” are orphaned children living in a slum village in the outskirt of Kamwenge town along Kabuga road whose parents died of HIV/AIDS and other natural causes and were left helpless and vulnerable without any assistance. Some of these children live with single parents/widows in small rented rooms in poor living conditions without clear sources of income and livelihood. Some of their parents and caretakers earn a living from practicing prostitution. Others deal in selling local brew and fresh foods whereas others have no any source of income. These families can not even afford meeting the children’s school needs such as books, pens, pencils and school uniforms for their education resulting into early school dropouts at the age of 9 years. The ultimate results from early school dropout make the children susceptible to early pregnancies, drug abuse and defilement, child labor and stealing. Kids brought up under these circumstances end up being criminals and wrong doers in the community and end up having miserable life.
Parents Concern took special interest and managed to single out a few whom we have placed in reasonable schools and foster homes and are doing well. Our intention is to get as many as we can out of this dangerous environment and empower them for better future.
The children are attached to foster families who take care of them, feed them and provide accommodation.
Parents Concern mobilizes support from well-wishers and individual supporters who get touched to the plight of orphans and other vulnerable children with special consideration to supporting the child headed families, children living with HIV/AIDS, children with mental and physical disabilities, street children, child laborers, the neglected and the needy. Apparently we have a large number of orphans on the waiting list for sponsorship and in urgent need for school fees, scholastic material, clothes, school uniforms, shoes, blankets and mattresses. They were carefully selected in Kamwenge town council using a criterion tool and verification with local leaders including church leaders, elders, civil and political leaders was done.
The basic needs of life for the orphans today are not optional but a right and are better alleviated when all the socio-economic spheres are addressed adequately. In their absence, there is a likelihood of negative cascading effects on personal and family life of the orphans, as well as the social and economic wellbeing of the country.
At the moment we are only providing exercise books, pens, pencils, playing materials, used clothes, love and comfort. As much as they are important but they are not a cure. We may achieve a significant impact if we targeted their parents and caretakers as well.
The significance of targeting this group is that, when the caretaker families are empowered to be economically independent with sustainable income, then the children will be able to receive better education, medical care, shelter, clothing and feeding. Providing relevant skills and knowledge in various respects like agriculture and business training, income generating activities such as poultry, piggery, running telephone booths, small restaurants and tea rooms, selling second hand clothes and selling food stuff, tailoring and design, tie & dye, cookery and simple accounting will enable them venture in related business opportunities and ultimate improvement of the overall welfare of the entire household.
Parents Concern has an overall goal of constructing an orphanage centre at Kakyinga with an objective of bringing together the orphans, street children, needy and the abandoned children in one big family. This will create opportunity for ensuring proper child growth, better parenting, psychological comfort and love. The children will have access to services like playing materials and equipments, education, medical care, clean water, counseling and career guidance, spiritual and emotional development. This orphanage will be a window of hope for the orphans.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I just wanted to let you know how you have changed my life in ways that you will never know. You have been my teacher, my friend, my sister, my brother, my father, my mother, YOU have captured my heart. YOU have taken my heart broke it to pieces and then you rebuild it again. Over and over you place this cycle in the days that I spent with you.
I fell in love with your children, I fell in love with your widows, and I fell in love with your beauty that is in you Uganda.
You have taught me a great lesson. I have no control and it is foolish to think that I have any say so in who you are Uganda. There are no words that can be places on this paper to explain to anyone the magnitude of pure love and faith that is in you.
I did not understand! How can you laugh? How can you smile? How can you have joy? WHY are you not in the pit of sorrow, in the pit of hopelessness?
But you looked at my eyes, in my soul and you said………..understand one thing……. GOD is in Control.
And you said to me……….
“So we laugh, we dance, we sing, whistle, we rejoice because you are here because God is in Control. HE has the power of today and tomorrow. HE is in control, we are nothing without Him. Live in the Moment right NOW… because that is what matters Now …… and God is in Control.”
To you Dear Uganda I thank you from my soul. Thank you for showing me that God is in Control.
Your Sister in Christ.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Chris and Deb passing out gifts to widows in Busia
Gene and Luke meeting their family.
JJ just adding one more thing on her resume;
Sing it JJ!
The reality of the poor. AIDS!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I know it has been a while since I blogged. So much has happened. You know that Willy Nelson Song…. “ On the Road Again” well that is what we did on the Road. To Fort Portal, Kamwenge, Gulu, Paraa downtown Kampala, Mukono….. etc etc etc. Team 1 you are a GREAT group of people! I miss each one of you! “doesn’t everybody” J)))
“Just can’t wait to get on the Road again.” I will never look at bus traveling the same again. J
My favorite on bus travel is the kids yelling out MZUNGO!!! (white people) and waving at us with big bright smiles.
People in the villages are so welcoming, so inviting, they share with you all they have. They gave to Dan, Bill, Kaitlin gifts, it just amazed me how appreciative they are with the little they have.
And to hear the kids laughing, it is beautiful music to my ear. They are so precious and amazing. The heartbreak comes and goes here. You see the poverty and you want to help but there are so many people. I am so inspired by Idah the Uganda Directo,r she goes to the villages see the people cares and loves them and then she goes back and does again and again! I don’t know how she does it. Her strength comes from God she says. She is my Hero!!
I will be back to blog some more and PICTURES!!! WOWOWO!!! But know I have to go and get ready to get TEAM 2!!! From the airport!!!!