You are warmly welcome to our December Edition. It seems like such a long time since we last communicated and how life has changed! It’s great to get in touch again. As December brings this tough year to an end, words cannot express the challenges most people have had to go through. Interestingly the clock keeps ticking no matter what’s going on around us. We have been praying for God to keep us, our partners and friends safe through this pandemic which has turned the world upside down. We hope that you and your families are keeping safe. Please send us your requests for issues that we can support you in prayer.
Amidst all that’s going on, we take time to appreciate you for being so kind to us through your financial contributions, prayers, thoughts and advice. A lot has taken place at Jinja since we last communicated to you as you will find out in this edition but the most important thing is that we’re safe and well.
The latest news from Uganda
As we write, Uganda is battling with Covid 19. The infection is quite high and deaths have rocketed high. This is partly because of no financial support from the Government as well as people not observing safety guideline. Basically, like everywhere, the Government
urges people to wear masks, to keep the two-meter distance and wash hands but there are people who can’t afford them and also can’t stay home because they live on daily income. Unfortunately, even those who are not financially challenged don’t seem pay attention to the seriousness Covid 19.
At first the infection seemed to be manageable and the Country went through months with
few numbers of Covid 19 infection to where it was thought not to be a big threat as many
people got cured by using natural herbs.
The presidential elections are due in January 2021 and political rallies are drawing huge
crowds whereby masks and social distancing are not adhered to. Many people are
breaking the lockdown rules especially younger people, and they have been killed by the
Police for supporting the opposition party. The scenes of violence at political rallies are so
graphic and scary as you may have heard and seen on the news. These gatherings are
some of the reasons for the rapid increase in Covid 19. Please pray for peace in Uganda
especially between now and Feb period when elections are expected.
By The Editor
Challenging times and challenging choices
We live in challenging times around the world, no less so in Uganda, this manifests itself in many different nuanced ways in running an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda.
The situation in Uganda is:
Covid-19 is having its effect, and everyday living is challenging, many schools are shut
apart from exam years, we have taken an opportunity to facilitate children returning to their communities for a break and to connect with their extended family and culture.
The results of Covid has also meant costs have gone up, and sourcing materials is more
complicated and more expensive. We are paying attention to our budgeted spend and
watching how the commodities are purchased to ensure the money given to us is spent
wisely and effectively.
We have also been rebalancing the staff team so that we have a more robust culture onsite; the committee in Uganda is helping us with this. As part of this process, we have had to realign some poorly performing staff; as well as dismissing one staff member who had stolen some funds from the orphanage. This was referred to the Police, and the funds in question are being repaid. We are busy recruiting a stronger and more cohesive team for the days ahead.
The government is setting goals that orphaned children can be fostered and adopted in
families. This a noble aim, but they are yet to provide financial support to make this happen hence it remains our responsibility. This means we have to operate the orphanage in a manner that fits with Governments changing guidelines. We are looking to place
successful students back into the community in a variety of ways over the years ahead,
facilitating them to fulfil their destiny.
Our Phase 2 Building
Finally, the site was inspected with regard to future needs and current facilities. This led to
some of the outside toilets having to be refurbished (which we had planned to do early next year), as well as the need for the completion of Phase two for the older children. So we are stretched financially at this point in time.
As you can see, these are challenging situations and challenging times for us all. We thank you for your support so far and are hoping you might be able to give a Christmas or New Year’s gift that will enable us to see Phase two completed. Thank you for working with us to help to support widows and orphans in Uganda.
By Rev Dave Food
Our Christmas Appeal
As we write this edition, we’re not quite sure if the children will be back in time for
Christmas as our reviews are not completed yet. We want to ensure that we put the
necessary checks in place before we can let the children return. For this reason, we will be sending financial assistance to the Guardians so children can celebrate Christmas with their guardians in their local communities. We know this will not be the same for the children as they will not have as much fun as they would at AFH, but on a positive side, this might also give children another side of the coin to see the difference and to value what God provides them through us.
Covid 19 has also affected the organisation of Shoe Boxes for Christmas this year. Please help us to rise above these challenges by sending a donation towards Christmas
celebration if you can, so that we can send money to children’s guardians to enable them to have a good time together. This will also help us to buy children’s Christmas presents
which they will open on their return. We intend to have a New Season party and we trust
God in moving forward.
If you’re able to make a donation towards our Christmas appeal, please do so via our
On the other hand, project work is going on very well. There is a lot of livelihood at the
home as the gardens are blossoming, the chickens, turkeys and pigs are all doing well and we have been planting, buying and selling products as expected. Here are some of the pictures of what’s on the ground.
Ripening Passion Fruits
Chickens for Chrismas Sales
Free Range Turkeys
Have You Bought Your Christmas Cards Yet?
If not, why not purchase Christmas cards from us and help us to raise funds! Matthew has
designed a card and printing has been sponsored so all the money raised goes to Abba
Father’s House. Each card is £1 but you get 6 cards for £5. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an order. The card design is below.
All this is made possible by the generosity of our partners and friends. There is plenty of
need and room for those of you who may wish to become a blessing to the orphans in
email@example.com directly to find out how you can become a partner or sponsor a child or a project.
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Thank you very much.
The Covid19 pandemic reduces its impact in Uganda, so that the restrictions are lifted and people can work and go to school as normal.
For insight on how to maintain our distinctiveness as Abba Fathers House in light of new Ugandan Government policies.
That new staff can be found and recruited.
That the children remain safe whilst visiting their communities.
For a strong and increasingly supportive committee in Jinja, Uganda.For continuing excellence and success for the children and the projects at AFH.
For confidence in the present and security and safety for all involved.
All we do at Abba Father’s House is made possible by the generosity of our partners and friends. There is plenty of need and room for those of you who may wish to become a blessing to the orphans in Uganda.
Please get in touch through our website; www.abbafathershouse.or or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly to find out how you can become a partner, sponsor a child or a project.
Thank you very so much for standing with us to help turn around vulnerable children’s lives around for good.
We wish and pray for your safety and well-being until next time.
Love, thanks and Grace to you all from all of us at Abba Father’s House.