From a glance, overview of Abba Father’s House campus
Greetings from Abba Father's House, and welcome to our March edition. What a season it has been. Nonetheless, we thank God in all things and trust that He has kept you well through these turbulent times. We are also sending our deepest sympathy to those of you who may have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. We are praying for God to heal every hurt and sense of emptiness.
At Abba Father’s House, we are extending our deepest sympathy to the family of Paul, a dear friend of AFH who became a victim of Covid 19. Paul loved God and sponsored one of our children by raising funds through cutting neighbour’s hedges and also by saving change in a money jar at his house. We celebrate his life and pray for him to rest in eternal peace.
The home has also had its challenges, but we have put them behind us and pushed towards our goals to maintain the assignment God gave us to provide a home and comfort the vulnerable orphans. As the saying goes, "a friend in need is a friend indeed," we are sincerely grateful to you, our friends and partners, in times such as this. May God reward you and meet your own needs according to His riches, grace and mercy.
The current situation in Uganda
After gales of all sorts, we are happy to be still standing and positioning ourselves for service as long as we can. Thank you for your prayers and donations which have kept us going. May God reward you all and meet your personal needs in Jesus name.
The elections went ahead in January, and the previous Government was re-elected and is back in power. Without getting into details, Uganda's situation is still quiet and coming back to normal as most shops seem to be fully operative. Schools are still closed apart from this year candidates and pre-candidates of all education levels, but the rest of the classes are expected to start in May, assuming that things stay the same. Covid remains an issue in Uganda like elsewhere, but people resumed doing businesses whilst adhering to curfew rules as they need to fend for themselves.
In Uganda, it is hoped that school may resume in May if all goes well.
At Abba Father's House, we are happy to report that following the completion of the Trustee's review, it was decided that a new management would be put in place to give the home a fresh start.
The review recommended a restructure; hence new staff have been appointed under that new management structure which has started. The new management is implementing re-settlement for some of the children who wished not to proceed to further education but take on jobs to meet the latest Government requirements. This has allowed some of the children who have been on our waiting list to take their places. We're currently going through the placement process to fill up spaces that are now vacant.
The Home's Affairs
Our young people posed for a group photo above
As a family at AFH, we love what we do, and we choose to face the giants with a positive attitude knowing that God is on our side. We embrace the responsibility to doing our best with God's help, knowing that together, God has reserved rewards for everything we and our partners have done for the vulnerable children, which does not always happen very easily. Those of you who know the Bible may remember that we sow in tears sometimes, but then we reap with joy.
Join us in celebrating 15 years of operations this March. We were hoping to launch Phase 2 in our15th year of operation together this March, but alas, it won't be possible as the Phase 2 building is yet to be completed, and Covid 19 has also made travel quite complicated.
The home is in good condition generally, but with a few changes in management, staff and procedures, loopholes have been closed to enable more robust governance. A few children have been re-settled, and new placements are being arranged to cover vacancies left by the successful settlement of those older children.
Focus on Abba Father's House Family
Christine, one of our young people pausing for a photo
Raising disadvantaged children is a privilege but can sometimes be quite perplexing, especially when the children get older. Last year was rocky for us in various ways, but thankfully, things seem to be getting calmer with the new management.
Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID 19 restrictions, the UK Trustee's team has not travelled to Uganda, which has had a knock-on effect. The missing Trustee's supervision led to a reduction in some of the routine activities.
In our last edition, we shared with you about the situation we were going through at the Home in Jinja, which prompted rebalancing the staff team to facilitate a more robust culture onsite with the local committee's help.
For real change to happen, we reviewed the home's functionality, recruited some new staff members, and increased the number of committee members and an extra local Director for the orphanage's effective running.
However, although the committee and the directors offer their support voluntarily, we still have to fund their transport costs as some come from as far as Kampala. Hence, that comes at an extra expense but very relevant.
Children, enjoying their creative meal
Children doing ministry at AFH
We continue to run projects as much as possible to engage the children and to raise some funds locally where possible.
Our pigs project is thriving
Turkeys and chicken’s flocking together.
Due to schools being closed and concern of elections which were expected to be chaotic, we allowed children to return to their communities to give them a chance and a feel for what life away from Abba Father's House meant. The outcome was a bit of both; challenging for some, and yet for others, it was a time to practice the skills they learnt at AFH to enable them to find jobs.
Our plans to help our successful young adults fulfil their destiny back into the community have started taking off. The recent break from the orphanage exposed children to real life and also opened doors for some of the children to find work opportunities, and as such, we have been able to re-settle children who finished their education or opted for work and vocational training instead of going for higher education
Sadly, some of the children experience hardship in their communities, and one of the children had a near-death experience when a neighbour poisoned him due to a long-term neighbourhood dispute. By God's grace, he didn't die as the family realised what it was and attended to him immediately. He looked awful on his return and had to be treated and put on a diet at home to help him recoup, and he was okay after two weeks. Most young children came back in a state, and it has been a time to treat ailments and nursing of wounds. These experiences have been noted, so their repetition is less likely.
Phoebe enjoyed her grandmother’s company but returned with wounds. Thanks to our staff who have done a good job to nurse Phoebe’s wounds which are now healed
Elias (in the middle) nearly lost his life after being poisoned at his grandparents’ home where he we for a break. He has been treated and he is much better now.
Schools are still closed apart from the finalists and pre-finalists, so it is still home-schooling for most of our children. The children returned to a mostly new team, so both children and staff are getting used to one another. Due to re-settlement taking place for some of the older children, we're in the process of filling up the vacant spaces with young children as well as managing to restore those returning to the normal orientation.
It is too early to tell, but the new team seems to be putting more smiles on the children's faces as the daily report includes play and fun times with the children. We still need more help and support for our young people.
The primary school children showing off their uniform
Due to our funding donors' ongoing changes, we have amended our policy of linking every sponsor to individual children. We will now only assign individual sponsorship to those who specify they want to give in this way to a designated child. All other new child funding will go to fund the children in the home. Please let us know if you still want your donation to go to a particular child.
What you can do to help
We could love to complete our phase two building which is intended to provide further accommodation for children. Covid 19 hindered fundraising for funding for the building work. However, we still managed to progress a lot despite the hindrances.
We're seeking your support for funding the completion of the building. The remaining projects are to fit the kitchen, the rainwater tank to catch rainwater off the roof, painting and furnishings. Also, the rebuilding of the chicken house as the current one is condemned and a carpentry workshop will be very ideal. Any donations towards these needs will be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via just giving on our website www.abbafathershouse.org. God bless you for your consideration.
Forthcoming fundraising events
No doubt Covid 19 affected us in many ways, including funding. This made 2020 the most challenging year in all our many years of operations. Nonetheless, God is still on our side, and things are starting to look promising again.
The Christmas cards, which were sponsored by one of our partners Heads & Hearts, which we informed you about help to raise some funds,
We're hoping for the lockdown to be lifted at least by July 21st, whereby we hope to start raising funds. At the moment, spreading the word from friend to friend seems to be all that can be done. If we can get some of you guys to tell your friends or even some of the companies which were not affected during the pandemic to donate to us, we will appreciate it.
Runnymede Christian Fellowship is hosting an Art Exhibition with Caitlin Heslop in Virginia Lodge, Egham Surrey, on the 10th and 11th July 2021. They plan to donate some of the funds they will raise to Abba Father's House. Likewise, Matt, who designed our Christmas cards, hopes to hold a similar event on 17th and 18th September 2021, hoping all will be well by then. Please keep these events in your diaries. Another opportunity to fundraise through face has become available. Anyone can fundraise for Abba Father's house on Facebook, and all funds raised will come straight to us. Why don't you give it a go as every little helps?
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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 usual.
That new staff can be proactive.
The children cope with changes in their education system
For new manage to meet and manage the expectation.
For the Government of Uganda to manage the needs in the country