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Children's Projects
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The Children’s Department is one of the core departments in UWCM whose programmes aim at addressing the needs of the orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) to rejuvenate the lost hope and dignity to enable them to realise their full potential.

The department has the following programmes that try to mitigate the challenges faced by these children:

Sarah Watundu

PRAYER & PORRIDGE PROJECT was initiated by a lady called Sarah Watundu whose husband had died from AIDS in 1989 leaving her alone, HIV+ and with 10 children to care for.

 

She turned to UWCM in desperation when she fell in in 1994 and Edith, Lornah and Esther (Edith’s foster daughter) befriended, supported and cared for Sarah and paid for her to receive ARV treatment.  Sarah responded well to the drugs and UWCM trained her as a Community Counsellor and Sarah went on to support and encourage many others who were dying from AIDS. 

Sarah’s home became a safe haven for the many orphans and other village children where they would receive some food and drink but, above all, someone to listen and care for them.  UWCM trained Sarah in basic first aid and found her a larger house and, for the next 2 years, Sarah continued to support the children in this way and provided a weekly bowl of porridge for approximately 40 young children.

 

When UWCM realised that Sarah had so many children to care for, they approached Pastor Mtiya and the community at Sakiya to work together to give their support and Pastor Myiya opened up the church to allow more children to come each week.

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The aim of this project is to provide support, counselling, prayer, a nutritional meal, games & activities, plus assistance with school fees and scholastic materials whenever possible to very vulnerable children.

partor matthias and volunteers


Run by Pastor Mtiya, his wife and other volunteers from the local church including Sarah Watundu, this project offers hope and practical support to approx. 200 children.

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The children from this community are suffering from poverty, disease and ignorance. Many of the children are living positively with HIV/AIDS, many are orphans whilst others are abused either physically or mentally and most of them are destitute or live with grandparents

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This has caused most of them to lose their sense of self-worth and they have no hope in life.  Some drop out of school resorting to child labour or early marriage for girls.  The children are encouraged to sing and dance in their choir and this helps to increase their self confidence.

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There are over 200 children who attend Sunday School and members of the church have identified 100 of the most vulnerable children who come to the Centre on Saturdays and Wednesdays (during school holidays) for support as outlined above.  Porridge is provided for the younger members and is always gratefully received.

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Achievements:

  • Improved health among children
  • Increased self-esteem, confidence and behaviour
  • A sense of hope for the future
  • Children are encouraged to go to school and assistance given with scholastic materials whenever possible
  • Some have gone on to complete their education and have become nurses, car mechanics, drivers and are now able to support themselves
lady from P&P

Musibikha Jenipher is 38 years old and lives with her 6 children in Sakiya village.  Before some of her children joined Sakiya Children Prayer and Porridge Project, they were lonely, struggled to get food, had no clothing and bedding and were often sent home from school due to lack of scholastic materials such as exercise books.

 

But, after joining the project, her children’s lives have changed. They have been loved, have friends, the exercise books have helped them stay in school and having a porridge meal has improved their health and they look much more healthy and happy.

 

Jenipher says, “As a parent I really appreciate the activities, eg the Bible studies and other teaching sessions and the counselling because through these, my children have come to know God, their behaviour has changed and no cases of misconduct have been reported. “

toilet block 2014

In 2014, Uganda Concern UK provided the funding to build a toilet block which has been built to a very high standard and is helping to improve the health and hygiene of the children and members of the church.


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Pastor Mtiya and his team are very grateful for all our support - it REALLY is making a big difference in the lives of these children.

old school building

Community Based Education Intervention (CBEI): 

 

IMPROVEMENT IN EDUCATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Classroom construction
  • Provision of classroom furniture
  • Improvement on water and sanitation
  • Provision of sports equipment
  • Construction of Teachers’ quarters and pit latrines

CAPACITY BUILDING

  • Local resource mobilisation workshops
  • Positive parenting classes
  • Lifeskills education for children
  • Discipleship and evangelism courses
  • Leadership and participation for children
  • Counselling and guidance for children

 

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Child sponsorship:

Provision of school fees

Provision of uniforms and scholastic materials

Counselling and guidance

Review meetings with parents/guardians and children

mothers & goats

Primary Health care and nutrition

  • Training of community volunteers in basic primary health care
  • Provision of mosquito nets for children under 5 years
  • Distribution of goats to supplement on the nutritional and educational needs
  • Providing Community health education
 
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