The orphanageWelcome Home Ministries Africa is the largest orphanage in Jinja (Uganda) for children up to 6 year. The orphanage was founded in 1995 (as a home for dying and needing children) by the now deceased Jackie Hodgkins. Nowadays the orphanage shelters about 65 children. Most of them are without parents, often the mother died during childbirth or as a result of AIDS. Some of the children do have one parent left, who is not able to take care of the child at this time. In these last cases the orphanage takes care of the child and accompanies the parent with the sole purpose to make sure the child has a future within the family. Some of the children are found at landfills, pit latrines or left behind in hospitals, others are brought in by child protection.
Alibert, William, Annnemie, Mandy
Since 2003 Mandy Sydo, a vicar? wife living in America, is the director of the orphanage. Mandy was born in Australia where she was educated to nurse and midwife. This experience is highly appreciated for valuing the children? needs. She visits the orphanage three times a year. When Mandy is not in Uganda, the day to day business is run by the Ugandan manager William and the other staff, while Mandy is in America trying to collect funds for the orphanage.

An ordinary day in the orphanage

Lunch TimeAs much as possible we give the children a steady and structured day to day program. The 5 and 6 year olds go to school in Jinja, the younger ones attend a class in the orphanage? classroom where we teach them to count, color?, sing and draw. During bible class, in which bible stories are told, a lot of dancing and singing is done by the caretakers, making it a cheery event. Hygiene is placed highly on our list! The children are showered twice of trice a day. Every time when some snack or drink is taken, during playtime for instances, the hands are washed first. Snack Time
Around noon it is naptime for the children! All rooms are kept neat and free of mosquitoes. After the nap there sometimes is a small outing to the village or a field nearby to play. These outings are a real fest for the children. The children are raised Christian, so prayer is integrated in the daily routine. All food is Ugandan so the children are used the it once they go back home or are placed with relatives.

Going home

triplets1The best example of a successful ?oing home?are the triplets Lisa, Lois, and Lora. At birth they had a brother as well, who died at birth (multiple? are very common in Uganda), their father died a week before they were born. The family consisted of three children already and the mother lost all hope facing the task at hand on her own, all she could do was wait for the triplets to die as well. The staff of the orphanage heard about the situation the mother was in and offered help. The three baby? were brought to the orphanage and with love and proper care they did better soon. The mother was helped to take care of the elder children at home, with a interest free loan and education how to grow vegetables etc. Nowadays she makes clothing, grows vegetables and fruits and this way generates her own income. Because of the structure in the mother? life and the income she generates she was able to take the triplets back in (at the age of three). The children are during the process closely monitored by a social worker.
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WHMA provides the children with a children? bible, mosquito net, mattress, a set of cloths, shoes and ID card once they go back home. Furthermore all medical care is paid for until they reach the age of 10. WHMA makes sure the children continue their school education. Often some goats are given. Young goats can be sold to provide for school fees. Our social workers visits the children on a regular basis to make sure that everything goes well.

 

 

When going home is not possible

We often are asked what happens to the children when they reach the age of 7 and get to old for WHMA. When there is no family at all (f.i. foundlings) the children are put up for adoption (within Uganda, or abroad). When the child? family is not able to take care of the child, adoption is not an option. In these cases the child we be placed in an extending orphanage.

 

Missionary

outreachBesides trying to help the children in the orphanage we put quite some effort in supporting the surrounding villages. With the missionary we reach about 8000 children and adults a week, with singing and bible story telling. During these visits all with medical care in the villages are looked after.
Furthermore some of the families that are unable to support their children are helped with an interest free loan for a business venture that will enable them to care for and educate their children..

Medical care

MedicalCare Once in every two months we have a medical clinic in Lwambogo. Also a lot of people from the surrounding villages will come. A doctors post is setup. At least our own nurse and team participates. Regularly other doctors and dentists will join our team. Common deceases are malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS. pneumonia and infected wounds. Children often have worms or hernias. On average 500 people will come to the consult. In this way we try to improve the health situation of the children in the villages.

 

Bottle light

Flessenlicht We literally enlightened a lot of people? day by introducing the bottle lights! The huts in which most people in villages live are dark due to the straw roof and the lack of windows. By placing a empty water bottle with some water and bleach halfway in the roof, the sun gets in and is enhanced by the water in the bottle, resulting in light equal to a 50 Watt bulb.

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