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August Newsletter 2020

Hello everyone!

Greetings to all. The children are all in good health and we are glad to inform you that they all send you greetings. We really appreciate all the support for the children, especially during the lockdown period. We made wardrobes for each dormitory for the children to put their clothes and new beds with hooks to help make it easy to spread their mosquito nets.

Our children are also following a programmed time table which runs for a full month and includes activities like digging, games, debate, home schooling, rearing animals and so many others. This is all done to helps us manage our children. Below are the photos: 

On behalf of Miryante Children’s home we would like to thanks Crutches for Africa for donating a number of devices to people with disabilities. All these devices were distributed to people by Rotary Club of Mubende. Thanks to Rotary Club of Mubende for its service!

Miryante Market: During this month, we managed to open up a market to enable us purposely sell our excess vegetables. This semi-permanent market is built along the road to help us also market our technical school sell hand crafts made by students at the school.

We are grateful and very happy to inform you that we have never run short of the vegetables. Our season runs throughout the year and the children are eating vegetables at every meal.

This season, we have planted a number of vegetables and fruits. These include: kale, simsim, green peppers, eggplants, nakatti, papaya, pineapples and pumpkins. Most of these vegetables are being harvested and some are still being grown in the nursery beds. Also, a number of foods have been planted and these include the expansion of the banana plantation, yams, cassava, maize and beans as shown below:

All our animals are very okay and also increasing in number. This month we managed to deworm all of them.

Thanks to all our donors that have helped us push this far. We are all humbled for you being part of us.

July Newsletter 2020

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Children’s Home! The children are all in good health. We are glad to inform you that the kids are all very happy due to different programs that we have setup this month that have enabled us to manage our children during this long holiday. Programs we are doing include sport and games, digging, grazing cattle and goats, debating, and also home schooling since there are some teachers on site . Below are photos showing children doing their different activities.

We have had a great harvest of different foods which has enabled us to balance the diet of our children.  

Under the farm, our cattle, rabbits, and goats are doing fine. The rabbits project is really doing very well as you can see from the picture below. We now have 20 rabbits!

We have also working hand in hand with the councilors in our area to see that people with disabilities also live a happy life. Thanks to Crutches for Africa for the support, as we have been able to distribute assistive devices to people in need within the community.

The guardianship program seems to be giving good results as the kids look happy staying at a home as long as they receive support. We are also identifying more kids in the orphanage to join the guardianship program by October of this year. Through the guardianship program they will be receiving support like: scholastic materials, clothing, bedding, medical care, and food. We believe these are the key things that make every child happy and this what the Ministry is recommending for now.  Below are pictures of our social workers while on a visit in one of the homes where we have a child staying with a grandmother.

We are grateful as Miryante Management to our donors that do support us even during this lockdown.

June Newsletter 2020

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Home. We send you all warm regards from Uganda. Despite COVID-19, we still thank God for the gift of life that He has given to us all. We also feel so grateful for your monthly support towards Miryante Children’s home, especially amidst this entire crisis.

Education:

The children are doing very well and their health is good. They are trying to study remotely via Uganda’s national teaching program on the television. It’s still is not the best because they cannot ask the teacher when they haven’t understood something, but it’s better than nothing. The other holiday programs are still carried on as usual i.e. daily slashing the compound, playing games, and digging in the garden as shown below:

Thanks to our former Volunteer Olly who surprised our kids with 15 cartons of soda, a goat, and 25 kgs of rice. Thanks for being part of us. The children were happy and felt loved especially during such a season in a lockdown.

Every Friday our social workers and caretakers meet with the children for group counseling and listen to the children’s concerns. They teach them about sanitation and body hygiene and general cleanliness and its importance. We always award marks to different dormitories according to their performance.

Agriculture:

 Despite of the drought during this season, the children are of great help in watering and mulching the vegetables. As management we are happy to inform you all that despite the drought, we have enough vegetables for the children. We even have a surplus that we are donating to the community to share with families that are in need during this time.  Below are some pictures of our gardens and cultivating the vegetable garden

Thanks to everyone, that is giving a hand towards this great work. We feel blessed at Miryante Home.

May Newsletter 2020

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Community and Home. We are here to thank you for your generosity. Despite the lockdown, we are able to study and have three meals a day. It is because of your support that we are able to have all this. We are not happy with the situation everywhere from what we have read in the news, but we are in this together and we do pray for the whole world everyday to stabilize so that we can go back to school, go to church, and get to see our friends back in school.

All the children are safe, healthy, and they are praying for everyone.  Due to the long holiday, our children are following a holiday program to keep them busy around the home. These programs run from Monday up to Sunday and these activities include prayers in isolation, exams & revisions from lessons, cow grazing, rabbit and goat rearing, planting crops, slashing the compound, digging, Bible study every Thursday and football every evening. This has helped our children learn more skills and has helped us as management and caregivers to handle them since the holiday is still going on.

Below are photos of the children practicing exams with social distancing.

Donations!

 We are very happy to update you on a number of donations that we received this month from two companies. We received over 30 boxes of sanitary pads for the girls and 8 boxes of toothpaste for all the children to use. We are sure this will take us through the year. We received this donation from Vision Impex.

We also received over 72 dozen books of 96pages, 44 dozen books of 48 pages, 5 boxes of beans and 11 reams of paper for the office use, all this was from Prime Impex Limited in Kampala, Uganda. We surely feel blessed as management and the children feel loved.

Another donation of $650 to cater for food came in from David Talbot the president of Crutches for Africa who donated over 780 kgs of posho and 200 kgs of beans. We really feel so blessed to have people think about us especially in a season where people are meant to think about themselves.

Another big surprise came from Stanbic Bank that donated a number of items to us and thanked us for banking with them. The items included sugar, rice, and cooking oil, pads, soap, beans, posho and toothpaste. The Stanbic Team spared time to visit our project and played with the children and shared smiles. We really thank you our sponsors for allowing us bank with Stanbic Bank group.

During this lockdown, we have also received a lot of new cases from the community and all these cases were a result of poverty and family breakdown due to this pandemic. These children were found living without parents or guardians in child-headed house-holds and they have been moved to Miryante to receive services. The children include Sirivano aged 14 who has been grazing people’s cattle to get food for the siblings, Lillian aged 13 who was working as a maid in the neighborhood,  Aloyozous aged 9, and Gerald aged 6.

The four children lived in an old muddy structured house and shared beddings. These children were also malnourished and infected with jiggers because of being neglected.  We managed to rescue them; they are very happy here and their health has improved in one month.  The first pictures below show their condition when found by children services, and the last photos below were taken a week later at Miryante when police visited to check on their condition.  

Our latest arrival is a seven-year old boy called Sirivano, who was found living without a responsible parent or guardian. The Community members became concerned and reported the case to Miryante. We are trying to locate the parents and reunite these children with their family. We are working with a government team from the office of child welfare services. Sirivano is now with us till the situation normalizes.  Below are pictures of Sirivano with a big smile on his face after joining us at Miryante.

Under agriculture department!

We are grateful for the wonderful works done by the children during this break. The drought has been very long here and the children have helped a lot with watering the vegetable gardens and weeding the bananas and sweet potatoes. This hasn’t stopped at that, they are also mulching in the vegetable gardens where we are growing green peppers, egg plants, kale and the banana plantation as shown below: 

Below is a photo of the land we cultivated to plant more vegetables and greens. It’s about 1 acre of land.

Under the farm project, 3 of our sows gave birth to 8 healthy piglets and our two female rabbits gave birth to 14 young ones. The little children have shown much love to for rabbits and they find it very interesting. We have also given them a chance to manage the rabbit project but under serious supervision by the agriculture officer.

Thanks very much to everyone that is contributing to support this project and also thanks for loving us.

April Newsletter 2020

                                         APRIL NEWSLETTER 2020

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Orphanage. We really love you all and we appreciate all the support that you are rendering to us despite COVID-19. All the children are safe, healthy, and they are praying for everyone all over the world. On the 12th of April 2020, we celebrated Easter day which was really fun, although we weren’t able to celebrate mass as usual. The Easter celebrations came along with a lot of food such as plantains, rice, meat, pork, fish, peanut sauce and soda. After lunch the children watched movies such as The Passion of the Christ.

During this long break from school, Uditah Komuhangi, one of the students that graduated from Miryante Vocational School, used this time to teach the other children how to make African baskets and also how to make different designs of girls’ dresses. Below are the photos:

The gardens are doing very well this season. The temperatures are a bit high, but with the help of our children, we are able to mulch all the vegetable gardens and use the drip irrigation system. Our harvests are very good. We are also looking at extending our vegetable gardens to five acers since they are nutritious and provide great food for the kids. Below are some pictures of our gardens and the harvests.

We have also managed to donate vegetables weekly to families who are in need of food due to the COVID-19 lockdown in the community.

The tailoring class with the help of their instructors are making face masks for all the children to use before school opens.

On the farm, our cows are doing well. We have routine medical checkups for all of the animals which is done every two weeks, and the animals are sprayed for flies and ticks every Saturday:

Thanks very much to everyone who is endeavoring to help us to meet our basic needs. We would be completely nothing and nowhere without you, especially during COVID-19 season. May God Bless All.

Kate Namanda’s Obituary

Kate Namanda

We are devastated to share that Kate Namanda passed away on April 25th, 2020 at the age of 13 after a long battle with Leukemia.

Kate was born on June 5th,  2006. Her mother passed away and her father left the family in 2014.  Kate came to Miryante on the 30th of November 2018. Kate came to Miryante via a referral from the doctors at a hospital in Fort Portal where she had been left. Her family had been unable to care for her. When Kate came to Miryante her health was very poor, but she soon improved with medical care and love from the other children and staff.

It was amazing to see Kate’s condition improve with time and we were so happy to have her with us.

By April 2019, she  was able to start home schooling from Miryante and she was very happy when she got a sponsor. She enjoyed making drawings for her sponsor. Schooling gave her hope and she had the dream of becoming a fashion designer in the future.

She also demonstrated an unshakeable Christian faith while at Miryante.  We as staff were so proud of her development of friendships with the other children. Besides that, Kate had a passion for drawing and coloring pictures, reading stories books for other children, and cooking.

Unfortunately, because of the cancer, Kate had to spend a lot of time in the hospital during her time at Miryante. We want to thank everyone who has been there for Kate, especially her sponsor. It is because of this sponsorship that we were able to cover her hospital bills every time she had to be admitted. We also thank the caregivers that stayed with her while she was admitted in the hospital on and off for almost the entire year. We also thank her fellow children that accepted her and welcomed her in Miryante community.

While in the hospital, Kate drew photos to send to her sponsor when she bed-ridden:

Kate was survived by her brother, Joseph, who is living with their grandmother in the village.

 Kate died on April 25th  2020 at 8:30 pm.  On the morning of 26th/ April/ 2020 she was buried at her grandmother’s home in the village. The village where Kate was buried is called Mukarama in Kyegegwa district.  Below are pictures of the burial.

We are going to miss Kate terribly and the joy and happiness she shared with all of those around her. MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE.

March Newsletter 2020

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Orphanage and School. We really love you all and we do appreciate all that you are providing to us. The children are safe and healthy. Due to the outbreak of the Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID -19) the president of Uganda ordered closure of schools on 20thMarch 2020 across the country in attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. We managed to pick our children from boarding school at King Solomon secondary school, St. Thomas primary, St. Peter’s technical and St. Augustine Butiiti Teaching College. We brought them back to the orphanage and we also sent students from outside who were attending Miryante technical school back to their homes.

The social department also came up with the Easter holiday programs to help us manage the children and to make them busy around the orphanage during this time until the situation normalizes for them to go back to school. This program runs from Monday up to Sunday and these activities include prayers from their dormitories since the government has told us to avoid social gatherings, school book revisions, cow grazing, rabbits and goat rearing, planting vegetables, slashing the compound, digging in the gardens, and football every evening. This has helped our children learn more skills and helped us as management and caregivers to manage them and keep them occupied throughout the holiday. Regarding health, all our children are okay and we sensitized them about the coronavirus so that they are aware on how to prevent the spread of the virus. We are also in touch with children under the guardianship program to know if all is well with them. Since public transportation has been banned in Uganda, we have been limited on our movements, however the government has allowed us to check on the children in the guardianship program, especially those on medications. We have been given permission from the government to use a car to travel to their homes. We supplied 50kgs of maize flour to each household during the quarantine period.

Below are the photos of the children at Miryante occupied by different activities and food given to guardianship program  :

Under the agriculture department, our crops are yielding and we have plenty of vegetables, plaintains , cassava , potatoes, pumpkins  and greens as show below:

Under the farm our animals are doing great

We have managed to balance the diet of our children with the milk and different foods.

Thanks everyone for the support especially during such times when the world is at war with the Coronavirus.

February Newsletter 2020

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Children’s Home and school. We really love you all and we do appreciate all the love and support. All the children are very well and prepared for the new term. They are eager to join classes for the new school year. Below are the updates of pictures of our children getting ready for the new term.

Schools opened on 27th of January 2020. All of our children are in back in their respective schools including the children who just joined the first year of secondary school.

We congratulate Ninsiima Christine upon becoming the president of Miryante Girls Club and Nyangoma Jacinta for becoming the choir leader of Miryante. They both joined St. Peter’s Technical School last year to acquire a national certificate in fashion and design. They have been really exemplary students and inspired other children to work hard at their technical education.

We have also included remedial classes in our everyday activities for the little children in grades 1-3 that come back from school by 1:00 pm. We noticed that some are very slow in class and they needed extra classes to catch up. This is now compulsory for them.

The photos below show children playing after remedial lessons. 

On 28th February 2020, we received a team from Crutches for Africa. This is an organization based in the USA. The team donated a number of mobility devises to people with disabilities in Kyegegwa District. These mobility devices were distributed to the community at Miryante.

The team came along with Returned Peace Corp Volunteer named Sue. She once served in Namibia, Zambia and Kenya. When we gave her our background and experience with Peace Corps, she requested to spend one night at Miryante and meet the children. This was fun for her to be entertained by the children. The following morning before she left, she taught the nursery class and the interested pupils.

Animals and Gardens

 Under the agriculture department, we managed to plant various vegetables this season and some are ready to be harvested like kale, pumpkin, eggplants, avocado etc. Our children are having plenty of vegetables, which is nutritious for their bodies. The agriculture department has really played a very big role in managing all these gardens and all the animals.

Harvests of avocado and pumpkins

0n 29th February, we were finally connected to the grid and received electricity for our home and school. This is the greatest achievement so far this year by the government of Uganda. We had waited for this power for over 6 years and we had even lost hope of getting it at one point. The whole site is now full of life.

Every two weeks we visit the children under the guardianship program to see if they are attending school and also to check on their well-being at both school and home. We have new children that have joined the program to make a total of 28 children. We thought it could be wise if we visited all the children twice a month. Below are some of the pictures of our children in their schools some with their new friends like Kato and Insingoma.

Technical School

The enrollment this year is promising. We have 104 students in the school including those doing crafts this year. In addition, the performance from last year was good. In the Uganda Business Technical Examination, we had one distinction and nine credits. In Directorate of industrial training, we had 22 students that sat for the exams and we are still waiting for the results.

Thanks very much to everyone that endeavors to see us grow daily.

Miryante Management

January Newsletter 2020

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Children’s Home and school. We really love you all and we do appreciate all the love and support. All the children are very well and prepared for the new term. They are eager to join classes for the new school year. Below are the updates of pictures of our children getting ready for the new term.

Schools opened on 27th of January 2020. All of our children are in back in their respective schools including the children who just joined the first year of secondary school.

On January 22nd, 21 of our children were confirmed by Bishop Robert Muhiirwa Akiiki at Migongwe Catholic Church.

Guardianship Program:  

Uganda government is pushing to transition orphans from institutions to foster care. At the beginning of this year, we placed more children under the guardianship program, bringing the total number of children to 27.  Before the children joined their guardians, we made a baseline survey to make sure the children will be safe in the homes and we interacted with guardians in a meeting. This program has been welcomed since it was a policy from the ministry. In this program where we monitor the children’s progress, provide counseling and guidance, and give them scholastic materials, bedding, clothes, school fees, and food. We also conduct educative programs with the families such as agriculture and animal husbandry as shown below in the photo:

Donations:

Manapack rice!

We received a donation of 66 boxes of Manapack rice from Feed My Starving children from the USA. This is one type of foods that our children were introduced to four years a good and they enjoy it so much. We always receive the same packs after every quota.

The food has all the body building nutrients that help our children grow healthy.

We were also grateful for another donation of 160 sport shorts received from Manoj and Ritu and Mrs. Laura and the Patel family that has really blessed us the children.

 Under the Farm:

Our cows are doing very well and so far with 10 baby calves being welcomed to the world. This has multiplied on the liters of milk that we receive everyday for the kids.

Under the agriculture department. We have planted various vegetables like pumpkins eggplants, kale, spinach, carrots and passion fruits. So far we have planted 3 acres as shown below.

Thanks very much for having us at heart!

Miryante Management

December Newsletter 2019

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2019

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Miryante Children’s Home. We such a wonderful festive season with a lot of eats and drinks. Our Christmas celebrations started as early as the 20th of December. It was also the first of its kind to have local people support our children here. Vision Fund Uganda, a local micro finance group affiliated to World Vision, visited us with a number of gifts for the children and the staff. These included: loaves of bread, sugar, salt, soap, cooking oil, rice, toilet paper, T-shirts for the staff, and also a cake that we all shared with everyone.

Christmas did not stop with the World Vision’s donations. The excitement increased when all the children were able to make selections with the help of the caregivers to pick out underwear, belts, shoes and clothes for Christmas. Thanks to all our donors that helped us to make it colorful.

On the eve of Christmas. Our children helped to peel matooke and Irish potatoes.

The day started with breakfast for all the children before going to church.

The children couldn’t wait to go to church with their new clothes as shown in the photos below:

  The children help to decorate the church as shown above.

We had a variety of food for our Christmas meal which gave the children a chance to choose want they want. We had rice, plantains, cassava, potatoes, groundnuts sauce, fish, beef, pork, spaghetti and sodas as shown in the photos below:

Trip to the Zoo

The Trip to Entebbe Zoo was so much fun! The children said it was the best trip ever. We started our journey at 3am in the morning and one of our children, Sunday Clovice, led us in prayer to bless our journey. The children were able to see different animals that was very exciting. They especially liked the baboons because they had similar names to theirs.   The children later had their lunch and later we drove to Entebbe airport and the kids were able to see some airplanes though they remained in the bus as they observed them take off. We later started our journey back a bit early. We had our last stop over in Mubende along the high way for: roasted meat, cassava, bananas, and chicken. As shown Below:

Photos showing children looking the eldest tree at the zoo

The carnival was also fun. The little children had lunch before they started their journey and at the carnival they had a dancing competition and eating competition as seen below:

Photos for children with their faces painted:

During this long holiday, we came up with a holiday programs where children had sports and games after their daily work.

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful support! We wish you all a happy 2020!