November 2019

Welcome to our newest PFP Family Members

These sweet children are a great reminder of why we do what we do.  This month, we welcomed four new members into our Ugandan home and into our PFP family. Their parents were arrested for neglect and abuse and in an emergency case, four young siblings were brought to us for refuge. Before joining our family, the kids were locked in their parents empty house for weeks at a time with no food and no water. The parents showed up sometimes only long enough to verbally and physically abuse the children and then to leave again. For years, this went on until the eldest (a 6 year old) became old enough to lead the four to escape and look for food in rubbish pits or to look for work in the village. This month, our supporters rallied and in an effort to keep them in our home and TOGETHER, sponsors have been found for all but one. Almost there! See Teddy’s story below if you would like to support her. 

Ssenono, Nakayi, Teddy and Esau

Esau

Nakayi and Teddy

Ssenono

Welcome (and thank you) To Our Newest PFP Sponsors!

In October, 9 children were paired up with sponsors! Thank you so much to the new sponsors for Alex, Abraham, Achen, Apio, Teddy, Nakayi, Esau, Ssenono and a family sponsor! We are all so grateful and excited to have you as a part of our team!

Esau, saying hi to his new sponsors!
Nana, saying hi to his new sponsors!

Sponsors Needed!

Esther (PFP Junior Program)

Esther needs one $35/month sponsor 

Waibi (PFP Main Program)

Waibi needs one $65/month sponsor

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these opportunities- hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org.

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are always looking for general sponsors to help cover the extra costs associated with keeping The Peace for Paul Foundation operating smoothly and the children happy and healthy. Essentially, as a general family sponsor, you are the sponsor of ALL of the children. We have opportunities for Medical Family Sponsor, Dental Family Sponsor as well as Mental Health Family Sponsor. A Family Sponsor commitment can be – $25/$50/$100 per month.

Fatuma, Longoli, Sabrina, Florida, Sharifa, Brenda, Clare, Tracy, Lillian, Cheggem, Nantale and Priscilla

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity. hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org

Visitation Days

As the children work hard during the school term, our staff always take the time to visit on weekends and on official visitation days. The goal of these visits is to make sure all PFP children feel loved and supported. On visitation days, our caretakers bring a big meal and spend the day with the children at each school. It’s always a special time for all. 

Apaita, Arthur, Friday, Joseph, and Bush at Musana Secondary School
Group at Victoria Junior School
Paul and Ajuna with Clare at Seroma Secondary School
Group at Becky’s Eden Nursery School

Internships

Our girl Rose has been working on her diploma in hair dressing, makeup and massage from Jinja Vocational Institute. She has recently started her internship (for hands on training) at Mama Nambatya Hair Care Center. Rose explains that she loves the internship and has learned so many new hair styles (weave, pencil, Samba twist, three three, five five, caterpillar). Additionally, she has been learning makeup and massage techniques! She recently received her first test on what she has learned so far and scored very highly. Way to go Rose!

Rose at Nambatya Hair Care Center

Family Partnership and Resettlement

Whenever possible, we offer a hand up to our children and families from their own homes. We employ multiple social workers and are spending lots of time searching for living family members, resettling and maintaining family ties, while still ensuring safety. Through the hard work of our social workers, PFP has been able to identify many long lost relatives of children in our program and are now working on reintroducing children to their families and on building those relationships. Once a child has been placed with family members the PFP team continues to make home visits, follow up weekly with each child and identify needs or struggles. PFP will continue to support each child with education, medical, clothing, food and other necessities as necessary. 

We are looking at partial resettlement (during school holidays) for a number of our children. Relatives of these children have been receptive and are excited to welcome the children into their families during school holidays. Meetings have been held at the PFP office to prepare the relatives, hear concerns and build a plan for each child looking at resettlement this year.

A note from our Administrator, Olivia on the most recent meeting with families:

It was a great meeting, we discussed on different topics that included: communication, security of the children, hygiene measures by our nurse Christine, love and respect between children and parents, family economic, and social situations, holiday package and revision of books (especially for candidates students), moral conduct while in village, culture, monitoring by staff, among others. This was all directed to those relatives whose children will be resettled back and those already resettled. The family members understood everything and discussed openly with us and appreciated what PFP does for their children. Some relatives shared good stories about their experience with the children during family visits and those resettled.

Those family members who whose kids were included on the list to be resettled in December were willing to receive them. Some were asking for economic support for those with running businesses already to help them raise enough to keep their children.

Family meeting at Peace Home

Geoffrey and his uncle 

Congratulations Innocent!

We are proud to say that our team is always looking for ways to better themselves and to be a stronger team player for PFP. After two years of hard work, our Hope Home caretaker Innocent has obtained his official diploma in social work and social development. Not only was he awarded a diploma in Social work, but he was named “The Best Student” in his graduating class. Way to go Inno!

Birthday Celebrations

We always take the time to make every child in our program feel special on their birthday. There is always a special gift and small celebration on their birthday followed by a BIG birthday celebration for them together at the swimming pool during school holidays. Happy Birthday to our November birthday girls and boys! See below for pics of our November celebrants!

  • Joel Sagal-November 15, 2008 (11 years old)
  • Loduuk Mark- November 7th, 1999 (20 years old)

Nile River Farms

The number of pigs on our farm continues to grow. We now have 61 total pigs on the farm. 

  • 1 boar
  • 6 mothers (3 expectant mothers, with babies due in January)
  • 25 growers
  • 29 piglets

We are waiting for the growers to get to a large enough size to sell for profits. The future of Nile River Farms is looking G-O-O-D! The hope is that we will be able to scale up this business model and start using profits to partially fund the organization’s operations.

The PFP Junior Program

The Juniors Program works with the families of children in the PFP community to help them be able to attend school.  The ages range from four years to sixteen years of age and we currently have 58 students who are benefiting from this partnership.  These children all have families but poverty has prevented them from attending school regularly.  We are so proud of these happy and hardworking students and their motivation to succeed!

Thank You for Bringing Joy!

Juniors students Kato and Waiswa received a sweet surprise from their sponsors–a package of legos! The boys spent days building their lego creations. Love sent from across the world. We love this!

Kato and Waiswa with their lego gifts 

Waiswa with his sponsor gifts

PFP Juniors Candidates (To Join Secondary Level)

A note from our PFP Juniors Coordinator, Moses:

One of pioneer junior’s children by names of Faima commenced her end of senior four national exams this month and will complete them in first week of November. Results from these exams will qualify her to either join High school (A-Level) next year or join trade school to do nursing. Also we have two primary seven children by names of Sekabira Enoch and Nabirye Esther who are anticipated to begin their end of primary seven national exams this coming month inNovember. 

Faima (left), Enoch (top right) and Esther (bottom right)

11th Annual Online Auction

We’re gearing up for our annual online auction. It will be up and ready to go on November 22nd and will run until December 3rd. Again this year, we are going to focus on what we like to call “VIP Items”. These are things needed on the ground in Uganda to keep the operation running smoothly. We could really use a hand with some “extras” which are outside of the dollars we raise through our one on one sponsorship program. Examples would include spending $25 for material to practice sewing, $50 towards purchasing sporting equipment for the children, $100 towards our solar panel project at our homes, $200 towards unexpected dental emergencies, $250 for mosquito nets, etc. We will then happily forward a certificate for you to give to someone as a Christmas gift, birthday gift, or a just because gift. Or you can simply “bid” on something to support our sweet children.  Stay tuned for more details.

Apio and Aachen, excited for the auction! 😉

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