May 2015 Update

We’re are just beginning our second term of the year at Uganda Hands for Hope!We had a busy term 1 and the children are doing well in their studies! We now support over 350 children to attend school, vocational training, our children with disabilities programme or the afternoon youth programme.We have also continued to provide support to their families, via our livelihood programmes, health awareness events and clothing donations. Our social work team continue to support families to overcome the challenges and difficulties they sometimes face.In this newsletter you will find information about lots of  developments, including an update on our new building and exciting news on the funding for our children with disabilities programme!

None of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors, donors and volunteers so thank you very much.

If you would like any information on any aspect of our work please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Best wishes,

Jenny
Administrator

Lots of improvements to our new building!Since purchasing our own building last October, we have been working hard to develop and renovate it. As reported previously, half of our nursery children have already moved to the new building and we have also begun our own Primary 1 and Primary Two classes from the site.We are busy with developments that will enable the rest of the children (and the office!) to move in the next few months. We have built a perimeter wall, sorted out the electrics and the drainage, made repairs to the roof and fitted new toilets. We are currently converting spaces into classrooms and grading the land to make a fantastic playground for the children.Thank you to all of our donors for making this possible. We want to continue to develop the site and expand and improve the services we provide for the children and their families. If you would be interested in fundraising to help us with this please contact info@onlinehope.org

The photo above shows middle and top class enjoying being in their new, light and airy classrooms and, below, the beginnings of the construction of the perimeter wall around the site (now complete!).

Easter holiday fun!Thank you to everyone who donated towards our Easter Egg hunt! The children had a great time searching for the eggs  – and eating them! As always, the creme eggs were a big hit!We have just finished our two week holiday programme. Each school holiday the children take part in fun games and activities. They are given two meals a day and are kept away from the dangers of the slum.This holiday they’ve enjoyed sports, competitions, quizzes and health talks as well as egg and spoon races and ice cream!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who, through your monthly sponsorship payments, make this programme possible.

Children with disabilities programme!Our programme for children with disabilities continues to go from strenth to strength. Children with disabilities living in the slum are often marginalised and neglected and our programme aims to provide them with the education and healthcare they need. We have some exciting news! We have recently been granted funding from Nadia and Alf Taylor at tna solutions pty ltd to deliver the programme for another year! A big thank you to them for their amazing generosity!We currently run a daily special needs class, fortnightly physiotherapy for 30 children and a support group for parents. With this additional funding we will be able to continue this and also extend the support to more children who desperately need it.Thank you also to Ty Cariad Africa in Wales who recently raised funds to enable us to buy wheelchairs and other appliances for the children (see some happy faces above!).

The support given to these children is proving to be life-changing; before joining the programme many had hardly ever left their homes. They are now receiving an education and are slowly gaining their independence and also having fun!

Below Akim, from our special needs class, enjoys taking part in the Easter Egg hunt!

Music for everyone!Thank you to the Sound Foundation who continue to work in partnership with us to provide music education for the children!Every week the children enjoy singing and music lessons. The primary pupils who take part in our Saturday programme particularly enjoy the African drumming! Recently the Sound Foundation donated some new instruments for the children to use. The photo shows them earlier in the year enjoying a lesson!Later in the year we hope to organise a concert for the children to perform. Watch this space….