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This week, Wells of Hope Ministries founder Francis Ssuubi was in Tanzania - Mbeya. The team in Tanzania learned a lot of things concerning the kingdom of God, and the care of children of prisoners. They spent time visiting children with parents in prison; the children received school needs which included: uniforms, shoes, exercise book, among others. The Children were delighted to return to school to continue studies as there were children who did not attend school because of the lack of these requirements. Children and their caregivers were very happy to see Francis. He visited the children and encouraged them spiritually, so that they have the power to see that there are people who care about them. The Church located at Iyunga Street in Mbeya benefited from Francis' visit: he taught about "LIFE GROUP." This program would help the church to grow spiritually and numbers too. Brothers and sisters began to act on what they learnt; they learnt how to form a small group Bible study from house to house.
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An interactive Training of Trainers (TOT) in HIV & AIDS for 100 inmate leaders (peer educators) in Upper Prison Luzira was successfully conducted on 16th May 2017. In attendance was the Prison Senior Officer (Warden), Prison Medical Officer (doctor), and three professional social workers who facilitated the training, inmate leaders among whom are church leaders, ward leaders and counselors. 25 inmate leaders were from Condemn Section and 75 are convicts serving long sentences from Boma Section. The aim was to train and refresh inmate leaders with updated facts on HIV and AIDS and its trend after some of them have been released, some transferred and new entrants come in on a regular basis, which is quite a wide coverage of inmates empowered with knowledge about HIV and AIDS.
The leaders were provided with the current statistics of HIV & Aids. In addition to this, they acquired more knowledge about opportunistic infections, CD4 Count, Viral Load, positive living and the importance of disclosure. To crown the workshop, the leaders were taken through a session of qualities of a good counselor. At the end of the training the inmate leaders were awarded certificates of participation and they pledged to be “CHANGE AGENTS” in their respective wards and areas of influence.
In summary this was a successful training that enabled inmates to open up and share experiences in counseling of their peers and also ask questions which were responded to. Here below are some of the comments;
Swaleh; ”The workshop has been very educative, I have been refreshed and am going to do my best to pass on the same information to my peers, I will continue to not only help the HIV & AIDs positive but also those who are negative so that they can live free of HIV & AIDS in and out of prison.”
Jacob; ’’The training has impacted me with counselling skills, I now know how to deal with a person living with HIV & AIDs than before.”
Isaac; “I am very happy about this program that Wells of Hope put in place for us, I have gotten deeper understanding of words like” Viral Load, CD4 count and positive living.”
The Senior Officer who represented the Officer-in-Charge (OC) Upper Prison Luzira appreciated Wells of Hope for conducting this training annually which impacts more than 1000 inmates every year in the prison communities and saves many from losing their lives.
Ellen Eva Ssuubi Wells of Hope Executive Director thanked Uganda Prison Service for the continued trust and opportunity given to the organization.
Francis Ssuubi, Wells of Hope founder was in Mbeya Tanzania from April 25 – May 1, 2017 to carry out follow up family visits to Children with imprisoned parents. Wells of Hope sponsors the education of 13 Tanzanian children with a parent in prison. He also visited Children Education Society (CHESO) in Dar Es Salaam where he was able to make connection with CHESO so that together we can work together to enable Children in Tanzania with a parent in prison to be able to visit their parents in Prison. Currently The Law in Tanzania bans children from visiting their parents in prison, writing and receiving letters from their parents.
In April, Pastor Mark Kato from Watoto Children’s Church Kyengera conducted four bible studies with the children at Wells of Hope Junior School. He taught about faith, stewardship and tithing and offering. Pastor Mark urged the children to use what God has given them as a way of glorifying Him. “Anyone who uses what God has given him/her will get more but those who don’t use what they have, even the little they have will be taken away,” he said. “God requires our whole in praise and worship, so if we don’t give him our whole, we rob Him,” he added. He encouraged the children to always praise and worship God wholeheartedly.
On April 13th, 2017 Well of Hope Junior School participated in sports activities at Kikyusa, a town near the school. 6 schools participated and out of these the school managed to walk away as second. Eight of the children were chosen to represent the school at Cluster level on 21st April.
From this great performance these eight children represented the school at cluster level where the school took the first position and had two of the Wells of Hope children chosen to compete at the district level.
On 8th April 2017, total of 15 people from Power FM and 3 staff members from Wells of Hope joined the inmates in Luzira Women Prison to celebrate Easter under the theme Family Day in Prison. On arrival to the prison, there were echoes of joy from the women inmates who woke up so early to prepare for the day. After going through the routine checks we were ushered into the prisons where we interacted with the mothers.
The day started with a Netball Match among the inmates; yellow vs orange where orange won. It was all joy as the women supported their teams.
During the event, there were presentations from renowned gospel artists who ministered to the ladies. Among the women were 40 who had taken over 10 years without hearing from their families; 3 of these received visitors and the rest got messages from their families. One of the highlights was that one of the elderly women who had spent 10 years without seeing her daughter had this to say, “Am so excited I thought all my relatives were dead because I tried calling them but their numbers were not going through and non came to visit me, am so relieved, I feel like my sentence is lessened.”
All these ladies received packages from 104.1 Power FM listeners and were all smiles. The donations from the 104.1 Power FM partners were handed over to the inmates and the day was crowned with sharing a meal with the inmates and cake cutting.
One of the Power FM staff said that it was the best Easter in Prison she had ever attended.
We would like to thank the 104.1 Power FM partners and all who in one or another contributed towards this colorful day.
On 7th April, Ellen Eva Ssuubi Wells Hope Executive Director, Stella Nabajja Wells of Hope Projects Coordinator and Jacqueline Sekyana Wells of Hope Communications Officer, visited Wells of Hope children in secondary at Makerere High School Migadde and Gombe Vocational institute. The students expressed their joy after seeing the Wells of Hope staff. The students were healthy and had performed well academically.
Stella encouraged the students to add more effort in their studies. Ellen encouraged the students to open up whenever they have challenges rather not to keep them to themselves as this affects their studies. She urged them to have goals and know what they want to become in future as this will guide them to read harder and stay focused.
We were glad to celebrate birthdays for children on 26th March 2017. These were children whose birth dates fall in the month of March. During the celebrations, the March babies were very happy and could not help wearing wide smiles on their smiles.
To differentiate them from their friends, the babies were decorated with face paint. They were then cheered on by their friends who made them feel special and loved through songs. Together, they happily cut one cake which they shared with their friends and later also had their share.
To crown the celebrations, every birthday baby received a birthday gift.
We thank our sponsors for their continued support in cherishing such precious and memorable events for the children.
We are glad to inform you that on 25th March 2017, we conducted a Fundraising Car Wash with an aim of raising funds to construct a playground and purchase sports equipment at Wells of Hope Junior School.
We would like to thank everyone who donated towards the cause
We thank 106.1 Jazz FM, Hedge Marketing, Pearl Generation, Rotaract Club of Kampala East, Students Coalition For Health (SCOFOH), Victoria University and everyone who participated in this event. We thank your continued support in building a safe haven for the children at Wells of Hope Junior School.
Donations towards this cause are welcome: you can send mobile money to +256 780 530619/+256 750 807493 or drop your donation at our offices in Wakaliga. For more information please call +256 414 251326/+256 781 889447. Thank you.
With support from friends, schools uniforms for the children with parents in prison were made. On 25th March 2017, Samuel A. Mwakasungula the National Director of Wells of Hope Tanzania, along with other team members visited 13 of the families of the children with parents in prison; the children’s parents are serving long sentences in prison (over 30 years). The children were provided with the uniforms and scholastic materials which included; shoes, Pens, pencils, rulers and exercise books.
We thank our friends for their continued support.
Children posing for photos with their shoes
Children posing for photos wearing their uniforms
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