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As always, we were excited to join the children as their friends celebrated their birthdays. On 26th February 2017, 14 children whose birth dates fall in the months of January and February celebrated their birthdays. We are glad to inform you that 6 of these were new children who celebrated their birthdays for the very first time. "I am very excited that I cut a cake on my birthday, "said one of the new children. The children were happily cheered on by their friends as they cut one cake, which they served to their friends and also had a share for themselves.. The birthday babies received gifts which were handed over by Wells of Hope staff.
We thank all our sponsors for their continued support.
Wells Of Hope Kenya
On 25th February 2017, the Wells of Hope team led by Pastor Moses held a function which they called Child Support day at House of glory Blessed Church, Kanyuambora-Embu county Kenya. They distributed school uniforms, shoes, sweaters, books, bags and pens to these children. They have also paid tuition fees for the children to study in school.
At the same function, Mothers and Grandmothers shared stories about the suffering they face as a result of their husbands or sons being in prisons. The stories were so horrendous, the children cried, along with their caretakers. The Pastor prayed for them. One Mother has her husband serving 30 years and one grandmother has her son in prison serving 25 years.
The Pastor prayed for them. One Mother has her husband serving 30 years and one grandmother has her son in prison serving 25 years.
Wells Of Hope Tanzania
13 children with a parent in prison in Tanzania received school supplies. These children had dropped out of school are now able to go to school. The children received School Uniforms, Books, pencils, Pens School shoes.
We would like to thank those who donated funds towards this. Many children of prisoners have failed go to school because of the lack of school fees (tuition fees), uniform, shoes, exercise books, pen, money can enroll for primary school.
We thank all people who have given towards this work to give hope to the children with an imprisoned parent in Kenya and Tanzania.
Improving Child Learning And Development Through Equipping Teachers With The Necessary Knowledge & Skills-Capacity Building Training For Teachers At Well of Hope Junior School
We are glad to inform you that on 2nd and 3rd January 2017, we held the Capacity Building Training for the Teachers at Wells of Hope Junior School, who were joined by the staff from Wells of Hope secretariat. The teachers were very thrilled to be part of the training and were grateful to Wells of Hope for conducting such educative and informative sessions for them.
Ellen Eva Ssuubi, Wells of Hope Executive Director gave the opening remarks. She thanked the staff for attending the training and gave a brief background about Wells of Hope.
Pastor Peter Kakuru from Watoto Downtown facilitated about Leadership. He defined leadership as the ability to influence others towards a leader’s goal. He encouraged staff to embrace servant leadership, as in Matthew 10:43-44 “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
Pastor Kakuru used a Servant Leadership Model to define some of the characters of servant leaders, and these included: Value People, Develop People, Build Community, Display Authenticity, Provide Leadership and Share Leadership.
Stella Nabajja, Wells of Hope Projects Coordinator facilitated about Child Protection. She engaged the teachers in a group work session where the 3 different groups were required to discuss three topics and later present them to their friends. Some of the topics discussed included: child protection, children’s rights, child neglect, child abuse, and ways we can reduce child neglect and child abuse in our community. The presentations made by the group representatives were very interactive and from the way they (group representatives) expressed their views showed that they were part of the discussions and confident of what they were saying.
Stella later supplemented and defined a child as anyone below the age of 18 years, according to the constitution of Uganda. She said that children deserve to be treated with care and love. She added that children are prone to different forms of abuse like stereotyping, neglect, which reduce a child’s esteem/confidence. “Like any other person, a child has rights,” she added “for example a right to education and a right to play.”
The training was commenced with Devotion during which was led by Reuben, one of the teachers. He encouraged his fellow staff to be ambassadors of Christ in every way.
Pastor Bernard Nkwanga from Watoto Church Kyengera facilitated about how to handle children during devotions, bible studies and Sunday services. He based this session on Mathew 28:19 which says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” He encouraged the teachers to be exemplary by saying that “a teacher’s devotional life is a key to the devotional life of children because it is from them (the teachers) that they learn.”
He added that the most important factor that influences the life of a teacher is personality; his habits define his lifestyle, which results in personality. He said that teachers may teach a little by what they say, more by what they do and most by what they are because children emulate them. He said that it is very important for teachers to prepare and pray prior to their lessons. During the preparations, a teacher must read the story/what he or she has prepared, check it out in different translations, visualize it, present it to someone as a way of building confidence and memorize it. He added that during presentation, a teacher needs to engage children and their imagination. A teacher needs to be creative as much as possible. He concluded by saying that a little learnt is better than a lot taught.
The teachers were privileged to hear from Phiona Mitanda, a former teacher of Wells of Hope Junior School. She expressed joy of seeing so much progress at Wells of Hope and thanked the teachers for all their efforts in positively changing the lives of the children with a parent in prison. She encouraged the teachers by saying that: they should carry themselves as the best because the children see them as their heroes; teachers should sacrifice because they live for others hence, they set an example; they should deliver content in the best way possible so that no child is left behind; they should be creative and should produce results.
She encouraged the teachers to love what they are doing, stand by their word, always prepare and plan for their lessons. She concluded by encouraging the teachers to always work as a team, aim at excellent performance with the least supervision, accept criticism and be willing to change.
For both days, the staff shared lovely meals.
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