On Monday 20th June 2016, Ann and Hunnah visited Wells of Hope Secretariat and met some of organization Wells of Hope partners with. At the secretariat, the participants were warmly welcomed by the staff who they interacted with to find out what Wells of Hope does. They also interacted with some of the mothers of children with incarcerated parents; they were happy to hear how Wells of Hope has changed their lives for the better. The mothers shared with them about the different activities they have been involved in to include the Hope SACCO, the liquid soap making classes, entrepreneurship classes and the tailoring classes, which the mothers have benefited from greatly. The mothers presented some of the uniforms that they have been able to make and the participants were informed that this is the very first business the mothers involved in tailoring are doing and after wards they will get outside tenders from different people to make clothes and uniforms and they will be earning a percentage of the uniforms they make. Ann and Hannah were very impressed with the ladies skills they used to sew the uniforms.
The parents were further thankful that Wells of Hope even managed to bring the caretakers of the children, their mothers to visit them in prison something that had never happened before. And not only are their children being supported, but they also get porridge for those inmates with HIV&AIDs and also spiritual uplift from volunteers of Wells of Hope.
In Luzira women prison, Ann and Hannah interacted with a mother; she shared that she was very grateful that Wells of Hope had taken on her children when she and her husband where imprisoned. The children were staying with their grandmother who was very frail and sickly and could not support them properly and she was very grateful for that. She further explained that she was very glad when she heard that Wells of Hope would be taking on her daughter who was born in prison but was 4 years now because there was no next of kin who could take the daughter from prison. Ann and Hannah shared with the mother and asked what she does in prison to keep her busy. She explained that she weaves mats and baskets which she then sells to make some money to prepare a meal for her children when they come to visit. She explained how the visits uplift her soul and on departure emphasized that her children should keep in school and read hard.
Ann and Hannah shared with the children about where they came from and were very glad that the children have been supported both emotionally and their physical needs; “I hated my mother for what she had done to us but with the counseling and finding God I managed to forgive her and love her ” said Hellen Agumunitwe (17 years old).
For 9 years now, Betty Nabulondera (17 years old in senior three) has benefited from Wells of Hope. In summary, this is how she narrates her story: "My father was imprisoned when I was a little girl (7 years old) and I was taken to my uncle's place who had so many children and could not take me to school. In addition to that, I did not know how my father looked like, but when Wells of Hope took me up, I was enrolled in school and now I am in senior four and I also got an opportunity to meet my father and I now have a strong relationship with him. Thank you Wells of Hope Ministries."
In a special way, we thank Dr. Gloria Seruwagi for moderating the session and all Wells of Hope staff for the work well-done in ensuring that we have a successful 4th International Study Week.