Upon arrival, the visitors were welcomed by Wells of Hope staff and the children. Charles Ocoper, the school head teacher and Stephen Gant guided the visitors around the school.
The visitors were guided through the farm projects: Charles explained to the visitors that as a way of improving the work for farm staff, the construction of a tower is ongoing. The tower will be used by the staff to get easier access to water for the animals. Charles highlighted that the projects are used for study purposes by the children. Stephen added that the aim of the projects is to sustain the school in future. The visitors were very impressed by the good hygiene and size of the pigs; one of them was heard exclaiming, “wow! This one is occupying almost the entire room!”
During the tour, Jacqueline Sekyana, Wells of Hope Communications Officer highlighted that as a way of improving family bonding, the children visit their parents in prison once a term and are always accompanied by Wels of Hope staff. She added that the children go back home and share with their relatives about their parent’s wellbeing. Stephen added that Wells of Hope has established a partnership with Uganda Prisons; during the children’s prison visits, the children and their inmates always have direct communication and the visiting time is longer (1-2 hours). When a family visits their relative in prison, communication is always done through a mesh and the visiting time is very short (about 15-20 minutes).
She said that they are a team of youths (most of whom are university students). They do charity by reaching out to the needy. She added that during the lent period, they raised funds with an aim of giving back to the community. She encouraged the children to always think positively about who they are because they are known by God and that He alone knows the plans he has for everyone; she referenced this from Jeremiah 29:11.
Among the items donated included; rice, sugar, beans, biscuits, clothes, sanitary towels, sweets, not pads, rolls of tissue and soap.