Visiting the current beneficiaries was a follow visit which also helps us to measure the impact of our work.The two families are located in Namutumba and Busembatia areas in Eastern Uganda.The families that we visited are for the inmates are on death row.
One thing that we have found common is that, whenever we visit a new family, they think we are delivering news about the death of their relative in prison, when we tell them that he/she is alive, they get a shock and they say that they have lived all their lives knowing that the person had died, we asked one boy if he had a message for his father in prison and he said that all he wanted to know whether he is alive, for 11 years they have not seen him, because of transport costs, and distance they cannot visit-these are families in abject poverty .
In this new family that we visited, the inmate has 26 children and among them only three attend school. The rest either dropped out of school or got married .The eldest son is 23 years old and the youngest is five years old. These children leave with their grandmother who has over 20 children under her care.Together with their grandmother they live in appalling conditions. They usually have one meal a day and have no form of bedding,
All the children have never visited their father in prison actually they thought that he was dead. Three times they asked us whether their father was really alive.The grandmother said that she is always hospitalized because of High Blood Pressure and our visit was going to lower her pressure and will spend less on treatment She further said that she can’t visit her two sons in prison because she doesn’t have funds to get there
The grandmother told us that she is always praying and fasting so that her two children get out of prison and the children told us that as a way of coping they are working hard on plantations in order to earn a living.
The children also told us that they are filled with joy and hope to have us visit them; they now have confidence that their father is alive. They asked us to tell their father that they are glad to know that he is alive.
We donated sugar, soap, bread, Tea Leaves and Rice to the grandmother and children, they were so happy ..
They told us that when the children went back for holidays they were looking so good and their academic performance was so impressing.
They further told us Wells of Hope has made them strong and has enabled them to accept who they are .They said that their grand children used to attend school irregularly but now they are confident that they have a bright future.
We also took sugar, soap, bread, Tea Leaves and Rice. They were so happy and they prayed blessing upon us.
In one of the families, the grandmother and a brother to the inmate,said that Wells of Hope was a blessing to them.Since they belong to Islam faith ,for years they had looked at the moslem community to come to their aid to no avail,but instead a Christianity organisation -Wells of Hope was the one which had miraculously reached out to them.It shocked to them that, christians whom they regarded for years as people who are anti moslem ,are the ones who came to them .