Thanks to our friend Bob Vorotinskis and many generous donors in Canada, we now have irrigation in our garden! Here you can see photos of us preparing the garden after installation. Now we will be able to grow more crops for the children’s consumption and to sell to help us cover expenses. Thank you SOOO much to our Canadian friends! You have made a huge different in these kids’ lives.
This month saw phase one of our security wall completed. Around one third of the centre is now walled off.
For anyone who has visited the centre, the wall now stretches down from the entrance, behind the cottage on one side, around the performance area on the other side and then down to the end of the upper garden on both sides. The sections of the wall in the driveway have also been painted (right) to give our ‘Children’s Centre’ a more childlike feel.
Whilst we are very pleased with our progress on this project, and very grateful to anyone who’s donations helped to make it possible, the centre is still very far from being completely enclosed and safe for the children. What we have achieved so far has cost the best part of $2,000 so we estimate that to complete the project we will need at least another $4,000.
At Elohim we place the utmost importance on the security of our kids and it is for this reason that the security wall around our centre is the project that we are currently pushing forward on hardest. When finished and secure, the centre will provide a safe and controlled environment in which our kids can play, learn and train.
In late June Elohim received a visit from the Ugandan Army’s HIV testing team as part of International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day. For many of the kids this was the first time they had ever been tested so nerves were understandably fraught. We are however delighted to report that all of Elohim’s children produced HIV-Negative results. For most of the kids this was only the first of three tests needed for a concluive negative result, but early signs are very encouraging!
In the afternoon Elohim was allowed to enter the army barracks in Bombo as part of the Memorial Day where the kids performed a show and then heard some inspirational accounts of people who have lived with HIV for decades. All in all it was a very successful and educational day for our kids and we would like to extend warm thanks to the Ugandan People’s Defence Force for getting us involved.
We recently had the opportunity to host a scout group from Kitante School in Kampala. Having seen our kids perform a show in 2010 they decided they wanted to come and spend a day helping out around the place.
The kids gave them a grand welcome with songs and dances but it was soon time for work. With work on the wall having just started many of the scouts helped mix cement and transfer bricks from one area of the site to another. Others helped with looking after and maintaining the gardens, whilst also planting a couple of young mango trees which they donated. Next up was a few games of volleyball all of which saw emphatic Elohim victories! Just before leaving, the scouts kindly donated numerous boxes of clothes which were gratefully received by the Elohim children.
Everyone at Elohim would like to offer sincere thanks to Kitante School Scout Group for their fun-filled visit and their generous donations.
With help from wonderful supporters of our work from across the globe, we have begun further construction of the wall around the Elohim Center. The wall is a fantastic project as it will provide security, safety and protection for Elohim’s children and materials. We would love to finish this project soon and to achieve this goal we need your help! Get in touch with any of the team to get involved!