WELCOME TO M-LISADA
Dear Friends, Sponsors, Supporters, Staff, Children, and their Families,
When I was an orphan on the streets 15 years ago, I dreamt of a refuge where vulnerable children would be safe from abuse, abandonment, deprivation, and illness. I had nothing but this dream.
Today M-Lisada Children's Home has fulfilled this dream. Located in Nsambya, Kampala, M-Lisada cares for up to 200 children and youth, ages 3 to 19 years. We are dedicated to providing these children with love, security, medical care, and education. We give them a home. M-Lisada, one of the most highly regarded Non-Governmental Organizations in Kampala, is striving to change the expected destiny of such innocent souls. Our programs and dedication are unequaled; our successes are many.
Much has happened in the past year: we have hired new staff, made needed improvements to our house, bought additional farmland, created an urban garden, and much more. Read all about the new developments below. Join M-Lisada as, with much enthusiasm, we move forward in the coming year.
We welcome you.
Our mission is to reduce the number of children living on the streets in Uganda, by providing them with a home, an education, and protection.
M-Lisada strives to restore dignity and self-confidence through the teaching of life skills, music, and the arts, thereby improving the lives of vulnerable children, and their chances for the future.
Good News All Around
The past few months have been good for M-Lisada.
Salaries for the staff
M-Lisada has begun to pay monthly salaries to some of its employees, thanks to contributions from Jonah Kildebogaard, Brass for Africa, and Rochelle Zabarkes. This worthy endeavor could still use one or two more supporters, so contact Rochelle if you are interested. In addition to a salary, Mboira Godfrey has a new title and a motorbike to travel between Kampala Music School and M-Lisada.
Good news for the Mummy Foundation
The Mummy Foundation is a refuge for the young and vulnerable girls of the Katwe slum, offering them a secure, loving and educational environment each day. It was founded by Bosco Segawa, is run by Lucy Khan and Kevin Gibson Ssabaganzi, and is supported by Brass for Africa.
Last month the Mummy Foundation became a victim of its own success. With nearly 90 girls passing through the foundation each day the local authorities decided their current dwelling was too small and closed it due to overcrowding.
Last week Jim Trott of Brass for Africa was able to send funding to buy a new and bigger property for the Mummy Foundation. The new site is very close to the existing site and has been approved as suitable by the authorities. The site will require extensive development and we are continuing to raise further funds.
In honour of the woman who through Brass for Africa, made all this possible, Lucy and Kevin will be naming the new property “Holloway House.” Thank you everyone—what an amazingly quick turnaround!
I was the only child born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Charles. When I was 5 years old my mother got sick of an unknown infectious disease and died. Two years later my father also passed away. We went to the burial with our neighbors in Fort Portal. This was my first time to go to the village. The only person we knew was our insane grandmother.
Our biggest needs are always the same: food and education. A small monthly donation can make a big difference in the children’s diet. And approximately $1,500 a year will pay for a child’s annual school fees. This can be broken into three payments—perhaps you and two friends could share the cost.
We collected seven laptops this past spring, but several have batteries that are failing. So if you, a friend, or your employer have any PCs or Macs that are not being used, please let us know. We can repair them if necessary.
We always need people to take books, computers (must be hand carried), and equipment to Kampala. Let us know when you are going, and we'll ship you something to take with you.