|Posted on February 22, 2015 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
During the Xmas season we joined the community in celebration, this season is very important for our children as it is a time to get together with their families and look at possible future resettlement.This Mercy ministry outreach is part of our broader vision of empowering families in their village settings, thereby reducing the influx of vulnerable children into city and slum areas.
We managed to pull of a special package for our caretakers in the villages. So we gave out a green bag, containing, soap, sugar, cooking oil, candles, match boxes, vaseline, toilet paper, salt, mosquito net, blanket and water cans. Most of the families in the villages do not have access to basic household commodities such as the ones we gave out. And this program is very important as it oputs hope witin reach especially with our village communities that are struck with adverse poverty and scortched by HIV AIDs. Enjoy the pictures.
|Posted on September 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
As we communicate the successes and happiness that go on at Bulera Millennium Child. With so much work being done and many children being resettled off the streets into our caring, loving transit home, and also usually with their families and seeing the children being so resilient and happy at our drop in day centre it's easy to forget the dangers these children experience everyday on the streets before this takes place.
Regular beatings, abuse, theft, drugs and alcohol are harsh realities of street life. Adults take advantage of the children and the children take advantage of each other in order to survive this reality.
At Bulera Millennium Child we have regular counselling groups and sessions on safety both at home and on the street but nothing can prepare a child for what Ivan went through this past week.
It was last Monday morning when I received a call from our cook Zaina, she was hysterical saying she had arrived at the day center and one of the boys had been dropped off at the gate and was badly beaten to the point where she didn't know if he was alive.
At that time our Social Worker, Hussien, had arrived and was able to pick Ivan up and put him on a Boda (motorcycle) and take him to the main hospital. Although the quality of care at the main hospital doesn't compare to a private clinic we had no choice as the clinics are not equipped to treat head injuries.
When I arrived to meet them at the hospital Ivan was not conscious. The Doctor who assessed him at intake said he was in a coma. He had 2 huge closed head wounds, one on the front and one on the back and a wrist that looked to be broken.
After 2 days in the hospital Ivan was discharged and ready to go home. He had spent a lot of time over those 2 days talking with Hussien our Social Worker about how he would like to work out the problems at home and how he doesn't ever want to spend another night on the streets.
While we were prepared to take the over 6 hour journey back to his home that day it seemed as though Ivan needed more rest before going. He wasn't yet sturdy on his feet and didn't have a lot of energy. Thankfully he was able to spend the weekend at The transit home center where he received great care and was able to rest.
On Monday he made the journey back home with Hussein. He was received well by one of his brothers, who also just recently returned home to the streets, and his Grandmother.
His Grandmother was devastated by the news of what had happened to him and was thankful to see him back alive and well.
We will be in regular contact with his family to schedule follow-ups to ensure they are making progress. Ivan’s father also lives near the Grandmother but was not home when Hussien and Ivan returned.
We are thankful that Ivan survived this horrible experience and is safe at home and have no doubt that justice will be served to the man who so brutally beat him.
Our Staff continuously amaze me with their ability to pull together as a team to support the children on the streets of Jinja and each other as best we can. They all go above and beyond when needed and for that I am grateful.
Thank you for your support in all that we do at Bulera Millennium Child Ministries!
|Posted on September 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM||comments (1)|
Why are volunteers needed
Due to wide scarcity of professional human resource especially in the health sector and financial resources needed to employ enough staff, BMCM has always sought to fill the gap through its volunteer programme. Volunteer have always provided critical role in filling the structural gaps that exist with the organization and a lot has been accomplished with the help of volunteers. In addition to the above, BMCM has a well-established volunteer program and serves to provide volunteers to different project partners in order to provide human resources needed to contribute to activities to meet our mission and vision
Reflection of volunteer benefit
We are a team of open minded individuals who are open to new ideas and we welcome your formulation and involvement into new projects. In the process, you will meet and make new friends, understand and learn about the interesting culture, the people and economic policies this freshly growing nation of Uganda. Last but not least, Uganda is a place for tourism, adventure and travel. In Jinja where we are based, it’s a town known to be and nick named the adventure capital of Eastern Africa.
We are building lasting relationships between people from different nations, back grounds and race and regard to contributing to positive diversity of culture with a shared passion and a common vision of making change. For those who meet through our programs, we give a way to stay in touch, For those who want to become part of this exciting community, we give a way to get involved.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Working in a developing country requires that you are willing to adapt to a new culture. The living and working conditions that you are used to at home may not be duplicated in your host institution and country.
At the BMCM volunteer's home, we will ensure that housing meets minimum conditions of comfort, electricity, indoor plumbing, adequate furnishings and kitchen equipment, but these may not be up to familiar standards. Similarly, you must be comfortable with unfamiliar food, social conventions, and physical environments. Health services will be available, but might not be up to standards to which you are accustomed.
Tourism, adventure and travel
Of coarse you will need to travel, Uganda and east Africa at large is a place well known for having several tourist attractions with national parks, camping sites, beautiful traditional towns and not to forget, the culture of Ugandans is very interesting due to there friendliness and welcoming attitudes.
Jinja town where the organization is based is common site for tourist from all over the world and base for almost all east African tourist companies with overland trucks. This is attributed to the tremendous lake and river sites that most expedition activities are common with. Key attractions include the source of the Nile, falls and rapids along the Nile for rafting. Jinja is a route center to the rest of the great lakes region.
|Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Every morning “Run-away/ Street” children walk through the wooden door of our rather tiny and ragged “Home center” eager to receive a warm breakfast, the ability to bathe and wash their clothes as well as the love and attention that they receive from the volunteering staff.
Following their breakfast, the children begin their lessons and counseling directed by Ugandan volunteers.
After their studies, they are fed a hot lunch and afterwards their day is concluded with group activities such as physical education or arts and crafts.
As Bulera Millennium Child Ministries welcomes and serves these children, we also meet regularly, one-on-one, to assess their current and home situation. With the help of these wonderful volunteers, we are able to trace and visit their homes. It is our goal to return the children to their home if seen fit or rehabilitate them into our home. Working along-side the willing families or foster families, Bulera Millennium Child Ministries provides school fees, supports the family where necessary and ensures that the child is safe at the Children’s Home center or both family and child are happy and safe together. If we are unable to resettle them home, we then look to partner with well-wishers to provide long-term stability.
Our desire is to empower these children while giving them education and allowing them to be positive contributing members of their community.
Construction of Children's Health Center
Supporting Children with School Fees & School Materials