SSUUBI LY’ABATO VOLUNTARY

 

 

ORGANIZATION

 

 

(SAVO)

 

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT 2017

 

 

P.O Box 250 Masaka – UGANDA

(East Africa)

Tel: +256 752 599000                                                            

savoorg@gmail.com                                                        

www.savo- kids.jimdo.com    

http://bcbweb.bai.ne.jp/savo

 

INTRODUCTION

Uganda is found in the Eastern part of Africa, and also known as the pearl of Africa where of it’s endowed with conducive climate and fertile land suitable for Agriculture. However, its people continue to live a vicious circle of poverty and unsustainable solutions to the unemployment rate among the youth both graduates and none graduates a like. It’s worth noting that the youth in Uganda are the youngest population in the world with 77% of its population being under 30 years of age with a population density of 169.9 people per square kilometer as of May 2017 with a total dependency ratio of population 108 % of which the Child dependency ratio is of 103.7 % and of the aged being 4.3 %!

A trend of rural-urban migration by the productive young people continues leaving only children and the aged who are desperate with less productivity ability. Some of the major causes for this migration pattern are: Search for better social services and amenities like education and health services. Search for employment and business opportunities so as to avoid: Insecurity, Domestic violence, Parental neglect and the like. However, most of the youth fail to get jobs and end up in urban slums and streets, they unwillingly find themselves engaged in unproductive or anti-social activities like prostitution, thug, pickpocket, drug /substance abuse and the like thus increase pressure on the few urban facilities.

The Poverty level and unemployment status among the youth and the community at large are the main problems affecting the Masaka youth and the entire country as well and the major causes of these problems are Lack of: employment skills, access to resources like land and capital, focus by the existing programs on the informal sector in particular agriculture and apprenticeship schemes. The over emphasis on experience and Negative attitude by the youth towards work especially in agriculture, Lack of comprehensive employment policy and Negative cultural attitudes such as gender discrimination has hindered development.in the layouts of Nyendo in particular on Streets at day times and at late nights commonly you find children in rags, picking through piles of waste for something to eat. Some sleeping under old plastic sacks, others in some abandoned buildings or under storefront verandas when it rains! Majority of these children are being forced to steal something to eat, subject to violence either from the police, hostile town people, and older kids or from either party.

 

BACK GROUND

SAVO commenced in 2009 as an emergency program responding to destitute children’s needs. It is located in Misaali village of Nyendo Ssenyange division in Masaka municipality in Masaka District which is 125km south of Kampala the capital city of Uganda.

The common languages spoken are Luganda, Lunyankole and English is commonly used by the learned ones. Most of the inhabitants are Baganda, Banyankole, Bakiga and Banyarwanda.

 

In about 2001 children started to be regular visitors of the market places of Nyendo and Masaka; juvenile delinquency, pick pocket and mischievousness, alcohol and drug use/ abuse was born. It worsened and dramatically continues to during the months of April to June and November to January, for; it’s during these months of the year that people in the area get involved in seasonal activities of grasshopper tapping, maize and green vegetables harvests of which demand intensive hawking for big sales of their merchandise. In doing so children are more involved than adults as they provide cheap labor. This is detrimental to children’s health as it cumbers children with heavy loads, sleepless nights, missing meals and hinders them from going to school.

Majority of the street children are in such an unhealthy environment because either they have nowhere else to go, some come to live on the streets after the loss of their close relatives like parents or elder siblings who were house hold heads; subjected to all sorts of human abuse or domestic violence, however, they are our children and are on our streets hence the real number of these street children is still unknown. The only solution is to provide them opportunity and space for resilience.

Through interaction with these children SAVO learnt more from them and the cause of their situation was as a result of loss / separation from close attachment figures. So SAVO was established as a result of the founders’ reflection of his personal childhood experience of vulnerability that triggered his wounds of trauma when he eye witnessed the destitute children on the streets of Nyendo. SAVO staff made strategy for interaction with these children.

 

Therefore, Ssuubi ly’Abato Voluntary Organization (SAVO) is a Community Based organization (CBO) registered on the 13th January 2011 by Masaka Local Council government for community development. Registration No. CD 6871  

SAVO provides voluntary services to the children, youth, elderly, poor female headed households and other vulnerable community groups and encourages community to get involved by volunteering as community resource persons. However, due to lack of adequate employment opportunities and extreme poverty often it makes it had for community people to fully participate in voluntary work due their living challenges and costs that require them to earn which has affected community participation and development.

 

Vision

SAVO envisage resilient children who live to their full potential, whose rights and aspirations are fulfilled.

Mission

SAVO’s mission is to bolster children’s ability to deal with stress or unhealthy environment through working in and with communities focusing on areas of prevention, care, support and mitigation; and capacity building so as to strike the balance between stressful life events and favorable protective factors.

Goal

SAVO’s goal is to mitigate the adverse health, economic and psychosocial effects of high-risk environment of children and their families.

Core values

Children our focus, love, integrity, respect for diversity, excellence, continuous learning, accountability, gender, empowerment and child participation.

. Objectives

1 To provide assistance with in the appropriate context to vulnerable children and their House holds which will:

•           Promote improvement in their living standards and environment

•           Develop people’s capacity to become fully responsible for their own development

•           Bring together all available resources to supplement self-help

2 To build the capacities of the community to contribute to the care, development and education of children even after SAVO leaves and to strengthen this process through;

•           Networking with relevant organizations and government ministries

 

•           Advocacy on issues pertaining to the care, development or education of needy children.

•           Empowerment of communities especially women in the area of development.

•           Encouraging local organizational initiatives and development.

 

PRIORITIES OF THE ORGANIZATION

SAVO’s focus has been on services that are cost effective and have the greatest impact on reducing vulnerability and improving the welfare of vulnerable children these cover children who are: Orphans, abused, neglected, infected and affected by HIV/AIDS or other diseases, those in need of alternative family care, children in hard to reach area, those living under the worst forms of labor, living on streets and those who are mothers so as  to promote equity and those  Interventions that build capacity and improve quality and effectiveness have been  supported and implemented in an integrated manner. The priority area of focus was on care and support, child protection, education, health, food security and nutrition, psychosocial support, socio-economic security.

 

ORGANIZATION STATUS

SAVO all along has been working with children and their families to achieve its target where of the activities are mainly determined by the five services provided to the children (who are identified as the neediest among the needy) and these services are Shelter, Food, Education, Medical care, Love and care.

SAVO house too, works together with children’s parents and families where of the children either go to their families or relatives whenever there is need to do so like during their school holidays or when there is a family ritual rite this permits them room to interact with their parents and family members. When SAVO enrolls a child it is a warrant for it to enjoy the benefits of our services until he/she graduates or pass out in that particular skill of his/her ability. But if this child fails school in any way of indiscipline, we can refer the child for counselling and guidance. In case the child fails to change the negative behavior, farther referrals can be made or be dismissed and replaced by a new child as our intention is to build children who have the character of great value for their communities and country at large. We only enroll new children in the program when there is a vacant place for replacement after one of the children leaves the program. And in case a child attended only skills training and turns 18 years, we make sure that that child finds something to do and we give him/her one year working and saving to prepare to leave SAVO in the following year. In this case due to our limitation of funds we only maintain the number of 20 children in our operating cycle.

ORGANIZATION MAJOR ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

SAVO enroll a maximum number of 20 children to benefit in our services and lives with them for a maximum age of 22 years. This means that if this child was received by SAVO at the age of 4 years when  starting kindergarten and studies up to university; assuming that he/she is as well taking a long course of 5 years at university, after 22 years of SAVO care, the beneficiary is presumed ready and mature to start his/her independent life.

Shelter: This provides office space and acts as a center for all children in our program. Under this program we provide the well-furnished shelter conducive to human living and basic needs to nineteen (19) children eight males and eleven females. Therefore the children who reside at SAVO enjoy the privileges of medical care, education from schools of good reputation, food, sanitation equipment/services and other domestic welfare services.

Food: We have provided nutritional local foods that constitute balanced diet to both SAVO inmates and those who reside from their families and come only during the day for kindergarten classes. No malnutrition cases so far have been reported. SAVO has planted green vegetables from the Liva project as its initiatives and now the SAVO Centre can access cabbages, Irish potatoes and other green vegetables. SAVO house also received a variety of seeds for planting this season from Mr. Juan Vegas and Ms. Liliana Zambrano from USA, Thank you so much!

Education: There are twenty eight (28) children who have been attached to schools and institutions of good reputation, of which nine (9) are in Kindergarten, fourteen (14) are in primary, three (3) are in secondary and two (2) in higher institute of learning and one (1) Kyeyune Daniel is on the verge to leave the program and live by his own, for, he has been supported to initiate his own business and by this time next year he will be self-supported.

The parents of SAVO do make some contributions to build their children’s future and maintain their responsibility as the first duty bearer of the children’s wellbeing and keeping them in school like the identification of a reputable school with a qualitative education status, collect the children during the holidays and return them to SAVO house in time when schools reopen for the next term and the like.

Medical care:  We have provided medical care to whomever needed it both the children, staff and some parents/guardians who reside in the area and some few cases were referred.  We have been able to achieve this medical care by some of the good friends of SAVO and our trustees (named in gratitude) who have catered for the medical care of the children by meeting the medical expenses of the children and SAVO house has a doctor and a nurse who cater for the children’s health and in case the situation is uncontrollable then referrals are made as need may be.

Love and care: As far as love and care to children is concerned, there are 4 members of staff who are responsible for the domestic welfare of the children, 2 medical personnel a doctor and a nurse who care for the children’s health and 9 volunteers both national and international who mobilize resources in form of funds, developmental ideas, land, community and religious support. The reintegration will cover the expenses of High quality case management, Reunification grant and parenting program. All in all it’s for a safe, nurturing, protective, caring and loving family which is the best place for a child to grow.

VISITORS: We have enjoyed the Visit of Ms. Naomi Owaki twice, she has always come and shared love, encouragement, psycho-social support to both children and staff, to this we are all grateful and we believe that all our visitors receive a cozy environment.

Partnership: We have partnered with some organizations that are; Resource oriented in form of ideas, funds and services on voluntary basis those directly or indirectly working with children and government departments.

We have also attended meetings organized on partnership grounds and either one or two of our staff members attend the meetings organized by different organizations and I am happy to report that SAVO attended all the meetings we were invited to.

Meetings: During this year SAVO was represented at organized meetings by which some meetings were organized by government and others were by NGO forum   of which the themes were child centered.  The Civil Society Organization (CSO) organized several meetings that exposed the member organizations to resource personnel and environment. Among these meetings it’s where we had an opportunity to subscribe to Masaka NGO forum and also with Child i Foundation (CiF) which is child centered with an aim to support the implementation of the alternative care frame work which promotes the children growing up with their families, SAVO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CiF organization in October 2017 and this MoU is obliged to go until 2019.

 

Base line Survey:

SAVO Conducted a Base Line Survey in Buwunga sub County of Bukoto County in Masaka district. This survey was prompted by the resolutions passed during the held meetings and recommendations by the SAVO members meetings that sought out services more close to the community

Survey findings:

Back ground:

Buwunga Sub County is situated in Bukoto County near Lake Victoria shores in Masaka district, the main source of their lively hood is mainly peasant farming with some few who trade in food staffs and fish. There is only one government Health Centre 4 (four) which requires a long distance walk for the communities to be able to access their services and a river recorded in a long distance which is the main source of water to which people and animals go for water.

1). Problems and challenges:

Households: Many households have small houses with many dependents who do not have major sources of income of which almost all are peasant farmers. Some have falling kitchens and latrines. Most of the house hold heads are females who are below the age of fifty and most of the dependents are either of distant relatives or friends of whom their whereabouts are unknown.

Education: There are many children who have never been to school despite the fact that they have reached the school going ages and others miss classes due to lack of uniforms, scholastic materials like pens, books (both text and exercise books) and some miss classes due to lack of funds to pay for their school lunch. Some families have a lot of school debts and are worried of how to cover it which is seen as a big obstacle to the children’s future of education

Health:

There are some households with many dependents who are sickly and their family heads are sick too. Some of the ailments noted were long distances to access medical services, lack of money to buy medicines and some children are suffering from HIV/AIDs while some of these know their status and have already started Anti Retro Viral therapy, the others do not know their HIV status.

Source of Income/Lively hood: the main source of income of these people is peasant farming however seeds for planting are scarce and at times encounter unexpected lack of rain. Some make crafts of local vines and palms but face law market. These people too have portions of land which is rather small (about half an acre) which cannot support them fully to grow food for consumption and surplus for sale as a solution they resort to be hired on others’ gardens and others go to the nearby lake sides or islands the latter solution leads them to be lost completely and their children are adopted by kind households.  Some of these family heads are running in high debts. Many children and youth were busy working on their gardens and others rear animals of which are mostly poultry, goats and pigs.   All in all the vicious poverty is the source of under development among these communities.

Proposed Solutions:

To encourage individuals, groups to support these children in schools so as to avoid school dropouts due to lack of funds.

To provide knowledge and funds to support these families engage in profitable farming and other income generating activities utilizing the available resources.

The duty bearers of these needy children should be assisted with funds to meet their obligation so as to keep these children in schools to avoid school dropout.

Since there are many households with Children whose HIV status are not known, there is a demand to Bring in medical personnel such as nurses ,doctors, social workers, counsellors and nutritionists to advise and support these communities as need may be;

They too should be mobilized to initiate and maintain a viable income generating activity by using available resources and be helped to access market and this can easily be done by group or association involvement.

There is also an increased demand to construct wells and other water sources to alleviate the problem of long distances in search for water and also avoid sharing water with animals.

The teenagers of above school going age should be attached to professional trends of their choice like black smith, tailoring, mechanics, building and the like.

CHALLENGES FACED AT SAVO ONE FAMILY HOME

We have encountered a number of challenges in the areas of our service provision; below are some of them; 

Shelter: There are some children who wet their beds unfortunately this leads to the tearing and wearing out of their beddings that leads to a high demand of replacement! Despite other efforts taken to measures of controlling by use of plastic covers and the like to avoid the urine damage to mattresses and bed sheets similarly the children’s casual clothes and sandals are worn-out and there is a need to replace them regularly.

Food: We at times encounter food shortages as there is the rise in food prices and the fact that our food support from friends ,partners and sponsors is at 66% of the need thus leaving a gap.

Education: Most of the children have no sponsors for, out of the 28 children only 9 have school tuition fee sponsors each yet the rest have none however the organization endeavors to meet their costs.

It was observed that at SAVO Learning Centre  there is lack of space both in class room and the land for extra co activities like games and sports, agriculture to mention but a few.  It is proposed that to solve these problems, the construction of more class rooms should be effected, a bigger land worth a minimum of 10 acres be acquired.

Some of the children are slow learners yet the level of perception varies from child to child. Some children are slow learners hence others are many in a class room with high teacher-child ratio.  

Some schools demand a lot of things that incur social economic strains to parents and in case of sponsors it leads to funding fatigue. Similarly some schools over work children both manually and academically this leads to children’s poor performance and low esteem hence a damage to the whole education system.

Medical care

The medical personnel noted that children who go for holidays usually return with contagious diseases like skin rush, cough, chicken pox, dysentery and other poor sanitation related diseases and;

SAVO medical project is shutting down due to lack of funds.

FUTURE PLAN

In spite of the available resources in Uganda the teenagers, youth and their families continue to share the plight of vicious circle of poverty, hunger hence many school dropout are noted despite the universal Primary and Secondary Education in Uganda among others.   

In trying to alleviate this situation SAVO proposes to initiate an Outcome Based education to rescue the youth teenagers and their families by initiating a project that will promote the implementation of productivity through utilization of the available resources in the sector of Agriculture and to equip them with knowledge and skills so as to support the move from awareness to adoption of productivity and practices.

NEEDS AND THEIR ESTIMATES

NO.

ITEM

POPOSED AMOUNT (UGX)

USD

1.

Funds to run medical project

12,000,000 (Annual budget)

3,429.00

2.

Toilet and washroom renovations

3,700,000

1,057.00

3.

Furniture

5,800,000

1,657.00

4.

One laptop computer

2,000,000

   571.00

5.

Website

 

 

6.

Poultry farming project

 

 

 

TOTAL AMOUNT

23,500,000

6,714.00

N.B:                                                                                          U.S $1.00 = 3,500

CONCLUSION

We send our sincere appreciations to all people who have dedicated their trust to SAVO UGANDA throughout this year 2017.

Finally, I thank all the staff, local volunteers, community members who have managed to cooperate with us in 2017, local leaders, , Kids Care, Zambogo Junior school, the government of Uganda, Ms. Nagawa Mary the probation officer Masaka District for the great support and love. We wish to continue this work together in 2018.

We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2018 and may God reward you abundantly for your great effort to make difference in lives.

Thank you all.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mutyaba Moses

Director SAVO

 

SSUUBI LY’ABATO VOLUNTARY

 

 

ORGANIZATION (SAVO)

 

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT 2016

 

 

 

P.O Box 250 Masaka – UGANDA

(East Africa)

Tel: +256 752 599000                                                            

savoorg@gmail.com                                                        

www.savo- kids.jimdo.com    

http://bcbweb.bai.ne.jp/savo

 

 

 

Introduction and back ground

Uganda continues to share the toll of HIV/AIDS pandemic and its effects. Since the down fall of AIDS in 1982 many children and women have been affected.

 

It is noted that as the productive age perishes, the number of orphaned and other vulnerable children increases many folds.

Leaving a noticeable gap of regress in productivity, which gives room to poverty and underdevelopment exposed to the community.

In striving for survival, youth, women and children migrate to urban areas in search of profitable ventures leaving too young children and disabled aged people in the rural. Very few succeed and the rest fail, so as a last resort they engage in bars as maids, sex commercial workers and street children.

SAVO commenced in 2009 as an emergency program responding to destitute children’s needs. It is located in Masaka District 125km south of Kampala the capital city of Uganda.

The common languages spoken are Luganda, Lunyankole and English that is used by the learned ones. Most of the inhabitants are Baganda Banyankole, Bakiga and Banyarwanda

 

In about 2001 children started to be regular visitors of the market places of Nyendo and Masaka, juvenile delinquency, pick pocket and mischievousness, alcohol and drug use| abuse was born. It worsened and dramatically continues too during the months of April to June and November to January, for; it’s during these months of the year that people in the area get involved in seasonal activities of grasshopper tapping, maize and green vegetables harvests of which demand intensive hawking for big sales of their merchandise. In doing so children are more involved than adults for they provide cheap labor. This is detrimental to children’s health as it cumbers children with heavy loads, sleepless nights, missing meals and hinders them from going to school.

On Streets of Nyendo at day times and at late nights commonly you find children in rags, picking through piles of waste for something to eat. Some sleeping under old plastic sacks, others in some abandoned buildings or under storefront verandas when it rains. Majority of these children are being forced to steal something to eat, subject to violence either from the police, hostile town people, and older kids or from either party.

Majority of the street children are in such an unhealthy environment because either they have nowhere else to go, some come to live on the streets after the loss of their close relatives like parents or elder siblings who were house hold heads; subjected to all sorts of human abuse or domestic violence, however, they are our children and are on our streets hence the real number of these street children is still unknown. The only solution is to provide them opportunity and space for resilience.

Through interaction with these children SAVO learnt more from them and the cause of their situation was as a result of loss / separation from close attachment figures.

 

So SAVO was established as a result of the founders’ reflection of his personal childhood experience of vulnerability that triggered his wounds of trauma when he eye witnessed the destitute children on the streets of Nyendo. SAVO staff made strategy for interaction with these children.

 

Therefore, Ssuubi ly’Abato Voluntary Organization (SAVO) is a Community Based organization (CBO) registered by Masaka Local Council government for community development. Registration No. CD 6871

SAVO provides voluntary services to the children, youth, elderly, poor female headed households and other vulnerable community groups and encourages community to get involved by volunteering as community resource persons. However, due to lack of adequate employment opportunities and extreme poverty often it makes it had for community people to fully participate in voluntary work due their living challenges and costs that require them to earn which has affected community participation and development.

 

Vision

SAVO envisage resilient children who live to their full potential, whose rights and aspirations are fulfilled.

Mission

SAVO’s mission is to bolster children’s ability to deal with stress or unhealthy environment through working in and with communities focusing on areas of prevention, care, support and mitigation; and capacity building so as to strike the balance between stressful life events and favorable protective factors.

Goal

SAVO’s goal is to mitigate the adverse health, economic and psychosocial effects of high-risk environment of children and their families.

Core values

Children our focus, love, integrity, respect for diversity, excellence, continuous learning, accountability, gender, empowerment and child participation.

. Objectives

1 To provide assistance with in the appropriate context to vulnerable children and their House holds which will:

•           Promote improvement in their living standards and environment

•           Develop people’s capacity to become fully responsible for their own development

•           Bring together all available resources to supplement self-help

2 To build the capacities of the community to contribute to the care, development and education of children even after SAVO leaves and to strengthen this process through;

•           Networking with relevant organizations and government ministries

 

•           Advocacy on issues pertaining to the care, development or education of needy children.

•           Empowerment of communities especially women in the area of development.

•           Encouraging local organizational initiatives and development.

 

PRIORITIES OF THE ORGANIZATION

SAVO’s focus has been on services that are cost effective and have the greatest impact on reducing vulnerability and improving the welfare of vulnerable children these cover children who are: Orphans, abused, neglected, infected and affected by HIV/AIDS or other diseases, those in need of alternative family care, children in hard to reach area, those living under the worst forms of labor, living on streets and those who are mothers so as  to promote equity and those  Interventions that build capacity and improve quality and effectiveness have been  supported and implemented in an integrated manner. The priority area of focus was on care and support, child protection, education, health, food security and nutrition, psychosocial support, socio-economic security.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES

 

1.    SAVO ONE FAMILY CHILDREN’S HOUSE

a.    Since 2012 SAVO has managed to run and sustain the Care Home for the children efficiently. The current number of children living in the home (One Family Children’s House) is twenty children (20).

b.    In June 2016 the work for building the house ceiling began in phases after receiving the donation from Ms. Karen M. Redman and her family from USA. The first donation helped to build the ceiling in three rooms of the house and closed the gap between the children and the roof even though it was also not completed. November to December 2016, with further support from American people led by Ms. Liliana Zambrano and Mr. Harry Congdon we managed to renovate the house by completing building the ceiling in the other three rooms and completing the first three rooms and painting the walls inside and outside the house.

c.    In December this year 2016, with the support and donations from Ms. Liliana Zambrano, Mr. Harry Congdon and the American people we were able to install a water tank to our shelter which has so much solved our water problem.

d.    We have also been able to provide all basic care and needs for these children such as education, medical care, feeding, shelter, clothing etc.

e.    SAVO participated in UNICEF exhibition in Osaka Japan this year again, Mr. Sato Yosuke and wife Ms. Cristina Akemi Yosuke represented SAVO and everything was of more success this year as our table continued to be visited by more people than the previous two years.

f.     In May/June we received two visitors Dr. Sami Shoukair from Lebanon and Mr. Harry Congdon from USA. During their visit they bought new blankets, bedsheets, pillows, mosquito nets, two mobile phones for Viola Nambaziira and Viola Nanyonga and other cutlery and in September 2016 we received another visitor from Japan. We are so happy that every year Ms. Naomi Owaki visits us and share some good moment with our children and staff, her love is imaginable. Ms. Naomi during her visit bought a lot of stuff for the children to play.

g.    Our children are happily enjoying a TV donated by Mr. Harry Congdon. This helps them to learn new things from those channels we recommended them to watch.

h.    We received a donation of playing equipment, medical stuff and water filters from Ms. Debbie Prince, Ms. Michal Miller and Ms. Laurie Kiser Leitner

 

However;

a.    We lack enough food for the children for a proper and balanced diet for health growth of our children. Little Hands of Hope (USA) have been supporting us on food expenses on a weekly basis with $120.00 but since November this amount has been reduced by 60% due to shortage of funds in that organization. And yet our need per week is $200.00 to cover water bills, electric bills, house communication, transport, house mother’s salary, security, food etc.

b.    We find a big problem in getting funds to buy clothes for our children

c.    We still lack furniture in the house for a cozy environment and proper keeping of children’s property, staff files, books and utensils.

 

2.    MEDICAL CARE

In June this year 2016, Dr. Sami Shoukair from Lebanon and Mr. Harry Congdon from USA visited SAVO and launched the medical program for our children. During their stay each child was opened a medical file for easy tracing of children’s health.

Dr. Sami Shoukair and Mr. Harry Congdon the proprietors of the medical program for the house employed a Doctor and Nurse to provide medical treatments to the members of the house.

The doctor visits the house for member’s medical review once every three months and while the nurse is working on a daily basis.

 

In August 2016, the former house mother Ms. Nalubega Ruth was done thyroidectomy with support of funds from Mr. Harry Congdon and other donors from USA.

In September 2016, four children were done herniorrhaphy with the funds donated by Mr. Harry Congdon from USA.

All these medical operations were successful

 

This program runs very well and holds no challenges as per

 

3.    EDUCATION

This year education has been a success since all school going children were promoted to the following classes with remarkable performances.

We had four candidates this year who sat for their final level exams. Two have completed primary level and two completed High School level as we still wait for their results which are expected next year 2017.

We have nine children who have sponsors and sixteen children without sponsors. Five of these children are in our outreach program. The children in outreach program are those children who SAVO supports in their education while they are living in their families.

 

Despite the achievements we also suffered challenges:

a.    It is very difficult for SAVO to find tuition fees and other school requirements for our children. We wish more people show up to sponsor our children to have education.

b.    Because the schools where our children go are in a distance, there is a big challenge to transport them. We wish we could have a van, this will help in ensuring effective attendance for our children to school and in time because during the rainy season it is very difficult for the children to walk to school and or have concentration when they reach to school in wet uniforms.

SAVO LEARNING CENTER (SLC)

This is the education program that is run at SAVO Home premises. It is for kindergarten classes only.

c.    Children who are offered education at SAVO Learning Center need school uniforms.

d.    These children at SLC need school requirements and office stationary also a teacher’s salary is a challenge to meet.

 

4.    OPERATION

SAVO office received one computer and printer donation from Ms. Naomi Owaki. This has helped us a lot in performing our duties.

However, internet is still our big problem. We need internet installation at the house. This will help to improve our communication with donors and sponsors, creating new friends for the house, it will help our children to learn new things from the internet and also it will help to control bills on communication.

 

FUTURE NEEDS AND THEIR ESTIMATES

NO.

ITEM

POPOSED AMOUNT (UGX)

1.

Toilet and washroom renovations

3,100,000

2.

Internet installation

889,000

3.

House curtains

480,000

4.

New furniture

8,500,000

5.

One desktop and one laptop computer

3,000,000

6.

Building a school for SAVO

441,831,400

7.

Website

 

8.

Registering SAVO as an NPO in USA

 

 

 

 

N.B:                                                                                    U.S $1.00 = 3,500 UGX

 

CONCLUSION

We send our sincere appreciations to the following people who have dedicated their trust to SAVO UGANDA throughout this year 2016. You have indeed done us good.

Many of you are committed sponsors, donors, well-wishers, great friends and family. Your deeds have been our fuel to move forward and you push us extra miles always.

Special thanks goes to:

1.      Ms. Kristen Johnson and her family – USA

2.      Mr. Harry Congdon – USA

3.      Dr. Sami Shoukair – Lebanon

4.      Ms. Naomi Owaki – Japan

5.      Mr. Sato Yosuke and wife Ms. Cristina Akemi Yosuke – SAVO Japan

6.      Ms. Liliana Zambrano – USA

7.      Donor – Little Hands of Hope – USA.

8.      Donors from Japan

9.      Donors from USA

10.  The Reid Family – USA

11.  Ms. Tracy Brylewski and husband Mr. Alain Maymo – (EFS) Spain

12.  Ms. Yuka Yamada –  Director Ashinaga Uganda

13.The Kapancilar Family – Germany

14.Ms. Shino Homma – JICA volunteer staff in Masaka

15.Irene Mutumba – Japan

16.Ms. Michal Miller – USA

17.Ms. Marilyn Wansitler - USA

18.Ms. Karen’s Family – USA

19.Ms. Laurie Curtis – USA

20.Ms. Becky Longfellow – USA

21.Ms. Elizabeth Essery – USA

22.Ms. Nadia Jejna – UK

23. Ms. Mami – Japan

24.Ms. Yuka - Japan

You are our great future. Thank you for your great support, may God bless you always.

Finally, I thank all the staff, local volunteers, community members who have managed to cooperate with us in 2016, local leaders, FOHO, Kids Care, the government of Uganda, Ms. Nagawa Mary the probation officer Masaka District for the great support and love. Thank you very much, we wish to continue this work together in 2017.

We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2017 and may God reward you abundantly for your great effort to make difference in lives.

 

Thank you all.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mutyaba Moses

Director SAVO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

e- SAVO ANNUAL BRIEF REPORT AND NEW YEAR GREETINGS FOR 2015

We have tried our level best to go through 2015 with the right hand of God. He has always been our comfort and we never stopped for a single moment to ask Him His guidance and providing for our needs. This has always come with company and contribution from our great friends who has walked hand in hand with us through the 365 days. It has been a long walk since 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015. We are very glad that during this time God has used many of you to work with us, and we have seen God’s mercy through you. Thank you for all the support that you have given us throughout 2015 and we want to ask you again that we stay together to walk through 2016. You are always our strength and our hope. If we continue to work as a team, I am very sure our effort is going to yield enormously.

On this basis, I therefore thank the almighty God for His grace upon us. It is His great mercy that has helped us to live to see 2016 while we are alive and kicking.

We pay a moment of silence to remember all our dear ones who have passed away in 2015, may their souls rest in internal peace. And we pray for all our dear ones, brothers and sisters who are going through different problems such as; wars, sicknesses, unemployment, poverty, domestic violence in places where they live, discrimination due to their social and natural beings.

We pray for peace among nations in this new year 2016 and we encourage diplomatic solving of problems among families, neighborhoods and nations.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to the following people who have worked with us through 2015.

1.       The Reid Family – USA

2.       Ms. Tracy Brylewski and husband Mr. Alain Maymo – (EFS) Spain

3.       Ms. Yuka Yamada –  Director Ashinaga Uganda

4.       The Kapancilar Family – Germany

5.       Ms. Karen’s Family - USA

You are our great future. Thank you for your great support.

In a special way allow us to thank:

Ms. Kristen Johnson and her family – USA

Ms. Naomi Owaki – Japan

Mr. Sato Yosuke and wife Ms. Cristina Akemi Yosuke – SAVO Japan representatives

Donor – Little Hands of Hope – USA, SAVO is very proud of you all.

Donors from Japan – You help us to open new doors in lives.

 

ACHIEVED PROJECTS 2015

1.       Bunk beds:

We thank Grace Community Church USA donated 5 bunk beds, Ms. Erica Reid Soper and her family two bunk beds, Ms. Naomi Owaki one bunk bed, Ms. Karen M. Redman one bunk bed and one bunk bed was initiated by SAVO. We now have a total of 10 bunk beds which covers 21 children.

2.       Kitchen construction:

Ms. Naomi Owaki, Mr. Sato Yosuke and wife and other individual donors from Japan supported this project and it has succeeded. We now have a kitchen which helps us to prepare meals for our children at every weather condition.

3.      Internet fundraising project Japan for medical support to the home mother:

This project was spearheaded by Mr. Sato Yosuke.  We thank everyone who donated for the achievement of this medical support project and it was successfully achieved.

4.      Identified three neediest children and brought one to SAVO – One Family House his name is Bamweyana Jude, the other two, one is a girl and her young brother are cared for in SAVO outreach program. These three children have got sponsors from USA.

Little Jude is sponsored by the loving family of Ms. Karen M. Redman and the two siblings in our outreach are sponsored by the family of Ms. Laurie Curtis.

This year has marked the second year of little Cathy living with us and attending school due to the great support from her sponsor Ms. Elizabeth Essery. Thank you all for this wonderful work and the great love.

5.     SAVO participated in UNICEF Japan bazaar in October 2015 for its second year, and our table was successful, we thank our great team who worked for that success. We thank Mr. Sato Yosuke and his wife Ms. Cristina Akemi Yosuke for the great work always leading and organizing for those activities in Japan. We also take the opportunity to thank Ms. Irene Mutumba and Ms. Nantongo Maggie for working hard for this achievement.

6.       Bicycle project:

This year we received 17 bicycles from Childline – Uganda through Ashinaga Uganda which coordinated the entire project. These bicycles were a donation originated from Happy Steps Japan.  SAVO have given out these bicycles to local people and groups for community and their own development.

7.       One box of clothes:

We received one box of clothes from Foundation of Hope (FOHO) a local organization working to eradicate poverty in Masaka District area.

8.       Solar panel:

We received a solar panel from Ashinaga Uganda. This project was named “we share solar”.

 We share solar was a project from Princeton University USA. We thank Ashinaga Uganda for choosing us as one of the people/groups that benefited from this project and we thank the great team of young people from different African countries, Europe and America who worked on this project at our facility.

9.       Ceramic filters:

We bought two ceramic filters donated by Ms. Naomi Owaki. These filters help us a lot to clean our drinking water and we hope this will control on the number of sicknesses caused by drinking contaminated water that has been costing us a lot of money to treat diseases.

         Lastly but not the least, we received one visitor and our own of the SAVO Team Ms. Naomi Owaki from Japan towards the end of November. Her staying made more lively days for all our team and children. Thank you for coming and loving us always.

Finally, I thank all the local volunteers, community members who have managed to cooperate with us in 2015, local leaders, Ms. Nagawa Mary the probation officer Masaka District for the great support and love. Thank you very much, we wish to continue this work together in 2016.

 

Thank you all

We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2016 and may God reward you abundantly for your great effort to make difference in lives.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mutyaba Moses

Director SAVO

 

 

 

e-SAVO ANNUAL BRIEF REPORT AND NEW YEAR GREETINGS -2014


It has been a long walk since 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2014. In this period we count 365 days, but if one day can be too long to some of us, then how it to live 365 days was, imagine!!
On this basis, I therefore thank the almighty God for His grace upon us. It is His great mercy that has helped us to live to see 2015 while we are alive and kicking.
I pay a moment of silence to remember all our dear ones who have passed away in 2014, may their souls rest in internal peace. In this line, I recognize the late Matovu Charles Kabulasoke, SAVO chairman local management committee and chairman Nyendo Ssenyange Division for the great developments caused during his livelihood, R.I.P.
Besides the great losses and sorrows, God has brought many great people in our lives in the year 2014 and amongst them I would like to mention the following for their extreme support and love:
1. The Reid Family – USA
2. Ms. Tracy Brylewski and husband Mr. Alain Maymo – (EFS) Spain
3. Ms. Irene Nabanoba – Uganda student in Japan
4. Ms. Naomi Owaki – Japan
5. Ms. Yuka Yamada – Vice Director Ashinaga Uganda
6. Ms. Nantongo Maggie – Uganda student in Japan
7. The Kapancilar Family – Germany
You are our great achievement to have met you in 2014. Thank you for your great support.
Also I wish to thank our dear volunteers from Japan; Mr. Koki Sugino and Ms. Arisa Yokoshima for their great effort and developments caused to SAVO.
In a special way allow me to thank:
1. Mr. Sato Yosuke and wife Ms. Cristina Akemi Yosuke – SAVO Japan representatives
2. Ms. Kristen Johnson and her family - USA
3. Donor – Little Hands of Hope – USA, SAVO is very proud of you all.

ACHIEVED PROJECTS 2014
1. Crop farming project:
Mr. Sato Yosuke and wife supported this project and it has succeeded.
2. Crowd fundraising project Japan:
This project was carried out in Japan managed by Mr. Sato Yosuke. We thank everyone who donated for the achievement of this project and it was successfully achieved.
3. Chicken project:
A chicken project initiated by one of our volunteers Ms. Arisa Yokoshima has been achieved. We started with 100 chicks; they are now one and half month old and all alive.

4. Tap water installation project:
Mr. Koki Sugino one of our volunteers 2014 has initiated this project and now tap water is installed at SAVO house.
5. Identified five neediest children and brought to SAVO – One Family House. They are living happily with their fellows who joined us earlier and we have managed to provide all their basic needs to survive. And here I want to recognize Ms. Elizabeth Essery who sponsored one of the children.
6. SAVO participated in UNICEF Japan bazaar October 2014, and our table was successful, we thank our great team who worked for that success.
Finally, I thank all the local volunteers, community members who have managed to cooperate with us in 2014, local leaders, Ms. Nagawa Mary the probation officer Masaka District for the great support and love. Thank you very much, we wish to continue this work together in 2015.

Thank you
We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2015 and may the good God reward you abundantly for your great effort to make difference in lives.

Yours faithfully,
Mutyaba Moses
Director