SSUUBI LY’ABATO VOLUNTARY
ANNUAL REPORT 2016
P.O Box 250 Masaka – UGANDA
Tel: +256 752 599000
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.
SAVO envisage resilient children who live to their full potential, whose rights and aspirations are fulfilled.
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.
SAVO’s goal is to mitigate the adverse health, economic and psychosocial effects of high-risk environment of children and their families.
Children our focus, love, integrity, respect for diversity, excellence, continuous learning, accountability, gender, empowerment and child participation.
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
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
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.
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
POPOSED AMOUNT (UGX)
Toilet and washroom renovations
One desktop and one laptop computer
Building a school for SAVO
Registering SAVO as an NPO in USA
N.B: U.S $1.00 = 3,500 UGX
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.
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.
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.
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.