KANABULEMU ORPHANAGE HOME is a charitable organisation located near the Victoria lake in Uganda.
I've connected with a founder Segirinya Godfrey through our mutual Facebook friend, Anette with who I did interview earlier this year.
KOH is committed to help orphans to get on their own feet: The vulnerable, disadvantaged, less privileged children on the street.
The orphanage is financed from the donations and have plans to expand and build a school on a land which the founder bought himself. If you are interested in finding out more about the organisation and help them to realise their dreams, do not hesitate to get in touch with Kanabulemu orphanage through their websites or Facebook.
1) Could you introduce Kanabulemu orphanage and share what lead you to decision to open it?
Kanabulemu orphanage is located in the Magoba village, in Uganda's Rakai District and is registered as a community based organisation. We started this organization due to the following reasons - the area is occupied by orphans who are highly vulnerable as their parents were killed by rapid increase of sexual transmitted disease (STD's / AIDS).
We also spread God's word to the entire community to ensure that their lives change. We planned this in order to secure the tomorrows generations.
We want to sensitize the tomorrow 's generation on how to live in precious life and to achieve their desired goals since most of them are helpless.
We aim to network with other organizations and government related projects (programs such as Uganda Primary Education, Uganda Secondary Education, to support our future generations).
2) How have you started? Have you had a house available or have you had to build everything? How do you gather funds?
I had the land already which I donated to these orphans and we had to build a temporary house for these children!!! The first help I received from our board members of the organization which are also our fellow villagers: EDSON MUHUMUZA who is the vice chairman, NABUKEERA JANE, CHARLES NJUBA is our coordinator, SENONO STEPHEN is our treasurer, SEMUSU ERIAS is our field manager. We all contributed to see that we can build something for children on the ground.
3) How can children learn about your organisation? Do you have any priorities when you receive a child to your care?
Some kids are referred to us, some I picked myself from the street when we started the organisation and others came themselves looking for our help.
Yes we have priorities when we receive a child to our care we also think of training them vocational and technical skills to help them to become a job creator not a job seeker.
4) When you receive a new child, how do you help him / her to become part of the collective and 'get on his feet'?
When we receive a new child we first teach him or her whom to reach for any need, we take a lot of time making him or her to know each and every thing at the home, such as rules and boundaries, much care is given to the new child in order to get on his or her own feet.
5) Apart from providing children with traditional schooling, you also lead them to faith, responsibility but also agriculture and music. How does the typical day in orphanage looks like?Monday to Friday they go to school and in the evening when they are back we do engage in promoting their talents through music dance and drama.
Saturday morning is dedicated to the agriculture and in the evening children do other things like play with each other, revise books and the like.
Sunday morning they attend church service and after that they rest and do small activities - we teach them the word of God and the Bible at large .
6) How will you help children with the transition from the orphanage to the independent, adult life?
We shall look for jobs for them with our connected friends in our side of the village. We also plan to give them start capital for them to start their own business, this could be in sort of a loan so they can develop themselves.
We also would like to employ some to help us run our new programs and projects in order to sustain their lives.
7) The one off donations help in short term but what is your plan to ensure financial independence and sustainability of the organisation?
We plan the following activities which will help us to become independent:
Building a school to fetch us income.
Engaging in music dance and drama.
Engaging in Agriculture - both plantations and rearing animals for sale.
Organising Auctions from our members in the community and our side.
Putting subscription fee to our members annually - when people want to be part of a decision making team, they need to register with us.
Starting up an association for our older boys and girls who find work to contribute money to move the organization forward.
8) You've mentioned plan to build a school - why and how would you like to run it? Primarily as a school or do you plan to engage your community, too?
We want to start a school because the community is in need of a school - government schools are very far away and for our children to move long distance to reach these schools could be too risky.
School will also help us to increase the number of children we can take care of, because school will reduce school fee expenses and the like.
The school will be a source of income to the organization because we will also admit students who have parents who can afford to pay school fees.
It can also be a source of employment to our children when they reach adult age.
9) How can outsiders best help you to achieve your goals?
Through volunteering, getting involved, supporting and donating to our organization.
10) Is there anything you would like to add?
By supporting us now, you can help us to reduce a dependency on the international help. Let's build our future together!