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One Child At A Time

Wells of Hope’s main aim is to reach every child with an imprisoned parent(s) and to restore their hope for a brighter future, especially during this time. Currently, the organization is supporting 170 children with parents in prison under the Education Support program in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. On 6th June, the president issued a directive that children should be sent back home the following day as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19. However, most of the children stay at Wells of Hope for various reasons. Some children are continuing their studies through the material which their teachers provided them with before they went back home while others are at Wells of Hope Junior School, the residential school for children with imprisoned parents under the organisation’s care. Some of the children currently at the Junior school do not have homes to go to while others (which is the biggest number) are at risk in their communities. The biggest challenge the children face is hunger because the families they come from are living in a very deplorable state; their caregivers can hardly afford to provide the children a meal every day and once they get it, it is a miracle. The other risks they face include: early pregnancies, child labor, among other issues.

Since the pandemic broke out in Uganda, the prices of commodities like food, hygiene supplies, scholastic materials, among other necessities have increased. The transport fares have doubled because means of public transport are allowed to carry half the number they used to carry before (pre-COVID), as a measure issued by the ministry of health to control the spread of COVID.

Our major needs at the moment include: food, mattresses, medical and hygiene supplies. In total, we need $6,017.13 to provide necessities to the children for 2 months. The proceeds will be used to purchase food, mattresses, beddings, medical and hygiene supplies. By participating in this cause, you will be a conduit of love and hope to a child with a parent in prison especially during this time.

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Wells Of Hope Children Stirring Up Change In Their Communities

Wells of Hope team sharing a photo with the alumini on 15th May at the Women Safe Home

The Wells of Hope alumni met today to share experience and get equipped on how they can transform their communities using the knowledge they acquired from Wells of Hope. These are mostly boys and girls that have completed school or are at university and trade schools.

Joan and Vivian presenting some of the things that need to be changed in their communities

I have traversed many parts in Uganda, and I have seen first-hand that a majority of communities are impoverished and under developed and the people have resigned life. The lifestyles, mindsets and attitudes are worrying! Everywhere I have been I see potential, I see virgin communities that need change. Uganda is endowed with talent and natural resources, diverse fauna and flora but it so sad that people still live in abject poverty and have no hope. The people are welcoming/hospitable, even in their challenges they are full of life and fun! I see a huge gap; I see a need of community changers. Through Wells of Hope, for years now we have been training Children of incarcerated parents as Change Agents, or as I call them LOVE AGENTS, because we have shown them Love, we believe they can also pass on the same Love to their communities, and that’s what will transform their communities. Many of these adult children hail from such impoverished communities and its these children now grown that will be channels of the much needed change.

Through them we are building a platform where they will connect and share resources, knowledge and build synergy to help each other. And Wells of Hope will continue to be there to support them, through them we have created a family, a movement for change that will sweep across this nation and entire Africa. Each of these children is a seed that we are going to plant into the community to yield fruits of change! They are WELLS OF HOPE COMMUNITY CHANGERS. I envision that the change this world needs is going to come through children who the world ignored, and these are children with incarcerated parents! I value your support that enables us to be a vehicle for change! Thank you for being apart of this change, God bless you

Francis Ssuubi, Wells of Hope Founder

This is a journey that has just began and we look forward to have children growing to be change agents in their communities.

Building Expertise In Monitoring And Evaluation

John Ssendagire (centre 2nd row) and Joanna Sanyu (3rd left 2nd row) sharing a photo with Wells of Hope Team after the Monitoring and Evaluation training

“Consistent data comes from a careful data collection process. M & E data captured should speak for itself even when the person who captured it is not around. Any error affects the entire M & E system.” John Ssendagire, a Consultant from REALT Consultants Global Limited.

Quarterly, the organization equips staff with more expertise to help them carry out their tasks. Yesterday, the team were equipped with more knowledge and skills in Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E); and the training was conducted by REALT Consultants Global Limited. Some of the topics facilitated about included: difference between monitoring and evaluation; M & E concepts; relevance of M & E; M & E Data capturing tools; M & E Data safety; responsibilities of staff in M & E; M & E resources; and uses of M & E data.

During the training, John facilitated about the M & E concepts which included: M & E plan, M & E framework, M & E tools, M & E data and M & E system.

John Ssendagire facilitating about M & E concepts

He defined Monitoring as the systematic, regular, observation and recording of activities done by organization staff on a given project or program while Evaluation as a systematic, guided process that an organization undertakes to critically examine its project or program.

He encouraged the team to be very careful while collecting data and said that an activity conducted by someone is equally important as the M & E data that is collected. He added by saying that any activity has current or future benefit to the organization; “sometimes, you may collect data that may seen not important then but could be very important in future,” he said.

Some of the uses of M & E data included:

  1. To inform decisions (for efficient resource allocation)
  2. To realign project focus
  3. To draw lessons for future projects
  4. To inform design of new project
  5. Is a means of reporting to the donor
  6. To be accountable (to the donor, community, country)

He emphasized that M & E data during data collection, the information must be clear; anyone collecting data must comprehend and always make sure that they have the necessary requirements (documents, equipment, among other tools) needed to effectively capture data.

Transitioning To The New Kenyan Education System

The recently introduced Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in schools across Kenya is facing its biggest challenge as students are now facing the possibility of spending two extra years in school.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic that heavily disrupted the 2020 academic year, the 2-6-3-3-3 system under CBC could necessitate an extra year. Prior to the pandemic; the new education system that was rolled out by the Ministry of Education mandated a 17-year-stay in school as opposed to the 8-4-4 system which totaled 16 years.

According to the Ministry, the current KCPE exams for Class 8 were to be replaced by a Grade 9 exam under the CBC, with the last KCPE Exams to be sat in 2023.

“Under the new CBC education system, all students will progress from 6 years of primary school to 3 years of junior school. They will then take national exams at the end of junior school, in Grade 9.

The last KCSE was to be sat in 2027, and this would be replaced by Grade 12 exams in 2028. However, the Ministry could be also forced to adjust this forward to accommodate the lost year. The major difference between the 8-4-4 system and the new CBC system is that school is being restructured from 8-4-4 to 2-6-3-3-3. All students take 2 years of Pre-primary, then 6 years of Primary, and then 3 years of Junior School. If you pass the Grade 9 exams at 15 at the end of Junior School, you can then go on to take 3 years of Senior School. University under CBC will be only 3 years instead of 4.

Helping Inmates And Their Families Cope With The Effects Of Incarceration

On 9th April, Wells of Hope Kenya in partnership with Preaj and Kenya Red Cross Society conducted wellness and Gender Based Violence (GBV) programs to the inmates, members of staff and their families at Busia  Women Prison. Alongside the event, a talent search program was held; where inmates were awarded trophies from the Officer in Charge, MDM Jostinah Mwangombe and Busia Resident Judge MDM Lucy Ambasi who graced the event as the Chief quest.

Children were also taken through talent search programs, how to deal with mental health problem, stress management and spiritual nourishment. It was also an opportunity to our children to see their mothers and share challenges and experiences at this time of Covid-19 pandemic.