New Generation Orphan Care
A Child Care Ministry in UGANDA
Together we can make a difference and raise a new generation __________________________________________________
What to us is a small amount of money can be life changing for a young person struggling to survive in desperate poverty. Our observation from our own visits is that four elements are needed to make help effective.
They must have a loving home where at least the bare essentials for survival are provided.
They need literacy because without it they will only be able to do manual work for which the pay is often less than $1 per day.
They should have at least basic medical care which is mainly about prevention of sickness.
All this only really works if it builds on a foundation of Christian teaching which changes the way a society values the individual.
John Wandera’s programme which is centred in a town called Mbale in Uganda has all four dimensions to it. They serve to reach a large rural area of villages which have been devastated by HIV/AIDS and civil war. $35 per month is just enough to provide the following for each child
A very simple education
A regular check from a nurse
A school uniform and shoes
At least one good meal a day
Basic needs like a mosquito net, mattress and wash bowl.
This is all made possible by careful management where all the money you give goes to Uganda without deductions in New Zealand. A small team of very dedicated people manage the programme in that country at minimal cost. John and those in the team he leads are faithful people whose love for God and those they care for is abundantly obvious.
When you are interested in sponsoring a child we will send you information and a photo of the child. For our part, we will keep you in touch with your child’s progress at least once a year. The children love to hear from their sponsors and if you send a photo that is even better; you will have an honoured place on the wall of their little home. We will receipt your gifts. The bank account is in the name of Partners International (NZ); the ASB Bank account number is 12-3013-0078126-00.
India & Pakistan
We shared with many of you in our regular newsletter at the end of November 2010 how we visited India and Pakistan for three weeks. We had been to India before so it was not such a surprise but Pakistan was not what we had expected. We were there for a number of reasons including teaching pastors in each country but one memory of both places is still very vivid, moving and won’t go away. We visited free schools which had been set up in the last several years for children of desperately poor families. Education is not available in either country except to those who can afford to pay for it. It is the key to beginning to change the crushing poverty of countless millions of people. We came back with a deep conviction that we in New Zealand who are so privileged by comparison could make a big difference.
First let us describe what we saw. In the extreme south-east of India in the state of Andhra Pradesh is a vast rice growing area near the coast. Most families have one or two acres of rice paddy to live off. After all the costs they will probably not receive more than $1 a day to support their families. One of our past students, Jampani, who trained as a teacher, began St Paul’s free school for the children of these families. Now 90 primary age children gather each day in a thatched roof open sided building of about 80 square metres with one book each and 4 teachers. They arrive at school in ragged clothes, hungry for food and to learn. Their building is surrounded by rice fields infested with snakes and scorpions.
It would cost about $35 per month to sponsor each child and so support the teachers modestly, provide books and pens, feed the kids one good meal a day, give them a simple uniform and sandals of which they would be immensely proud. A local nurse would visit regularly to check their health needs. Anything spare would be used to improve and extend their building. There are hundreds more kids in the district who would love to be in school. One week after we left a cyclone destroyed the rice harvest from 300,000 acres in the area.
Lahore in the Punjab province of Pakistan is an old city with a proud tradition and some beautiful homes. But fifty kilometres outside the city is a brickworks which produces huge numbers of bricks every day, all hand made and baked in the ground. Those who work there are indentured labourers, people who have been tricked into debt which enslaves them and their families for life. They too live on less than $1 per day. Their children who cannot afford to go to school help with making bricks from a very early age. Habib Sadiq is a local pastor who has been studying with us by correspondence for 10 years. A few months ago a father of some of the children asked his brother who had been educated if he would teach the children while the father worked the bricks for both of them. A little school, the Sara Pari free school opened and now has 60 children. They meet in a brick courtyard with a dirt floor and no roof, again with one book each.
The dream is the same. For $35 per month per child we could employ the teachers, equip, clothe and feed the kids, and provide some basic medical care. A small amount could begin the process of improving the building at least to protect them from the weather.
Many people in developed countries understandably have misgivings about the proportion of sponsorship money which somehow disappears in expenses before anything reaches needy children. Our approach, which we have successfully operated in Uganda, Africa for the past 10 years, is to use nothing for costs in NZ. All the money goes to the kids’ needs. In each country we have already proved the local organizers and supporting teams to be absolutely honest and honourable. Their care of the children is not just physical, social and educational but they are helping them towards a real Christian faith so that they, in time, can lead in the care of the next generation. Between us we will visit each school at our own expense from time to time to check progress and needs.
If you decide you can help these beautiful kids, let us know by phone, letter or e-mail. We will send you a brief biography and photo of your child. If you want to give us a photo and an introduction as to who you are, we will pass them onto the families. We promise you that your photo will have a very special place on the wall of a hut in India or Pakistan. We will report your child’s progress twice a year.
The simplest way to sponsor a child is by a monthly automatic payment to our trust account, details of which we will provide to you. Annually we will send you a receipt which is tax deductible. Thank you for reading this letter and giving it your consideration.