Isaac's House Newsletter - March 2018

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Isaac’s House

Newsletter

March 2018

About Isaac’s House

As a small charity, we are extremely appreciative of our

sponsors, donors and supporters. The success of Isaac’s

House and the positive difference that has been made

to the lives of the children we support in Uganda is

wholly thanks to the passion, commitment and

generosity of our supporters.

Isaac’s House continues to be a personal charity with a

vision to help vulnerable children in Uganda. We care

for 19 children living at Isaac’s House children’s home in

a safe, stable, family environment. Thanks to their

sponsors the children have access to education and

health care, and more importantly they have a place to

call home. As a charity, we also support children in the

community with their education, to give struggling

families the opportunity to send their children to school

and the chance for a bright future.

With your support Isaac’s House are continuing to help

in the community too; with various projects, business

start-ups and family support.

Latest News

Education updates…

We are delighted to inform you all that last month we received the results for Sam, Lawrence, Rachel, Julius and

Bosco for the equivalent of their GCSE examinations. All of the children passed! The examinations were not easy,

with only 9% of children in Uganda achieving a 1 st grade this time around, and sadly even 9% failed examinations

altogether. We were thrilled all of our children passed their examinations as we know how hard they have been

working over the past 4 years towards this how much these qualifications will help them with their future careers

and chosen paths.

We would like to thank our supporters as Rachel, Julius and Bosco would not have had the opportunity to

continue with their education and achieve their certificates without your donations. Sadly only 1 in 4 children in

Uganda reach Secondary level due to the expensive school fees or not reaching the required grades at the end of

Primary.

We are extremely proud of Sam as he was amongst the 9% in the country to score a 1 st Grade and as a result is

continuing onto his A-Levels and has chosen to study Sciences.

Lawrence has chosen to study Building Construction,

and is going to be attending Nakawa Vocational

Training Institute in Kampla, this Insititue is set up in

a similar manner to a university so he will get to

experience a student’s life.

We wish both boys the best of success in this next

chapter and will keep you updated on their progress!


Our lovely Gloria who is studying Cambridge also received her IGCSE results and scored

3 A’s, 1 B and 4 C’s. She was delighted with this result and in Uganda’s education system

this is considered the highest grade. We are so proud of Gloria as she puts so much hard

work and efforts into her academic studies. Gloria has always wanted to be a lawyer and

still has this interest in the future, however over

the school holidays, following work experience at

an Medical Centre and helping with Medical

Community Outreaches, she now wants to pursue

a career in Nursing.

Great news too for our Simon who excelled in his end of Primary

examinations and scored such a brilliant grade he has now joined one of the

top Secondary schools in Uganda! Well done Simon.

Thank you from Florence…

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to support Florence. Florence sadly lost her husband when thieves

broke into their family home and she too was badly injured, losing her arm. Florence wanted to be able to work

and support her 4 children herself. With your donations and support we were able to help Florence finish

constructing her new home, and set up a small business. Our lovely Pappa Charles took time out recently to go

and visit Florence in her new home, in her village, around 3 hours away from Kampala. He was very happy for

Florence and also extends his thanks to the charity for being able to help.

2017 Review…

Our lovely Jjajja…

Our lovely Jjajja is retiring and moving back to her village. Jjajja is a wonderful

lady, who we first met when we began helping educate her Granddaugher

Livius. Jjajja became our Crafts teacher and grew a close bond with all our

children. Sadly as she is getting older her eyesight and knees cause her pain

and discomfort. Jjajja owns land in her village and has more support from her

family there. She wants to be able to live a peaceful life and will be able to eat

what she grows. Thank you to everyone who donated to help Jjajja with her

retirement and all the lovely messages she received via Facebook. As a charity

we are committeed to continuing to support Livius with her education and she

will be visiting her lovely Grandmother during the school holidays.

2017 was a brilliant year for Isaac’s House, and marks 10 years since Paul Howells first visited Uganda and where

Isaac’s House all began.


2017 Review…

In 2017 we had two volunteer trips to Uganda led by Paul himself, and a Weightmans staff trip in May thanks to

organiser and trustee Hayley Gilroy. As a charity we really promote these trips as they allow our supporters to see

for themselves the good work of the charity and what a beautiful country Uganda is, along with meeting all the

wonderful children and families we support.

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraising events in 2017; the Curry Night in Formby and Haloween

Party in Liverpool. An incredible amount of money was raised and will help us continue our good work in the

community and running Isaac’s House children’s home. All the children continue to be happy, healthy and making

us so proud!

Thank you from the children at Isaac’s House!

As a small charity, we really appreciate those who organise fundraising or sponsorship events themselves. We

understand the effort and time that goes into fundraising and we are so thankful to you all for choosing Isaac’s

House.

A huge well done and thank you too for Victoria Bell who swam Lake Windermere to help raise funds for our

beautiful children and Victoria’s family and friends who sponsored. Victoria herself has never been to Uganda but

still chose to support us and we hope knowing that 100% of the money she raised goes directly to helping the

children we support helped make the swim all the more worthwhile.

In 2017 we also began selling Christmas cards made by the children, this was a huge success and we hope to

repeat again this year. Christmas in Uganda is very different to Christmas in the UK. With no snow, Santa, or

presents, the day is focused on spending time with family, eating lots of food and attending Church. Our children at

Helping in the Community

As we have previously mentioned, education in Uganda is fee-paying. This causes many parents to be unable to

send their children to school, or for children to have periods where they are out of education. The staff at Isaac’s

House came up with a wonderful idea on another way to give back to the community and opened up James Dunn

House of Hope in the afternoons to children who sadly are not currently in school. Thanks to our donators we have

a good selection of books and education material, and with most of our children grown up the staff had some free

time to sit with the children, reading and teaching. We understand this does not replace a good quality education,

but we hope to at least be able to give the children some routine and keep their brains and minds active.

When we first started last year we had a family of 5 siblings; their father worked on a stone quarry and had

become badily injured and unable to work for 6 months, and therefore unable to pay school fees. However, we are

deighted the children are now back in school, and did not need to re-sit the school year thanks to our help and

support during this time. This is just one example of a family who have really benefited from this set up and we

continue to help those in the community.

This video show the children at the end of last year performing songs and dances to show their appreciation.


How £5 a month can make a difference….

Did you make a resolution to give back this year? Isaac’s House can help you!

Set up a monthly donation of £5 today to Isaac’s House via www.justgiving.com/isaacshouse.

This is just £1.25 a week, which can be spent on a coffee in the UK but in Uganda can make such a difference…

• £5 provides clean water into the children’s home for 7 days

• £5 can feed a child with 3 healthy meals for 10 days

• £5 purchases medicine to treat malaria

Photo Moment

Concy, Gloria and Ruth laughing away

whilst Gift stays posing. We love this

photograph of the girls at the beach,

on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is so

lovely to see how the 7 girls who live

at Isaac’s House have become so close

over the past 8 years and really see

each other as sisters. They care and

support each other, and bicker

sometimes too! Their bonds will stay

with them, long after they leave Isaac’s

House and this is something we are

really proud of and can also smile

about.

Please help!

When Isaac’s House began, we received so many donations and supporters but did not manage to collect all

addresses. Anyone who supports Isaac’s House with monthly donations, regardless of the amount recieves our

yearly calendar so please get in touch. We really want to be able to keep in touch with our supporters so if we

don’t have your address or e-mail address, please get in touch to isaacs.house@hotmail.co.uk. This will also help us

with reclaiming back Gift Aid (25% of all donations!).

Website: www.isaacshouse.org

E-mail: isaacs.house@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/isaacshousecharity

UK Registered Charity: 1124542

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