This has been a busy year in TIJOC (Special Needs) with 18 full-time students in the class, and eight residents living at Hassan’s House. The most recent arrival was a sixteen-year-old girl who weighed just 10kgs. Sadly, it seems her family attempted to starve her to death. Unfortunately, she passed away not long after coming under our care. Her story is an example of the need to support and encourage the families of those who have special needs!
Reuniting Mukisa with his biological family after he was dumped at our gate in January was a highlight of 2016 for us. His mother had abandoned him out of desperation; but having been reconciled with her husband, they were happy to take him back once we found them. Mukisa was a joy to have with us, but we knew that it was essential for him to return to the family where God originally placed him. He took with him his new wheelchair and hopefully many happy memories.
In July, a group from our class enjoyed joining with other children from across Uganda to parade through the streets of Kampala as part of a Special Needs Children Awareness day.
Our introduction of income-generating projects for families affected by disability has been a great success, with 14 families receiving animals this year.
We are thankful that we have made good progress towards building and opening our second classroom, as well as acquiring our new vehicle from Japan and a motorbike for our social worker to use.
As we look to 2017, we pray God will continue to work in the hearts of the parents and community members so they see these children as the treasures they are. We hope the new classroom will be finished by the second term and open to receive more children who can be taught about and receive the unconditional love of Jesus through our staff team. We still need 20 sponsors for our children at $70/month, as well as $5,000 for program operating costs.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and generous giving which has enabled us to continue ministering to these special children and their families!