Chairman’s comments September 2017

Having just returned from another very successful week in Kyenjojo, this time for an audit and forward planning visit, we have so much to be thankful to God for. Mari and I were accompanied by Keith Shortley to whom we at FOP are so hugely indebted! He has blessed us so much with his invaluable Accountancy advice in addition to his real expertise in Business and Strategic planning, as we look ahead to the next 5-10 years. The days of being a “project” are well and truly over, and we now are an ever-growing organisation providing hope and transformation in the lives of these terribly disadvantaged little children. As the FOP village grows, so does the Farming enterprise on which we have embarked in order to provide food and sustenance for the children and staff, as well as a sustainable future for the whole organisation.
We have come such a long way in such a short period of time. We already have 2 Family units with 7 young children in each under the care of Florence and Sarah, our housemothers. The 3rd Family unit opens very soon under the care of another Sarah as housemother, and it is planned to start digging foundations for the next phase in the near future. We do thank God for the commitment and love of these ladies.
The new Nursery and Infants School building is just having its final touches before taking the first children in the New Year. There are now 420+ children registered at the school, most of whom would have had little or no education at all without this school, and the next phase, the construction of the Primary School next door, is not far off. In the meanwhile, 2 of the original classrooms will be re-erected next door to the new school. Richard, the headmaster, and his staff do a wonderful job and we do appreciate all they do! Due to the generosity of Chartridge Combined School in Chesham, the party travelling over from the UK in January 2018 will be taking a full reading programme for the pupils – all 120+ Kg of it, much to the headmaster’s delight! The children have all their education in English which is a real blessing for them as they grow up.
We are just in the process of preparing a few up to date pictures for the “News” tab, along with some more information, so please do have a look.
Thank you all, once more, for your fantastic support which we so need and value, and for your continued prayers which are so essential for the work to continue to be blessed by God.

Andrew Shepherd

NEW BABY JUST ARRIVED!

How amazing to know that our great God entrusts to us the responsibility of caring for the little babes that He loves so dearly.  Yesterday we welcomed our 37th, just 10 days old, born into such familiar tragic circumstances – may we NEVER forget the desperate needs of others so much less fortunate than ourselves yet still equally loved by God.  We do praise Him that, not only does He give us this immense privilege, but that He always provides the wherewithal to love and care for them.

BRICK-MAKING MACHINE

FOP have recently taken possession of a machine that, God willing, will save a shedload of money for us. We now have the ability to make our own bricks, saving the labour costs of lorry-loads driving miles and then negotiating the scary track up to the project, especially after the rains!  We praise God for this new facility especially with the new builds just gaining momentum.

 

FOUNTAIN OF PEACE GROUP TRIP 28 JAN – 8 FEB 2017

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

We were all delighted to acquaint ourselves with the 36 children at the Bethel Babies Home and Conlon House (our 1st Family Home) . We had a great week doing all sorts of activities, both indoor and outdoor, testing our differing skills to the utmost!!   We brought with us a load of extra suitcases containing clothes, craft activities for the older children, feeding bottles and sterilisers, decorating tools, as well as cereal bars and packet soups for our lunches!  The weather held really well, allowing us to harvest maize and also attend to the passion fruit project, both of which are already producing food for the children.  Some visited the newly acquired 20 acre land site which will make a major contribution to our long-term sustainability goals.  We have the option of purchasing a further 20 acres of land as part of the whole plot.

As the current school is being rapidly destroyed by termites we have, through the generosity of our donors, been able to signal the completion of the new, brick-built, nursery section in a nearby field, which will also temporarily provide accommodation for the primary school section.

 

Below are a number of photos of what we undertook during our time there:

OPENING SUITCASES OF CHILDREN’S CLOTHES

 

 

ACTIVITIES WITH THE CHILDREN

PAINTING MURALS IN THE HOMES

DECORATING THE NEXT FAMILY HOME

FARMING PASSION FRUIT AND HARVESTING CORN

VISITING THE NEW AGRICULTURAL LAND FOR SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

VISITING AND PRAYING WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

VISITING THE FOP PRIMARY SCHOOL, PLAYING WITH KIDS, SERVING PORRIDGE

TEACHING THE CHILDREN IN THE CLASSROOMS

It was a real pleasure to be able to share in the Sunday Church worship in both the English and the local language services. The team also were able to lead the Sunday School attended by 82 children!  The children were able to enact the story of Noah and dressed up in animal masks specially made for the occasion, which they loved!               

 

IT IS INTENDED THAT THIS VISIT WILL BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT SO ENCOURAGING YOU, OUR SUPPORTERS, TO SHARE FIRST HAND IN WHAT FOUNTAIN OF PEACE DOES ON THE GROUND, AS WELL AS PROVIDING A TRULY LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE.

                   

Visit to FOP projects by Lostock Christian Fellowship November 2015…….

A team of 8, comprising 3 men & 5 ladies, visited the Project. Tasks completed included:

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Painting murals on main wall of the lounge area, and also the kitchen area, in Bungalow 1 of BBH.

 

 

 

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Priming the walls of 1 room in newly-built UK Family Bungalow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Concreting a small ramp to BBH Bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

photo 6Re-locating the posts for the Bethel Babies Home washing line, blown down in a storm. Some became builders and external decorators for a day whilst Dave worked like a Trojan on the new office computer.

 

 

 

 

At the Rwenjaza Primary School the team enjoyed:

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Feeding porridge to the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 8Making crafts with the younger ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 9photo 10Of course, we all delighted in acquainting ourselves with the 21 gorgeous infants at Bethel, although they were sometimes wary of our Mzungu faces!

 

 

 

photo 12photo 11We were able to tour the local village, sometimes praying with the sick and infirm.

 

 

 

 


Plans for 2016

1) Completion of UK funded Family Bungalow with occupation by Easter.
2) Ongoing building of Uganda and New Zealand Family Bungalows.
3) Completion of Dairy Project & Grazing Unit to provide milk for the children and staff.
4) Completion of new Office block and storeroom adjacent to Babies Home, releasing space to bring more babies into Bethel Babies Home.
5) Ongoing work on new Primary School building to replace the temporary structures, currently under attack from termites!
6) Relocating crop-growing sustainability project displaced by the Family Bungalows.
7) Funding a minibus to provide transport for babies, staff and visitors alike when a boda-boda (motorbike) is not appropriate. Meanwhile, due to the generosity of a member of the visiting NZ party in late November, there is now an official FOP boda-boda!

STOP PRESS!

As of the end of January 2016,

we have collected nearly

£7,000 towards the minibus.

Target £12,000

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