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Chairman's report January 2021

 

2020 has been a different year for everyone around the world and Uganda is no exception.  By God’s great grace, however, Fountain of Peace has emerged relatively unscathed with no cases of Covid reported, and in a much stronger position to be able to build on achievements for the future. We are so thankful to all our supporters for your unstinting faithfulness over this period.

At home, FOP-UK has seen many changes on the administrative side, in order to make the charity ready for the next decade whilst being fit for purpose now.  The Trustees have overseen the introduction of a brand new website, revision and rewrite of our Articles of Association, a new accounting system, introduction of a totally cloud-based information system and a thorough review of our Governance management system.  We have also been able to set up a UK-wide prayer network made up of volunteers who have committed themselves to encouraging local groups of supporters to pray regularly for FOP. This is in addition to extending a very warm welcome to 2 new trustees to the Board, Patrice Amboule and Sarah Williams, who bring not only new faces but new areas of expertise for the future. This is particularly important as Mari and Andrew Shepherd, having been in post since 2013, begin to see their future as occupying a more ambassadorial role for FOP around the UK. As the charity continues to expand it is our desire to ensure that all we do is totally in line with our Christian commitment, never losing sight of the fact that this is God’s work, not ours.

Sadly, due to Covid, we have been forced to cancel 2 trips over to Uganda and many party members have been left very disappointed. We look forward to the time we can travel over there safely once more. We continue to seek to strengthen our partnership with Harper Green School in Bolton, Lancs whilst looking forward to seeing their logo over the new Phase 2 school building (The Harper Green Building).  We have also established a number of new associations with both individuals and churches around the UK, and are so thankful to the Lord for leading us in that way as well as being so very grateful to all those who so generously donate to this work; thank you most sincerely!

Over in Uganda, the project at Kyenjojo has had to remain in lockdown over much of the year; the school (apart from P7) has been closed since March 2020, but we are so thankful to have been able to retain our staff for when the school reopens, hopefully fairly soon. In the meantime all of our older children have been home-schooled by both mothers and teachers.  Currently, Bethel Babies’ Home has 14 little ones, and each of the 5 functioning Family units has 8 children, making a total of 54 children under our care. A 6th home is now nearing completion as well.  Forward planning has also ensured food security for all our staff and children.  In addition, in partnership with FOP-NZ, it has been possible to distribute food aid to about 400 of the poorest families in the locality. Various other community efforts have also been undertaken to assist the poorest folk.  The dreadful access road, previously a real danger to all travellers, has been graded and resurfaced by FOP. We give thanks to God for providing the necessary funding for all this, and look to Him to continue “to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians ch4 v19).

Again, huge thanks to all of you, our supporters without whom none of this would be possible.

Andrew Shepherd (Chair of Trustees)

 

 

 
 
 

Below you can find out about the latest developments at the Fountain of Peace Children’s Foundation. We try to update the content whenever we can, but don’t forget you can  sign up to our newsletter  to make sure that the latest information is sent straight to your inbox.

 
 
 
 
Reading from the Bible

Reading from the Bible

Our children love their Bible stories especially when read by our oldest FOP child. 

 
New Silage Machine

New Silage Machine

The increasing challenge of finding adequate pasture for our dairy cattle during the dry season has highlighted the need for creating our own silage. 

 
New way of cooking

New way of cooking!

In our drive to be more environmentally friendly, we are in the process of installing Eco - kitchens in all our Family Homes, funded from the UK.

 
Noisy activity at Fountain of Peace

Noisy activity at Fountain of Peace

Its not only the children happily singing and playing on the roundabout that make all the noise at the FOP village. 

 
Videos from the FOP children in Uganda

Videos from our children in Uganda

Some of the children have put together some videos for us all to enjoy.

 
Radio interview with Peace Ruharuza on 4 February 2021 at 1100

Radio interview with Peace Ruharuza on 4 February 2021 at 11:00

Listen to our Founder and Honorary Patron, Peace Ruharuza, who has been telling her amazing story on UCB radio . Tune in by clicking here.

 
Uganda 2020 trip - interviews

Uganda 2020 trip - interviews

In January/February 2020, we took a team of 13 from the UK to spend time at the FOP project in Uganda.  Here are some thoughts from three people who went on the trip.

 
Access Road re-surfaced

Access Road re-surfaced

Re-surfacing of the only access road to the FOP village and school is now complete.

 
Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings

We send our warmest love and Christmas greetings to all our friends. To see some of our children sending their greetings, please visit our brand new YouTube Channel by clicking here.

 
Primary 7 class opens again

Primary 7 class opens again!

Since March 2020, due to government COVID-19 restrictions, our Nursery and Primary schools have remained closed. 

 
Our new baby at Bethel Babies Home

Our new baby at Bethel Babies Home

It was with a mixture of joy and sadness that earlier this month we welcomed this critically vulnerable newborn baby, our 54th child, into our Bethel Babies Home.  

 
Our only access road needs urgent repair

Our only access road needs urgent repair!

We are urgently requesting funds to re-surface the only access road to the FOP village and school.  Currently, it is a significant danger to all who attempt to negotiate the road on any sort of vehicle from boda-boda (motorbike) to lorry.

 
Our latest Family Home nears completion

Our latest Family Home nears completion

Some of our older Babies' Home children are now ready to move on to a Family Home.  We are working hard to complete this, our 6th house, in spite of COVID and funding challenges. 

 
COVID-19 update September 2020

COVID-19 update September 2020

Following our news item in March 2020, here is an update on how Covid-19 continues to impact FOP.  Despite challenges, we have been able to assist the local community in providing food aid to a number of schoolchildren's families.

 
Fountain of Peace UK trip to Uganda 2020

Fountain of Peace UK trip to Uganda 2020

In January/February 2020, we were delighted to take a team of 13 from the UK to spend time at the Fountain of Peace project at Miranga village, Kyenjojo, Western Uganda.

 
Fountain of Peace COVID-19 Impact

Fountain of Peace COVID-19 Impact

In Uganda, our teams are also making adjustments. We just wanted to fill you in on all we are doing to support our children, our staff, and the wider community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
Sustainability News

Sustainability News

As part of our drive towards becoming self-sustainable, we have been able to add 2 silos each capable of holding 6 tons of grain.

 
Our Champion Fundraisers

Our Champion Fundraisers

We are so grateful to some of our fundraising champions who in the last 6 months raised funds for FOP.

 
Katherine Hodsons return to Uganda 2019

Katherine Hodson's return to Uganda 2019

Another year, and my first return trip to any location I’ve been so far. Different from last year in many ways but with so many continued blessings!

 
New School Furniture

New School Furniture!

Thanks to the generosity of one of our donors, the Fountain of Peace school (Rwenjaza Hillside Nursery/Primary School) has been able to purchase new school furniture.

 
Kilimanjaro Challenge

Kilimanjaro Challenge!

One of our supporters in the south of England, Pippa Sands, is training very hard to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2019 on behalf of Fountain of Peace.

 
Happy Christmas to all our Supporters

Happy Christmas to all our Supporters!

May we take this opportunity to wish you all God’s richest blessing over this Christmas period. 

 
Snowdon Climb September 2018

Snowdon Climb September 2018

We are so thankful to everyone for supporting the Snowdon climb in September. 

 
Local Gov and UNICEF inspection of Fountain of Peace

Local Gov and UNICEF inspection of Fountain of Peace

Just back from Uganda and witnessed great joy in result of joint Local Gov and UNICEF inspection of Fountain of Peace Bethel Babies Home 2 weeks ago. 

 
Chairmans comments June 2018

Chairman's comments June 2018

As we have just recently reached the end of this financial year, it’s good to review just what, through God’s grace, Fountain of Peace Uganda and its partners have been enabled to deliver. 

 
Fountain of Peace UK trip to Uganda 2018

Fountain of Peace UK trip to Uganda 2018

In February 2018, a team of 15 from the UK spent eight days at the Fountain of Peace project at Miranga village, Kyenjojo, Western Uganda.

 
Trip to Uganda 2018 by Katherine Hodson

Trip to Uganda 2018 by Katherine Hodson

Having returned from Uganda just under a week ago, I can honestly say that I’ve been completely blown away by this latest trip.

 
Chairmans comments September 2017

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.

 
FOUNTAIN OF PEACE UK GROUP TRIP JAN - FEB 2017

FOUNTAIN OF PEACE UK GROUP TRIP JAN - FEB 2017

We were all delighted to acquaint ourselves with the 36 children at the Bethel Babies Home and Conlon House (our 1st Family Home). 

 
BRICK-MAKING MACHINE

BRICK-MAKING MACHINE

FOP have recently taken possession of a machine that, God willing, will save a shedload of money for us.

 
NEW BABY JUST ARRIVED

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. 

 
Visit to FOP project by Lostock Christian Fellowship November 2015

Visit to FOP project by Lostock Christian Fellowship November 2015

A team of 8, comprising 3 men & 5 ladies, visited the Project. 

 
Visit to FOP project by Andrew amp Keith

Visit to FOP project by Andrew & Keith

During March 2015 Andrew was privileged to visit the project along with Keith Shortley, who specialises in developing strategic planning for projects such as FOP. 

 
Bethel Babies Home

Bethel Babies Home

It’s now 9 months since our 1st baby arrived at FOP Bethel Babies Home and we currently have 15 babies, cared for by our dedicated staff.

 
FOP Rwenjaza Primary School

FOP Rwenjaza Primary School

Currently 314 children are registered at the school, who would otherwise have had no schooling.

 
Visit to UK by Peace Ruharuza February 2015

Visit to UK by Peace Ruharuza (February 2015)

It was a real joy to have Peace with us for 2 weeks in February.

 
Forthcoming working parties

Forthcoming working parties

There are always ongoing maintenance matters to be addressed at the project.

 
Latest news 20 July 2014

Latest news 20 July 2014

Within the last 24 hours we have been really excited to learn of the arrival of 2 more babies, now making a total of 4.

 
First Babe Arrives at Bethel Babies Home Kyenjojo

First Babe Arrives at Bethel Babies Home, Kyenjojo

We were all so thrilled to hear the wonderful news from Peace and Patrick yesterday about the admission of the first baby to Bethel Babies Home.

 
FOP 2014 Update Activity Report

Fountain Of Peace Uganda – 2014 Update Activity Report

A refrigerator and a gas cooker were purchased, chest drawers, baby cots and a sofa set ordered and nearing completion. They will all be transported at once to the home in Kyenjojo next week.