On previous missions we have encountered other ministries to orphans and HIV/AIDS families that are worth supporting.
In Namanyago (Kamuli district) the church has set up an Aids Intervention project and Orphan school. They offer education to help people provide the best home care, arrange testing and medication where needed, seek to remove fear and stigma and provide education for orphans who would not otherwise afford the fees or be accepted into normal schools.
The school has to meet in the church as they cannot afford the rent for the small house they were using when we first met them. They want to buy some land to build a school but at present this is out of their reach and land prices keep rising.
Update June 2013. Pastor Robert Kayima writes'Through your prayers God is sustaining the ALPHA IINFANT ORPHANAGE SCHOOL. We are doing well and good. For this term we have 104 orphans and vulnerable children(OVC) who are being supported with education and food and a feew scholastic materials. God has also opened up ways of reaching prisoners with the Gospel from the time of the SoM visit. God has enabled us to carry out HIV counselling , testing of blood (HCT) and as of now we have identified 11 prisoners who have HIV virus. We are working together with the officers in charge to access care and treatment for them until they go back home. Then we will need to follow them up in order for them to live a positive life.
We still face the challenge of the lack of land for the orphanage school and a good building for them. Please pray tat we may move ahead with this.'
In Kaliro there is a whole church made up of HIV/AIDS families. They are widely scattered throughout the Kaliro district, and the pastor himself is so poor that he has to borrow a bicycle to visit his church members! When we visited we provided rice and sugar for each family and exercise books for those children who were able to attend school. SoM try to send some funds to each of these projects from time to time. We have provided the Pastor with a bicycle. in 2012 the school for the orphans was closed by the authorities due to inadequate buildings. We provided funds for timber to enclose the classrooms properly and it is now continuing to function.