This project is giving a home to HIV-positive orphans and vulnerable children. We provide a secure, stable and loving environment where these children can develop to their full potential and lead happy and productive lives as responsible members of their community.
The idea of the Manna Rescue Home was put into Carol’s heart in 2004 when she saw again and again children suffering from HIV/AIDS with no one to care for them. She started to raise funds and thanks to large donations from Ireland we were able to complete constructions in 2008, when the first 30 children moved in. The home is located in Fort Portal, Western Uganda - a region with one of the highest rates in the country of people living with HIV/AIDS. Down to the present day the project runs successfully. We recently built a new dorm for the boys as well as a new latrine.
What are our activities?
We accommodate up to 30 of the neediest children. We have separate girls and boys dorms, an administration block with offices, stores and a sick bay. In addition a classroom block, a dining block, a kitchen and store, ablution blocks as well as playing fields and a playground. To ensure the security of the children the complex is fenced, gated and guarded.
The Rescue Home has a staff of 9 people and 1 volunteer, who work to care for the children by giving them proper nutrition and medication, counseling and a loving home. We have two remedial teachers who are teaching some of the children who can not attend a public school either because of stigma or because they fell behind. We guarantee that the HIV-positive residents get the same level of education as our none Rescue Home residents scholarship students. We employ our own cooks to provide a balanced nutrition, as well as cleaners and maintenance staff to give them a comfortable environment. To support their creativity we employ a part time music teacher. Nowadays our band is booked for many gigs to various occasions.
To make sure the children get adequate medical assistance we have a visiting doctor. The program covers any necessary medical treatment and guarantees the vitally important ARV therapy.
How do we identify and select?
In general we accommodate children between the ages of 5-18 who are HIV-positive and vulnerable. Yet our ethos is Christian we do not discriminate against any religion. Children of any faith and none attend are home and are warmly welcomed. We cooperate with local institutions like Health Centre or local community leaders. In many cases HIV-positive children who are left with no parents or caregiver are directly transferred to us. Our social workers then investigate the situation at their homes. In case the child fits our criteria we comply with legislative process to take up responsibility for the kid. The home is audited both externally by the Ministry and internally by an independent auditor appointed by us. Our ultimate ambition is to provide the best practice childcare to all of the children at the Home.
What does our work look like?
Click through the gallery to get an impression of the Home and our work.
Why to support the Manna Rescue Home?
Your donation helps the children of our Home to live a happy, fulfilling and productive life. We are taking care of the most vulnerable people in the Ugandan society with no one left to care for them. The funds are raised to ensure the ratio of full time employed care givers to children as well as to provide health care, food, education, cloth and day-to-day expenses. Our Blog delivers insight into our work and the impact of your donation on a regular basis and you can contact us anytime.