WELCOME TO M-LISADA
Dear Friends, Sponsors, Supporters, Staff, Children, and Their Families,
Years ago, when I was an orphan on the streets of Kampala, I dreamt of a refuge where vulnerable children like me would be safe from hunger, abuse, abandonment, and illness. This dream was all I had, and it sustained me.
Today M-Lisada has fulfilled my dream. Located in Nsambya, Kampala, Uganda, M-Lisada supports up to 200 resident and non-resident children and youth, from 3 to 19 years. We are dedicated to providing these children with a home, love, security, medical care, and education. M-Lisada strives to change the expected destiny of these children, and because we are largely successful, M-Lisada is one of the most highly regarded Non-Governmental Organizations in Kampala.
Much of our success derives from our newest, most innovative programs—which directly empower our children. We are planning to build a school and residence on our land in Bombo, where we will focus on music and agriculture. Our children are repairing instruments and teaching music at diverse places such as a juvenile rehabilitation center, a community school, a home for the disabled, and a fishing village. We have begun a new peer-to-peer urban program where our children are mentoring young street and slum dwellers. One of our girls is graduating from college this spring. And one of our youngest children was successfully adopted last summer. We are currently immersed in the adoption process with another child.
This has been an extraordinary year, but none of our achievements would have been possible without the commitment of our dedicated supporters and donors. Our hope is that you will continue to join us in heart or perhaps even visit us in Kampala. We welcome you.
Our mission is to reduce the number of children living on the streets in Uganda, by providing them with a home, an education, and protection.
M-Lisada strives to restore dignity and self-confidence through the teaching of life skills, music, and the arts, thereby improving the lives of vulnerable children, and their chances for the future.
Kendra and Adikini
On Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014, at 10:30 am, Yodita Adikini officially became Zimri Rae Adikini Lubiens for now and forevermore. Her mother, Kendra Lubiens, says, “THANK YOU does not even begin to express enough my appreciation for all your support in so many ways and your continued investment in both of our lives. We are both so VERY Thankful!!!.“
She quotes Jody Landers:
"A child born to another woman calls me "Mom." The depth of that tragedy and the magnitude of that PRIVILEGE are not lost on me."
Launched in October 2014 at Kampiringisa Rehabilitation Center, this one-year psychosocial project aims to rebuild the self-esteem and outlook of these usually forgotten children. Staff from Kampiringisa and M-Lisada supervised activities between M-Lisada and Kampiringisa children, including games and sports, education, hosting role models, and counseling.
Band Training at Kampiringisa
In addition to funding our instrument repair shop and the brass band training project in Kampiringisa, Brass for Africa also organized a two-week music workshop in the UK for music tutors in the M-Lisada Organization. This workshop ended with a concert where the Deputy High Commissioner of Britain was the Guest of Honor. Some of our children are becoming qualified to teach music at M-LIsada and other facilities.
Rotary Club Award
The Rotary Club of Ggaba Kampala presented an award to our Director, Segawa Bosco, for his tireless effort in supporting the vulnerable children in the communities of Uganda through music, education, and psychosocial counseling.
InterKultura, a German NGO, established the Peer-to-Peer Project, whereby M-Lisada social workers strived to rehabilitate 12 street children, reuniting them with their respective homes, training them in life skills and business, and empowering them to live self-reliant lives. These rehabilitated children have become role models to their friends who are still in the streets, with the aim to remove them from the slums.
Two hundred children from Kampiringisa National Rehabilitation Center, Good Shepherd Home, Bethlehem Home, M-Lisada, the community, and those living on the streets of Kampala enjoyed a joyful and memorable Christmas celebration sponsored by the students and staff of the Portsmouth School in the UK. Read the full story.
I’m on my way to Uganda, happily loaded down with bags full of sporting equipment and books from The Winston School. The children will be delighted.
Our biggest needs continue to be food, education, and medical supplies. A monthly donation of $100 can make a big difference in the children’s diet. And approximately $1,500 a year will pay for a child’s annual school fees. This can be broken into three payments—perhaps you and two friends could share the cost.
I anticipate that I will have a few working computers to take with me on this trip. If you, a friend, or your employer have any PCs or Macs that are not being used, please let us know. We can repair them if necessary.
We always need people to take books, computers (must be hand carried), and equipment to Kampala. Let us know when you are going, and we'll ship you something to take with you.
If you would like to contribute to M-Lisada, remember that we now have 501(c)(3) status, which means that your contribution is fully tax deductible. One hundred percent of your donation goes to M-Lisada—there are no hidden administrative costs. Please indicate if you would like your contribution to go toward a specific need. I'd be happy to discuss any questions you may have; just send me an email.
Weebale nnyo—thank you very much,
Rochelle Zabarkes, president
M-Lisada Africa Foundation