Today M-Lisada, which stands for Music, Life Skills, and Destitution Alleviation, is a highly regarded orphanage in Nsambya Parish, and has reclaimed over 400 children from the streets. The organization houses 50 children, ranging in age from 7 to 17. Another 80 children come in from the streets every day, for showers, food, counseling, music lessons, a safe place to play, and unqualified support. But each night, because of insufficient finances and space, they must return to the streets.
M-Lisada is working to increase its capacity. We hope that a delayed renovation by Chellaston Academy will resume this spring, and a second floor will be built on the boys’ dorm. And we will continue to work on a proposal for a school and residence on our land in Bombo.
In spite of these difficulties, M-Lisada remains steadfast in its determination to bring in as many children as possible from the streets, provide a safe and loving home, opportunities for a good education, and instill in the youngsters a respect for themselves and others, so that they may improve their lives.