Home of the Holy Angels

 


Harriet Tusiime
Harriet

Brenda Tusiime
Brenda

Ronald Tumusiime
Ronald is 8 years old; born November 1, 2005. He began at The Home of the Holy Angels in 2014 and is in second grade. Ronald is in good health and he likes soccer. His mother, Harriet Nabukeera, is HIV positive and ill. Ronald’s father died in 2013. Ronald is in the care of his grandmother who is looking after 10 children.

Agnes Murungi
Agnes began at The Home of Holy Angels in 2012 She is academically bright especially in science. She may become a medical worker. She is sociable and likes playing netball and listening to popular music.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tracy Hilleren

Telephone: 407-252-9872

E-mail: DrJensRayosX@cfl.rr.com

The Kibale Uganda Development Union (KUDU) held its first annual informational wine and cheese reception at the Family Life Center of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church at 526 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park on Saturday, November 7 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  KUDU Director Father Charles Nabwana discussed the progress of the Holy Angels Orphanage in the Kibale district Uganda that is being supported by this organization.

KUDU is a Florida-based, 501-c-3 non-profit organization that is building an orphanage for infants and elementary-aged youth in the village of Kibedi, which is about 200 miles away from the Ugandan capital city of Kampala. Supporters and advisors of the one-year old KUDU organization bring socio-economic, medical, nutritional and educational relief to the children of the Kibale district of western Uganda. 

The orphanage is called “The Home of the Holy Angels,” in tribute to the youth of that nation left homeless due to the ravages of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that country. Father Charles grew up in a town that is eight miles away from the site of the orphanage, and he has already lost two siblings to AIDS, with another brother in the final stages of the disease.

“Almost every day I get phone calls (from Uganda) telling me that people have died,” said Father Charles. “There are funerals every day.”

Father Charles said that the orphans in Kibedi are currently staying with grandparents, extended family members and neighbors until the orphanage officially opens. “Their parents are gone and they are very fearful, and sometimes the men come and (the children) have been (sexually) exploited,” he said. “There are very, very poor living conditions. The children are sickly and there is no medication.”

KUDU members in Kibale have selected 26 children in the district to be housed in the orphanage during its first year of operation. When complete, the total enrollment at the orphanage will be about 90 children and include youths from 4 years of age to 10 years of age. The target date for moving the children into the facility is January, 2010.

Before the facility can open, the orphanage needs a transformer with a generator to back up any loss of electricity, plus a water pump and plumbing. The building will also need stoves, cookware, and other supplies for the kitchen, and enough funding to pay the onsite staff. A teacher can expect to be paid the equivalent of $100/month, a matron would earn $75/month, a cook would be paid $50/month, and the wage for a night watchman is $35/month. Although there has been no political unrest in the immediate area, stones from the main building were recently stolen by vandals for use in riots that took place in Kampala. 

“I wish that people, if they had the time, that they could just make a tour and come and see the poverty and the suffering,” said Father Charles. “Read more about Uganda and do whatever they can to help these children so they have a home and good care and basic needs.”

It is estimated that each child in the Holy Angels Orphanage would require a sponsorship of $400 per semester or $1200 for an entire year. The “Meet the Children” event will enable attendees to learn more about Father Charles’ plans for the orphanage in the coming year as well as sponsorship opportunities for the individual children

For more information call Tracy Hilleren at 407-252-9872.