A family, comprising a mother and 5 children, ranging from aged 1 – 11 years, were found in a small village living in extreme poverty. All the family are deaf and dumb and all have blue eyes. The father has abandoned the family, who are persecuted in their village due to their disability. As a consequence the mother cannot find any means of income and they live well below the poverty line. They are also in danger of physical abuse. Just Care has received a donation which will enable the charity to buy a plot of land and build a new home for the family in a safe area. The 3 older children now attend a school for the deaf and the youngest boy, aged 4 years, is housed at a home for disabled orphans for his safety and well being. It is hoped that the house will be ready for the family before Christmas 2010 when they can be re-united.
A young girl, aged 13 years, was born HIV+ve. Not long after birth both her parents died from AIDS. This girl has since been brought up by her grandmother, together with 6 young cousins, also orphaned. By the age of 10 years she was suffering from AIDS and 2 years later contracted TB. On attending school she was severely bullied by her class mates and refused to return to school after she was 10 years old. On being admitted onto the COIN project this child has gained in health and in confidence. Early in 2010 she went back to school and is receiving special tutoring to help her catch up on her missed schooling. This girl now has some hope for the future and has expressed an ambition to become a doctor. Only time will tell whether she can achieve this ambition but God is still a God of miracles today.
In May 2010 a 12 year old girl was admitted to the Wellspring Children’s Medical Centre seriously ill with a history of 5 months untreated diarrhoea. On examination is was discovered that she was severely emaciated and close to death. She was transferred as an emergency to Kitovu Hospital malnutrition unit. Investigations proved that she was suffering from typhoid, AIDS and TB. After a number of weeks in hospital she had recovered sufficiently to return home. The family consist of 6 children, with this child being the eldest. They are all orphans brought up by their grandmother. They are so poor that none of the children have been able to go to school and all the children are poorly clothed, small and inadequately fed. The eldest child is now being supported on the Wellspring COIN project and it is hoped that with continued help her health will improve and she will start to go to school. Wellspring is also endeavoring to assist the whole family through practical support.
In October 2009, on visiting a home for abandoned disabled orphans, run by Ugandan nationals, staff from Wellspring found a 3 year old boy with bilateral clubbed feet. He could barely walk and was quite miserable. The repair of his clubbed feet was to cost £300. Beechwood Primary School in Runcorn provided the full amount of funding for this child’s treatment. On returning to the home in May 2010 the child was found to have had an excellent result in the repair of his clubbed feet. He was walking normally and was learning to run. He was absolutely delighted and stated that now he could play foot ball with the other boys. A real success story. Thank you Beechwood School.