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What WE Will and Won't do for the Families

7/23/15      2:23 pm

Mbiko is a very frustrating Village to work in due to the mentality
of parents there. Also many teens are now showing low interest in studying.
I'm not sure what the future holds for such an area where handouts are expected but
adults want to do so little to receive the help.

Like parents who ask for a small business loan and end up wasting the money
just to pay rent or do whatever they want. Or they get an animal to raise and
it ends up dying due to lack of proper care. A few families successfully raise
livestock but its a 50/50 type thing. It either may or may not work. Such as sad
way of life to be dependant on others and we don't want to continue to create such dependancy..
A hand up is better than a handout. If livestock is working for 1 family we'll keep that

This is why We Will continue only to give and education and food to our
kids in our program.  We Won't try Small busniess loans or other forms of help.
A lot don't work as we have no one at all living in mbiko and no one is there
to oversee it to ensure responsibility.

No one can look in on families daily and even if we could our budget won't cover
anything for a staff member to do this. Keep in mind also TRANSPORT MUST be covered
usually $2-$5 for each time a staff delivers a gift either mailed or bought in Uganda.
A cvustoms fee is taxed at their post office everytime you mail something other than a flat paper
letter. Any packets or boxes are $2-$5 and above.. Sponsors must pay this fee also if they
choose to mail gifts.

Nothing extra is in our budget for this and we can't pay out of our pockets to cover all this.
I've done it many times especially covering the taxi fees when I'm in mbiko
but my staff earns so little and can't use their own money for transport. Imagine going to
 HOME 2-3 TIMES because a family isn't around when we go for a delivery or to get their yearly photo.
Gifts of food or other items should be given only once monthly as to not overwhelm the staff
or make families dependant on what we give, they need to work hard to feed and clothe their own kids too.

Also Just be patient with us and it will get done but Africa is very different than here.
Things don't always work out as we want them to. I wish Mbiko families would be more serious and responsible when  raising their kids. They tells us at meetings that their not close with their own kids
but wanted us to provide a counselor to advise their kids when they should be doing it themselves.

We will now look at all reports and inform sponsors if a high school student did really poorly
then they can decide if they want to still help this child but we want to
educate those who are willing to study hard and succeed. Not those who just show up and onlysocialize in school. Education is the only way to get a job in Uganda. It's their only hope.
 I only wish these kids could see that now.  Thanks for your support.


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