Current Policy Plan
The vision of Home Sweet Home is that a child cannot grow without love. Family love is of vital importance. Growing up in a safe and loving family environment is the only good basis for the development of a child. Only within a loving home can a child develop into an independent and defensible adult.
Home Sweet Home sees it as her mission to help disadvantaged children in a small-scale children’s home in Uganda. The aim is to offer the children the possibility to discover the world on their own and to let them grow in a Christian environment with respect for Ugandan culture and tradition.
3.1 Aims of HSH
For the policy to achieve its mission, the Foundation has the following aims:
* Maintain a small-scale children’s home in Uganda;
* Provide help to under-privileged children;
* Provide both financial and material assistance to these children;
* Be absolutely impartial and to offer assistance to any child who needs help, as far as possible, regardless of origin or religion;
* Provide the children not only with the most essential necessities of life such as shelter, food and drink, but also to give the children subject-oriented education besides normal school obligations, and to teach them additional life skills;
Making it possible for the children to receive education and thereby have a future perspective.
* Increase knowledge about HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases among the local population by organizing courses and workshops on these diseases;
* Support projects that teach the population to provide for their own livelihood, in this way helping within the immediate surroundings of the orphanage.
To realize the aims, HSH manages:
* The Children’s Home
* Day Care Vincent
* Care Farm
3.2 The Children’s Home
HSH established a Children’s Home in Njeru in 2009, but moved in 2010 to Bukaya. In 2011 HSH built its own house in Butema Village, not far from Jinja, a city in South-East Uganda.
The house accommodates a maximum of 15 children, ensuring the group remains small and intimate, to allow the children to grow up in a family-oriented situation with Suzan and Zenon as foster parents.
The children’s backgrounds and situations differ widely but they have all endured challenging experiences and are often traumatised when they arrive at the Home. Many children were left uncared for and have mental or physical illnesses, e.g. HIV.
HSH provides assistance for children in the Home who have physical and intellectual limitations. Such children are often not welcomed or even accepted at other children’s homes or orphanages. Together with local social workers, these children are afforded the opportunity to grow up in a Christian home without losing sight of the Ugandan culture and traditions.
3.3 Day Care Vincent
At Day Care Vincent, HSH provides assistance to and care for children with mental and physical disabilities and/or limitations. It provides this service cost-free.
HSH assures that the children receive medical care at a local clinic with an exact diagnosis, relevant treatment or medication if applicable. If these costs cannot be carried by parents/caretakers, HSH carries these costs on their behalf. As soon as the diagnosis has been made, HSH attempts to inform the child’s parents /caretakers about the disability as well as educate them on the relevant care required.
There is a physiotherapist in service that provides physiotherapy treatment on three days per week. She attempts to make as much progress as possible with the children together with the assistance of parents/caretakers, by considering their options and providing the relevant and exact required treatment.
HSH also organizes group sessions for parents/caretakers during which HSH provides information on, amongst others, how to care for the child, hygiene, birth control, HIV/Aids, etc.
Lastly, HSH also visits children in their own living environment to understand further needs and/or requirements (e.g. a special wheelchair) and to provide specific advice in the given circumstance of each family.
Every Saturday, the Day Care is also used to provide training programmes to children from the surrounding villages. For more information, see ‘Aflatoun Education’.
3.4 Care Farm
HSH has a small farm where some children from the Children’s Home and the Day Care can work and learn simultaneously. By learning practical self-sustaining skills such as caring for farm animals and/or working on a farm, the children can be better equipped for their future. It is not only important for these children to develop themselves to the best of their abilities, but also to be examples to their parents and community on how to utilise their acquired skills to contribute to their community - despite their disabilities.
In the mornings the children care for the animals, clean the cages and attend lessons about working on a farm. In the afternoon the fields are prepared, seeds are sown and planted, weeds are removed and available produce harvested and dried (if applicable).
3.5 Education - Aflatoun
In general the education in Uganda is of sub-standard level. Despite years of schooling, many children still lack the opportunity to develop essential and basic skills they need in life to attain independence, such as social skills and financial skills.
For this reason, HSH started to follow the Aflatoun programme in 2015 for a few children of Home Sweet Home and for children from the surrounding villages.
4. Policy plan 2019-2020
Based on its mission and vision, HSH will work on the following policy plan for the years 2019 and 2020:
* In the coming years, HSH aims at making the project sustainable for the future in cooperation with the foundation HSH in the Netherlands.
* Home Sweet Home is entirely dependent on donations. In recent years, the income through sponsorship was sufficient for the most essential expenses. However, costs have increased over the past year and this is expected to continue in the coming years. The reason for this is that the cost of living in Uganda has increased and urgent major maintenance of the buildings is now due as well. HSH aims to increase the incoming funds by 25%.
4.2. Children’s Home
* For the years ahead, HSH aims to offer the children access to education at the level that is most suitable for that particular child. As the children grow older, HSH will look for additional funding for education costs. At least 17.000.000 UGX (€ 4000) is needed yearly. HSH will look at the possibility to raise money through projects and will seek schools and churches interested in supporting the children.
4.3 Day Care Vincent
* HSH has to find another physiotherapist, as the one involved has left the Day Care center to pursue further study;
* HSH will increase efforts to offer information meetings (e.g. on child care and hygiene).
HSH strives to start with the Aflatoun activities in the school year 2020. In 2019 HSH will look for schools that are willing to participate.
4.5 The Farm
* In 2019/2020, the most important policy aim for the farm is to contribute to the food supply of the Children’s Home, to make the Home as independent as possible;
* The farm will continue to work with the children of the Children’s Home and Day Care.