Top News Updates From Wando
Catch up on everything that happened last month!
Is it May already?!
You know what that means…summer is just around the corner!
So much has happened this past month, we thought we’d highlight some of the top news from April.
Youth Group Hosts One-For-One Fundraiser Hike
The month of April kicked off with an AMAZING show of support from a local youth group in the La Quinta area of southern California. Who said you had to be grown up to help?!
This awesome group of kids, teenagers and young adults hosted a FUN-draiser where all the money raised went to support our P7 students in Uganda!
They cleverly named it the “One-For-One” hike because each of them hiked a waterfall trail to sponsor one student’s graduation fees.
Not only did they raise everything needed for this year’s graduating students, but they even raised part of the money for next year’s P7 students. It was agreed that this will be an annual event!
THANKS AGAIN LA QUINTA FELLOWSHIP YOUTH GROUP!! YOU GUYS ROCK!
Fire Rips Through Slum In Uganda
500 families in the community of Jinja Mpya were affected by a fire blaze that destroyed people’s homes and entire livelihoods.
This community of 2,000 people are already living in what’s considered to be slum conditions, surviving day to day in extreme poverty. This tragic fire left many men, women, and children with nothing.
The cause is still unknown but because of the housing conditions in the area, one hut catching fire puts all the extremely crowded and unsafe homes at risk.
The area that burned to the ground is just steps away from Wando’s primary school. One of our own student’s, 13-year old Nakato, and her family lost everything.
——->>>ADVOCATE FOR NAKATO
Many were hopeless until just this last week when the Red Cross and local ministries organized a relief effort. They have been working nonstop to rebuild people’s homes, providing families with clothes and food.
The relief aid is ongoing, but many families are still displaced seeking refuge from neighbors in the community.
Friday Night Gathering in Azusa
Elizabeth Lozano, Advocacy Director for Wando International, hosted the first of many open house gatherings at our Azusa Headquarters!
The event was a casual Friday night affair catered with good ol’ fashioned pizza and fellowship.
The focus was on the opportunities for people to get involved in helping Widows and Orphans in Uganda.
We even had the pleasure of video-chatting with our kiddos at the babies home!
Elizabeth will keep everyone posted on when the next event will be, so stay tuned!
Primary Students Going On Break
This is the last week of school for the students at Marah Primary School!
The first term of the year is officially ending and kids will be going on vacation break for the next few weeks. Teachers are going full throttle with grading as we speak!
As always, Wando International case managers maintain their presence in the community and will continue to work directly with child advocates to see students remain looked after.
THE NEED FOR ADVOCATES IS URGENT because once these students go on break they are faced with many of the dangers associated with living in the slum.
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That’s it for the Top News Updates from Wando!
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