Adonai Today // Childcare // Education // Health // Discipleship // Community Development
Adonai provides comprehensive care to the children in our charge. We provide shelter, clothing, food, medical and dental care as well as tuition, books and Christian spiritual guidance.
Above all, we are driven to launch our children into life with the ability to look after themselves and find a purpose driven path.
Understanding that we cannot separate the well being of our children from our community, Adonai also undertakes community development and revenue generating programs to promote self sufficiency and community sustainability. Here is a brief description of what we do:
Childcare: In-Community and In-Home: We believe every child should be part of a caring, supportive family in a real home. Through counseling and assistance to "Grannies", more distant family members and others, we encourage and support placement in families in our village.
Unfortunately, Grannies and others who take responsibility for a child are frequently unable to feed themselves much less a child. We address this by providing food support to those vulnerable families. Grannies who take children into their homes receive a daily food allowance and support for special occasions such as at Christmas, Easter and birthdays.
Often it takes more than material support. We conduct regular home visits and provide counseling and encouragement to families making an effort to stay together.
Unfortunately, there is little room left in the village. Neither is there a hope for adoption further afield in Uganda or in the international community because of the age and hardened experience of the children.
Therefore, we created the Adonai Children's Home for urgently vulnerable children. The home consists of two dormitories housing a total of 55 girls and boys. Despite humble circumstances, our children are much loved and deeply cherished. In providing houseparents, our vision is to have a live-in "mother and father" who can serve as role models. We maintain a vegetable garden which contributes to a "home life" as well as a healthy, nutritious diet. Each child has responsibilities or chores. Our children range in ages from 3 to 18.
It's painful to witness, but Adonai is often the only thing standing between our children and the hopelessness of a brutal life on the streets.
Education: Adonai Nursery School and the Adonai Junior School (Primary grades to Secondary) serve a combined 335 students. Despite the challenges of our student body, we are now considered a "premier school" in the area because of our outstanding student performance on national exams. We're proud of our school!
We're also proud of how well rounded our learning community is. In addition to a normal, demanding academic curriculum, you'll hear lots of singing and game-playing. And if you find yourself some afternoon out by the mango trees, you'll hear lots of laughter.
When you visit Adonai Junior Primary School, you can't help but think it's like any other school around the world. The children study Math and History, Science and English.They learn to read and write and to socialize with their peers. They learn some discipline but they also run and play.They enter sports competitions and have assemblies.At Christmas-time they have a concert and celebrate with singing, games and a treat.
But it's not just any primary school.Of the 335 students, 285 of them are orphaned or severely "at-risk".
Adonai does not operate a secondary school.However, we do our best to ensure that our talented students have the opportunity to continue their education at the next level. We currently pay school fees and expenses for 70 secondary or vocational students, on top of the 335 directly at school at Adonai, with the support of sponsors from around the world.
Children's and Community Health: Adonai launched a Community Health Centre in 2015. First and foremost, the Centre serves the health care needs of Adonai children. The Health Centre has a nurse on staff for our daily needs. In addition, the Health Centre hosts visits by physicians and dentists from the Milago Hospital and Milago Dental School. (If you're a healthcare professional who has a heart for children, your visit would be most welcome!)
The Health Centre also serves the needs of the local community. We have a midwife on staff. With international partners such as GlobeMed, we conduct community needs assessments and perform health outreach in such critical areas as malaria prevention, family planning and nutrition. We do this both to protect against further pregnancies and to arm our people against the cruel and senseless contraction of the HIV virus.
Discipleship and Christian Leadership Development: Adonai is founded on Christian principles. This guides our approach to child rearing and human development. Church is on Sunday. Every Tuesday, children participate in an hour of fellowship and learning. Every last Saturday of the month time is set aside for leadership development with bible clubs and sharing of the word. On occasion, we are fortunate to receive disciples on exchange. For example, our relationship with Fit-2-Serve has provided us with extraordinary opportunities to exchange, learn from and walk with other followers of Christ from other parts of the world.
Community Development and Economic Sustainability: Most families in the area make their living as subsistence farmers. Some sell fruits and vegetables when they have crops to spare. Rarely, however, do families have sufficient income to spend on school fees or other educational investments in their children.The cycle of poverty continues.
We understand that sustaining Adonai as well as providing opportunities for our graduates depends ultimately on the community's prosperity. Therefore, we have supported various income generating activities in the community. Our "pay-it-forward" livestock program has provided goats and pigs to local residents. We also initiated a revolving, micro-loan program to support local, small scale entrepreneurs. We hope to continue and expand these programs as we find the resources to do so.
Organizational Self-Sufficiency: Like any sustaining, community based nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support of donors and the work of our partners. But we have a vision of sustainability that we work toward every day.
With support from AdonaiUK we purchased and now manage Mubende Farm, a 19 acre plot that provides some of our staples, such as corn for the porridge or posho (meal) children might eat at breakfast or lunch. Or the yams, cassava and potatoes they may eat at an evening meal.
We also have a very busy livestock program. Our herd of 13 goats provides milk (and added protein) for the posho our children eat in the morning. This program was started with a gift from US partner Project Harambee. Our chicken flock, started with a gift from ForgottenSong, also US based, now numbers 550. The project provides us with eggs and we sell the extra to purchase the feed to maintain and grow the flock.
We are constantly on the look-out for new sources of income or ways to reduce costs.