Our staff evolves

With the beginning of the new year, M-LISADA family said goodbye to some well-known faces. Godfrey Mboira, Derrick Tebezinda, David Bateganya, Nathan Mukasi, Nakabugo Happiness, and Aggrey Kisalama Abraham are no longer working with M-LISADA. 

M-LISADA founder and Director Bosco Segawa is now the CEO of the organization. Free from the responsibilities of the day-to-day operation, Bosco is able to spend time doing what he excels at, making international connections, creating new directions for M-LISADA, and publicizing the organization that he loves so much.

Also, the M-LISADA family would like to congratulate Emilly Donia in her new role as Executive Director. Known as a hard-working, detail-oriented, and righteous person, she will be as great a director as she was an administrator and project coordinator.

 

A letter from Emilly Donia, our Executive Director

M-LISADA Organization has started the year of 2017 with a lot of energy, motivation, and ideas. As the new Executive Director, I am very happy to be supported by an amazing team of well-known and new faces. Together we are striving to make the best out of this year, achieve our goals, and create an optimum environment for children at M-LISADA.

On behalf of the organization, I would once again like to thank you for your support during the past 20 years. Without you we would not have come this far. Thanks to your kindness and generosity, we are now able to send almost all our children to school. You made it possible for us to launch many new projects and to continue to uphold music as one of our core values.

We would be glad to say thank you in person, and to receive you as a visitor this year. You are always welcome at M-LISADA Home. 

May the Almighty God bless you abundantly.

Yours sincerely,
Donia Emilly

 

 

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to reduce the number of children living on the streets in Uganda, by providing them with a home, an education, and protection.

M-LISADA strives  to restore dignity and self-confidence through the teaching of life skills, music, and the arts, thereby improving the lives of vulnerable children, and their chances for the future. 

M-LISADA NEWS

Francis Nass, In Memoriam

On September 13, 2013, the Nass family welcomed brothers Kizza David, 12, and Kagwa Francis, 10, adopted after living at M-Lisada for about a year, into their family.  Tragically Francis passed away on March 21st of this year, from a still undetermined illness which caused seizures and culminated in cardiac arrest and death, at the age of thirteen. Over 1000 people came to Francis' funeral visitation, to share stories and laughter, to share the Nass family’s grief, to offer comfort and support, and to say good-bye to this sweet, playful boy. 

There will be a funeral rite in Francis’ home village in Uganda, in mid-August.

The staff and some of the children will be travelling to Gomba district.

Many of the children and residents of M-LISADA have expressed sadness, here are some letters—click on each image to enlarge:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M-LISADA Awarded Certificate

Certificate of Approval

The certificate of approval for a children's home is given by the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development. When the Ministry gives this certificate to children's homes, it means that such homes have permission to keep children for a specific period of time.

M-LISADA had applied for this certificate since 2013, but it is just this year that we have been approved by the Ministry to keep children. There were 10 homes that were approved by the Ministry in July, with M-LISADA being the only home approved in Kampala.

 

WISH LIST

Laptop Computers
Now that we will have a separate library and IT room in our newly constructed dorms and administration buildings, we need used laptop computers, for students and staff, more than ever. If you, a friend, or your employer have any PCs or Macs that are not being used, please let us know. We can repair them if necessary. Or if you don’t have a used computer but want to help educate our children, you can donate $500 to M-Lisada on our website, and I will purchase a used Mac to take with me to Uganda. See the story on Rebecca in the M-LISADA NEWS section if you need convincing that our educational programs are successful.

Microscope
We are always in need of medical supplies. The health department needs an Olympus-type microscope. If anyone knows of a used model, I can bring it to Uganda in November. M-LISADA also needs an examining table, which costs about $400. Please consider donating for either the microscope or the exam table. 

Donations
If you would like to contribute to M-LISADA, remember that we have 501(c)(3) status, which means that your contribution is fully tax deductible. One hundred percent of your donation goes to M-LISADA—there are no hidden administrative costs. Please indicate if you would like your contribution to go toward a specific need. I'd be happy to discuss any questions you may have; just send me an email. Our donation page has been upgraded—see the article in the M-LISADA NEWS section. 

Weebale nnyo—thank you very much,
Rochelle Zabarkes, president
M-Lisada Africa Foundation
rzabarkes@mlisadaafricafdn.org

OUR PROMISE

Currently all expenditures are underwritten by people who love M-Lisada. As we grow we promise never to spend more than 10% of all gifts to fund program services.