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Giving Grace And Her Family The Gift of Hope

Many of you know the story of Grace, the 14-year-old Ugandan girl who had surgery for abdominal tumors this summer. Even while she was recovering in the hospital, she began to dream about continuing her education, since she had dropped out of school in the fifth grade due to her poor health. Thanks to your amazing support, Grace has now returned to school. In fact, your generosity allowed us to enroll not only Grace – but also her younger brother and sister.

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Beth, The Smile Bearer

In fall of 2016, Beth arrived at the Mukono Baby Room under very sad circumstances. Her mother left the family, and Beth’s father was unemployed and unable to provide enough for her to eat. As a result, she was severely malnourished. At one year old, she weighed just 15 pounds. We can’t show you her photo here, but we will share that her ribs were clearly visible. Thankfully, Beth has overcome her sad beginnings and has happily settled into life at the Mukono Baby Room.

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The Mukono Baby Room: Spotlight on Nutrition

UNICEF estimates that around 2.3 million children in Uganda are chronically malnourished. Indeed, the majority of children in the Mukono Baby Room came to the Tenderhearts Healing Home severely ill from malnutrition. Chronic poverty, neglect due to parental alcoholism or drug abuse, misguided beliefs about feeding practices, prematurity, loss of a parent, HIV infection or other infectious diseases, and food insecurity are all contributing factors to the issue of childhood malnutrition.

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Scenes From School: Believe In Me Kabale

The second term of school at Believe In Me Kabale has ended, and children are now on a one-month vacation. We thought this would be the perfect time to present some scenes from school and highlights from the last term. We are very proud of these kids and their progress!

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Bring Water, Bring Hope

Without water, there is no life. All humans need it to drink, cook, wash, and grow food. Can you imagine having to work for literally every drop? Since beginning our work in Uganda, we realized that improving access to water is key to transforming the lives of the kids who attend our Believe In Me Kabale school. Children as young as four years old spend anywhere from two to four hours a day on treacherous mountain paths to reach the only natural source of water. Many leave their homes before it is even light with a yellow jerry can on their head to begin the trek to get water, having to turn around and do it all again in the afternoon before the sun goes down.

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Ella

Ella came to our Mukono Baby Room when her mother abandoned her family last fall. The only source of income for Ella’s father is burning charcoal at night, something that made it very difficult for him to care for his infant daughter. He desperately wants to parent his daughter and be a part of her life.

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Grace: Still Fighting

On Monday, a brave Ugandan girl named Grace was wheeled into an operating room in Kenya. Fourteen-year-old Grace has been fighting a rare medical condition in which thousands of small tumors have filled her abdomen. This rare condition could be life-threatening for this beautiful teen, and Grace was brokenhearted when she had to drop out […]

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Girl Power in Uganda

A new school term has begun at our Believe in Me school in southwest Uganda.  We were thrilled that a wonderful 96% of the children showed back up on the first day of class, as enrollment and retention among primary students in the rural regions of Uganda remains a challenge.  We also welcomed many new […]

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Grace’s Journey

Last month we introduced you to a beautiful 14 year old girl named Grace, from rural southwest Uganda.  Grace has a very rare medical condition where thousands of small tumors have filled her abdomen, causing her great discomfort and also making it impossible for her to go to school. Through an incredible series of events, […]

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Flower Girl Lily

Late last year, a baby girl was found abandoned and extremely malnourished in central Uganda.  She suffered from a severe protein malnutrition that caused her face and body to swell and look puffy. Soon after, Lily came to live at the Tender Hearts Baby Home and is now being cared for in LWB’s Mukono Baby Room. Despite her hard beginnings, Lily has adjusted […]

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