Annual report 2012

Annual report 2012


The LindA Foundation (Light in dynamic Africa) is a Christian, non profit organization with the vision to improve the living standards of the orphans and vulnerable children in Northern Uganda, Africa. Thousands of children have lost their parents there, due to war, HIV/AIDS and other circumstances.
The LindA Foundation works in Lira District.
The projects of 2012:
     1.    SOS Programme (Send an Orphan to School)
     2.    Children’s rehabilitation home House of Grace
     3.    LindA Primary School
     4.    Other activities.
We try to help as many children as possible, by providing them with (emergency) shelter, care and education. Whenever possible we reunite the children with their relatives, but sometimes this option isn’t there. In Northern Uganda there is often a big gap between generations, mostly because the parents died and the children are raised by the grandparents or other older relatives. Due to the circumstances these people are often faced with looking after many orphans, while also having to look after their own family. Money is just not there to look after everybody. This results in the orphan being neglected, having to work hard, no schooling, not enough food and no love to speak of. 
1. SOS Programme (Send an Orphan to School)
This programme runs since 2002 and supports a large group of Orphans and Vulnerable Children, among which the disabled, with education, from Primary to Secondary School, Technical School and University. The programme doesn’t just pay school fees, we monitor the children, guide and counsel them, pay them visits, give them the personal and scholastic requirements and medical care.
They live with poor relatives who do not have the means to look after them.
If they have nowhere to go, we will accept them in our children’s home House of Grace.
Total number of children in S.O.S. programme 55
- of which in Primary School 22
- of which in Secondary or Technical School 31
- of which in University
- Living in House of Grace 44
- handicapped 6
- having an individual sponsor  30
The number of children in this programme have reduced, due to the fact that everything has become very expensive and the money to help more children is just not there.
This year 4 students sat for their O level exams, (a sort of middle school). They all passed.
After that they can go to A level, where they choose 4 subjects in a permitted combination. That takes 2 years. Then they can proceed to a university or institution of higher learning. After O level they can also join agricultural school, technical school, teacher’s college, business school, etc. on a certificate level. This takes normally 1-2 years, after which they can join a diploma course. Everybody wants to go to A level, become a doctor or a lawyer, that brings money. But it is not a bright idea, because many of them simply do not have the qualifications. After 2 years they fail their A level and are back at square 1. In 2011 we have decided to stop supporting students after O level.
There were 5 students who sat for their Primary Leaving Examinations. They all passed and are now in O level.
Children’s rehabilitation home
House of Grace

In our Children’s rehabilitation home House of Grace children are accepted that have nowhere to go. They are either abandoned, orphaned, abused or alone through other causes.
In 2012 44 children found a home there. Most of the children have suffered. Some lived in camps, or on the street. Some have seen their parents killed by rebels, were abused and left to fend for themselves. Some are affected/infected by Aids. Our social worker, patron and matron try to rehabilitate these children. Since they are local people they know what these children have gone through. A stable and secure environment helps these kids to become a child again.
You could say that all these children are psychologically handicapped. 3 physically handicapped children are also there.
The Uganda Electricity Company has finally come with an offer to buy the land they need to put a road across our premises, to install their new poles and high voltage power lines. As if there has been no communication from us through letters, phone calls and visits to their offices since 2010, one has decided to just construct the 5 meter wide road. The road will be their propertity.   
For 12,5 meters on both sides of that road one is not allowed to live, we can grow our maize! What maize? We are talking about a children’s home here. The fence will be opened up, so no more security for the children. The houses (dormitories), toilets, showers, fruit trees, etc., everything has to be demolished. And as compensation they are offering us € 1.735,00. Through our lawyer we have taken the matter to court. We will wait and see. Of course we cannot agree to this at all.
We were able to acquire 6 acres of land for € 7.400,00 thanks to a generous donation. Our new premises can be constructed there in the time to come.
For Christmas all the children received new clothes, nice presents and excellent food. We also received a donation of 40 hardwood chairs, which were very needed.
LindA Primary School.
In 2012 there were 120 students, 22 from House of Grace and the rest from the community.
The school walls are made of wood and provide a nice meal for the termites. We try to repair this with iron sheets. All is going on well, but a school made of bricks would be much better.
4. Other activities
We also give counselling and do testing regarding hiv/aids, counsel on hygiene and the importance of clean and safe drinking water. In that respect all children and staff have been tested on hiv. The many illnesses of matron Christine now became explainable, she has hiv/aids. The cook also tested positive. They are now both in the treatment programme at the hospital.
The children were ok.
Realisation workplan 2012
Description Realisation
Finance S.O.S. programme Yes, paid € 22,332
Finance Orphans reh. home House of Grace Yes, paid € 18,237
Finance Office Lira Yes, paid € 10,133 
Finance miscellaneous Yes, € 6,623
Running of  LindA  Primary School Yes, € 4,604 
Raising funds for a new Primary School (bricks) Working at it
Planning for new land and construction of new House of Grace because of the plans of the Uganda Electricity Company . The land has been bought for € 7.400. The rest has been put on hold through a court order.
Raising funds for the medical facility in Gweng Abara, consisting of a maternity ward, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis monitoring and medication distribution centre and a malaria clinic. Also for the provision of first aid. For our children and the people in the community. On hold
Buying a schoolbus Not yet
Buying pick-up truck Not yet, no funds available
Fundraising for a farm and a vocational school on the new land. Not yet
1 euro = 3000 Ush
Workplan 2013
Description Budgetted amount needed
Finance S.O.S. programme € 26,417
Finance Orphans reh. home House of Grace € 37,167
Finance Office Lira €   5,467 
Finance miscellaneous € 10,000
Running of LindA Primary School €   8,334 
Raising funds for a new Primary School (bricks) € 100,000
Planning and raising funds for the construction of a new House of Grace because of the plans of the Uganda Electricity Company . € 300,000
Capacity building for teachers, social workers and administrative personnel € 10,000
Buying a school bus € 80.000
Buying a pick-up truck € 30.000
Fundraising for a farm and a vocational school on the new land. € 500.000
1 euro = 3000 Ush
On behalf of the children we would like to extend our greatest gratitude to everybody, people, organizations, businesses and churches, who appreciate what we are doing and support us with funds, time, and fundraising activities. 

The LindA Foundation:
Care and education for orphans in Northern Uganda.

Legal/formal status        
The LindA Foundation is a community based
organization, duly registered by the Lira local government in 2003. (registration number L009/03). Also registered by the Ugandan Government as NGO (registration number S.5914/4682). The registered office of the Foundation is situated in Lira town, in the Republic of Uganda.
Soroti Road, Gweng Abara, Angwetangwet, Adekokwok,
P.O. Box 895, Lira
Tel. :                             
0773 – 334777 John Ogwang Alele (Chairman)

0712 – 566365 Lynn Dreih Adea (Vice-Chairman)
0784 – 841954 Patrick Opio (Secetary)

0712 - 566786  Jozina van Eerdenburg(Treasurer)                                                                                                                                                 



Bank information:     
Centenary Rural Development Bank, Lira Branch

Account number 1020100031