The Luuka K.I.D.S. Rescue Unit — Luuka District is bordered by Buyende District in the north, Kaliro District to the northeast, Iganga District to the southeast, Jinja District to the southwest and Kamuli District to the northwest. Our unit there is located approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi), by road, northwest of Iganga, the nearest large town. One could say Luuka is at the center of just about everything we do in Southeastern Uganda. It is supervised by Martin and Faith and their 3 children. You may be wondering why the 6 Rescue Units we manage are so far apart and why we don’t concentrate in one particular area which would doubtless make much of the work more efficient. The answer is really more strategic than perhaps thought.
While there are likely enough orphans in any given centralized region to care for some 1,000 plus, (each unit extends orphan sponsorship over a 100 square mile region; the 5 units in Southeast Uganda extends its influence over some 500 square miles). But, reaching into some areas a bit more than 5 miles from each unit…(especially with a school that has some students walking 10+ miles a day each way), and by connecting the outlying units in a semi-square pattern, we really have access and influence over some 3,000 square miles. In Matthew 28, Jesus commands his followers (then and now) to “go into ALL the world and make disciples of the nations”. Spreading our units apart strategically expands the influence of our students, our orphans and our unit facilitators. Our task is clear; make disciples of the nations, teaching them to do as Jesus himself commanded. Our priority is to provide education opportunities, and to care for orphans and widows as if they were our own children and parents. By actively serving the nation of Uganda, we earn the respect and right to proclaim the gospel message in both word and deed.
News and Immediate Needs
Luuka Rescue Unit needs a shelter to be built for the kids — $500.
“We visited four homes and good enough we that all were doing well and were so appreciative for what KIDS had done for them like in educating their children, giving them medicine, clothing’s and so on however the only challenge they have is of the weather since it shinning too much and most of the crops which of the crops which planted are now weathering.”
“We have been able to held two meetings for our kids where we gave sanitary pads for girls, pant for boys, 5 blankets, jelly, soap and 34 families got solar lights and they were so grateful for services rendered to them by River Valley Community Church.”
The Luuka Staff
Martin and Faith
Photos from Luuka
Luuka District is a district in Eastern Uganda.
Luuka District was created by Act of Parliament and became functional on 1 July 2010. Prior to then, the district was Luuka County in Iganga District. In Kisoga tradition, Luuka is one of the five traditional principalities of the Kingdom of Busoga. According to legend, Luuka was founded around 1737 A.D. and became a part of the British protectorate in Busoga in 1896 A.D. Its traditional ruler is known as the Tabingwa.
In 2012, the district population was estimated at about 260,900.
CURRENT REPORT FROM LUUKA KIDS
1ST WEEKLY REPORT
During the course of the week nineteen cases of sick people have been reported to us of which sixteen of them were suffering from malaria, cough and two of them were suffering from Ulcers and joint pain, and then one of them is suffering from high blood pressure and her situation today is not good at all because she can’t do anything by herself and she is called Nabirye Dagada. Waiswa Anthony’s grand mum had been admitted at Namwendwa Health Center III for proper medical treatment. Good enough the eighteen cases we were able to handle them, of which each of them was given medicine and we are hopping that they will get better.
Then those cases of sick people which we reported to you in our previous report about their health are now doing well.
We had been conducting home visit and we were able to reach fifteen (15) homes and we found two families which were not doing fine especially Kisakye Mary’s home, herself and her mum have been suffering from malaria, but we gave them medicine.
And to the rest of those families which we have visited were doing well and appreciating so much for all the support which they are getting from River Valley Church and they were praying that may the Almighty God bless you in whatever you do.
This program is continuing and we are seeing the fruits of having this program every weekend because the attendance of children is increasing.
Many children are joining us even though they are not part of our program and every weekend we are receiving children who are confessing Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior.
And as the leaders of Luuka Kids we are very grateful for what the Lord is doing.
2ND WEEKLY REPORT
This week we have received twenty four (24) cases of sick people and most of them had been suffering from malaria, cough and some had skin disease but Kasuubo Angla’s Dad, his condition is very worse, suffering from H.I.V/ ADS, Nurses have done what they expected that it can help but still we are not seeing any improvement.
Unfortunately Angela’s Mom passed away five years ago and she is living with her dad and her elder sister.
We had been visiting schools, paying school fees for our children and we have paid school fees for thirty six (36) OVCs and also asking other schools to allow our children to continue with their studies until next month, thus when we shall be paying school fees for our children.
And this week we have visited sixteen (16) schools all together.
The weather condition has been raining throughout the week and its helping the farmers to have a smile on their lips because every one is expecting to receive good harvest and some people have started harvesting beans, G.nuts and maize corn and every where you go, you find green leaf, this means that life is not so dad.
On this point we only give thanks to God who has graciously remembered us and showered with good rain.
Through the entire week we had been visiting families and we were able to reach twelve families and only three homes where not doing well because some members in those home had been down suffering from Flu, malaria and one had a running stomach but we gave them medicine.
Other homes has been doing very well.
This girl is sixteen (16) years old and she is in primary seven or grade VII at Bunafa primary school but this week she sent Kambedha’s elder sister to come and tell us that as a mother she was not understanding her daughter so she wanted us to take a step and we took a step by taking Cissy for medical checkup and it was found out that she is having a pregnancy of 3 month.
And we reported that case to Ikumbya Police Post. Unfortunately that very night the girl disappeared with her boyfriend.
And still we are still looking them.
3RD WEEKLY REPORT
Twenty (20) cases of sick people has been reported to us four of them are having wounds, two of them are suffering from Asthma and the rest were suffering from malaria , cough and all of them were given medicine in all we are trusting God that they will get well.
This weekend we received ninety three O.V.C.s who attendance our program, and fifty four (5) have not shown up, because they are studying on Saturdays and some are in boarding sections.
As we started the day we started by cleaning our compound and discipline-ship class, lunch, prayer time and then giving out soap, shoes, blankets and some were given sanitary pads, pants ,clothes , faith concluded with a word of prayer.
All those children who were present, they appreciated so much for what they were given.
This very week we received eight people who had been suffering from eye sight problem and each of them has been catered for and they sent their appreciations to the donors asking the lord to bless you so much.
GIVING OUT FOOD
We have given out one hundred fifty kilograms of maize flour to 12 families there is one lady who came screaming about her family which is big and one is in a position to stand with her family and we felt it in that there are so many people who are in such a situation, in fact those families left when they were very happy appreciating kids Uganda for the package they got.
FINAL REPORT FOR THE MONTH
We had been conducting home visits and were able to visit thirty eight families in the entire month of June and some families have been doing well others not, but most homes are very busy harvesting their crops like G. nuts, millet, rice and still some are planting sweet potatoes.
GIVING OUT BANANA SUCKERS
This month we have given out one hundred forty (140) banana suckers to twenty four (24) homes and they were very grateful for the banana suckers they got from Luuka Kids.
Many people are now very busy harvesting their crops and very happy for what they are getting in their fields actually this season it has been very good on who planted any type of food because the weather has been good and now people can have two meals or three in a day.
We had been visiting home through out this month and God graciously enabled us to reach thirty five (35) families some had been doing well busy in their fields and yet thankful to God for their health and also appreciating kids Uganda for all the support.
But still there some home which have been struggling with their health especially Innocent Mugweri’s home his mom has a problem with both her legs they are swelling from the knees to the feet and we found her when she was in great agony and we took her to Ikumbya health Centre III where she is admitted.
This month we have received fifty four cases of sick people and big number has been suffering from malaria, cough, joint pain, ulcers, running stomach and four of them had wounds but by the grace of God we managed to handle most of these cases by giving medicine to this sick people only there cases were referred them to go out for further medical treatment.
But unfortunately Kasubo Angella’s Father passed away as reported in our previous reports that he was in a critical condition.
As Luuka Kids we want to bring our thanks to God the creator then to our dear prayer partners and Donors especially River Valley Church for supporting us at every cost of our lives as Luuka Kids May God richly bless you.
- Pray for Faith’s Health and Mwesigwa’s family at large
- Good health for children and guardians
- Pray for spiritual growth for the children who are giving their lives to Christ
- Divine protection as we move around the community
- Wisdom knowledge and open understanding for the word of God to excel in our lives
- God’s guidance as we lead the children and the guardians at large.