It is always hard to find what your purpose on earth really is. A few are born and quickly find their calling while others will take so many years without finding it. But one thing for sure is that whatever you go through in life, leads to your purpose on earth.
Meet Aidah Nkinzi the founder of Peace Transitional Home. When she went to University, she was given social works and social sciences. This was not exactly what she wanted to do, but she took it up anyway. Little did she know that this was her calling? She later fell in love with her course and the passion for caring for others grew. Now, she looks after children who need all the care, love and support a mother can give.
Peace Transitional Home is a registered NGO no. S.5914/10757 located in Kalagala, Luwero District. They work with children and young mothers. Peace Transitional Home serves the community’s most vulnerable children and young mothers. It was set up to serve as a temporary safe haven for Uganda’s vulnerable children who have been orphaned, abandoned, rejected or removed from environments that pose a threat to their health and well being.
Luwero District was the site of a fierce insurgency by the rebel group National Resistance Army and a brutal counter-insurgency by the government of Milton Obote, known as the Luwero war or the “the Bush War”, that left many thousands of civilians dead during the early to mid 1980s. The area affected by the war has come to be known as the Luwero Triangle. Kalagala is located approximately 15km by road Northwest of Bombo.
To provide a loving and nurturing short term refuge for these children, care for struggling young mothers by empowering them with the skills needed to steer the course of their lives toward a better future and to keep their families intact.
- Babies Home
The babies’ home serves orphaned, abandoned and rescued children up to the age of six years. While at the home, the children receive love, nourishment, shelter and medical attention while a plan is thoughtfully created for their future. The home is a neutral place for visiting, bonding and emotional healing before a child is permanently reunited with biological parents or known relatives. For fostering to adopt either domestically or internationally is pursued when resettlement proves impossible.
The home does farming and gardening in order to keep the children on a good diet. They plant bananas, beans, potatoes, peas and vegetables. They also rear birds like chicken, turkeys and animals like goats and rabbits. Of recent, we started a fishing pond that will not only change the diet of the children, but also be a resource through which we earn money by selling the fish.
- Vocational training.
This is mostly done for the young mothers. Since it is hard to find a job in the rural areas, we empower these young mothers with skills that could be of help to them as a business. We teach them how to weave mats and baskets, sew, and string beads and also making candles.
- Community outreach
It does not make sense if you are only caring about the babies and young mothers under your care without minding about the community you live in. Once in a while, we go out to meet and talk to the community members. If we have excess food or food in abundance, we take some of it and share with the people.
To be a fully self sufficient operation, enabling us to further extend our care to at-risk children and young mothers in greater community.
- Care worker’s Department.
Help in feeding the babies
Help in dressing the babies and taking them to the classroom.
Dusting and making their beds.
Tiding the rooms and arranging the clothes
Holding and cuddling babies, story reading to babies and playing with them.
Changing the babies
Helping the babies use the potty and taking them to bed.
- Domestic Department
Helping in washing dishes
Filling containers with water
Washing and cutting up fruits for juice preparation
Cleaning the floor and emptying the waste bins
Cleaning walls, doors and windows
Dusting rooms and removing cobwebs
Helping in washing and hanging clothes
- Nursing station
Preparing babies’ milk and food
Helping in the intensive care unit
Administering of drugs
Examination of babies
- Office Department
Running office errands when requested
Assisting in sorting out office materials when requested
Watering and mowing
Emptying dust bins
“We believe in the value of community. We believe in the ability of community to heal it’s self. Together, we are caring for Ugandan’s future.”
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