We love our Ugandan Staff!

The mission of Children’s HopeChest is to help the children and communities we work in Survive, Thrive and Succeed within their own communities!  In order for this to happen, is very important to have Ugandan Staff we trust.  All work done at our CarePoints whether it is cooking, discipling, accounting, business training, grief counseling, building, painting etc is all done by local Ugandans!  At all three CarePoint we are blessed to have amazing staff we love and trust!

The village of Ongongoja is the newest CarePoint within Orphans of Teso. When we first heard about Ongongoja we were told they say of themselves “we are at the ends of the earth and no one knows we exist.”  They are at least an hours drive from any town with medical care and electricity and they had no hope for themselves or their children.  Most children could not attend school and many were truly just eating leaves to survive.  We told our friends and family about these people and everyone quickly raised their hands and said they’d love to help bring hope and love to them!  Now they say of themselves “We are a city on a hill” and they have so much HOPE!

One of the first things that needs to be done when starting a CarePoint is find Ugandan staff who want to work at the CarePoint.   Since Ongongoja is SO FAR from anything, it took very loving, generous people to want to relocate there and we are very blessed to have found just the right people who have quickly helped the CarePoint succeed!  For the last 3-4 years these staff have been living 1-3 hours drive from the CarePoint (depending on weather and road conditions) and daily make the commute to be with the kids!  This Christmas we’d love to bless them with a house right at the CarePoint so they can be more accessible for the kids, have more time to focus on them and for their safety!  They have been in three life threatening accidents in the last year during their commutes on these dangerous roads!

I am going to introduce you to a couple of these staff and ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help us build this house for them.  We need $25,000 for this home that will house multiple staff members from the Ongongoja and Obwobwo CarePonts.

Meet Clare- Ongongoja Project Coordinator Clare Apolot - Project Coordinator

How long have you worked in HopeChest?

I Have Worked In HopeChest For Three Years Now From 2015 To 2017.

Why did you choose to work for CHC?

I chose to work with CHC because of my desire to interact with children and get to understand them more.

What does your day to day look like in Ongongoja?

My day to day life in Ongongoja is that I always travel for 48 kilometres to and fro from Usuk to Ongongoja CarePoint on a daily basis. It takes me about 1 hour to reach the CarePoint. But when it is a rainy season it takes me about 2 to 3 hours on the road. On my arrival at the CarePoint the first thing we do as a staff is a devotion in the morning before engaging in any activity, this helps to strengthen our spiritual being. I closely monitor the staff I work with and also monitor and oversee three thematic areas of survive, thrive and succeed to ensure the wellbeing of the children holistically.  

In survive we help the children access midday meals and medication.  In thrive we do school visitations, discipleship and home visitations.  Community outreach is one of the day to day activities carried out in Ongongoja CarePoint. We visit the elderly, clean the borehole and other facilities like the health centers.  Filling and documentation is also part of the activities we do in our CarePoint.

What is your favourite part about your job?

The favourite part about my job is going with my colleagues for home visitations in different villages.  This makes me know the homes of these children in our program.

Meet Geoffrey- Ongongoja Project Assistant

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How long have you worked in HopeChest?

I have worked at HopeChest for four years.

Why did you choose to work for CHC?

The flexibility of CHC to meet the unique needs of the children, and the passion I have to work with children made me work for CHC.  This blesses my heart and gives me total job satisfaction.

What does your day to day look like in Ongongoja?

My day starts by traveling around 48 kilometres (To & Fro) to the CarePoint from my rented residential place. On arrival to the CarePoint, activities of the day include;

  • Morning staff daily devotion
  • Follow up on children to their homes who are either sick or who were absent during the course of the week.
  • Ensure the CarePoint staff prepares daily meals in the right quantity and quality and are ready before the children turn up for their midday meal.
  • Help CarePoint children respond to their respective sponsors mail, for those who have received mails in that particular month. If its January, May, September and December, all the CarePoint children will be helped to write either schedule letters, thank you Cards or Christmas Card, depending on the months.
  • Support sick children with access to medical support.
  • Counsel children with different and unique concerns.
  • Documentation and filing of children’s details
  • Conducting and facilitating discipleship programs
  • And any other tasks assigned to me by my supervisor.

What is the favourite part about your job?

The favorite part about my job is visiting children in their homes, because it gives me opportunity to understand a child beyond the CarePoint.

Please donate today to help us provide a home for these crucial staff at the Ongongoja CarePoint!



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