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Quarterly Newsletter Q3 (July – September 2018)

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House of Wells (H.O.W), a Non-Profit Organisation registered in South Africa & the UK exists to restore hope and dignity, and release the potential, of children and youth particularly orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children.  
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House of Wells Enrichment Centres
Quarterly Newsletter (July to September 2018)

         RESTORING HOPE, RELEASING POTENTIAL

Dear House of Wells Partners and Sponsors, THANK YOU for the life-changing role you are playing in the lives of  thousands of children and their families in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda through House of Wells.  May your sacrificial giving be a sweet aroma unto  God.

H.O.W 10th Anniversary
In August, we celebrated 10 years since House of Wells was founded in South Africa to restore hope and dignity, and release the potential of children in severe poverty through programmes that offer practical help and the skills necessary for an independent and productive life. In 2008 we started with just seven children that we called off the street into a Community Centre in NEW BRIGHTON to enjoy sports and other games. They were given stationery, bibles and food and were encouraged to live a life of purpose. Today, through 21 ENRICHMENT CENTRES across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda, over 1800 children & youth are benefiting from the work that House of Wells is doing in those 3 countries.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us since 2008, we greatly appreciate you all.  On Wednesday 8th of August 2018, all the children in our 12 Enrichment Centres in Port Elizabeth received a slice of the 10th anniversary celebration cake and a small party bag. On Saturday 11th August,  our teenagers celebrated H.O.W's 10th  Anniversary with a party.
       


H.O.W Enrichment Centres CAPE TOWN
** On the 14th of August,  Five Vitae London ambassadors visited our Centre in Phillipe Township, Cape Town. Vitae London is a Watch company that has supported H.O.W since 2014 by apportioning a certain percentage from the sale of each watch to purchase School uniforms, shoes and other educational items for the children.  It is amazing to be visited by these wonderful volunteers and we appreciate them for supporting our children with their profits.  A big thank you to William and his friends for their generosity.  May God bless them for impacting these children's lives through their business.   #yourwatchtheirfuture  
   

**Two groups of people also visited H.O.W Cape Town, this time it was our John Pama Centre in Nyanga Township, on the 4th September 2018.
(1) Michael Juma, who is a member of The Kings Family Church, (one of our partner churches in the UK) and his two friends spent quality time with our kids and gave them snacks and football kits.  Michael also raised funds via GoFundMe to buy school shoes for the House of Wells children in Cape Town.  Michael raised funds to buy some much needed school shoes for some of the children that we have in our centres. We discovered that the amount raised would be enough to buy school shoes for only 40 of our pupils and so we decided that we would give these to the worst cases that we came across, in addition to being led by the Lord to specific children.  We were directed to four out of our five Centres: Ivy Nyovane (where 8 pupils were selected), John Pama (where 8 pupils were selected), Imbasa (where 10 pupils were selected) and Siyazakha (where 14 pupils were selected).  One of the children in Siyazakha centre had tragically lost her home in a fire. We greatly appreciate Michael's kind and generous gesture, may God continue to bless the work of his hands.
      
(2) Mrs Tokunbo Ifaturoti and her Chiyowo Team were also at H.O.W Nyanga Centre. Thank you Chiyowo for all the stationery and other educational equipment that you gave the children. Thank you also, for the gifts to our Cape Town staff.
    
**Friday has been set apart as Academic Day for all children that need such support from House of Wells.  At our Centre in Ivy Nyovane School, we have begun Maths Lessons for the children. We've started with Grade 5s for now and will extend to Grade 6 in the New Year.
               
H.O.W Enrichment Centre Uganda
The last three months have been amazingly interesting in all respects, we are seeing God at work in H.O.W Uganda.  The Lusaze Kampala centre only started in February 2018 and the number of children attending has grown tremendously even without publicity.  On average, 85 kids attend our programme every Saturday (we have 130 on our register).  Despite wet weather conditions at times, which are made worse in the slummy dwellings, parents still send their kids to H.O.W.  Most parents who cannot/do not go to church see H.O.W as church for their children, a place for spiritual nourishment where they do not have to worry about what to wear. We have noticed a hunger and thirst for God in these young people, evidenced in the way they worship and praise God with an open heart.  There is a growing enthusiasm for the things of God. These young people's hunger has encouraged us to not just feed them with the milk of the word of God but with some "meaty" content.  
Lastly but equally as important to note, is the academic input. We bless God for reports from parents telling us that they are seeing improvement in their children's performance at School, attributing it to attendance of H.O.W Lessons.  Some parents/guardians have struggled with paying their children's School fees, but to the Glory of God H.O.W. was able to help a few of them with the payments. We bless God for H.O.W partners whose regular donations helped to make this possible.  

     

H.O.W Enrichment Centres Zimbabwe
We have 118 children and teenagers attending our Friday night and Saturday afternoon programmes in two H.O.W Centres in Mbizo, Kwekwe.  With the current economic challenges in Zimbabwe, many children go for days without a meal at home, so the food we serve them at the Centres has been a blessing. We run a Tuition program to help our teenagers with revision for their O Level exams, with professional teachers assisting them with Maths, English and Science lessons.  This gave the teenagers such excitement and confidence in the days leading up to their exams.  Eight of our teenagers are sitting their O Levels while five students have their A Level final Exams.  On the 14th & 15th of September, we worked with the local community to raise awareness of Cholera outbreak which has killed people in some parts of Zimbabwe.  We invited mothers of all H.O.W children as well as other mothers in the community.  Parents and children had a chance to visit the local clinic, for lessons on how to handle any Cholera patient.  It was very insightful and everyone was able to leave with useful information.

    

Testimonies and Reports from H.O.W Centres in P.E
**One afternoon at our Kleinskool Centre, the leaders decided to have a Thanksgiving and Testimony day.  One boy mentioned that during the five years that he has been attending H.O.W, God had done miracles for his family.  He said that his family didn't have much and they rarely even had food at home, yet when he joined H.O.W, things changed somehow and he believes that this is because he has learnt to trust in God and in the power of prayer which he always discusses with his family when he gets home.  Another young boy said he was grateful to H.O.W Leaders for praying for his Mum when she was sick.  He said he was thankful to God for answering that prayer and healing her.  Another testimony was given by a boy who said he used to be very rude and disrespectful to his School teachers but that when he joined H.O.W, God touched him and changed his life.  He said that we prayed for his Mum during a home visit and she got a job, and that since that visit, things have been better in his family.  The children praised and thanked God that afternoon for everything that He had done. 

**A Mother came to our New Brighton Centre one afternoon
to thank House of Wells for the lunch that her children receive, she said they went to School without food on most days.  According to her, her older children don't normally eat the bread, soup and drinks that we give them every afternoon at the Centre, but instead took them home to share with their younger brothers. 

**In another Centre, the children were asked whether they had any prayer requests,
they said they wanted prayers for their family members who are on drugs, family members with drinking problems, in unemployment and so on.  An 8-year old girl told us that sometimes she hides her mother's money so that she doesn't use it to buy alcohol, she said she and her older sister then uses it for food shopping.

**A 7-year old boy who attends our Kwazakhele Centre (in JK Zondi Primary School) was taken out of the School which meant he was no longer able to come to our After-School Enrichment Classes in that School.  His grandmother had some issues with the School teachers and stopped taking the boy to School.  His friends at House of Wells and our leaders prayed for God to step in.  
After a few weeks the grandmother brought him back to the School, saying the boy had worn her out, crying and saying he wanted to go back to House of Wells!

**This week we received a praise report from a woman whose four grandchildren attend H.O.W.   During a home visit some months ago
she asked us to pray for her daughter who abandoned her children.  She said her daughter used to attend Church regularly and was part of the worship team.  She was very upset about the whole situation, especially as she is not physically and financially in a position to look after four young grandchildren.   She came to our Walmer Centre two weeks ago and gave thanks to God that her daughter has returned home, re-dedicated her life to Christ and has started serving in church again.  

**Due to
challenges in funding this quarter, we were unable to buy the usual quantity of bread for the kids, but we thank God that the funding for soup has remained consistent.  There were days that some children only received a single slice of bread each, but were grateful that the portion of soup was the same. 

**A 6-year old boy whose
father was murdered in front of him, joined H.O.W earlier this year.  The incident has affected him psychologically and can be seen in his behaviour at School and also at our Centre.  He misbehaves and can be very disruptive, but we continue to work with him with God's wisdom and leading, we are certain that his life will be transformed and his heart healed.   We don't know the stories of all the children who attend our Centres but God does and HE has called them into H.O.W for a reason, therefore we must continue to prayerfully and professionally support and nurture them.   
           

Social/Health Care
To ensure that the interaction that House of Wells has with the children is not solely in centres during our After-School Classes, we endeavour to carry out follow up visits to their homes as well, especially when the need arises to do so.  This was the case of a 14-year-old girl in our Centre in Kwazakhele.  Our Centre Leader had noticed that she looked very ill and unkempt.  So, one afternoon she decided to walk her home and found out that the girl and her 3 younger siblings had been abandoned by their mother and had been living with their neighbour for several weeks.  We sensed she needed to be seen by a doctor urgently, so we took her to a private Medical Centre, as it could have taken days for her to be attended to in a government Hospital.  The doctor diagnosed her with TB and was grateful that we brought her in on that day or else it could have been too late.  She has now completed her treatment and is currently doing well. This is the third time this year that we have had to step in to take responsibility for the health and private medical care of the teenagers that we minister to.

Shoes donated by Harvest Christian School in Port Elizabeth
Harvest School in Port Elizabeth (P.E.) blessed H.O.W children with different types of shoes in July.  The shoes were distributed to all our Enrichment Centres in P.E.  We appreciate every parent that contributed to this initiative and pray that God will enrich them and their families in many ways.

    


2018 Christmas FOOD Hampers for H.O.W children 
  
Dear PARTNERS, WE NEED YOUR HELP
 
 .....with all the fund raising activities we've embarked on so far we've only managed to raise funds for 100 children's Christmas hampers out of the 2000 Hampers needed for all House of Wells children in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

This year, the Christmas Party for our Teenagers will be held on the 24th Nov, and for the younger kids it will be on 1st Dec 2018.  The wholesalers that supplies the food items for the hampers requires us to place the orders 2 weeks in advance and pay i.e. by the 9th of Nov because of the large quantity of items that we need.

We are asking for a donation of £5 or R100 towards each hamper.  Please kindly consider sponsoring as many children as you possibly can, and also spread the word among your family and friends.  Please join us to bring the Christmas joy to these children, many of whom are in vulnerable situations. Your gift of a food hamper may be the only Christmas gift/food they will receive during the season.  We would be eternally grateful for your help. 
Account details for Christmas donations :- 
U.K -   HSBC Bank, account name - House of Wells Ltd, account no - 31817353, sort code - 400906.   

SOUTH AFRICA -    Standard Bank (Walmer Park), account name - House of Wells Trust, account no - 201497581, branch code - 024310.  
Please use "XMAS + your SURNAME" as ref.  Thank you.

 

House of Wells PARTNERS......
On behalf of our Trustees, Staff and the children at our Enrichment Centres, we would like to express our gratitude to every Individual, Organisation, Business and Church that partner with House of Wells to enable us to carry out all our activities as a ministry.  We appreciate  every individual/church that send donations for staff salaries; partners who send money specifically for bread and soup; for the purchase of school uniforms; groceries for families; partners who pay for extra tuition classes for our Teenagers; those paying for our flight tickets to and from the Mission stations - THANK  YOU!  May heaven bless and record your sacrifices and seeds sown into the lives of these children, in Jesus' powerful name.  

Churches partnering with HOUSE OF WELLS:- City Chapel London, The King's Family Centre (TKFC) U.K, RCCG Living Water Parish (UK), Trinity Chapel (UK), The Liberty Church (UK), RCCG Bethel Parish and HARVEST Christian Church, Port Elizabeth - we are grateful for your assistance and support in various ways. 
Organisations supporting HOUSE OF WELLS:- ShopFit Group (SA), Community Chest (SA), LPS Estates (UK), VITAE London, Ambience Consult LTD (UK), Systemxnet Limited (UK), Vision Excel Ltd (UK) and Panacom Ltd (UK) - thank you so much for your consistent financial support, may God continue to bless your businesses. 


Blessings
Richard and Kemi Oyin-Adeniji


House of Wells Southern Africa
www.houseofwells.org 

 
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