Viola was the third child to arrive at Malayaka House. Fun loving, devoted and full of love, Viola one day hopes of becoming a pilot. She has always loved greeting volunteers at the airport and often made note of which way the wind was blowing as we drove by the Entebbe International Airport windsock. She had even had the opportunity to fly in a plane, which left her at a loss for words with excitement. She’s an amazing kids who has grown into a thoughtful, caring and bright young woman. Here’s to dreams! You can help make it a reality.
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How Malayaka House began…
Our organization was started in 2005 with the rescue of one child, Malayaka, and quickly grew as the local Ugandan Authorities found more children in desperate need of medical attention, proper nutrition, and a place they could call home. Once our founder Robert Fleming saw the state of these children – Bobo, Viola, John, Jimmy, Che – he could not turn away as so many others had. He accepted responsibility for these children and although he was just visiting the country at the time, he decided to find a place for everyone to live, scraped together some funding and quickly hired some women to help care for the ailing children who were now in his care. Our orphanage home had been born, and it was named for the baby who started it all…Malayaka House.
We have grown from that precarious beginning to a bustling home with 36 children in our care, ranging in age from infant to 19 years. Each one of them is a survivor of severe neglect, abuse or abandonment, but they are all thriving in our environment of unconditional love and support. We are a family in every way, and these are our children. They each have different needs and personalities and add to the dynamic in their own way. We have learned so much from them and have delighted in watching as their wounds healed, their bellies grew, and their feet began to take those precious first steps towards new beginnings.
Wonderful experience. I was surprised by the friendliness of the people, the vast majority of caring, a good heart. The workers of the house as all the people that I’ve gone on the road and found in different parts of Uganda, have made me feel safe, quiet and welcome at all times. I’ve also been lucky enough to visit the country and activities as rafting in Jinja, a boat ride Ssese Islands, a safari or meet one of the dreams of my life, to see mountain gorillas in the wild. … And I can tell little children that has not been said already. For me, perhaps most importantly, beyond even the happy moments that I have posed is that, having heard the stories so hard that hide behind every one of them, are back smiling. They now have the opportunity to be happy and make others happy, thank you.
Volunteer in Uganda, July-August 2010
Giving thanks is important, not only on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. We all have so much to be thankful for: the kids, Aunties and Uncles at Malayaka House, the communities we work with, our volunteers and all our supporters near and far.
Without the kids, each of our lives would not be as rich and wonderful! Brightening our days and bringing so much joy to us each and every day. Seeing each grow and develop into such strong, loving, intelligent and fun people makes your heart glow. We could not be more thankful that each child at Malayaka House has come into our family.
The Aunties and Uncles who are a vital part of the Malayaka House Family, and for this we are thankful. By caring and nurturing each of the kids and being so friendly and helpful to all of our volunteers, we can not imagine our lives without them! By opening their hearts, the lives of our kids are enriched and even better than we could have dreamed of.
We are so thankful for the communities we have the opportunity to work with, both in Uganda and abroad. The impact Malayaka House can have is beyond the immediate needs of food, shelter, education and medicine, but to broadening our own and others’ sense of belonging to one another. Whether creating sustainable living systems for a children’s home or doing a presentation for a school thousands of miles away from Uganda, we are one big community and one big Family.
We are beyond grateful for all of our volunteers. Malayaka House is run on volunteer efforts, time, energy and donations. Without the volunteers in the Malayaka House Family, all of our efforts would not be possible. From running markets in Spain to hosting film screenings across the United States to sharing their time and skills with our kids, community and projects in Uganda, volunteers are at the heart of all we do.
On Thanksgiving, and every day, we give thanks and share our gratitude! Interested in showing your gratitude with Malayaka House? Donations can be made online: http://www.malayakahouse.org (English) http://www.malayakahouse.es (España)
Announcing Our New Initiative –The Mobil Medical Clinic
Health care in our area of Uganda is lacking for many, but for orphaned children it is non-existent. Most of the children in surround in gorphanage homes haven ever had a medical examination. In our efforts to improve the health of Ugandan children, we have developed a Mobil Medical Clinic that will visit orphanage homes and schools, examine the children, begin medical records, and work to treat health concerns that are found. We began with three excellent doctors from Spain: Dr. Sara Gayoso (GeneralPractitioner), Dr. Rocio Garcia de Arboleya (GeneralSurgery) and Dr. Eduardo Garcia Soblechero (Pediatrician), who visited 7 different locations and examined 120 children. Their preliminary findings were that most of the children suffered from malnutrition, illnesses related to infantile malnutrition, and dental disease.
The doctors also met with local medical centers which have agreed to support our mobile clinic, and have begun the important collaboration process with the orphanage homes and schools where these children reside.
With communication begun and files started, the doctors have returned to Spain to analyze the data and present us with their findings. We will then continue to work with doctors from both Spain and the US to grow our fledgling Mobil Clinic and take the necessary steps to improve the health of as many Ugandan children as possible.