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Our Aunties Rock!

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Awesome Aunties!

Awesome Aunties!

It is impossible to speak of Malayaka House without speaking about the Aunties’ contribution and sacrifice to our cause. Their love and care brought our babies back from death’s door to complete recovery, and we owe them everything. Our Aunties are seven very special women who are the nurses, teachers, chefs, housekeepers, guardians, friends, role models and mothers to our children. They adore each and every child as if they were their own, something priceless to a child who has no other family to speak of.

As every mother knows, raising children is a tiresome and often selfless act, let alone in an environment established for recovering and rehabilitating sick and broken kids. The Aunties have the responsibility of bringing the kids back, both physically and mentally, and there is only one way of doing this, which is through love and compassion. Our team of “All-Star Aunties” has perfected the art. They have crafted a family that revolves around equality, friendship, and respect.

MH Aunties Flo

It is hard to imagine that one Auntie can put 20 children to sleep, in the same room, and succeed. The Aunties do this every day with a skill and expertise that has become renowned. When the Aunties go about their work they do not struggle or stress, even if a kid is flipping out and chaos is everywhere. The Aunties are calm, collected, and in full control. This makes it comfortable and less intimidating for our many wonderful volunteers to get 

involved because not only are they caring for the children, young and old, they are also meeting the needs of our steady flow of guests and visitors.

Auntie Robina harvesting to cook up a storm!

Auntie Robina harvesting to cook up a storm!

Caring for the little ones is easy compared to managing our 15 teenage girls, but the Aunties have found their way with them as well, and they have done so by building strong relationships. Every child in the house depends on the Aunties to guide and counsel them through their problems. They are consistent, light-hearted, and peaceful, the ingredients that allow everyone to participate on their own accord. If an Auntie asks someone to do something, the task is accomplished whole heartedly and immediately. The kids work alongside the Aunties every chance they get, and because they are appreciated for their contributions, and efforts they always come back to help out the next time around.

Saturday Safari with the Aunties

Saturday Safari with the Aunties

Each of our Aunties was found in our local village of Lunyo, within walking distance of our home. Like many Ugandan women, they were all in desperate states, most with children of their own but unable to find work to support their family. They tried to depend on men to support them, but often that situation was not in their best interest, to say the least.

Laughter fills the day at Malayaka House!

Laughter fills the day at Malayaka House!

The Aunties create their own rotating schedule, with two staying with the children at night. They manage this among themselves and work together to adjust it as needed. Their independence extends to their lives outside of Malayaka House, to include bank accounts, identification, and healthcare… benefits the majority of Ugandan women do not have access to. We pay them a competitive wage because they earn it, and then some. We wish we could pay them more. They are each the highest wage-earners of their households and are now able to support themselves, their children, and their extended families.

We hold our Aunties in the absolute highest regard. It is because of them that our children are thriving.

How Malayaka House began

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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.

Malayaka all smiles at the beach!

Malayaka all smiles at the beach!

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.

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We are stronger together!

The orphanage community is exhausted and overwhelmed with the growing number of children in dire straits. Malayaka House has observed the addition of 6 new orphanage homes to our community just in the past 3 years, which are all full to capacity. There is still no space for newly rescued children. The question remains…what happens to the children who don’t make it into a home?

This question is our motivation to reach out to every home in our area and offer assistance however we can. Some are better equipped than others, but all are trying to help these threatened children.

In theory, everyone knows that we are stronger together, and this is what we strive to accomplish with our community in Uganda. One shining example of this is the close relationship Malayaka House has built with a new and very special babies’ home. We share resources and knowledge with them, and care for each other’s children like they are our own. The kids are very best friends with one another, sharing birthday parties and sleepovers. With support and continued diligence, we hope to build more relationships such as this with our other sister homes, so that less children are left to the streets.

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