HOW do we measure Success?
"We are often asked this and our first answer is through our stories. When a 14 year old mom is kicked out of her family and village and wants to end life because she is pregnant from rape, but doesn’t……..and chooses hope and family and love ……..we consider it success. When that same 16 year old two years later skips joyfully through our gates with her 2 year old child to drop her off in childcare because she has to hurry off to High School choosing education and hope….we consider it success. We have many stories like this that you can find on our blog but we do have STATS below if you like numbers! We measure success when sustainability happens (a mom is working and earning enough money to support her family) and when family preservation is at the heart of every woman and child we serve. We believe in the family unit and we believe that with a little help, every abandoned woman and child can have a story of success. And that success is built on relationships, the very heart and strength of the James Place."
Tina Weir – Founder of HEAL Ministries and Director of the James Place
Statistics updated August 2016
- To date, 67 international interns along with 8 local interns have volunteered their time to serve alongside the local staff. Many have met requirements for their higher education.
- Since 2010, 25 teams have served HEAL in Jinja totaling 225 people that said YES to the call to Africa!
- 26 students attend Preschool daily from our childcare program.; 14 are registered in our 4 and 5 year old Preschool program and 12 are registered in our 3 and 4 year old Preschool program.
- Over 24,000 eggs have been served to the children in our childcare program, providing much needed protein in their diets.
- 30 women started producing crops in their own back yard from the FARMING GOD’S WAY program taught at the James Place. These women are producing crops to feed and support their families.
- 9 abandoned teenage moms were reunited with their families in the village.
- Family preservation is our focus and out of 212 moms, 210 of those moms have chosen to keep their families together.
- Safe House: We have a safe house off property for women and young girls who are in a dangerous situation. This safe haven provides for up to 4 families at a time. 16 families have benefited from this
Projects - In the last year, many improvements have been made at the James Place to help us become more sustainable. These include the following:
- 2 chicken coops provide eggs for our children and sustainability for the chicken program through the sale of broilers.
- 1 covered cement bathing area provides protection for our children while eating and bathing.
- 1 drainage ditch (10 feet wide and 15 feet deep) was added to ensure the safety from standing water and mosquitoes which helps prevent malaria.
- 1 protective awning was built to expand the artisan program area and accommodate the many women in our program.
- 1 goat pen that houses up to 12 goats was built to save approximately $3,000 a year with goat milk for our children.
- The playground areas for the children were renovated, including swing sets, a baby area, monkey bars, and boda tires, with metal to prevent damage from heavy rains and termites.
100% of our support comes from individual donors and churches that have the same passion to continue family preservation and sustainability. Become one of these donors today.