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Loved Children’s Centre

120 children have overcome severe malnutrition due to the work of LOVED’s day centre.

LOVED is a children’s centre established in the heart of Namatala, Mbale’s largest urban slum, where children are able to come and access nutritional meals, early years play and stimulation and medication in a safe, loving space. 

LOVED works with children as young as 6 months old and when they reach school age, they join JENGA’s education sponsorship program. As well as being in the lowest poverty bracket, these children often have additional needs due to malnutrition, or the neglect they are facing at home due to their disability or parents’ addiction.

Whilst the children are at the day centre, LOVED offers parenting trainings on topics such as first aid and early years learning, in addition to savings groups and vocational skills trainings, so LOVED parents can be equipped to provide for their families on their own.

As LOVED’s work expands, our community centre was built to host trainings such as nutrition, safeguarding and Alcoholics Anonymous support groups for the wider community. 

As of May 2023, we have 51 children in the day care, 30 children in our community feeding programme and 60 children in early education. This year, our estimated impact is 1,066 members of the community through our broader community programmes. 

If you would like to find out more about the work we do, please have a look at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lovedchildren.

Joy’s Story

In 2018, Both of Joy’s parents were alcoholics and they were unable to provide food for her, so she became severely malnourished. At 6 months old she was weighing only 2kg and had several admissions in the government nutrition ward. After she was discharged from the hospital, she joined LOVEDs day care programme under the nutritional guidance of the hospital Nutritionist. Through LOVEDs feeding programme, Joy began to gain weight and her parents had hope that she would survive.

With support from the counselling and AA programme, Joy’s dad eventually stopped drinking and he now works as a chef in a local restaurant so that he can sustainably provide for the wider needs of his family. As for Joy, she is now thriving at nursery school and enjoys coming to LOVED for lunch each day for a nutritional boost.

Names have been changed to protect identities