Childcare Development Organisation Uganda

Childcare and Development Organisation Uganda, is a registered (S.5914/4476), local non-profit organisation seeking to improve the socio-economic well being of vulnerable and orphaned children and families with our current focus in Gulu District- Uganda. CDO Uganda is a story of commitment by its founders to bring love, hope and help to address the challenges faced by thousands of children in Northern Uganda, who have been orphaned by 23 years civil war and affected by the HIV AIDS pandemic, they are in need of health, education and care. Since its inception in 2001, CDO Uganda has developed in size and scope to provide health, education and child development, agriculture and food ...
May 19, 2014

Rainy season and Malaria!

testing for malaria
testing for malaria

I bring you much greetings and I am always happy to share with you our stories, our dear friends and partners.

 

It is the rainy season here in Gulu and the rainy season is always a blessing in many ways, because it means that the farmers will begin to see their crops growing, but for the health team it is a time to brace for the different ailment that the rains bring along. This time around there is also plenty of mangoes, which is good for the children. But we always see the number of diarrhoea case rising because children eat these fruits right from the tree without washing them. The rainy season also brings along a rise in the number of malaria cases. The water puddles that gather around homes provide the right breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In addition to this, with the rains the roads are muddy and wet, but this does not affect the peoples’ spirit to work. The health staffs continue serving the patients that visit the clinics with unwavering hard work.

 

Many children are brought in with severe malaria. For the health staff they are always on the lookout for these cases because they know how dangerous this can be if a child is not treated immediately. This is what happened to Sheila Anena when she was brought in the clinic on one Monday morning, she could hardly walk. She had a high temperature and was vomiting profusely. Her mother was very worried!. When she was tested for malaria, she was found to be having malaria parasite in her blood. She was given treatment and by the end of the day she was feeling a lot better.

 

The Karin Clinics see over 80% cases of malaria in children. In the last three months over 906 children tested positive for malaria. For many of these children over 50% of these children are under five years old. Malaria brings a lot of challenges to the family. It means that the child cannot go to school, the mother cannot also work because they have to take care of their sick children.

 

We are requesting for funds for mosquito nets. We are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.

 

Our success is due to your untiring support. It is a great partnership and we hope to continue having you by our side.

Sheila and mother
Sheila and mother

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Feb 12, 2014

health care

Dear Friends!

We have very good news to share with you!

The year 2014 has began with a lot of energy. You may recall that at the end of the year review meetings held in 2013, we agreed to work harder to serve more people in these remote villages. We all acknowledged our achivements and agreed that there was still more that we could do. We are happy that the communities appreciate our work and this is shown when they come back to thank us for the services that we are providing at the health centres and how we are ensuring that adequate drug supply is available for patients that we serve everyday.

In the past months we have made it our priority to ensure that our stock out does not recurr. We keep improving our inventory systems and order time. Donations continue to be used to cover essential drugs in the health centre and to support the vulnerable who cannot afford health care. We ensure that we stock anti malarials, anti biotics, test kits for malaria, thypoid stool, etc. Making sure that our stock always includes children’s medication.

Outreach programmes are ongoing in one health centre and plans are underway to expand our services to other villages. We plan to educate mothers and community members about safe drinking water and sanitation.   We also plan to provide drinking water to enable the children have clean drinking and cooking water.

Contaminated water and lack of clean drinking water continue to pose a big problem to many children in the communities, and these are recurring problems in schools and many homes in Gulu, impeding the growth and development of children.

Based on the clinical data and results, skin conditions, intestinal worms, and diarrhoel diseases continue to rank high among children visiting the health centres, contributing to nearly 40% of the cases. It is our plan to encourage mothers to provide clean drinking water as this will play a key role in reducing malnutrition, child mortality and to further improve their quality of life.

Many thanks to everyone for trusting in our project to be the liaison between vulnerable communities who need help. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Feb 6, 2014

giving the children an opportunity

At the end of the children
At the end of the children's meeting

At the end of the program review last month, it was recommended that there was need to review this project. The project for a school exchange programme for school children previously living in former internally displaced camps needed to change direction and accomodate other needs for the children.

The months from November to February is our long holidays for children. It is the time for children to visit friends and relatives and help at home too.  The children enjoyed their Christmas with their families. The group has been doing great progress and working on many different art-fields: painting, crafts and recycled-magazines objects for day to day life.

We wanted to use this long holidays because the school year is about to start and the children and project leaders had a review on the school exchange programme. We wanted to see how we can review the programme to make sense to everyone. During this review we engaged children to say what they wanted changed with the current programme and what they wanted to see different. And therefore they had to pay special attention during this meetings.  We organised this over the weekend, we organized a 'meeting day' in which children chaired the meetings and came with ideas of how to make their group more vibrant. Actually, creativity exploded and children came up with the most amazing ideas for thier group.

The children wanted to see 2014 with new projects: refurbishing their resource centre with new books and playing items, they wanted more children added and new objectives too. They wanted their parents to be more connected to this project, and even offering them workshops that give them skills to raise a child in the best possible way (nutrition, cooking classes, urban farming, violence prevention, etc)

You are more than welcome to visit us if you are traveling through Uganda and see with your own eyes what you are making possible with your support. We are very grateful for your help.

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