Hope Ofiriha

We empower women and children living in rural communities to overcome social injustice, disease, illiteracy, and poverty. Our small-scale interventions enhance their social and economic well being and help them reach their potential.
Sep 26, 2011

Planting Passion Fruit

Sample Passion Fruit!
Sample Passion Fruit!

 $25 - buys 30 seedlings passion fruit trees ready for planting!

The most commonly planted fruit trees in Omilling are pawpaw trees. But passion fruit and avocado trees can also produce good results. Different varieties produce their fruit at different times of the year. The fruit of early ripening trees tends not to keep well whereas later ripening varieties are suitable for storing over a long time.

 A key factor getting a successful crop is the tree’s rootstock. To ensure a productive tree, nurseries attach part of one tree to another recommended for growing fruit. This is called grafting, allowing you to benefit from the healthy rootstock of one tree and the tasty fruit of another.

The villagers are also aware of the potential size of the tree that will grow to and whether it’s self-fertilizing. Self-fertile trees will produce fruit without the need for another tree to pollinate. They also know if the tree is not self-fertile it will need to be paired with another one.

The project has planted 60 passion fruits trees because it grows quicker and people see the outcomes in months. The project is planting to plant avocade, pawpaw, and more passion fruit trees. 

Your gift will dramatically change the lives of poor families in Onura, by reducing the rate of waterborne disease, sparing women and children from the long trips to fetch water, and improving the general health of the people. 

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Sep 26, 2011

Tests for Malaria are not Work in Omilling

A sick child from Malaria gets from Ambulance!
A sick child from Malaria gets from Ambulance!

Omilling health post need microscope badly!

 $145 – you donated is in bank account – but we still need $1355 to reach our goal!

When a person living in a malaria area gets a fever, health workers need to know the cause to make absolutely sure they give the right treatment.

For many years in Omilling primary health workers have often assumed a fever is caused by malaria, and give antimalarial drugs. This approach means sometimes people receive the wrong treatment for their illness. It also wastes resources and, over time, can promote resistance to available drugs.

These days, confirming a diagnosis of malaria infection is done by detecting parasites in a blood sample using a microscope. This requires a trained staff – health post at Omilling has one, but reagents and equipments all which are not there – including a microscopes.

We still need your help to put the finishing touches on this project to help local people to get out from the cycle of malaria infections. Children are paying a higher price!

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Sep 18, 2011

September; how to construction clay stove

A new trainer
A new trainer

$2 – pays for making 2 clay stoves! $10 – pays for making 10 clay stoves!

Stoves made of clay are better for cooking than a traditional 3 stone fire. They use less wood, saving money if firewood is bought, or time if firewood is collected. They produce less smoke, and protecting the health of children, and children in the kitchen. The stoves burn hotter, and will cook food quicker.

Because the stoves use less wood, they help to preserve the trees and the environment. Often children are injured by fire. A stove reduces such accidents. Also stove improves hygiene in the kitchen making easier to clean the pots.

The stoves can be constructed using locally available materials, for a cost of maybe $1 (US). A selling price of $2 or more allows for creation of a profitable business, and still gives buyers a quick return on investment. A single stove can be constructed in less than one hour, once practice and experience is gained.

September 17, 2011; our donors have contributed $1,717 towards a budget goal of $65,000. This is really good. We are able to help many women now than before. Since April we have been setting small goal of fundraising. When the amount is reach we increase the goal until the total budget is collected.

The 5 women selected in June to be trained to make clay stoves had been delayed due to change of the location, and heavy rain. These women will be trained in Uganda, and in December we will be training in Onura when it stops raining. Training starts this September.

In three months to come new field updates will be posted, and also we will report on how your contribution is making impact on the lives of women in Onura.

 

 

 

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