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!
$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.
A section of Onura village has taken up bee-keeping to make money.
The village had to diversify after long periods of heavy rain which caused the death of hundreds of its bees, and destroyed several hives. It has been a painful experience for the Onura women because of the value they attach to their bee - keeping, and their honey.
But the bee-keeping project has enabled them to sell honey in their own market and also outside Magwi County.
Six bee-hives will be given to three families, and also five women will be receiving training in bee-farming. The trainees have been selected.
In three months to come a new update will be posted, and also we will report on how your contributions are making impact on the lives of women.
We still need your help to put the finishing touches on this project to help local women to get out of the cycle of poverty.