Change A Life Uganda

Our mission is to change the lives of the children and their families in Uganda through education,health care, and income generating projects. ChangeALife Uganda is working in Uganda to improve the lives of orphaned and disadvantaged children and their families in rural Migyera and in semi-urban Nabbingo. We focus primarily on children, the catalyst for change and the hope of the future, with 275 students in our growing educational sponsorship program; our goal is 500. The students are from poor families, many would not be able to attend school because of school fees, nor would they receive quality education, which is available only at good private schools. Our students are selected based on...
Jan 29, 2015

Women Gain Experience On A New Sewing Machine

Jill helps a new trainee
Jill helps a new trainee

Jill Niehaus, from Colts Neck Reformed Church in New Jersery and cofounder of the Tailoring Program with Ginne Hooper, donated a beautiful new peddle operated sewing machine to the women's Tailoring Program. We hand carried the new machine from NJ on our trip to Uganda last summer.  I was delighted to receive the following feedback from our Uganda coordinator, Clair Namukwaya.

"The sewing machine sent by Jill is very useful as it gives the women more experience in sewing especially with its different stitches. Some of the trainees have adjusted their training hours. Some come as early as 10am and some leave as late as 6pm so they can also have a chance at using the machine. The machine is most liked by all the trainees and in the future it might malfunction due to the many people using it. It is better than the other machines because it is swifter to us and provides a variety of stitches."

The women are asked to bring fabric, books and pencils to the class. ChangeALife Uganda provides scissors, thread, machine needles, tape measures, tailors chalk, seam rippers, lubricating oil, bobbins and bobbin cases among items.  The cost is bugeted at 10,000 Uganda shillings or $3.50 per trainee.  

Clair reports that with our limited number of sewing machines at times there are four women on the one machine.  A new quality sewing machine is 450,000 Uganda shillings or $160. Adding a stand increases the cost by 200,000 Uganda shillings or $70.

We invite you to help our Tailoring Program with:

  • a small donation for the costs of supplies for one woman, five women, ten women or more.  
  • If you would like to contribute toward purchasing a new sewing machine, the women in our program would be most grateful.
Our beautiful new sewing machine...thank you Jill
Our beautiful new sewing machine...thank you Jill
Nov 20, 2014

Women to Receive Improved Maternity Services - Next Need is Lab Equipment

Women waiting to see the doctor.
Women waiting to see the doctor.

This summer Dr. Linda Taylor joined us our health team when we visited the St. Francis Health Center in Migyera.  As a GYN physician she offered to conduct physical exams and cerivcal cancer screenings for women. Her schedule was packed with 115 appointments and many other women on a wait list. With the portable ultrasound machine which Linda carried on her back in a backpack she was able to exam the women and diagnois fibroids, a pregnancy and other problems.  The ultra sound uses sound waves to make a picture of the organs - the bladder, ovaries, uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes.  

While the village women were waiting to see Dr. Taylor, we interviewed them and asked them how to improve the maternity services at St. Francis Health Center. They unanimously responded with a request for an ultra sound machine.  The nearest one is 50 miles away in Luweero.

Thanks to a generous donation from Joseph Temple in remembrance of his wife Ann Temple, the health center will now have an ultra sound along with other specialized equipment for the maternity unity. Healthy mothers means healthy babies.  We are very grateful to Joseph Temple, Dr. Taylor's father. 

Our Next Goal is to upgrade our Laboratory 

Fifty miles is a very long distance for our patients to travel and usually by motorcycle for certain lab tests. (For example - complete blood counts (CBC) are done to monitor overall health, to screen for some diseases and to confimr a diagnois of a medical condition e.g.  anemia, infection and leukemia.) 

Laboratory Needs

  1. Complete Blood Count Machine (CBC)
  2. CD+4 Machine
  3. Rotator (Agitator)
  4. Micro litre pipettes i.e. 10-100, 10-1000 micro liters
  5. Bio safety cabin
  6. Incubator
  7. Electric centrifuge
  8. Clinical Chemistry Machine

We would appreciate any contribution large or small toward upgrading our laboratory services and improving the health of our children and families in Migyera. 

  

Dr. Taylor examining a patient
Dr. Taylor examining a patient
Lab Technician at St. Francis Health Center
Lab Technician at St. Francis Health Center
St. Francis Health Center
St. Francis Health Center
Nov 20, 2014

Water Harvesting Tanks Needed for Families

Thatched roof house
Thatched roof house

Our school, health center and the local community finally have access to clean water from the new 512' well which we launched July 2014.  

But what about our families who live outside of Migyera town?  The well cannot support this rural community which still gets its water each day from the green colored, contaminated rain collecting dams. Our children and families continue to be impacted by illnesses from water born diseases, absenteeism from school due to poor menstrual hygiene, poor latrine and bathroom hygiene.

What is ChangeALife Uganda's plan to bring clean water to these families and improve the hygiene of the community?   Our new WASH program (Water, Sanitation and Health) is the next step.  One objective to be addressed by our WASH program is improved access to safe water for 75 households by December 2017. This will include construction of water harvesting infrastructure to provide clean water for domestic use. 

We have 209 children in our sponsorship program who come from low resourced households. We aim to ensure that at least 50% of these families have access to clean water within the next four years. This method is a convenient household option and no energy is required to collect the water.  As such, every year we propose

  • to replace 25 roofs in 25 homes from grass thatch to metal sheets to collect the rain water 
  • install gutters
  • install a water collection tank and a
  • filtration system.

Another part of our WASH program is that the beneficiaries will refund 50% in small installments which will be used to scale up the project in subsequent years.

You can help our families access clean water and replace their thatch roof with metal sheeting and install gutters, a collection tank and a filtration system.  Total cost for one house is $1200. 

Metal roof:            

     Description                                                    Price

  • 30 gauge Iron sheet roof coverings       $200   (20 pieces)
  • 30 gauge Iron sheet roof coverings       $100   (10 pieces)
  • 30 gauge Iron sheet roof coverings       $10       (1 piece)
  • Roof Framing                                         $382
  • Roof Finish                                            $125

Ceiling Construction

  • Cement                                                  $35
  • Assorted Nails                                       $15
  • Sand                                                      $40
  • Ceiling joists                                          $85
  • Banderings & mesh                               $45
  • Labor                                                     $70

Rain Harvesting

  • Gutters                                                  $50
  • 500 Liter Havesting tank                     $130
  • Down Pipe and diameter bends            $25
  • Labor                                                     $60

Water Purification System                              $130

Rain harvesting tank and roof from metal sheets
Rain harvesting tank and roof from metal sheets
Child drinking clean water
Child drinking clean water

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