Nov 18, 2019

A village group with a vision

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sacco group

We had agreed to meet at 7am with Stella, the programs administrator, to visit one of the active groups in the community. This is a group with nearly 80 members. They are comprised of young men and women, who are determined to transform their lives. The group membership also includes widowers who are working hard to pay the school fees of their children.  Many of the members are stone cutters, farmers, small scale businesses.  

This group is very active and very strict with attendance. "Members who do not attend get fined" Stella explained to me. 

So when I arrived in the meeting, I was really excited to see how they carry out and manage their savings. I watched as their team leader, read out the names of all members. 

Everyone sat down under a large mango tree, and with the warmth of the morning sun, the grass around dried off from the morning dew. All were excited about the day. It is also the day that they get to meet each other, it's their support group. They share stories, many times they share their challenges too.  

The team leader meticulously counted the cash as each member handed in their savings for the period. Another team leader recorded all in the big blue counter book. Once all monies were collected, it was counted out and read out loud for all to hear. This is transparency.

The next exercise is to inquire if there are members present who would want to borrow from the pool.

At the end of the exercise, they also save for a member who has lost a close relative. This to me is solidarity. They stand for one another. This group has now become their family. They gave me an opportunity to speak, and I was honoured to do this. I shared with them about community health insurance which I believe, that in addition to saving for their businesses, they will save for their health too. They listened attentively and asked a lot of critical questions. 

The learning here is the solution this group has found for themselves to drive out poverty.  I hope to go back there another day.

I hope that you will also consider supporting them to grow. To increase their savings. Join me in my next visit and training with other groups. There are over 250 savings groups in the community. They need more direction and training.   They need more guidance and support to grow their groups better. Be part of this team and grow with them.

Thank you for your support and hope to hear from you how you would like to support these groups

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Sep 23, 2019

Parents and the Community

Classroom
Classroom

The new term has begun and the children have all reported on time.

We have continued to maintain positive relationships with parents and the community through a variety ways as the term begins. When we make our regular visits to members of the community, we encourage them to share with us what they are looking forward to seeing in this term and the years to come. Some of the ones we are not able to visit, we ensure that the information is shared with them. On a termly basis, parents are given mini-report slips which share with them some of the targets that they have expressed. As a school we celebrate not only academic targets but personal and social ones too. We have also made sure that we attend most of the functions in the community as well as meeting our local leaders on a regular basis, keeping them updated on the activities of the school. Weare grateful to our wonderful parents for their support and co-operation that has enabled the school to continue to grow at a slow but steady pace. We keep them informed regularly on the activities of the school and are happy to see that from time to time they come and visit the school and inquire about the academic progress and welfare of their children.

One parent who is very excited for the new term is Ms. Sunday. She has praised the management of Agape Christian School, for bringing a school in their village. For many years, parents in this community have struggled to send their children to school, and for the little children, it was always a struggle to walk 5km to the nearest school. And it was for this reason that many children skipped the early learning education.

She is now happy that her 3year old daughter can now go to school without getting very tired. She is happy with the teachers and can make a visit to school anytime to understand more about early learning education.

We are continuing to make good progress with the School Development Plan (SDP). We thank our partners and sponsors for opening doors for this community in terms of education. There are still many children in this community who are unable to attend school because of various challenges. 

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Sep 3, 2019

Fighting Non communicable diseases

medical camp and marathon
medical camp and marathon

NUTRITION

A healthy baby builds a wealthy family

During this month, KCIU aimed at improving the nutrition status of babies and the families where they come from as a sickly baby, calls for continuous hospital visits and hence spending. A number of activities have been carried out to improve the nutrition level and the health status of babies and their mothers

 

OUTREACH PROGRAM

KCIU through its outreach program has continued to deliver medical to areas with limited access to up to date developments, during this month, KCIU has managed to reach over 2000 people providing services such as malaria tests and treatment, HIV testing and counselling, and a number of other tests, further more during this program, KCIU has guided people on how to feed and maintain a healthy body so that they can raise proper families, they are also trained to save for life through the savings for health program(CHI).

 

MARATHON AND MEDICAL CAMPS

This year KCIU is holding its second annual marathon and this time it is coming with giving back to the community through health medical camps that will last for a period of one week starting Monday 9th September and will be climaxed by the marathon on Saturday 14th September 2019. The marathon is intended to fundraise for the purchase of NCD diagnosing and treatment equipment that will help in the diagnosing of non-communicable diseases to help de congest the referral hospitals in the Acholi sub region. The medical camps will be used to collect information through screening for NCDs and giving of startup medication if found positive.

 

NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES THE NEW SILENT KILLERS.

Gulu district is a big district with very few health facilities, many people travel miles to go to the Regional referral hospital for just a glucose test or a cancer scan, many elderly people have lived with non- communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes for many years and they only remember to go to health facilities when it is too late.

KCIU health facilities being strategically located in the remote sub counties of Gulu in Unyama and Bungatira would like to raise funds this year, through their annual marathon planned on the 14th of September 2019 and all the proceeds collected will be directed towards the purchase of NCD diagnosis and treatment machines to support all kinds of people especially the elderly who these silent killers are mainly attacking.

With early diagnosis, treatment and a complete referral network, several risk factors are to be eliminated and hence saving lives. Patients and care givers do not have to bear the pain of seeing their elderly family members die or loose body parts through amputation because they did not have money and means to make it to the referral hospitals for testing and early treatment.

Sadly, Ruth and her family have been traumatised by the recent death of her father, due to a related non communicable disease.

On one fate full Tuesday morning, Ruth hopped on a motocycle with her 64 year old hypertensive and diabetic father to one of the KCIU health facilities, she could not handle the pain her father was going through and tears kept rolling down her eyes. Ruth explained to the nurses that he had been convulsing and losing consciousness for the last two weeks and did not know what was wrong. On making a quick glucose test he was discovered to be very ill but KCIU would not afford any other treatment as they do not have treatment mechanisms for such diseases and the in charge decided to refer them to the nearest referral hospital. After three weeks, Ruth returned to the health facility to inform us that her beloved father had lost his battle to diabetes because of late detection and the disease had destroyed his inner organs. With the acquisition of NCD treatment components, KCIU will be able to carry out early diagnosis on the people living in rural areas and offer early treatment for such diseases. This will help check on the rising number of deaths.

On 14th September, the medical camp and marathon will be run to raise awareness about non- communicable diseases. 

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