Dec 10, 2018

Improving women's empowerment

Organising women to challenge the existing norms and culture in efforts to promote their well being has not been an easy task and in this present era of globalisation and rapid developments, the problem of poverty still remains as an important area of  concern  in  many  parts  of  the  world.  In  2000,  the United Nations  declared  the  Millennium  Development  Goals  (MDGs)  and  one  of  the  goals  is to halve the proportion of people  below the poverty line by 2015.  

Poverty is a human deprivation  and  blocks  the  access  of  the  poor  to  mainstream  institutions  delivering  services  like education, health, nutrition, training, credit, market linkages and technology.  

Most of the developing countries like Uganda have a dual financial system  with  an  informal  and  a  formal  financial  sector. The poor and lower-income people are usually left out from the formal financial system. The lack of access to the formal financial sector is a result of the lack of the collateral required due to risks involved in lending but also due to high costs involved  in small-scale  financial  services  and  weak  legal  enforcement. The banks  have  always been  reluctant  to  serve  the  poor, especially  the  asset-less, who cannot offer any collateral. Moreover, rural poor find the formal institutions alien and inaccessible.

To bridge this gap, karin is empowering women groups around the Karin health centers through micro loan projects that enable households to become self-reliant. Other projects include modern dairy farming, artisan training, Bio-sand filter safe water, value chain management, energy saving stoves, etc..Empowered households will be able to take care of their health, send their children to school and increase local incomes.

Since 90% of Northern Uganda's population are agriculturalists, most of these farmers are being skilled to put away their rudimentary tools and practices to embrace modern methods of farming which yield higher returns, market access and are friendly to the environment.

Karin as an organisation, is very pleased with this tremendous progress, when the community is organised, it is easier to channel support to them. Some members have been trained in making energy-saving stoves. These stoves are made from local materials including clay. We hope that members can make these stoves and sell them and in addition incorporate these in their homes. We are very grateful for partners like you for changing the lives of our community members. We encourage you to keep supporting our projects as we strive to make this world a better place.


Dec 10, 2018

Giving children a better start in life

Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course of every child. At Karin we believe that the foundations for virtually every aspect of human development – physical, intellectual and emotional– are laid in early childhood.

It's also important to note that what happens during these early years (starting in the womb) has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and well-being– from tropical diseases like malaria, and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status.

As thousands of children lost the care of their parents or were separated from them during the LRA war, most of these children have been forced to live in extended families. Since most of these extended families are mostly headed by widows, it can be incredibly difficult for them to meet the children’s needs in financial, social, psychological, educational and health terms.

On a good note, the school construction is progressing on well. The class structures are being painted with amazing colours and graphics that relate to children. The builders are also working around the clock to fit in the window and door flames with their glasses. We have seen tremendous progress and we strongly believe that our pioneer students may enrol sooner.

The constructed school will ensure that children have access to essential health and nutritional services, as well as education. We shall assist parents by providing guidance on income-generating skills and parenting practices, as well as counselling and psychological support where needed.

However, more resources are needed to finalise the school structure and also equip the school with scholastic materials including children text books, pencils, pens, crayons, toys and sports equipment like balls, tennis, rackets and sports wear.

This is why we need good partners like you to help us make our goal a reality and help the young generation in our community by giving every child the best start in life as one of the key mechanisms for equalising the life-chances of children and reducing social adversity.


Nov 26, 2018

Strengthening our community to access healthcare

Strengthening our community right now is so critical to creating lasting change for women and families who are still having challenges in accessing quality health care. Over the previous months, we have launched a community health insurance scheme whereby families are given an opportunity to plan for their health and access healthcare at a very affordable rate. This has given us tremendous breakthroughs in our fights against the malaria epidemic, Pneumonia, Typhoid, and acute bacterial infections and other killer diseases. However, with the introduction of Physiotherapy at Agonga health facility, we have seen lives being changed tremendously.

Through Karin's Physiotherapy Program, women like Evelyn are now able to move their hands and shoulders after a fatal accident. Thanks to Sajal Sen and his physiotherapy team who are revolutionizing treatment in Gulu.

Evelyn 48, a resident of Laliya, Gulu, fell off a motorcycle commonly known here as Boda Boda. This happened 6 months ago and she dislocated her left shoulder. She later visited a government hospital after the incident and was advised not to move her hand and also return to the same facility after two weeks for further examination to determine whether it was alright for her to move her hand again. On her return after the two weeks, the doctor at Gulu hospital screened her again and recommended that she could now try to move her hand with little exercises when she returned to her home.

Like many other mothers in Gulu, Evelyn didn’t know the right exercises to do and five months later, her arm still couldn’t move and the pain was worsening. It’s in these excruciating times that she came to Karin health facility for an alternative option. Sajal, our physiotherapist saw her swelling arm and quickly started her on therapy. “Don’t touch my arm” she exclaimed, “It’s very painful” She yelled out. Without proper physiotherapy, such accidents are the leading cause of permanent disability in the community. After one month of constant physiotherapy sessions, Evelyn is now able to move her hand without pain, she can wash do her laundry with ease and carryout her other daily routine with joy.

Since it’s a critical time for women and children everywhere, Karin has ALSO ensured that child health and rights are central to providing universal health coverage for everyone, everywhere. This brings us to another story of a resilient little boy called Jonathan. Unable to walk or stand, he was admitted at our health facility in Agonga with little hope from his parents that his life would change to the better. Thanks to Agonga Physiotherapy team, after numerous therapy sessions, Jonathan can now stand on his own and walk. In a few months to come, Jonathan will be able to run and play with his siblings.

In Uganda 1 in 5 persons over the age of 5 years has a disability (Demographic and Health Survey 2006). According to the 2002 Population and Housing Census, disability prevalence was at 2 per cent amongst children. And at least half of Uganda’s population cannot obtain essential health services. Month after month, poor women strive to create a life for their family that’s financially secure, healthy, and fulfilling. And month after month, we’re committed to giving them the best health care and tools they need to achieve their goals. With partners like you, your continued support means a lot for these vulnerable women and children. Together we can fight poverty and disease out of our community.



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