Last month 473 children completed the school year at the Buhumba primary school in Idjwi Island. The Idjwi Island Education Fund has big plans for the summer and to prepare for the new school year in September.
We will take advantage of the dry season to construct new composting latrines which will serve two important functions. These hygenic latrines should reduce the prevalence of certain communicable diseases. In addition, with treatment coordinated through a local agronomy school, the latrines will generate safe, high quality fertiziler for use in the gardens in the school area.
Later this summer, our medical team will host a comprehensive medical clinic at the school. The professional staff will conduct assessments, treat acute conditions and provide preventive treatment over a period of days for the school community. These assessments will provide a baseline to evaluate the efficacy of the regular medical program being implemented at the school over the 2023-2024 school year.
These programs are possible through the regular support of our generous donors and additional support through GlobalGiving. We will provide regular updates on these exciting developments!
We have BIG PLANS for the Buhumba Village primary school during 2023. We are going to implement a comprehensive health and hygiene program with full time staff, which will include:
Training program with our global health pediatrician.
Testing and data collection to develop baseline health measurements for evaluation.
A full-time nurse at the school.
Regular visits by a doctor from Bukavu on the mainland.
Regular testing, prevention training, and treatment for malaria.
Regular treatment for key neglected tropical diseases.
Tracking to measure the results from these interventions.
The health and hygiene program will be housed in our new administrative building, which has capacity to store medicines safely and securely.
We also plan to construct new composting latrines that will allow for treatment of waste for safe use as fertilizer, which is an important measure to limit the spread of intestinal helminths.
We are thrilled to have the facilities and support in order to provide these programs for the 500 primary school children in our community. We greatly appreciate the support of our donors that allows us to do so.
Stay tuned for more details as we implement these programs!
Earlier this month a huge class of 500 children started the new school year at the Buhumba primary school on Idjwi Island. There are 258 girls and 242 boys between 1st and 6th grades.
It has been an eventful few months on Idjwi Island. The isolated nature of the island, and some basic precautions, have provided a degree of protection during the Covid-19 pandemic. The community and kids, however, continue to struggle with neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, trachoma, and schistosomiasis, as well as common conditions such as malnutrition. Once again, we have coordinated a visit from our global health pediatrician and local medical team. In the middle of September they spent several days at the school providing medical examinations and treatment for hundreds of children. This was a very important visit because the cost and scarcity of key medicines on the mainland have complicated these efforts.
The robust enrollment at the school presents a different set of challenges. Although we are thrilled with the impressive school building and administrative offices that we have constructed, we are conducting a needs assessment and analysis of options to continue to expand the school complex, and expect to have some plans in the near future.
As always, we greatly appreciate the continued support from the GlobalGiving community!
Greetings from Idjwi Island! There is much to report from the primary school in Buhumba Village.
We have approximately 450 students at the school this term. We anticipate an increased enrollment next fall and are looking into ways to accommodate additional students. This fall, the school was chosen as a regional site for the national primary school exam. This is the first time that the school has been selected for this important examination.
Covid-19 continues to be a concern. Although vaccine distribution has been very limited, medical checks are conducted at the main port near the school, mask usage is good, and we maintain a handwashing station at the school.
The Idjwi Island Education Fund continues to support the students. Our local medical staff provides check ups and medicines. We are also completing additions to the administrative building, which houses the medical clinic.
We appreciate the generous contributions from our many supporters and ask that you remember the fund this year on Giving Tuesday and as many of you make year end contributions.
These photos are from a medical mission in April when our local medical professionals visited the Buhumba primary school to examine and treat hundreds of children. A significant number of the children suffer from malaria, intestinal parasites, malnutrition, and other conditions that are prevalent in the region. Our medical team, doctor Samy and nurse Faida, purchase anti-malarial and other medicines in Bukavu (a city on the southern tip of Lake Kuvu) and bring them by boat to the village to examine and treat the children. They also visited a local community on a tiny adjacent island to treat children there.
Our recent construction projects have helped facilitate more regular medical visits. The recently-constructed administrative building includes a nurse's station with storage for necessary medicines and supplies. We plan to continue with these regular medical missions to support the children's overall health and ability to learn.
The generous support from our GlobalGiving community helps make this possible. Thank you!
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