Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials

by Hope Health Action
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials
Small gifts, mighty impact: East Africa essentials

Project Report | Jan 9, 2024
Every little helps!

By Merren Wallace | Development Director

Safety goggles in action!
Safety goggles in action!

In September last year, we set out to raise money for essentials for our work in East Africa – basic items that would have a tangible impact on our team’s ability to carry out our vital projects. 

We were overwhelmed by the response to our campaign, and you helped us raise over $2,600 – funds that have already gone a long way towards improving the wellbeing of our staff and beneficiaries and making our projects more effective and efficient!

Phil, our Field Operations Coordinator, currently working in East Africa, said:

“Though these items may seem small, they really do make a difference to the day-to-day of our staff and beneficiaries. Viola and John, the cooks at our centres in BidiBidi (Uganda) and Kajo-Keji (South Sudan), now have oven gloves so that they can lift hot pots safely; the teams also now have wall calendars so they can plan their work… These are things that we might take for granted, but they go a long way in under-resourced settings.”

Here are a few more of the things we’ve bought, thanks to you, that have made a real difference…

  • Battery chargers - enabling us to keep vital equipment (like blood pressure machines, thermometers and calculators) working, even with limited access to electricity
  • Zip ties - helping our technicians to make specialised adaptations to wheelchairs, to make sure that beneficiaries are comfortable and well-seated, and most importantly to help avoid pressure sores 
  • Footballs and coloured chalks - for our students at Amazing Grace School, a school for refugee children in Uganda, many of whom are orphans
  • LED light strips - used for our sensory classroom at Amazing Grace and in New Hope Rehabilitation Centre BidiBidi - to create safe, inclusive and educational spaces for children and adults with disabilities
  • Post-partum maternity pads - to provide dignity to new mothers at our clinic in South Sudan
  • Coloured chopping boards - to help improve food hygiene standards in our staff kitchens in both BidiBidi and Kajo-Keji
  • Safety glasses and ‘quality’ power tools for our workshop, where we custom-make prosthetics and orthotics
  • Brackets and wallplugs (difficult to buy in the areas we work) that enabled us to construct shelves in our pharmacy in Kajo-Keji - keeping the space organised and tidy!

These are just a few of the ‘shopping list’ items that your generosity enabled us to purchase - small gifts that, though simple, are already having a mighty impact. Proof that every little really does help! 

Coloured chopping boards for food hygiene
Coloured chopping boards for food hygiene
Viola with her new oven gloves!
Viola with her new oven gloves!
Organised shelves at Kajo-Keji pharmacy
Organised shelves at Kajo-Keji pharmacy
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Hope Health Action

Location: West Wickham, Kent - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @Hopehealthact
Project Leader:
Carwyn Hill
West Wickham , Kent United Kingdom
$2,717 raised of $3,000 goal
42 donations
$283 to go
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