Partnership News Issue 64 - Winter 2017/18
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people (Galatians 6.10)
From the Editor
Welcome to the winter edition of the TDT newsletter! Let me first introduce myself, I am Carmel the new Administrator. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of TDT and the work in Uganda! Sadly we are saying goodbye to Phil who will be heading off to Lebanon to work with CMS. We wish him and his wife, Sylvia, all the best in their new adventure! Head to page 11 for his insights on the Kumi Compassionate Fund. As promised you will find updates from the latest visit and as we begin a new year you can take look back with us and see what TDT as been able to achieve, all of which would have been impossible without your faithful support.
INDEX Pg 2 Education Pg 3 Relief & Development Pg 8 Photographs Pg 11 Kumi Compassionate Fund Pg 14 Clean Water Arrives in Many More Teso Villages Pg 16 Health
Education By Jim Sampson The TDT annual visit was conducted by Jim Sampson (chairman), Phil Good (administrator), Andrew Third (treasurer) and his wife Louise.
Takaramiam Primary School A visit to Takaramiam School was arranged by PAG Soroti with Sam Emenyu (PAG Development Officer). Upon arriving at the School there was a meeting with the head-teacher, Peter Ocen, who showed us the bricks the parents had made to construct a staff room. The school has a new latrine block, built by World Vision Uganda. Work on a new classroom funded this year by TDT did not commence until after the visit.
Ngora Parents’ School – Rev. Charles Okunya Oode (COU Kumi Education Officer) took us all to visit Ngora Parents School. This has grown to 900 pupils and 32 teachers. The girls’ dormitory is full with 117 pupils and so one of the laboratories is being used for the remaining 187 girls. The boys are at present housed in the old Bishop Kitching College but there are plans to convert this to a University. We saw the impressive new building built with money from St. Peter’s Church, Ruddington, completed this year, comprising two classrooms and a staffroom.
PAG Primary Schools Together with PAG Kumi the team visited four primary schools that TDT were supporting with food aid. The visit was arranged by David Okello (Project Manager) and Bishop John Michael Onangu. At the first school, St. Matthew’s, Kobwin, the head teacher told us that the posho and beans distributed to the children had saved the school from closing. The second primary school at Akubui had a new classroom block built by Mission Direct. The third primary school was Kakori Exodus where we were warmly welcomed with singing, poems and a lovely butterfly card.
The final visit to Akuoro was a joint meeting with the primary school children receiving food aid and a local VSLA (village savings and loans association) group which had been helped by TDT. The visit was very lively with lots of speeches, posters, singing and dancing, followed by presents of pumpkins and chickens.
Relief and Development During our first two days in Soroti we met our newest project partners, BIDS (Building Community Initiatives for Development and Self Reliance). A local businessman called Nelson Ogwok started this charity with three other men about 5 years ago using their own saved income. The first project was a health clinic, adjoining the cafe owned by Nelson on the Lira road, which has a doctor/pharmacist and a nurse. There is a small pharmacy and a consulting room, a treatment room and a couple of restrooms. TDT heard of this group when they started thinking about doing some development work in the field. Their board of directors is made up people we know already namely David Okello – Chairman (PAG Kumi); Moses Egayu – Director of COU TEDDO and Sam Emenyu (PAG Soroti). So far TDT has supported BIDS projects with a grant of £3000.
BIDS (Development) Our first visit was the irrigation and tree planting project at Aloet. We met Francis a very passionate forestry expert who did his training in forestry funded by the Gatsby Foundation. We saw a field with 1500 improved Eucalyptus mother plants. These have recently become established and Francis explained that they have just cut back the single stem to about 18 inches high. This is now starting to produce lots of side shoots which can be ‘snapped off’ these in turn are rooted and become plantlets for sale to other farmers. Each stem will produce 2 or 3 plantlets every fortnight. This improved Eucalyptus will grow quickly and within 3 years produce poles suitable for scaffolding.
Another harvest can be made from 8 year old trees for building timber and some will be left for 12 years when the wood can be used in furniture. Aloet is one of 5 communities involved in the project. Each community will have a well and a solar powered pump to provide irrigation and also a polythene tunnel to provide a misty environment for rooting the cuttings/plantlets.
We also saw a demonstration garden with raised beds growing onions, green peppers, carrots and cabbage. These are all new crops and therefore need demonstrating to local farmers but should fetch higher prices at market. The irrigation for these crops will work using a solar operated pump pumping water from the well which is 32ft deep into a tank from where the water will be taken to the plants in the field by ‘trickle hosepipe’ in order to minimise evaporation.
BIDS (Relief) On our second day in Soroti we visited a community at Angorok which is on the border between Kaberamaido and Soroti. This community benefited from the relief funds we sent during the drought.
The community were first noticed when they built, by hand, their own 4 km access road as they were tired of waiting for the government to provide one. A lady in childbirth encountered problems and an ambulance was called. The ambulance drove along the footpath to collect her but on the way back the ambulance tipped over and both mother and baby were killed in the accident. This incident is what motivated the community to make the change they wanted happen themselves. The BIDS foundation has been key in helping the community to realise they can make progress without having to wait for others. The village of Angorok is made up of 86 households with a total population of 520 currently with one water source which is constantly breaking down. They have tried to make one hand dug well but it has not succeeded so PAG Soroti will send some technical support to dig deeper. Our relief aid was sent to buy food for 50 vulnerable people; they were then left with the challenge of selecting 50 beneficiaries from the 75 very needy people they had identified including elderly widows; the disabled; the HIV positive; child-headed households (TDT has just sent funds for a further 25 households to benefit.) We viewed the fields of some of the beneficiaries, each field seemed about 1 acre, and we saw much enthusiasm to embrace new ways of intercropping. The people were very appreciative and used expressions like ‘hunger is no longer a threat’ and ‘death will no longer visit us’. We also saw the problems brought about with the so-called army worm which would be repeated wherever we went. Here it has caused differing problems for different farmers but on average caused a loss of about 10-20% in the yield of the maize.
PAG KIDO Our host for the visit was Richard, who is the accountant for the pastorate, accompanied by Bishop John Charles Eboru. Our first destination was Otaengo village, Kapelebyong, which was benefiting from experiments to improve their crops’ resilience. PAG Kido has a number of technical experts who are excellent and they are introducing new farming techniques and varieties. However we saw a lot of damage done to maize by the army worm which attacks the improved fast growing maize. We also saw a new variety of sweet potatoes that were being multiplied to produce vines for other community members to plant and a new variety of cassava that can produce food that is ready to eat after just one year, as compared with the traditional variety which is over 18 months.
We then moved on to another community called Aguyaguya. Here was a repeat of Otaengo but they also had a demonstration garden, growing onions, green peppers and aubergine. We met one of the field workers, Joan, who enthusiastically explained that the demonstration garden was her pride and joy. Other projects for which TDT’s help was requested were continued support for pastor training and a new classroom for the ‘Good Shepherd’ school in Amuria, visited by James Seager and me (Jim) two years ago.
Revival Time Ministry The next day Phil met up with Pastor Isaac Oyako (director), Peter Eirat (project manager) and Loy Akello (administrator) from RTM and then headed out to Abarilela to the south. Here our relief support had been used in providing maize seed. Unfortunately the armyworm had hit the plants at the worst possible stage and they had not recovered resulting in a nearly complete loss of the crop. It is disappointing that they had been allowed to become so dependant on one crop. (Since our visit TDT has sent money for the communities to grow the new improved cassava.)
The group then moved on to Wera to present some certificates to the graduates of the literacy classes run by RTM, where Phil presented the certificates. We have been impressed by the literacy and numeracy work run by RTM that has enabled many to improve their lives and in some cases create their own enterprises. TDT is however anxious to reduce dependency on grants from us and is therefore phasing out the support given in order to encourage them to develop community self help training such as that operated by PAG through its church and community programme (now called PEP).
Oxen ploughing atÂ Abarileila now the rains have come at last. Hoping for some cassava stems
Drying the sorghum and sorting the mushrooms for drying too
Kitchen at Tisai Island
Children with their new uniforms on Tisai Island. Tisai Island School is now supported by Mustard Seed, a separate charity, so will no longer be under the remit of TDT.
PAG Bishop John Michael Oangu washing his hands at the new well at Oteteen Osiru.
Louise admiring babies on Tisai Island
7 Okuoro schoolchildren express their thanks for the relief aid
School at Ongerai beneficiaries of a repaired well
New Well at Otucopi
Celebrations at Okuoro community
Groundnuts ready to harvest inÂ Abarileila
Kumi Hospital Compassionate Fund By Phil Good
â€˜Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.â€™ (Matthew 25.40) Hospitals in Uganda are different to the UK; for a start nothing is free and then there is poor infrastructure, sometimes the patient even has to pay to put fuel in the generator in order to open the operating theatre. It is hard to imagine how short of money the hospital is and then of course most patients are also unbelievably poor. It is in this environment that we have been trying to help the poorest of the poor through the Kumi Compassionate Fund at Kumi Hospital. We have been supporting the Kumi Hospital Compassionate Fund since it started and this year I visited them to see what goes on first hand. I must say that I find hospitals very difficult. I empathise too much with everyone I see, and I mean everyone; it is very exhausting. But it was a joy to meet Harriet who is the person of compassion which makes the fund work. Harrietâ€™s job is to assess the financial ability of the patient to see what resources they can mobilise to pay the bills and sometimes, when it is necessary as a last resort, she will use the money in the fund to meet an urgent need.
Harriet (right) with a patient at the hospital
I saw four mothers in the nutrition unit with their babies (below) who were receiving help to improve the nutrition of their babies, one poor baby had a horribly distended stomach and needed to be made stronger before it could be operated on. I met one girl Sophie (right) who had pricked her finger on a thorn bush but it had become septic and now a month and two amputations later she is hoping the wound will heal and she can leave. These people have all benefitted from the fund and their chances of recovery are good because of the difference a few pounds can make.
The fund needs ÂŁ500 a month to meet its objectives and we are hoping to find donors who will commit to making this a sustainable project. We get regular feedback on the difference the money makes and currently use our general fund to keep the project afloat. Please consider making a direct donation, even ÂŁ5 a month can make a difference. 100% of the money goes to the patients, nothing goes to the Hospital and Harriet is paid by another charity.
Ajilong Tabitha came to the hospital seeking medical attention for her twins Opio and Ndongo. Opio has a Scrotal Hernia and both were malnourished. Thanks to Kumi Compassionate Fund Opio received surgery and they both received nutritional treatment.
Opio after benefiting from surgical intervention. The bills were met by the Compassionate Fund.
John Kokas a 42 year old male battling with Liver Cirrhosis as a consequence of contracting the Hepatitis B virus. He thanks the Compassionate Fund for helping pay his medical bills.
CLEAN WATER ARRIVES IN MANY MORE TESO VILLAGES By David Watts I can save lives with my surgery and treatment and we do achieve a lot but the clean water you provide saves a lot more livesâ€? said a visiting surgeon in Kumi Hospital last year .The local health clinics in the Soroti area reported that where new clean water had been provided by our well programme water borne diseases had plummeted.
New well at Otucopi, Soroti
The TDT team visited 7 of our projects in August and were greeted with joy and gratitude for the provision of a well or protected spring with many saying what a difference it had made. The main disappointment was from communities where digging took place to create a well but rock was struck and no water was found. Last year TDT, with its partners, completed 30 projects benefitting 24,000 people and bringing the total number of schemes done by the trust to 172. At the time of writing 14 projects were completed or under construction benefitting 900 households (approximately 5400 people) and funding had recently been sent for a further 10 projects. 7 identified projects however currently remain unfunded.
We are grateful for 2 generous grants from Wilmslow Wells for Africa totalling ÂŁ12,000 for 8 projects. Bournemouth Deanery and Chawn Hill Church, Stourbridge, have also given smaller grants, whilst several individuals have sponsored wells. The challenge is huge. 40% of village communities remain without clean water with their women and children having to go miles to collect polluted water as the only supplies. In these communities sickness and stomach ailments are rife often with fatal consequences. Our programme is run entirely by local people who provide the wells precisely where they are needed to meet local needs. Local villages take responsibility for the construction and maintenance of their wells and value them highly. Can you make a huge difference to a Teso community of up to 500 by raising ÂŁ1500 for a well? Get your Church or a local business to sponsor one? Small donations are also welcome as we can build up our water fund which will then help with small projects such as protecting natural springs and constructing water tanks.
Lets keep the momentum, it makes such a difference.
New well at Oteteen - Osiru, Kumi
Health By Andrew Third Progress is good on TDT health projects. Kumi Hospital continues to run the excellent Compassionate Fund project with good control of the resources we provide to enable them to help the poorest, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access vital medical care. Many lives have been changed but we continue to need a stream of donations from supporters to be able to maintain this important work. The Ngora District Maternity Unit is thriving with support from a group of medics in Nottingham who make their contribution via TDT. Solar power and water reclamation projects have allowed night time Caesarians to be undertaken as well as making large reductions in utility bills; resources that can then support care provision. The troubled Ngora Freda Carr Hospital is moving in a positive direction under a new management team. We have just supported the equipping of a dental surgery, providing crucial dental care, not available anywhere else in Ngora District, for a population of over 150,000. Much remains to be done at Ngora Freda Carr, but there are encouraging signs of progress .
Women’s Projects Those who are familiar with rural Teso will understand the vulnerability of many women in this setting. Particularly vulnerable are lone mothers, abused wives and those with HIV/AIDS. Teenage pregnancy remains a major problem and many women simply lack the freedom to control their own lives. Andrew and Louise were pleased to visit a range of work funded by TDT that supported women. Margaret Amongin of the Soroti Women’s Cooperative continues to do marvellous work setting up Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA’s), predominantly among women, allowing them a measure of financial independence and support.
TDT recently helped the cooperative with new office equipment and transport to enable them to more effectively service the established groups and to enable them to help set up groups further from Soroti. The Mother’s Union in Soroti is a major force for good. We saw an excellent education for late primary age girls around sexual health and were very excited by a livestock programme for vulnerable women for which TDT financed a pilot project in Soroti Archdeaconary, supporting nearly 80 women.
The Mother’s Union is ready to roll out the programme over the whole diocese if grant funding can be found. £30 allows a vulnerable woman to be given a sheep or goat and to be trained in its care and the management of income. For some women it is the first property they have ever owned. They return the first offspring to the project for another beneficiary and then they can enjoy the income from their animal and its offspring thereafter, giving them a measure of financial independence and thereby self-respect and status.
Training Lay Leaders A visit to Ngora Lay Readers Training College (serving Kumi Diocese) was very encouraging. Core funding for feeding the trainees as they study has allowed training to continue this year and TDT is looking to establish a three year programme to feed the college trainees as they study, hopefully fully equipping 100 young men and women to lead their local churches and communities effectively for decades to come. Feeding and equipping a Reader in training for a year costs around £150 (or £10 per month plus gift aid). We hope that many will want to support these faithful and extraordinary young people.
TDT has also been funding similar training for PAG pastors in Kumi and Katakwi. 100 lay leaders recently completed the 1 year course which gives comprehensive accredited training in theology, pastoral care and business skills. It is delivered out in the villages by tutors from the Mbale Pentecostal Bible College. A further course is planned.
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25 year old Kotolida, a widow whose husband was killed just a few months earlier, was rushed to Kumi hospital when having labour trouble. On assessment it was discovered that her uterus had ruptured. Emergency surgery, removing her uterus, saved her life but the child had already died. Kotolida also had to have further surgery to combat the sepsis she had developed. Without the help of the Kumi Compassionate Fund Kotolidaâ€™s family could not have paid the medical bills.
Emmanuel, 12, was born with a clubfoot and due to his familyâ€™s poverty had been unable to seek treatment. Thanks to the compassionate fund he has benefitted from surgery and will now be able to attend school easily and interact freely with other children.
Kumi Compassionate Fund
Rose Chanit, 12, fell down at school and fractured her right ulna bone. Having been mismanaged at the local clinic she developed osteomyelitis (an infection in the bone). Surgery at Kumi hospital was successful and the family is very grateful for the support as without it their daughter would have lost her hand because they could not have paid for the treatment.