All posts by Sharifa Nabaweesi

THE CHILDREN AT THE SDCG PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS

In Uganda, when you find a family with a disabled person, they call it a cursed family. Because of this stigma, many adults with disabilities end up isolated at home, or in some cases, abandoned as children hence not realizing their full potential.

Some of those children have ended up at Support Disabled Children Ggaba (SDCG) , a partner organisation of Tusaidiane in Kampala that’s helping more than 40 young people with various disabilities. SDCG believes that disability is not inability.

Director Betty Nankabirwa acknowledges that skilling children with special needs helps them become useful and productive citizens in the country hence she introduced the children to Bocca balls donated by UNAPD to help them with their rehabilitation.

Bocca has since become a favourite pastime for Alvin Waswa, a 22-year-old with cerebral palsy who is a beneficiary of the organization. “He says that maybe if he can get sponsors, and they sponsor the organisation, he can also go to Olympics,” said Nankabirwa, who interpreted for him.

Still, she noted that athletes with disabilities need a lot more resources if they are going to compete seriously. That includes more sports equipment and a disability-friendly mode of transport.

With the help of external donors, Tusaidiane supports the centre by funding the therapy activities of the children. 

CHIDEFEA AND 2 other CBOS BENEFIT FROM THE TUL RELIEF AID

In April 2021, Uganda experienced a second wave of covid19 which claimed lives of very many people. It started mildly between April and May. However, in June it spread terribly, and the number of deaths surged tremendously with in a very short period. This resulted into the total lock down in the country.

Due to the total lock down, most of the business sectors in Uganda were negatively affected. The victims included our CHIDEFEA women who had just been helped by Mirembe Foundation to rejuvenate their business after the first wave of COVID 19 in 2020 which left all their businesses down.

Earlier on, when the women had started their businesses afresh, they had resolved that in order to be able to help themselves in case of another eventuality, every woman was entitled to save Uganda Shillings 2,000 (two thousand) per month to cater for that cause.

During this second wave coupled with a second total lock down, the CHIDEFEA leaders did not wait for the women to use up all their business capital like they did in the first covid19 wave in 2020. The leaders convened a meeting to find a solution which would save the new businesses for the women during this period. However, the women had only saved Uganda Shillings 90,000 as a reserve for such natural disasters. This is because the women had just saved for one month as per their agreement. This amount of money could not even be enough for one person.

With the help of Tusaidiane Uganda, CHIDEFEA solicited some funds to help curb the situation. CHIDEFEA received Uganda Shillings 11,850,000 ( eleven million eight hundred fifty thousand) from Mirembe Foundation and Tusaidiane Uganda.

This money helped a lot to save the women’s businesses and the situation at large. They received food items which included maize flour (posho), rice, sugar, beans, cooking oil and salt. The also got detergents like soap and sanitizers and they received mosquito nets and cash money.

The women are looking forward to continuing working for self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

Additionally, two more TUL partner organisations benefited from the 2021 TUL Relief Aid viz SEECHILD in Bunamwaya and Mama and Me  in Jinja. Please see pictures below:

In picture- distribution of relief aid to the mothers at the Mama and Me Centre in Danida-Jinja

In picture- packaging of the relief aid products at SEECHILD centre in Bunamwaya to be given to the SEECHILD beneficiaries and their families

All the three organisations ( CHIDEFEA, SEECHILD and MAMA AND ME ASSOCIATION) are thanking their donor partners together with Tusaidiane Uganda for the endless help that they always receive from them.

2021 KACHICA COMMUNITY FOOD RELIEF

The KACHICA community is among one of the lucky communities to receive food relief during the second lockdown following the intervention of Tusaidiane. Mirembe Foundation and several donors through the Tusaidiane Trust contributed to the relief fund.

The food was procured from Kampala and delivered to the school where it was packed and distributed to the community. This time the Women Group (Kyabibwa Women Group) were in the driver seat of packing the food items, selecting the neediest families and distributing the food items. 280 families benefited from the relief aid. It was heaven sent relief since life has never been the same from the first lockdown.

The community was in dire need as their trade of cattle had been stopped by the government because of the foot and mouth disease.

 With the  KACHICA community water and the soap that was distributed, there is hope that the prevention of COVID will be carried out. The KACHICA leadership took it on to themselves to sensitize the community about the virus and wearing a mask.  

KACHICA also received funds for assisting the pupils with printing materials for home learning. This has already started; so far 2 classes (P6 and P5) have received their take homework and the teachers are visiting them and assessing the homework which keeps the pupils engaged with school work and cope with the lockdown.

The KACHICA community and Tusaidiane Uganda would like to thank everyone who contributed to this noble cause.

KACHICA DORMITORIES COMPLETED

On Friday, the 6th of August 2021, The Chairman and Administrator of the Tusaidiane Trust went to Kamuli Trading Centre in Rakai District to ultimately monitor and supervise the construction works of “Haumba Construction Services and Transporters” at Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School. 

The school is so beautiful! A lot of work has been done and the girl’s and boy’s dormitories are now ready. The Management, staff,  and entire community of Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School is grateful to the donors; Stitching Mirembe, Tusaidiane Uganda and all partners for supporting the construction of the school.

Please see a detailed report o below. 

20210809 Picture Report of KACHICA Dormitories

 

therapy report AND other activities AT SDCG

Tusaidiane Uganda partnered with Support Disabled Children Ggaba (SDCG) to provide therapy support to the special needs children at the Centre. The support included providing funds for buying therapy equipment and paying the salaries of the physiotherapist and speech therapist.

 As a result of the services given, the children are now healthier and happier with improved speech and movements.

SDCG would like to thank  the donors (Ms. Marijke de De Kleijnde Vrankrijker and Mr. Kees Ebskamp together with their KSV-1961 friends of Wageningen University) for their generous contribution.  They are also grateful to Tusaidiane Uganda for intervening on their behalf and coordinating the support. 

Please see a detailed report below of the different activities and the children including  the physiotherapy and speech therapy.

20210805 SDCG THERAPY REPORT

TWO SCHOOLS IN RUKUNGIRI BENEFIT FROM THE TUL BOOKFUND

Through the TUL BOOK FUND, Tusaidiane Uganda donated textbooks to Bwanda Parents and Rwoya Primary Schools in Rukungiri district in Western Uganda. The text books were picked from the TUL office in Bunga by the project coordinators of both schools (Mr. Natuhwera Vanansio and Mr Pius Tumwine) together with the Rukungiri District Woman MP, Hon. Medius Natukunda Kaharata. 

The project coordinators of both schools delivered the textbooks to the beneficiaries who were very happy to receive them. The books will help to improve learning and teaching at the schools when schools re-open after the COVID 19 lockdown on schools and beyond.

Tusaidiane Uganda would like to thank CONGRAVA and Stichting Mirembe from the Netherlands  for donating funds towards this project.

Please see an attached pictorial and narrative report of the happy teachers and students receiving the text books. 

Textbook receiving and handover by Rwoya and Bwanda Parents