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KACHICA RECEIVES FOOD RELIEF FOR THE CORONA LOCK DOWN CRISIS.

The outbreak of the corona virus pandemic affected the entire world leading to many deaths and COVID 19 illnesses. Due to its effects and fast speed of transmission, it was declared a global emergency requiring immediate response. The first step of the responses even for Uganda was the nationwide LOCK DOWN. This lock down saved many Ugandans from illnesses but it did not save them from hunger and starvation as many of them suffered behind closed doors.

Among the victims of the corona crisis were the families of the KACHICA community of Kamuli in Rakai district. They had no food to eat among other essential needs required to stay safe from the virus. The non working teachers of Kamuli Childcare were also not doing well since they had no pay to buy food to feed their families.  The family men were no-longer providing for their families breeding domestic violence. It should be noted that Kamuli being a boarder district with Tanzania, it was highly affected by the lock down because boarder enforcement at this region was very strict to prevent importation of new cases into the country.

With the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda, Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School and Stichting Mirembe, NL, Wilde Ganzen Foundation, from the Netherlands responded to the situation in the KACHICA community with emergency relief/ support. Tusaidiane Uganda helped to procure the relief items and one of the TUL staff drove the truck to Kamuli for the distribution exercise. Food was distributed to over 2800 families (including maize flour, beans, cooking oil, soap). The teacher’s salaries of the Kamuli Childcare Nursery and Primary school were also paid to help them support their families.

The KACHICA community was sensitized about what needs to be done to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus by; washing hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, wearing a facial mask when in public, keeping an appropriate social distance and visiting the hospital in case of any suspicious illness related to Covid 19. The sensitization was done door to door and via community radio. Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School was fumigated in preparation of the toddlers’ return to school to keep it free from the virus.

A number of local development actors and well-wishers were also contacted to respond to the food relief call and people were proactive about the project. They donated matooke (local banana) which Tusaidiane Uganda used to supplement the relief items. This gesture from the local community was a sign of togetherness amidst the crisis. The family of one gentleman called John Paul, a refugee in this area did not have any hope of getting food to eat and was indeed happy making this project worthwhile. It greatly made a difference for the people and helped to save lives.

The board of Kamuli Childcare Nursery and Primary school together with the KACHICA community would like to extend their gratitude to Tusaidiane Uganda, Stichting Mirembe and Wilde Ganzen Foundation for the food relief items and support that helped to save their community from hunger and starvation.

 

 

MANNYA COMMUNITY GETS COVID RELIEF

With the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda and the headteacher of St. Francis Little birds Nursery and Primary School, the  development partners of St.Francis in Marburg Germany offered funds to aid the relief efforts including food and salaries for teachers. The objective under this initiative was to prevent starvation, malnutrition, improve hygiene at family level as well as uplift the economic well-being of teachers.

On 18th of April Tusaidiane undertook the initiative to procure relief items (soap, cooking oil, beans, and maize flour). A staff member of the TUL drove and delivered the items to the taskforce in Mannya community. 

As part of the distribution exercise,the task force took time to sensitize the people on how to stay safe through guidelines given by the WHO; social distancing, frequent washing of hands and as a precautionary measure, contact the relevant health workers as soon as they suspect any case of COVID 19. The families that received support constitute of 8 to 10 members.

“I did not know how i was going to feed my family for the next few days and therefore I’m extremely grateful for your support,” said Miss Betty Nabakooza, a parent of Namuli Sylivia who explained that as a farmer, she had already sold her produce pre-Covid and therefore had no source of income during the lock-down.

The plight of many other families that received the relief items was no different, they could not implement some of the WHO guidelines simply because they lacked basic amenities like soap. In a nutshell, the relief items went a long way in ensuring that lives were saved through the generous contributions of our development partners.

Sincere gratitude and appreciation goes to the  partners of St. Francis Little Birds i.e. St Francis Rakai Initiative Marburg, Tusaidiane Uganda and Stichting Mirembe for all the support rendered to the people of Mannya community.

Sustainable and Effective Empowerment of Children with Disabilities (SEECHILD)

Skilling disarms Disabilities

With a vision of celebrating skilful and healthy people with disabilities, SEECHILD continues to empower families and children with disabilities through awareness raising, advocacy, skills training and research in Bunamwaya Central, Mutundwe Parish in Wakiso District.

The centre is growing and the children are making tremendous improvements with their personal lives and skills. They have developed good skills in sewing and crocheting, painting, self help skills for personal living, music, dance and drama among others. SEECHILD is very grateful to all her donors most especially Mirembe Foundation, Tusaidiane Uganda, Wereld Missie Hulp, Church in Action and other individual donors for helping them to facilitate SEECHILD’s projects / programs that made 2019 a year of progressive achievements and they look forward to a brighter future.

Please read the SEECHILD 2019 report for more details. file:///C:/Users/Dell/Documents/SEECHILD/Reports/20200309%20BISTC%20Report%202019.pdf

Advocacy for Safe Motherhood

Mama kits Save Lives

Tusaidiane Uganda is the Trustee of Stichting Mama and Me, Netherlands and is supporting Mama and Me Association in Jinja.
Two expectant mothers of Mama and Me Association Uganda received free mama kits and other delivery kits to help them give birth safely. The kits were donated to the mothers by Stichting Mama and Me in the Netherlands.

The birth kits and other gifts were handed over to the mothers by the Board of Mama and Me Association Uganda represented by the Chairman Samuel Kaweesa Basoga, Secretary Eunice Nakintu, Treasurer Tushabe Rachel and the Deputy Administrator of Mama and Me Day Care Centre, Naigaga Kevin.

Tushabe Rachel is also an employee of Tusaidiane Uganda Limited.

In Uganda, if women don’t bring their own medical supplies to the hospital for the delivery, the nurses may send them home or refuse to help them and there are too many complications that arise when a woman is giving birth. Uganda is still experiencing over 310 deaths per 100,000 live birth. In addition, for every woman who dies in childbirth, around 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease – approximately 10 million women each year.

Stichting Mama and Me is commended for their efforts in curbing maternal mortality in Danida Village, Walukuba, Masese in Jinja Uganda. Each mother received a set of mama kit, a new basin, mattress, baby potty, towel, sugar, washing soap, bathing soap, Vaseline, maize flour, detergent and baby clothes.

Tusaidiane Uganda and Stichting Mama and Me, Netherlands are honoured to play part in improving maternal health and encouraging expectant women to deliver safely.

About mama kit
A Mama Kit is an all-in-one kit that contains everything needed to help provide a clean and safe delivery. The Kit consists of 2 pairs of gloves to prevent bacterial infections and HIV, 2 new razor blades to cut the umbilical cord, 1 piece of soap, 2 gauze pads for cleaning the eyes of the new-born, 8 sanitary towels for the mother, 9 oz of cotton wool, 1 polyethylene sheet on which the mother gives birth and 1 Suction bulb to clean baby’s airway.

FUNDRAISING FOR CLEAN AND SAFE DRINKING WATER

Request for Fundraising for Clean and Safe Drinking Water          Projects

January 2020 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2018 and 2019, no new clean and safe drinking water projects with the help of a water purifier could be realized because of lack of funds.

Management of Tusaidiane Uganda is looking for sponsors for clean and safe drinking water projects to the tune of UGX 200 million or € 50.000 and for stocking at least 4 purifiers (€ 10.000).

  1. The importance of clean and safe drinking water in Uganda

Clean and safe drinking water is a permanent concern for many. Is clean and safe drinking water a permanent concern for you?

In Uganda, it is a permanent challenge, especially for children. Even the availability of water (without using the word “clean”) in schools, hospitals and health centres is not self-evident.

Often long distances must be covered to collect water with jerrycans. This water mostly is of suspect quality and is certainly not clean for schools with thousands of pupils and health facilities with many hundreds of patients. Large parts of Uganda are blessed with sufficient and relatively regular rainfall. However, all that water is just running away from the iron sheeted roofs to nowhere. What a pity!

Not the whole year around there is sufficient rainwater. In such situation, the people living in the village must supplement water from streams, wells, pools and swamps. Mostly also cows and goats are drinking there and are doing there some other hygienic functions.

Such water must be purified from bacteria and viruses before it is drinkable. Technical solutions can do the job. However, they are even more expensive than rainwater harvesting and therefore out of reach for the local community.

  1. Strategy

Tusaidiane supports since 2005 schools, hospitals, orphanages, health centres and village communities in Uganda with tanks and accessories for rainwater harvesting and the installation of a water purifier.

In a period of 14 years, 93 projects with more than 2 million litres of rainwater harvesting capacity have been implemented in 18 Ugandan Districts. It concerns the communities around 39 nursery & primary schools, 31 secondary & vocational schools, 13 health facilities and 10 parishes and care homes.

More than 100.000 children, students, patients and village people in Uganda got access to clean and safe drinking water through the installation of 81 water purifiers.

Annex 1 surveys all water purifier installations (81) since the start in 2005 and those who are still operating (67) and in service with Tusaidiane Uganda (TUL), usually based on a service contract. Most of them got also rainwater harvesting facilities and water back-up provisions.

Some 12 Beneficiaries were helped with only rainwater harvesting facilities.

Project initiation by TUL starts with an assessment of the situation on the ground after having received an Application Letter of a candidate (community and/or institution), endorsed by the local authorities.

A water purifier can serve 3-4000 users/day with clean and safe drinking water and must be installed in a safe and protected environment of a school or health facility (the Host).

A water purifier will only be installed if the future owners of the purifier (Community and Host):

  1. Shows capability and motivation to properly manage and maintain the facilities,
  2. Will mobilize the community to be involved in the project and the ownership, and
  3. Will act to guarantee that users are aware about the impact of safe drinking water on health and understand how to use clean and safe drinking.

There are strict technical criteria to be met during assessment before granting a project, such as:

  • Are roofs adequate for harvesting rainwater? Are there facer boards and gutters in good condition?
  • How to guarantee sufficient water supply in times of insufficient rain? Is there a borehole nearby or swamps to fetch water in jerrycans? Is it possible to connect to municipality water?
  • How many drinking water distribution points are required?
  • Is there gravity, which among others can be used for drinking water distribution?
  • Is there reliable electricity supply or do we have to install solar?
  • Is there a safe and protected place to install the purifier or do we have to build a special house?

The Community and Host should be willing and prepared to contribute to the realization of their project.

Local contribution is essential in view of ownership and achieving sustainability in operations.

In addition, Local Leadership must find a sponsor to help them financially to realize the project. Where possible, TUL will assist in the search process for sponsorship.

Project costs for a purifier with drinking water storage and distribution facilities amounts to more than UGX 20 million or almost € 5.000.

If rainwater harvesting is required expenses can go up with UGX 6-7 million (more than € 1.500) for 12.000 liters of rainwater harvesting (tank, tank-base, gutters, pipes, etc.). Usually a minimum of 24.000 liters (2 tanks of 12.000 litres) is required.

Contribution of at least 20% of the project costs (from UGX 4 to UGX 7 million) by the Community can be in kind (bricks, cement, sand, facer boards, rainwater tank, etc.) or by sharing in the funding.

Originally, project costs were funded for 100% by donors abroad through the Tusaidiane Foundation.

Apart from private people, major donors in the beginning years were Cordaid Netherlands and the S.P.Y.N. Welfare Foundation. In addition, several organizations in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria co-sponsored a water project of a beneficiary organization in Uganda, with whom they had already a partnership relation.

Tusaidiane Uganda has also experience in organizing the drilling of a borehole (80-100 meters deep after doing a geological assessment). Costs of such borehole are very high (UGX 45-50 million or € 11-12.000).

Two of such boreholes were realized and one is under construction and will be completed in 2020

Review Water Program 2018-2019

  1. Servicing: 67 units in 18 Districts were serviced twice a year for the service fee of UGX 240.000 (€60 per year) including transport to the location but excluding expenses for broken gadgets.
  2. New projects: no new projects could be installed because of lack of funds. Both in 2018 and in 2019 Tusaidiane Uganda got yearly applications from 3 potential Beneficiaries. Beneficiary management and Local Leaders (including TUL) were not able to find sponsors for their projects. Moreover, TUL has no funds to stock a limited number of purifiers for use as soon as a project is materializing. Procurement and delivery from abroad are taking more than 6 months.
  3. Challenges for 2020 and following years
    1. Give priority in operational service support to clients with a good track record in view of drinking water use and make service business (= running business for 67 installed functioning purifiers) self-supporting.
    2. Support requests of Local leaders for “mind-set change” by offering native speakers to sensitize communities about the benefits of safe drinking water.
    3. Support requests for investments of existing customers for small extension of facilities.
    4. Stock a minimum of 4 purifiers if seed money for stocking (€000) can be found.
    5. Implement new purification projects in consultation and cooperation with the new beneficiary communities as far as sponsors are available. For 200 million Uganda shillings (or € 000) it will be possible to serve 5-8 communities with clean and safe drinking water. The exact number will depend on the composition of the projects.

ANNEX-Grouping-of-Safe-Drinking-Water-Beneficiaries-Update-January-2020 (1)

 

 

 

WAJJABU NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL GAINS FROM THE TUL BOOK FUND

BOOKS AND PLAYING TOOLS

Wajjabu Nursery and Primary school  received 6 playing tools  textbooks worthy 5 million from Tusaidiane Uganda Limited. The  headteacher and the whole school community were very delighted to wittness this positive change for the school.

Tusaidiane Uganda requested the school to care meticulously after this gift so that it benefits others in the future.