We had the pleasure of handing over a defibrillator donated by Anne Bailey, a former director of Alongside Africa, to Kigezi Diocese Rugarama Hospital this week. The Medical Superintendent, Dr. Gilbert, and Lawrance spoke about the machine’s longevity, and the medical officers attending were very keen to hear about the Amasiko street children programme. In a new partnership between Alongside Africa Uganda and Kigezi Diocese Rugarama Hospital, reduced price medical insurance will be offered by the hospital to the street children.
Several reporters attended the meeting and a report was published in the national newspaper, the Daily Monitor, with a photo of Lawrance, Monica, Mike, George, Wilberforce and James handing over the defibrillator to delighted Doctors of Kigezi Diocese Rugarama Hospital.
Prim Nyirangabaza, centre, one of our sponsored children, recently suffered a fire which gutted her family’s household. Prim and her family are Batwa, a tribe of pygmies that are the most disadvantaged community in the region. Their houses are usually made of mud and sticks with reed roofs. The open fires inside such structures make them particularly liable to such tragic accidents and we can only be grateful that no lives were lost.
Thanks to fast communication and having a good team on the ground we were able to react quickly and help by purchasing and delivering some urgently needed supplies including a set of cooking pots, 2 blankets and material for traditional clothing.