Carpentry Workshops Update

Our carpentry workshops are now underway!  12 participants signed up to our carpentry school and they are progressing well in their 9 month training. The course teaches practical skills using simple machines and hand tools for use in the wider community, for example by building tables for the Clinic. Learning these new skills allows some of our Community Health Promoters to earn an income and so continue volunteering for us.

These photos showcase our integrated and multi-purpose approach to development.

World Environmental Day: 5th June 2018

Spotlight on Africa was invited to participate in this event which was held on the Mbale cricket ground. The Minister for the Environment was the guest of honour and many other organisations, institutions and Embassies joined in.

The theme this year was BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION, focusing on reducing single use plastic.

Spotlight was able to share some of our best practices including organic waste collection for crop production, metal recycling and reusing plastic bottles for micro gardening. Other recycling projects include our micro fishing ponds, plastic chicken houses and pit latrine covers made out of old jerrycans.

Our challenge now is to scale up some of these best practices and to reach out to populations that are high consumers of plastic bags, bottles and other equipment.

Here are some great photos of the day along with a youtube video featuring our CHPs marching, proudly holding our banner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kG88viJjtg

    Bosco, one of the CHPs in Bukasakya, displaying micro garden. We are able to grow onions, carrots, beets and other veg

 

Bosco, one of the CHPs in Bukasakya, displaying micro garden. We are able to grow onions, carrots, beets and other veg

 Micro gardening demonstration

Micro gardening demonstration

    Waste collection bags made by our carpentry trainees. One of the trainees was explaining to the guests how the concept works

 

Waste collection bags made by our carpentry trainees. One of the trainees was explaining to the guests how the concept works

       The French Ambassador, Stephani Riviol (Centre-EU representative) admiring the SoA-UF bottle door. She was impressed by everything that SoA show cased

 

 

The French Ambassador, Stephani Riviol (Centre-EU representative) admiring the SoA-UF bottle door. She was impressed by everything that SoA show cased

    CHPs proudly holding our banner during the march. The event was covered by both national and East African television stations.

 

CHPs proudly holding our banner during the march. The event was covered by both national and East African television stations.

Health Clinic Update

We're delighted to share with you an update on our Health Clinic which opened in November 2017. The facility is located in one of the poorest areas of Uganda and serves the community of Bukasakya sub-county.

Our aim was for the Clinic to provide holistic health care in the community, rather than dealing with emergencies, and so far the Clinic has exceeded Spotlight’s expectations!

The Clinic is well supported by the District which has provided medicines and vaccines. The majority of patients attending the Clinic are children, some of whom now come by themselves.

We were able to treat everyone who came to the Clinic, except women in labour, and only 1% of patients re-attended, meaning that patients we treated recovered.

What a great start!

 Mothers have continued to be supported with both Antenatal and Post Natal care

Mothers have continued to be supported with both Antenatal and Post Natal care

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 The Health facility is learning to cope with extreme cases

The Health facility is learning to cope with extreme cases

 Children as young as 7 come by themselves to the clinic for treatment

Children as young as 7 come by themselves to the clinic for treatment

 Equipping our Community Health Promoters with work tools and leadership skills

Equipping our Community Health Promoters with work tools and leadership skills

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