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Fundraising for Health Clinic Staff Houses

February 21, 2017 2 comments

Edirisa UK is very excited to announce our new partnership with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubjlana, Slovenia!

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Danaja Vastic from the University of Ljubjlana

We are raising funds for staff housing at the clinic on Bwama Island and architecture Masters student Danaja Vastic will design and supervise the build.

Please help us by donating.

In 2012 we opened a clinic on Bwama Island on Lake Bunyonyi in south west Uganda, which is operated in partnership with the Tropical Diseases Section of the Faculty of Medicine at the University. Before this the nearest medical facility was over 10km away in Kabale. The clinic has already made a big impact on the local community. It is totally free of charge and is the major primary care provider in the Lake area. In the year ended 30th June 2016 there were 41,906 patients treated, 115 babies delivered and 820 dental patients seen. It has become a vital facility.

But there is no housing for staff.

The clinic is centrally located on an island in the lake so that it is accessible to all the communities around. The main form of transport in the area is by canoe.  With no housing for staff it is difficult to provide medical services out of hours, e.g. should a patient fall ill over night or a lady go into labour. The overnight ward has not even opened yet due to lack of housing.  There is little local accommodation available and we face staff attraction and retention issues.

We want to fix this situation so that the clinic is well staffed and can operate to its full capacity.

Under the direction of Professor Anja Planiscek, architecture Masters student Danaja Vastic will design and supervise the build of the staff housing complex. Danaja and three of her fellow students will travel to Uganda in late June to commence the building work. Take a look at the first draft of the plans.

Aerial of clinic

Danaja Vastic is doing her Masters at the university and this project will form part of her finals. The designs will incorporate local materials and innovative ideas. A local builder and local workers will assist in the build. This is a project that can be completed in stages and as the health centre grows we will be able to add more housing units.

We have already raised £13,000 but we need £30,000. This is a huge challenge but we are positive!

If we don’t raise the full amount we will build what we can. The more money we raise the more houses we can build. Any extra we raise will enable us to put in solar panels. So every contribution, however small, will improve the situation at the clinic.

Please help us to raise the funds for this project. Your support is so important and even the smallest contribution is welcome. Thank you.

You can read the full annual report of the clinic here.

Star Fundraiser

August 29, 2015 Leave a comment

When people fundraise for our various projects it is such a huge benefit to our small charity and we are very grateful to everyone who helps us.

In December 2014 Clayton Woltz together his mother and Hubab Hood visited our projects in Uganda and were shown around by our Operations Manager, George Kakonge. Clayton and Hubab had a “drone camera” and took this wonderful picture of the clinic on Bwama Island.

Aerial of clinicClayton told his niece Belle about our projects and Belle was keen to help and to fundraise for a playground at one of our nursery schools. We sent her information and posters and she set about her task.

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In her own words here’s how Belle raised the funds:

Upon pondering ways to collect monetary means for your charity, I happened to contact my language arts teacher and very close friend of mine, Megan Macke. Megan advocates for youth community service and has many groups of students, including myself, reaching out and giving back to our small, rural town. In her efforts raise money for a mural, she and other students sold cheese. The cheese is made by Pearl Valley Cheese (http://pearlvalleycheese.com), a local farm not too far away from our county, and one makes 4(8-9)% profit from all sales.

Cheese

With this being said, the sale of cheese is supporting our local economy as well as the profit going to a wonderful cause, not to mention they manufacture award winning cheese products. I adopted the cheese sales as means of fundraising, as well as networking with many family members and small businesses, and had much support from major healthcare companies. My fundraiser was conducted over the span of one month, with my monetary goal being $500(cost of one playground). Conducting this fundraiser has been such a great experience for me, and I plan to continue my efforts. As you know, I exceeded my initial goal, by raising $541.50. I had $498.50 collected in cheese sales, $241.50 of which being pure profit. I had $300 worth of donations. 

With this being said, my successes show how youth have the power to make a difference, and change the world. My experience has been completely rewarding. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity, and proud that I have so many individuals connected to Edirisa, from southern Ohio, USA. 

Belle

Thanks Belle and thanks also to Clayton who matched her efforts with his own donation!

The playground at Nyakasiru is being built and will be ready when school goes back on September 7th.

Double your donations with THE BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge! We are fundraising for water tanks.

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment

In the run up to Christmas THE BIG GIVE organization provides an opportunity for charities to double donations received. This scheme is one of our most important fundraising initiatives as it allows our supporters to have their donations matched. This year we are raising funds for water harvesting tanks for the elderly, disabled, and families impacted by HIV/AIDs (watch our video and find more project details on our website).

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Our target is to install a minimum of 10 new water tanks. Over the last five years we have installed over 100 water tanks to homes, schools and nurseries impacting more than 2000 people by providing clean water. Water borne disease and poor sanitation still kills more people globally than all forms of violence, including war, and is a huge hurdle in the struggle out of poverty. The cost to install one rainwater harvesting tank is GBP500. This simple piece of infrastructure improves health, allows children time to go to school (rather than walk long distances to fetch [dirty] water), increases gender equality, and improves opportunities for food growth and enterprise. A small price for such a significant impact.

If you would like to support us there are three ways to donate. Our preference is for transfers directly to our UK charity account – we will then pledge the money on your behalf. This avoids us paying fees on the transfer.

Bank account details are:

Edirisa UK

Sort Code: 20-03-53

A/C No:  50376531

SWIFT/BIC:  BARCGB22

IBAN GB34 BARC 2003 5350 3765 31

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If you would like to transfer funds please do so in the next few days so we can ensure your funds are pledged!

Alternatively you can make donations via The Big Give site when the race is on to secure matching funds (as the pot of cash runs out fast!). You have to be organized as the funds are released at 10am GMT on the 4th, 5th and 6th of December only! If you are kind enough to make a direct bank transfer to us, Edirisa UK will pledge the funds at the right time to maximise the opportunity to get donations matched.

Or, you can donate on our website.

A little goes a long way in Africa, and what Edirisa UK does makes an impact – please help us continue to do that if you can. Thank you! 🙂

Putting the “Fun” into Fundraising

August 26, 2013 1 comment

The UnTOUCHables put the “FUN” into “FUNDRAISING” when they joined in the SFP Group CHALLENGE DAY

The Team

The Team

SFP GROUP set the teams a number of ridiculous challenges to raise money for various charities with the UnTOUCHables supporting Edirisa UK.

And They're OFF!

And They’re OFF!

SFP Group is made up of six entities, Touch Financial, SFP Recoveries, SFP Forensics, SFP Property, SFP Datastore and SFP Restructuring Limited. They all joined forces for their very first charity event.

The UnTOUCHables was headed up by Edirisa UK’s trustee SIMON CARTER who is a director of Touch Financial. We would like to say a HUGE “THANK YOU” to all the team who helped to raise in excess of £2,000 for our projects.

Grabbing a seat

Grabbing a seat

That’s Simon, second from the right, with what looks like a walking stick! Great fun was had by all and they must have made a real spectacle on the Isle of Dogs!  All the suited financial types must have wondered what on earth was going on. The challenge now is what to do next year!

Nightrider – London 8th & 9th June 2013

June 29, 2013 Leave a comment

During the night of 8th/9th June three of our trustees together with four other supporters pedalled 100km around London raising funds for us!  Some cyclist set off from Alexandra Palace whilst others left from Crystal Palace – our guys went from Alexandra Palace.

Ready to go

Ready to go

How did they find it?? Would they do it again??

Observations from Simon Carter, Trustee : 

–          London is NOT FLAT!

–          Are there more foxes than people in London?

–          Do I look that stupid every time ‘I’ get drunk?

–          Traffic lights….why?!

–          Speed bumps – rubbish on the up hills, but make fantastic jumps on the downhills!

–          Water breaks, missed two of them!

–          Signage – took two wrong turns nearly ended up in Brighton at one point!

–          5 hours to complete…not bad for a first go.

Would I do it next year – DEFINITELY

Simon ready for the off!

Simon ready for the off!

Comments from Paul Mitcham – aka Ron:

  • Cycling in central London at night is not for the faint-hearted.
  • Despite the slight detours the route was really well marked out.
  • The cobbled streets in Wapping are littered with bike busting pot-holes.
  • Great atmosphere.
  • Traffic lights are not your friends when you’re on a drop handlebar bike and clipped in shoes.
  • Best bit – ‘Racing’ around Canary Wharf in the early hours on closed streets.

Given Simon’s apparent enthusiasm to do it all again then I would too.

Ron about to go!

Ron about to go!

Graham Carter who also participated in Edirisa’s “Challenge Africa”  last year said this:

A great night out!  I had one memorable moment when coming to a set of traffic lights at about 4am.  The lights changed and three very drunk girls stepped into the road, I skidded to a halt coming to a stop as they were running back to the pavement shouting “no don’t stop keep going”!  They then thanked me for actually managing to stop and cheered me on.

Graham on Tower Bridge

Graham on Tower Bridge

Tim Constable, Trustee, and also a Challenge Africa participant reported on facebook when he got home:

OK – well that’s over.  Everything hurts. My toes hurt. Is that normal? Came home and hit the neurofen, bath, stella but to no avail so far. Wife unsympathetic!

Mark Shields said:

Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the Nightrider event, I had a fantastic time and hope that I can do it again next year. On the whole it was great fun though the last 20km were a little more challenging! We chatted to a couple of people at the finish whilst having a cup of tea, discussing how great it was to have finished, unfortunately it was only their halfway point! We felt pretty sorry for them.

Mark and Graham at the end

Mark and Graham at the end

Chris Mee, Trustee, and also a Challenge Africa participant:

It was a lot harder than I’d hoped and I definitely struggled for the last 20 miles at 4am in the morning!

Chris at the end of the ride

Chris at the end of the ride

Everyone agreed it had been a great experience so roll on Nightrider 2014!

Punishment Island – the documentary

April 9, 2013 3 comments

Laura Cini, an ex Edirisa Volunteer,  has been making a documentary about Punishment Island on Lake Bunyonyi. Here is her account of her experience:-

Punishment Island

Punishment Island

“Since I volunteered for Edirisa in 2009 to film a short documentary about crafts makers,  my life has been haunted by an idea: documenting the story of Akampene. Akampene is a tiny island on Lake Bunyonyi in South-West Uganda where un-married, pregnant young women were abandoned by their fathers/brothers and left to die in an attempt to shun the shame they brought to their family. What struck me immediately was that nobody had tried to research the story before. The only further information I gleaned from the older members of the local Bunyonyi community was that on occasion poor men, unable to afford to ‘buy’ a wife, would pick up one that had been left on Akampene island. So, I decided to document the whole story.

Two years ago I convinced a camera operator to invest his time, and his equipment, in the crazy mission of finding survivors. Next, I wrote the script, which I developed in Nairobi thanks to a program run by European Media, and I spent a year looking for funds. The market is tough and no broadcaster or documentary foundation will come on board if they don’t see a rough cut. So last year we started another crazy adventure, crowd funding on the web (http://www.ulule.com/punishmentisland). In the end we managed to raise over €10.000  for the filming thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

In February this year we finally went to Lake Bunyonyi with an International crew plus two wonderful local translators. It was tough, from many points of view. Our first and greatest challenge was finding the women who had been left to die on Akampene Island. But find them we did. Then came the next challenge, convincing them to share the story. As it happened this was easier than I had anticipated!  As the women listened to each other it was clear they found it easier to share their own experiences.

And so the next step is to edit a rough cut and present it to all broadcasters and foundations that expressed interest.

Now we face our next challenge. We need to raise money for the last part of production and post-production. “Punishment Island” won’t be a traditional documentary; the crazy difficulties experienced during research will be part of the narrative and the story will be reconstructed from a point of view inspired by the local animist traditions. Apart from concentrating on finishing the film, I am also thinking about an outreach campaign run by local teachers with screenings at local schools to spark off dialogue about equal rights. I wish the film to become a local educational tool focusing on gender issues and a way to raise public awareness about vulnerable women in remote parts of the world. If that would happen, this massive and crazy mission will have been worth it.”

Laura (left) with some of her team

Laura (left) with some of her team

We wish Laura every success and look forward to seeing the documentary.

“Punishment Island” is not Laura’s first documentary. As she mentioned in her account above, she worked with Edirisa on a Craft Documentary. In September 2012 a viewing was held in one of Edirisa UK’s nursery classrooms and the craft women involved travelled from all around Lake Bunyonyi to view Laura’s finished work. This was the first time most of them had ever seen themselves on film!

Phionah laughing at herself

Phionah laughing at herself

Watching the video

Watching the video

Operation Success and a New Life for Rita!

March 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Young Rita and her family are very grateful to our ex Operations Manager, Rebecca Swan, who fundraised and organised Rita’s life saving heart operation in Egypt! Rita is now on her way home to Uganda but last week Rebecca visited her at the Aswan Heart Centre.

Rita at homewith her sister prior to her operation

Rita at homewith her sister prior to her operation

Rebecca says:

“I visited Rita in Aswan to see how she was getting on after her operation. It was one of the most joyful and inspiring trips of my life. It has been a crazy few months and there were some awful moments when we worried it might not happen at all.

Rita at Entebbe airport leaving for Egypt

Rita at Entebbe airport leaving for Egypt

On February 17th Rita left Uganda with her aunt, Linate headed for Aswan Health Centre in Egypt. A week later Sir Magdi Yacoub  performed the surgery and he was able to repair, rather than replace the damaged valves, meaning that Rita will not need life-long anti-coagulation medication as expected. As Chain of Hope had covered the cost of the flights some of the funds we raised were spent on a monitoring machine for Kabale Hospital.

I visited Rita a week later. It was completely awe-inspiring. The hospital is purpose-built and Chain of Hope brings children from all over Africa to receive surgery there.

Rita at Aswan

Rita at Aswan after the op

All the swelling of Rita’s face had gone down and her confidence was already improving; she was actually asking me to take photos of her. It was so wonderful to behold and I was completely overcome with gratitude for all the people who made it happen. I’m not usually overly emotional, and can be quite a cynic at times, but seeing Rita walking around her room, smiling and posing for the camera made my heart swell.

She will soon be home and after a couple of months getting her strength up, she should be able to walk to school with her sisters. She’s still planning to be a nurse in Bwama Health Centre. Thanks to Chain of Hope and all the people who donated and helped her she finally has a chance to make it happen. Absolutely amazing!”

Rita and Rebecca

Rita and Rebecca

Well done Rebecca and HUGE thanks to Chain of Hope and all at the Aswan Heart Centre. We wish Rita continuing good health and all at Edirisa look forward to welcoming her back to Bufuka.