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HAPPY NEW YEAR and read all about 2015

December 31, 2015 Leave a comment

Nursery kids July 2015

Wishing all our friends and supporters all the very best for a Happy and Prosperous 2016

Click here to read our 2015 newsletter and find what we have been doing in Uganda

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

Happy Children

Tank Nyakasiru (3)

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! 🙂

Island Experience at Tom’s Homestay

March 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Tom's Homestay

Tom’s Homestay

Tom’s Homestay is a community overnight visit hosted by the family of Tom Karemire on Habukomi Island (Lake Bunyonyi) and organised by Edirisa Uganda. It has to be booked in advance, as it includes much more than sleeping on a remote island – it is a full-blown cultural tour into the traditional life of the Bakiga.

Tom was born on the lake, as was his father, he has been the Night Watchman at the Heart of Edirisa in Bufuka for almost 10 years.  A former prison guard he has many interesting stories to tell.  He is 68 and has 6 children, all boys, one unfortunately died on the lake returning from an election polling station late at night. Very few of the locals swim and the lake does claim many lives during the course of a year. This drives home the importance of swimming lessons for the children, which we try to provide every day at the Heart.

Tom

Tom

Edirisa has been bringing trekkers to Tom’s since 2005 and during these years he has developed a brilliant campsite. In 2013 it is finally being made accessible to those guests who might not opt for hiking but still crave for a unique island experience. For those more active  you have a choice of  combining it with a 5-hour Lake Bunyonyi trek, a 1-day Kabale-Bunyonyi trek or a 1-day Canoe Trekking.

View of Habukomi Island

View of Habukomi Island

The full-board homestay experience includes a professional guide, a dugout ride to the island and back, a tour of the island by Tom, camping near his house in spacious tents, a great local dinner enriched by crayfish, a performance of an enanga (traditional string instrument) player and the island dance troupe, stories near the campfire, breakfast with local honey, bananas and chapatis.

Campfire

Campfire

In case camping isn’t your cup of tea a night boat ride back to your lodge an be arranged – but then you will miss the beautiful, relaxed Habukomi morning.

For bookings call the Edirisa Home in Kabale on +256 75 2558 222 or send an email to home@edirisa.org .

We’re looking forward to celebrating Tom’s 10th Anniversary with him next year!

Water is Life

February 11, 2013 1 comment

We all take fresh water for granted, but what would you do if the tap didn’t work?

With the help of the Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Department we have just installed another 8 four thousand litre water tanks in the Buranga District of the Kabale region. This brings our total to 80 tanks installed over the last 3 years.

New tank

New tank

 

These household tanks change the lives of the recipients who no longer have to walk miles to fetch their water. The tanks are installed at the homes of the elderly, disabled and HIV families.

Tank recipient

Tank recipient

Quote: ‘This is a God given tank; there are many other weak, old people like us who have been given tanks like us. We are very happy and grateful to those who provided the funds. We shall take care of the tank so that the water remains close by, as we know everything requires maintenance.

Tank recipients

Tank recipients

 

This is an extract from a letter of thanks:

 

Life has greatly changed since we got the water tanks as follows:

• We, the elderly, have water near our houses; we have enough to drink after boiling it.
• We are able to do work in time because the water is near by.
• Our children no longer suffer the burden of fetching water
• The level of sanitation and hygiene has greatly improved because we have enough water to clean our cloth, bath, and clean household utensils.

Even people who have not befitted from the tanks are also happy that their neighbors have received the tanks benefited because they sometimes share the water.

 

Water provision can be a challenge to those living with HIV and their care-givers. Culturally it’s a child’s job to fetch water for the family, with children in rural areas travelling long distances with no guarantee that the water source is clean and safe. Being given a rainwater-harvesting tank means a clean source of water, which highly reduces their risk of secondary infection.

The area is very hilly and is home to approx. 26,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, clay walls and corrugated tin roofs.

Rev Reuben checking the tap

Rev Reuben checking the tap

A household water tanks costs around £400 – this includes training in maintenance and sanitation. Our programme is ongoing and donations are gratefully accepted
at http://www.edirisa.org.uk/Donate.html

Clinic News!

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

The doctors and medics from the Tropical Medicine School in Slovenia have now left Bwama Island and are heading home.

Whilst at the clinic they have achieved a lot in such a short time. The contract has been signed for the floors to be finished off with a special screed and for the work benches to be built and installed. Meanwhile they have been improvising.

One of the first patients at the clinic

One of the first patients at the clinic

 

They bought some basic tables and chairs and one of the girls enjoyed sitting on the verandah sewing curtains.

Sewing on the verandah

 

The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy

The government are in the process of building the maternity and overnight ward, you can just see the building on the photo above, right hand side up on the bank.

Lots of things still left to do but we are getting there! Watch this space.

Clinic on Bwama Island, Uganda

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The building for the outpatients clinic and accommodation for international doctors on Bwama Island is almost finished and the Slovenian volunteer doctors have started work!

In July and August six volunteers from BRISTOL UNIVERSITY bought paints and brushes and set about the mammoth task of painting inside and out. Every day they canoed over from the Bufuka peninsular to Bwama Island and got stuck in! The builders were still working so they started painting the doctors accommodation.

BVDA Volunteers with Graham Carter

BVDA Volunteers with Graham Carter

Massive thanks for all that hard work. The building is now awaiting the installation of the water harvesting tank, the required funds have been raised and work should start soon. Now we are busy raising funds for the solar installation.

Here are some recent photos of the clinic.

Just before the gutters went on

Just before the gutters went on

With gutters

With gutters

The waiting area needs some benches!

Waiting area

Waiting area

At the end of September we welcomed a new group of medical volunteers from Slovenia, who will be with us for one month and will help us to open the new clinic. The Section for Tropical Medicine at The University of Ljubljana has been sending volunteers to work at Bufuka for several years now and the clinic has been built to give them better working conditions and to improve patient care around Lake Bunyonyi. The Tropical Medicine School has partnered with us on this project and are responsible for furnishing and equipping the clinic.

The volunteers have moved some equipment and old solar panels from Bufuka over to the island and have had a taste of the work that went into the building; all the materials for the clinic – bricks, cement, hardcocre etc –  was taken by boat  across the lake and then carried up to the site. They had to do the same, all the medical equipment,  boxes of medicines, medical supplies, books, benches, tables, shelves and their luggage they carried over! By the end of the day everyone had had a good workout and was thoroughly tired of moving boxes. Well done for all that effort!

After that it was time for the government staff to move into the new clinic. They had been working from an old building on the island so moved all their equipment and medicines to the new building, ready to begin work with their Slovenian colleagues. Of course in true Ugandan style this move also called for a small celebratory party, with traditional food cooked by the local village women. The next day was spent unpacking and lots of cleaning!
Now the clinic is open the volunteers are spending their time between treating patients and managing carpenters, locksmiths and electricians. Some of the girls have even become tailors, sewing home made curtains (the eyes of all-too-curious school children are keen to see what the Muzungu are doing at all hours of the day!).

For now staff and volunteers at the Health Centre have opened two clinic rooms for wounds and bandages, a microscopy delivery room, and of course room for the reception of patients. The local staff are enjoying working with the volunteers and have excitedly discussed how “very experienced” they are, as well as being impressed that some are already learning the local language.

For us at Edirisa it’s very rewarding to see what was just an empty building a few weeks ago becoming a fully-fledged Health Centre.

Savings Lives at Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

August 5, 2012 Leave a comment

For the children who live on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi,  the second deepest lake in Africa, collecting water and travelling in canoes on the lake is part of their daily life.  The  lake has a steep drop off from the land and fetching water  poses a high risk of children falling in and drowning.  Canoes often capsize in bad weather or when they are overloaded, and on average  between one and two people a month drown here. It is difficult to find someone who has not lost a close friend or relative to the water.

 

Going home from school

Going home from school

 

Edirisa’s swimming programme is part of a larger effort to mobilise swimming at schools around the lake. The Lake Bunyonyi Development Company train teachers in swimming with the hope that they will make time in the holidays to run swim camps with their students. At our centre in Bufuka the lessons are staffed by our volunteers and run during term time PE classes as well as during the school holidays. We are lucky to have the facility to teach students in a locally made swimming platform that sits in the lake rather than take novice swimmers into dangerous, deep open water.

 

The swimming platform

The swimming platform

 

Kids by the pool

Kids by the pool

As the school term ends our volunteers have started planning a summer swim school for the month-long holiday. It’s a part of the volunteer programme that is very much appreciated by the students and wider community as it continues to help save lives. Students at Bufuka have come a long way in the last year; Julia Fellinger and Ziva Skrlovnik recently took the first group of advanced swimmers on a 300m open water swim with great success.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our Teach Inn Bufuka volunteers who have been at the centre of this project. It is their efforts that have made such a big difference and we hope that our continued support will give these children not only confidence in the water but also the ability to swim to safety if needed.

 

This is fun!

This is fun!

Swimming

Swimming

 

Sarah teaching swimming

Sarah teaching swimming

We are also grateful to our partners – Edirisa Slovenia – who have just donated funds for much-needed renovations of the swimming platform. It is almost ready to be painted by volunteers in time for the summer lessons (watch this space!). Vrtec Volce, a Slovenian nursery, has also donated a number of children’s swimming costumes, towels and arm-bands which are much appreciated.

A GREAT TEAM EFFORT