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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!


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.


Construction, Development and Innovation

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

This time last week Sheila Windridge, founder of Edirisa UK, touched down in London after her two week trip to Uganda to check up on all of our projects. One of the most exciting of those projects is a construction enterprise in association with Uganda Martyrs’ University.

Architecture students from the university’s faculty of the Built Environment are embarking on a project to design and plan an orphanage, nursery school and crafts workshop for the community of Rubona. The Rubona Women’s Group and Orphan Care began in a response to a high number of orphaned children and widowed women in the community. The women make local crafts and invest the profits back in to their community.

The initiative was started by Gyaviira Turinawe in 2007 and in 2010 Edirisa UK decided to support their work by donating knitting and sewing machines and fundraising for much needed building projects. When Marga Jann and Mark Olweny from Uganda Martyrs’ University decided they wanted to help we were delighted, and after the students’ visit to Rubona plans are well under way.

It is anticipated that the project will take 2 years to complete with construction scheduled to begin in 2012. One thing the students were amazed by is the stunning location. Set high on a hill the site has wonderful views over the islands of Lake Bunyonyi and the students intend to work with the natural resources to produce the power needed (solar and wind). The site will include vegetable and fruit gardens as well as water harvesting tanks to eradicate the need for lengthy water collections.

The students plan to use bamboo, eucalyptus, earth bricks, wood and local stone in the construction which will be funded by Edirisa UK.

We really hope to boost the comfort and productivity of this wonderful community that shows great compassion, community spirit and entrepreneurship. Just as Sheila was leaving the village she was gifted by a great example of their ingenuity. The picture below shows a young boy with the wooden bicycle that he made. It doesn’t have peddles but the wheels turn perfectly and it certainly makes for a quick trip down hill!

Wooden bike

Wooden bike

Wooden bike

Wooden bike