Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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.


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

Water is Life – Edurida’s Story

January 30, 2012 2 comments

Edurida is one of the beneficiaries of our water provision project in partnership with the Diocese of Kigezi. In March 2010 her tank was built with funds raised at the Live and Don’t Let Die Event in London – a collaboration between Edirisa UK and fresh2o.  In a society where women are regarded as secondary citizens, a woman with a disability faces a double disadvantage in her life. Read her story below:

Edurida and her brother

Edurida and her brother

“I was born without arms. My father took me to the hospital and they announced my birth on the radio, asking for support and prayers. Some Muzungus (white people) heard that announcement and they wanted to take me away. My father refused. He and my mother told them they could not give their daughter away; they loved me. When he came back to the village people were advising my father to kill me, but others were kind to us.

Some parents with disabled children are ashamed; my parents were not like this. They also had another child with Special Needs; my younger brother Vincent is mentally handicapped and also has a problem with his hands. They loved us and they sent me to school. I was writing with my feet and the other children loved me. I managed to finish Primary 7 but I was unable to go to Secondary level because my parents died.

With both parents gone I became responsible for my brother and myself. My brother is able to help me around the house but he cannot do things alone; I am the one who instructs him. We work together and we have a good relationship. I can do things with my feet, so when we are cooking he is preparing the food and I can prepare fire. My brother can’t refuse to do something when I ask him.

At times we do struggle but our neighbours help us. We grow our food and when there is a surplus we can sell it and make money. I save this money and I use it to pay those people who are helping us with digging.

Our neighbours would also help us to carry water. Sometimes they could do it for free but other times we would have to pay them. Vincent would also go to fetch water but it is very difficult for him. He can only carry 10 litres at a time and he struggles to carry things with his weak hands. It would take him one hour to bring the water and he would have to go twice in a day; when he arrived back he was exhausted.

Having a water tank has changed our lives. Vincent can stay helping me at home and we don’t lose money, paying people to bring water for us. I’m very, very grateful that we were given the tank because it makes our lives a lot easier.

If I could give other people living with disability a piece of advice it would be to have faith and to look to God. Sometimes things are so difficult and you can’t imagine that people will ever come to help you.  We were also struggling to get water; now we have been given a tank. I don’t worry about the future because I work hard and I am hopeful that God will continue to keep us in this way.”

Edurida with Rev Reuben, her brother and Milton Nkurunungi

Edurida with Rev Reuben, her brother and Milton Nkurunungi

In 2010 Edirisa UK and fresh2o installed 50 tanks at the homes of the elderly and disabled in the hills around Kabale and have just provided more funds for a further 8 tanks to be installed.  If you would like to contribute towards a water tank you can donate through the Big Give

 Elderly recipients

Elderly recipients

Bringing Solar Power to Uganda

October 2, 2011 1 comment

Tough StuffThis week Edirisa UK together with Tough Stuff International are launching a new business enterprise for the people of the Kabale District. The Business in a Box program is an innovative opportunity to create jobs and small businesses that increase access to Tough Stuff’s solar products within off-grid communities.

Tough Stuff have designed a modular range of solar products including a solar panel, rechargeable LED lamp, rechargeable battery pack, mobile phone connectors and radio connectors – all at very affordable prices and all virtually unbreakable.

These products save families money, improve health and lifestyle and protect the environment.

We’re helping the community to build a sustainable future but we can’t do it alone. Can you help to kickstart a Business in a Box?