This was the fourth visit to Uganda by
Vesper members since we first met Elijah Kyamuwendo from the
Kulika charity in the '90s. A party of five spent time in Jinja, Kampala and
Mubende visiting projects and renewing friendships with Elijah and his
colleagues, as well as meeting members of several Rotary clubs. The
greater part of our trip was spent at Mubende, a town some 100 miles
west of Kampala which has been the centre of our past work in Uganda.
The visit achieved several objectives:
In conjunction with Kulika, we
finalised arrangements for a pilot micro credit scheme, providing
finance to local farmers in three villages around Mubende. Once it is
successful, we are looking to expand the scheme to other villages in the
area and beyond, and work with Rotary Club (RC) Mubende with the hope of
support. We also gave Kulika a laptop to help them administer the scheme.
Rotarian Andrew Bartholomew held
several coaching sessions on animal husbandry for key farmer trainers in
the villages around Mubende and at Kulika's residential centre. At the
same time he took the opportunity to promote the micro credit scheme.
We completed the applications for
funding through the Matching Grant of a project with RC Mengo in
Kampala. This will be used to fund the redevelopment of a school at Gulu
in the North, along the same lines as the project at Mugungulu School
and hopefully this can serve as a pilot project for future work, linked
to education and general sustainability issues.
We met with Dr Robert at Mubende
hospital for whom we have previously funded professional training and
provided him with a laptop for use in his hospital duties. At the same
time we toured the hospital and looked at possible projects for further
development work, particularly in the hospital laundry where we provided
some basic equipment.
We visited other projects that we and other
Rotary clubs have supported in the past, including:
the Matching Grant project at
Mugungulu School, near Mubende, which provided new latrines, classroom
equipment, water harvesting equipment, planting and site infrastructure
at the school, as well as wood burning stoves and mosquito nets in the
village - we are hoping to possibly develop this as a model project that
we can extend to other locations as part of a 3H grant
Champona (Kyamukoona) school where together with
Didcot Girls School we provided furniture for the classrooms - here we
saw the school water tank which is in serious need of repair
The village well close to Mubende which was one of the first international projects undertaken by Vesper
Schools at Maaya and Kakenzie where
Kulika are working with Food for Thought and other Rotary clubs
A medical centre at Bulabo near
Kampala funded by the Rotary Club of Mengo.
We came away full of ideas for further
projects and will be bringing proposals on these to the club over the months
ahead, when we will also be talking to other clubs including
Breda and Roma,
as well as representatives of
to see how we can work together to deliver these.