Why I’m involved with KTCT

It’s always interesting to know why people want to support or get involved with KTCT, beyond good will and the wish to support people.

MEP Syed Kamall is an advisor to the KTCT board and explained his reasons for giving his time for the charity in his blog…

The Kitchen Table Charities Trust:
A great way to help small charities transform lives

Imagine if you have been on holiday or a business trip abroad and you have witnessed poverty and deprivation. You then come home and gather around your kitchen table with like minded people who want to tackle similar problems.

Perhaps you think you would like to start a small charity to help. Perhaps raise some money to provide clean running water? What happens if you can’t quite raise those funds or have a bigger idea? How do you raise the money?

This a problem for many people who have a genuinely good idea and the ability to solve it but just don`t have charity experience.

Well this is where the Kitchen Table Charity Trust comes in….

Click here to read the rest of his article

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Mobilising the Children of Malawi: 10 cases this Christmas

 

Harun, 5 yrs old, Cerebral Palsy, secondary to Jaundice

If life for the average, ‘healthy’ Malawian child is poor then life for those with severe mobility problems can be dire.

The consequences for the child and its family can be many and debilitating.

The Government of Malawi does not provide mobility aids.

Even if they could find them, most families would not be able to afford a mobility aid for their child.

Without a mobility aid the child cannot go to school and will have a very limited social life.

If the child cannot go to school, in most cases this restricts both parents from working therefore impacting the family income needed just to survive.

Without a mobility aid, like a wheelchair, parents and guardians carry the child on their backs. As the child grows the weight causes back problems for the adults….and so the above negative cycle continues.

The prosthetics workshop at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi has been developed to make wheelchairs each to meet the specific needs of those children fortunate enough to receive charitable funds to meet the cost.

Kitchen Table Charities Trust is a big supporter of this initiative and the following case stories are a result of their generous help.

Click here to read the full report:  10 Cases, December 2018  

 

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Greetings from Kasulu Youth Development (KAYD)

Greetings from Kasulu Youth Development (KAYD)

First and foremost, KAYD thank KTCT and your Supporters, for financial support to KAYD enabled  implementation of the project titled; Capacity Building of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs)-Kasulu District  which is contributing to reduction of pregnant women, mothers and  infants mortality rate  in Kasulu district council, Kigoma region-Tanzania.
Your financial support has been appreciative by many stakeholders in our area.
Now, the project has come to an end, therefore, please, kindly receive the second Project performance and Final/ completion report with financial report here attached with.
Please, go through the report below.
We kindly thank you for your continuous partnership.
Yours Sincerely
KAYD

SECOND QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE REPORT

BY 

Kasulu Youth Development    (KAYD)

  

SUBMITTED TO: Kitchen Table Charities Trust (KTCT)

November 2018

PERFORMANCE REPORT.

Project Name: Capacity Building of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs)-Kasulu District
Reporting Period: August  – November 2018
Reporting Date: 12th November  2018
Report Prepared By: Rulakizuye Pattern  (KAYD Executive Director)
Email: kaydmakere@gmail.com / info@kayd.or.tz
Website www.kayd.or.tz

  1. I.    
    PROJECT OVERVIEW

In 2007, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) issued the National Health Policy to promote improved health care and services for all people in Tanzania. Tanzania has been implementing the National Health Policy 2007 which envisioned a healthy community that contributes effectively to individual as well as to the nation’s development. The mission was to facilitate the provision of basic health services that are of good quality, equitable, accessible, affordable, and sustainable and gender sensitive. The main objective was to improve the health and wellbeing of all Tanzanians, with a focus on those most at risk, and encourage the health system to be more responsive to the needs of the people and, thus increase the life expectancy. The National Health Policy 2007 had several specific policy objectives. These included the need to reduce morbidity and mortality and increase life expectancy for all Tanzanians by delivering better health services, which focus on requirements for vulnerable  groups such as infants, under-fives, pre and school children, youths, people with disability, women of reproductive age and elderly people to access health services

The project aims at increasing pregnant women access to improved delivery services through increasing skills and knowledge and equipping 150 traditional birth attendants (TBAs) on improved delivery services in rural and remote 5 wards; Kagerankanda, Titye, Kurugongo, Makere and Heru-Ushingo in Kasulu district by December 2017.

The project duration is 08 months, and the overall project budget is £ 10065, out of which,  £ 10000 is a financial support received from KTCT and £ 65 is KAYD own contribution.

2.0 Project Implementation and Achievements

2.1 Implementation:

Output 1

Increased skills and knowledge and equipping 150 traditional birth attendants (TBAs) on improved deliver services in rural and remote 5 wards; Kagerankanda, Titye, Kurugongo, Makere and Heru-Ushingo in Kasulu district by December 2017.

During the reporting period, KAYD through collaboration with government through health department and government leaders managed to organize and conduct training for 60 traditional birth attendants (TBAs), village and wards’ government leaders and health facilities’ staff in 2 wards; Heru-Ushingo and Makere in Kasulu district.

Based on the revised the national health policy 2007, every pregnant women delivered, the TBA escorting is paid TZS 8,200/-(Eight Thousand Two Hundred only).

Based on the above, all government leaders should supervise the implementation of the policy in respective areas. Moreover, it is their responsibility of government leaders to mobilize community members to establish social health funds, which will cover transport and fare for distant pregnant women to nearby health facilities.

Based on the above, 2 (two) facilitators from Kasulu district council; who were District Reproductive and Child Health Coordinator (DRCHC) as chief facilitator and district nutrition officer as assistant facilitator, assisted by health facility in-charge or Nurse midwife, facilitated the training for 5 days for each of  those wards remained; Makere and Heru-Ushingo, in Kasulu district.

The facilitators deployed training participatory approach, whereby; experienced TBAs, health facilities service providers were invited to present what they know. Moreover, the participants were divided into small groups for discussion and presentation. Plenary discussion for participants also was carried out. Questions and clarifications, too, were used. The facilitators also presented/lectured matters/lecturing the matters.

Facilitators managed to cover the following matters;

  • Concept of national health policy 2007
  • Concept of care and services for pregnant women
  • Preparation during the pregnancy period
  • Importance of pregnant to attend clinics
  • Importance of husband to attend clinic with wife
  • Concept of  family planning and methods application
  • Concept of nutrition and importance for pregnant women and children development
  • Importance of social health funds in the village/area
  • Importance of nutrition for pregnant women and children development
  • Responsibilities of TBAs for assisting pregnant women during the delivery
  • Responsibilities of government leaders through establishing and management of social health funds
  • Concept of health insurance funds, importance of  and procedure for joining the funds
  • Community mobilization skills for establishing and management social health funds
  • Coordination among the government leaders, TBAs and health services providers
  • Monitoring pregnant women in the areas

Key Achievements/successes;

During the project implementation the following changes were found;

  • No any child and pregnant women deaths recorded in the project areas
  • No any pregnant women who delivered on the way to health facility
  • No any delivery occurred under assistance of traditional birth attendants (TBAs)
  • In Heru-Ushingo ward, in particular, the TBAs demanded their (right) funds to the ward health facility as a result of training.
  • In Mvinza and Chenkenya villages in Kagerankanda and Kurugongo wards, respectively , in particular, have started community health funds for assisting the pregnant women who in the process of deliveries. Three (3) pregnant women were ferried during the nights to health facilities in September and October 2018, in the respective ward.
  • In Titye and Kagerankanda health facilities, men have started to escort their wives to the health facilities particularly clinic days. In Titye there were 17 men and Kagerankanda 23 men reported (Health  facilities In charge reports September and October 2018)

Despite the above, the participants also raised the following issues;

  • Majority of men do not escort their wives to the clinics due to lack of awareness on the importance for attending to clinics
  • No close information sharing on reproductive health matters between couples as sometimes men deny to support their wives as they think that the pregnancy are for other men.
  • Both couples have low awareness of family planning for mother and children development
  • Some TBAs are elderly who cannot provide services to pregnant women during the delivery, and no measures to recruit youth in villages; however, government emphasizing to construct dispensaries in each village while adding more health staff including midwives.
  • Some pregnancy complications cannot be met by TBAs such as; excessive bleeding, and others.

Challenges encountered are as follows;

  • Health facilities in-charges have not disclosed the information of existence TBAs/CHWs allowances as per current National health policy, and leading to increases of TBAs/CHWs continue to provide delivery services at their homes.
  • In some neighboring villages around the project areas, particularly, Buhoro, Kitanga and Nyamidaho, have requested KAYD to facilitate provision of the same training in their respective areas so as to reduce an increasing health risk facing pregnant women and infants.

 Conclusion

The report concludes that once the traditional birth attendants are empowered can bring positive change in the community through reducing delivery risks and death for both children and pregnant women. Moreover, this will be achieved through thorough cooperation among TBAs, and other health stakeholders including; government leaders, pregnant women and men,

Training Pictures

Please find pictures show Traditional Birth Attendants, government leaders and health facilities’ staff during and after capacity building trainings in two wards, Makere and Heru-Ushingo, Kasulu district council.

Figure 1:  Lucy Lukindo, a chief facilitator, delivering training at Makere village, Makere ward.

 Figure 2: Mr. James Ngalaba, assistant facilitator writing a topic on flip chart during the training at Makere village, Makere ward.

Figure 3: A Ward Executive Officer (WEO) of Heru Ushingo ward, clarifying on some issues asked by TBA about their payments.

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MOTHERS’ INITIATIVES AFRICA – IMPACT REPORT & Thanks

Warm greetings from Mothers’ Initiatives Africa in Mbale here. It’s been a long time of silence. I hope this email finds you in perfect health.

Am writing this to extend our sincere appreciation for the support that Kitchen Table Charities Trust gave to MIA in a project that has contributed to the reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Manafwa and Mbale Districts in Eastern Uganda.

Similarly, am glad to inform you that the project impact report is ready and please find it below.  Any comments and questions are welcome.

Also attached is an update of pictures of some of the activities that Mothers’ Initiatives Africa has been doing.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

With thanks,

Mothers’ Initiatives Africa

REDUCING MATERNAL AND CHILD MORTALITY WITH TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS, VILLAGE HEALTH TEAMS AND MOTHER MENTORS IN MBALE AND MANAFWA DISTRICTS

 Background

With Financial support of £11,000 (46,576,607 Uganda Shillings) from Kitchen Table Charities Trust, Mothers’ Initiatives Africa (MIA) implemented a project entitled “Improving the Health of Rural Women and Young Girls in Manafwa and Mbale Districts of Eastern Uganda”. The one year project started in April 2017 ended in December 2017. The overall Goal of the project was “Contributing to a reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality among women of reproductive age in rural areas of Manafwa and Mbale Districts The specific objectives were:

  1. To increase access and availability of health kits for women of reproductive age and children under 5 years old.
  2. To Increase knowledge on correct use of health kits, including misoprostol for PPH prevention  and  Family Planning  availability  among  2,500  Women in Reproductive Age  and  their  partners,  as  well  as  of diarrhoea prevention & treatment and nutrition for children under five among care takers.
  3. To raise awareness about dangers of early pregnancy among school going young girls aged between 13 to 19 years.

Outputs

 On receiving the grant, MIA started implementing the project with procuring and distributing 600 mama kits in six sub counties of Bupoto, Bubutu, Bumwoni, Busukuya, Butiru and Wesswa in Manafwa District, while 400 mama kits were distributed in Northern Division in Mbale District.

In Manafwa District, 36 Traditional Birth Attendants were trained and 150 Community  Health workers in Mbale District, who included: Mama Ambassadors, Village Health Teams, Mother Mentors, Traditional Birth Attendants and women local council leaders, all these were trained about safe motherhood, increased health facility access through referrals as a way of contributing to a reduction to Maternal and child Mortality.

2,562 students of  Hamdan Girls High School, Manafwa High School, Nabuyonga Primary School, Kiwata Primary School, Buyonjo Primary School and Bumasokho Primary School have been reached through school health clubs and carrying out school health education sessions which included topics such as: causes and dangers of early pregnancies and child marriages, ways of preventing child marriages, practicing good hygiene, puberty, proper menstruation management and sexually transmitted diseases. Other topics that were covered during the health education sessions were: Menstrual Hygiene and Reproductive Health issues and Re-usable Sanitary Pads kit making even with a hand needle, this itself creating a great impact to the community.

The peer educators` health clubs are running in the six secondary school targeting female students and have been a highly successful vehicle for mobilization, awareness and Interpersonal communication. The Peer Education program will continue to focus on delayed sexual debut, career planning, life skills and professional development. MIA will continue to work with the trained female peer educators but will recruit at least two male peer educators from each of the seven secondary schools. The peer educators will be responsible for the continuous health education sessions and peer counselling.

 Similarly, through the continuous sensitization in schools about Water, Hygiene and Sanitation in the community and schools, incidences of common diseases such as diarrhea have reduced, absenteeism in schools has reduced after MIA distributing re-usable sanitary pad kits, raising awareness about proper Menstrual Hygiene and illustrating the value of education to students and pupils.

 Challenges faced

Inadequate office equipment such as cameras, laptops and motorcycles for transport.

The poor road network and a lot of rainfall in Manafwa District sometimes frustrates our work when roads become slippery, bridges break and even busting of river bunks rendering MIA staff and volunteers unable to reach some heard to reach areas.

 Impacts

With a social element of door to door visits giving knowledge on parenting skills, proper nutrition, proper hygiene and sanitation practices, encouraging mothers go for antenatal services and seek medical attention from health facilities, Community Health Workers and TBAs have substantially made a reduction in Maternal and child mortality rates in Mbale and Manafwa Districts. There’s improved health seeking behavior and knowledge, preventative care measures, and an increased number of visits that Community Health Workers give to households.

As a result of the safe motherhood project mothers in the areas of intervention who received the Mama Kits have reported that the Mama kits were of great help to them and they are in position to better understand the use of the kits. One Muyama Tabitha, a mother from Busukuya Sub-county had this say:

When I received a Mama kit, Mosquito net, aqua safe, Oral Rehydration Salts and Zinc tablets from MIA, these Items were of great help to me when I delivered my baby, I had what to use, and there were gloves, cotton and razorblades). My baby has not suffered from malaria, she is now one year and 7 months even me I know am safe from Malaria.

Similarly,  in Bupoto Sub-county, the number of mothers who attended ante-natal services between August 2017 to August 2018 has increased from 187 to 265 mothers and 93% of these have delivered at the health centre. Mothers are also knowledgeable about basic nutritional practices, they are also aware about the importance of family planning and where to access it from.

This gave us an impression that Traditional Birth Attendants are conducting more referrals than before and they are encouraging and accompanying mothers to the health centers for proper medical attention.  Khaukha Alice a TBA in Bumwoni Sub-county had this to say;

Since the training by MIA at Manafwa District, am very knowledgeable about the proper use of Mama Kits and the benefits of referring mothers to the health facility. These days’ mothers suffer a lot of Hemorrhage and obstructed labor, but we can’t handle these in our shrines. These days mothers who over bleed are saved at the facility. We are so grateful to MIA and KTCT. God Bless you abundantly.

It was also found out that treating water with water guard is a safe way of preventing water borne diseases. This has been realized in the areas where MIA has worked, Sr. Stella Nalwada, a Nursing Officer at Bugobero Health Center III had this to say;

Amongst the mothers who received water guard, their families have not had any diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and dysentery in the last 10 months, they have also practiced good hygiene, proper use of latrines, mothers and child nutrition has improved, therefore there have been few cases of diarrhea compared to what it was before amongst the families that were trained and were Community Health Workers have reached.

With regard to adolescents, students and several young people whom we talked to, we discovered that young people have goals and dreams, after MIA giving knowledge about dangers of early pregnancy. Students told us how avoiding early pregnancies is beneficial to them. One Namataka Juliet of Bumbo Senior Secondary school had this to say;

If I avoid early pregnancy, I will stay in school and attain my certificate, I will go and do       my course at Makerere University and I want to become a lawyer in future and this will help me advance personally”.

Mothers’ Initiatives Africa, with support from Kitchen Table Charities Trust created a team of Community Health Workers (Traditional Birth Attendants, Village Health Teams, and Mother Mentors) program with the aim of improving access to and adoption of simple, proven health interventions in rural areas in of Eastern Uganda with the intension to reduce maternal and Child mortality in this region. The program was carried out in partnership with Manafwa and Mbale District Local Governments were these local health workers went door-to-door educating their communities about ways to improve their Sexual and Reproductive Health, practicing proper Hygiene and Sanitation to keep away preventable diseases/illnesses, supporting pregnant women

The Community Health Workers programme also improved health knowledge and people in villages reported taking more preventative health measures and precaution than those in the other sub-counties where the project did not reach. In addition, households with newborns in program villages have significantly received and are still receiving follow-up visits, to ensure the babies are immunized, nutrition standards are maintained such that mothers and babies are disease free. One Alice Wemesa a midwife at Magale Health Center IV had this to say:

“ Am impressed with the  work that trained TBAs are doing especially in this community, were mothers have been referred to health facilities for safe delivery services, and if this training could be carried out in the whole District, it would help us more to attain a reduction in the number of maternal and child mortality rates”

Way Forward

At Mothers’ Initiatives Africa, we are dedicated to transforming our communities

We hope to give these findings to policymakers and funders to scale up this model, enabling us to expand the program to reach millions of people in Eastern Uganda and to bring the successful model to the entire country, which provides promising insight into strengthening community health systems.

Special thanks goes to Kitchen Table Charities Trust for the financial support rendered to us, the District Health Office at Manafwa District Local Government Headquarters for the technical support well delivered, and in the same spirit, we call for more support in reaching out to and transforming the lives of many Ugandans in the public health realm through a spectrum of interventions, therefore, the sky is the limit.


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Friends Of Sick Children In Malawi (FOSCIM) delivery corner seats and improve lives

For very young children in Malawi with severe mobility and posture problems and who are still too small for a wheelchair, corner/home chairs mean that they are not condemned to a life lying on the ground or the floor. They can now watch the world from an upright position like everyone else and be fed more safely.

For more please read this report: CORNER SEATS BENEFICIARIES KTCT

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Thanks from: Just Small Change

Thank you to all the supporters of Kitchen Table Charities for the wonderful grant to Just Small Change.

This money allows us to fund loans to 150 underprivileged widows who are affected by HIV & AIDS and are caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children. They will use the loans to create a sustainable business, improve their livelihoods and provide an opportunity to develop a reliable and self – generated source of income that will pay for school fees /uniforms, better healthcare and nutrition etc.

Over 765 people (4 + dependents per woman) will benefit, allowing them the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose and to contribute to the upbuilding of their local community.

Lives will be transformed and changed through your generosity and kindness.

From all the future beneficiaries and also us, thank you once again.

Just Small Change

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Friends Of Sick Children In Malawi (FOSCIM) delivery wheelchairs and improve lives

Thanks KTCT.

I attach 5 more wheelchair case stories.

Of course, all the stories are desperately sad cases but I found particularly touching the last one here that relates to Janet a 14 year old girl who despite her disabilities was crawling to school, church and it seems everywhere else when she became too heavy to be carried!

As always, many thanks to KTCT and its donors for helping us mobilise at least some of the children of Malawi.

Kind regards

Please read more: Mobilising the Children of Malawi

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Thanks from: Friends Of Sick Children In Malawi

I write further to receiving the fantastic news from you today that KTCT has awarded us £10,000 for the manufacture of wheelchairs for children in Malawi. This should represent some 84 children mobilised and their families relieved of both physical and financial burdens.

I have been gradually introducing the Workshop in Malawi to forward planning (no mean task!) and can tell you that having recently dedicated the 500th FOSCiM wheelchair to KTCT I can now help the Workshop ‘see’ the 700th off in the near distance. You helped me kick off our relationship with the Workshop in 2013 since when, with the help of other supporters, we have extended the Workshop.
I plan to go over with my wife, Alexis in October so will send you photos on return.

As I have mentioned many times, the ‘dividends’ from this project, in fact subsidiary to our main focus of paediatrics, are many and varied and entirely ‘human’. All those dividends from one wheelchair! And still the Government of Malawi do not provide mobility aids….. for anyone.

Thank you for your contained faith in what we are trying to do and for your invaluable support.

Kind regards

AND

Kitchen Table Charities Trust [KTCT] is a staunch and greatly valued supporter of our efforts to mobilise the children of Malawi who suffer from severe mobility issues.
World Health Organisation statistics would say that as many as 100,000 children in Malawi may fall into this grouping.

The ‘dividends’ from this project and KTCT’s support are as follows:

  • The quality of life for children with severe mobility problems is greatly improved.

• No longer are they confined to a life on the floor/ground or the backs of willing guardians.
• Posture issues are catered for in the assessment and manufacture.
• For many children it means they can attend school.
• For many it means they can socialize with children of their own age.

  • A parent or guardian unable to work because of having to attend to the needs of their child may be freed to take work and earn much needed money for the family. In one of the World’s poorest nations this is a survival must for many families.
  • Parents and guardians are freed from the risks of developing back problems carrying growing children on their backs. In turn, it relieves unnecessary pressure on already stretched national health resources.
  • Valuable local employment and skills acquisition are secured and developed at the Workshop.

The Government of Malawi still do not provide mobility aids for anyone.

Zikomo kwambiri Kitchen Table Charities Trust, we are hugely grateful for your support.

Friends of Sick Children in Malawi
July 2018

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Thanks and Report from: Mary Hill Primary School

The building at wall plate stage

For more information please read: PROJECT REPORT NARRATIVE

 

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Feedback from: World Resilience on their KTCT financed primary school/latrines project in Uganda

RE: PROGRESS REPORT   

                                                      

  1. 1.   BACKGROUND

On 9th February 2017, WRU sent a project concept to KTCT for a grant to improve facilities and sanitation at Kirindi community school in Kayunga District. This included construction of a three classroom block and four door VIP Latrine with a disabled friendly access room and changing space for girls. The grant was later approved after a period of subsequent communications and online engagements.

On April 15th 2018, the first instalment of the grant amounting to UGSHS 30,511,312.80 (an equivalent of 6,000 GBP) was wired onto our account to start the work. We are very grateful to KTCT for having extended a helping hand towards lifting the standard of education for the under privileged.

 

  1. 2.   PREPERATIONS

Immediately after the grant had been approved, we convened a meeting with the parents, stakeholders and local leaders to discuss this breaking news and lay a way forward for the project implementation. On behalf of World Resilience, the meeting was attended by Mr. Waddimba Anthony the progams manager, and Mr Kiyaga Jonah the projects’ officer. It was also attended by the CEO of B.R NARS AGENCIES a local construction company contracted to execute the work. During the meeting, the following resolutions were passed and unanimously agreed by all parties:

  1. In the original proposal, we were to construct a three classroom block and a four door VIP latrine. We were to demolish a four classroom block constructed of reeds and mad that was in an inhabitable condition. These meant a shortage of one classroom even when those available were not enough. Parents thus resolved to contribute whatever they can so that we put up a four classroom block instead of three as was in the initial proposal
  2. Parents were supposed to contribute 15,000 burnt bricks, sand, stones, dig the pit latrine and supply roofing timber. They were also supposed to provide manual semi-skilled labor and fetch water for construction.
  3. Women agreed to cook for the builders as other parents were to supply food which is readily available in their gardens in abundance
  4. To avoid stealing of construction materials and ensure quality work, Mr. Kiyaga Jonah the WRU projects officer was to be stationed on site full time to supervise the builders
  5. The first phase of the work was to be completed within a period of one month
  6. 3.   PROJECT LAUNCH

On 2nd May 2018, a highly organized project launch function was held to officially launch the project. A high level delegation of religious, local and political leaders attended the launch function with over 200 parents and pupils of the school. The CEO World Resilience Mr. Wasswa Musoke attended the function on behalf of the organization.it was a joyous moment for the community which had been stuck for a long time due to poor facilities of the only community school in the area. The function was well covered by all local radio and TV stations and it was our first project to receive such massive publicity. Details of this function and all photos were duly sent to KTCT in an email dated 3rd May 2018.

  1. 4.   PROGRESS SO FAR
    1. Disabled Friendly Access VIP Latrine

Clearly following the KTCT guidelines that were sent to us, we dug and constructed a four door disabled friendly access toilet with a urinal and private changing space for girls as was clearly laid out in the project concept.

We found a challenge that the school was badly in need of toilet facilities and was on the verge of being closed down by authorities due to lack of adequate toilet facilities. Parents and teachers pleaded to us to give the toilet first priority during the first phase of the project.

We thus instructed our contractor to first put emphasis on the toilet and as we speak now its 95 percent complete. Due to the seriousness of the toilet problem, we were forced to allow pupils use it even before the project is officially commissioned. As of now the toilet is almost complete, except for a few finishing works to be done on the disabled friendly room. The rest of the rooms are being used. Surprisingly, school enrollment shot up this term just as a result of pupils especially girls knowing that this is the only school in the area that adequately addresses their privacy and sanitation problems. All photos (in stages) of the toilet project are hereby attached although most were sent with the project commissioning report. No structural adjustments were made to the original proposal and we followed all the guidelines and specifications as were suggested by KTCT during project approval.

  1. b.   Classroom Block

As earlier stated, we were supposed to construct a 3 classroom block according to the approved concept but this would still leave a shortage of one classroom and those pupils would be required to study under trees. Parents thus decided to contribute whatever they can to enable the contractor put up a four classroom block.

However this block is 40 percent complete and is now on the wall plate because we had the urgency of finishing the toilet first. However most roofing materials such as iron sheets are already purchased and the timber is already provided by the parents. We ran short of funds at the roofing stage and could thus not meet the labor costs for roofing even though the materials were already purchased. Kindly find attached photos of the classroom block together with those of the toilet.

  1. 5.   FINANCIAL STATUS       

As of today, all the funds are already used up. We are very glad to have been able to accomplish the first phase of the work in less than two months due to the seriousness of our contractor and the stringent supervision mechanism that we put in place. In summary, we were able to achieve the following with the first phase of the funding:

  1. We dug and constructed a four door, disabled access friendly toilet with two urinals and a private changing space for girls. The toilet is 95 percent complete and due to the urgent need of toilet facilities at the school, it is already under use.(see photos attached)
  2. We put in place a four classroom block that is 40 percent complete. The classroom block is now at the wall plate level awaiting roofing
  3. Almost all the roofing materials are already stocked such as iron sheets, roofing nails among others. The roofing timber that was promised by parents is already cut and stocked.
  4. 6.   CHALLENGES OF THE PROJECT

Due to proper planning and strict following of the KTCT guidelines we did not face major challenges save for a few which include the following:

  1. The rising cost of the construction materials affected us. Due to a long interval between project submission and approval, prices of materials had drastically risen affecting our quotation. However, this was offset by the rise in the exchange rate of the GBP against the shilling.
  2. Parents insisted that we erect a four classroom block instead of the planned three. This constrained our budget so much although parents contributed materials. Because of the high poverty levels among our people, it became difficult for some parents to fulfill their pledges.
  3. 7.   CONCLUSION

In conclusion, we are very grateful to KTCT for having financed this project and we thus look forward for future engagements and the second phase of the project financing. We thus look forward to the second phase of the project financing.

Kind Regards,

World Resilience Uganda

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