To all our Friends and Partners, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2017!
Kawempe Home Care (KHC) would like to thank you for your love and support throughout the year. Together we have made a difference to many people’s loves as our success is measured on the wellbeing of our clients and the care we can provide them to give them a new start in life or, ease their suffering through our palliative care support.
I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support that our Board has given us throughout the year and a big thanks to the staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to our clients.
Special thanks go to the Centre of Diseases Control (PEPFAR) and Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Kindern Eine Chance, Hope for Children International, Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, Culture Without Borders, True Colours Trust, African Palliative Care Association, HorizonT3000 and the Ministry of Health Uganda for all the financial support provided to KHC this year.
It has been a wonderful year and we have achieved a number of significant milestones:
- A new partnership with Kindern Eine Chance led to the birth of the New Hope Children’s hostel which provides accommodation, meals, counselling services, psychotherapy, daily transport to the hospital, play and music therapy for children with cancer and their families.
- KHC was assessed by a team from CDC and we were found to be an excellent site in the provision of comprehensive HIV/AIDS care.
- Hope for Children International continued to support the home-based care service at the Kasangati outreach clinic and provided support for training midwives in public health facilities in Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.
- KHC produced 500 good quality conference bags for the African Palliative Care Association International Conference (APCA).
- The Moores Town Rotary Club in New Jersey has provided 10 more sewing machines and accessories to strengthen our tailoring workshop.
If you haven’t already read our Annual Report for April 2015 – March 2016 you can find it on our website.
Why we are here
Cissy is 6 years old and was born in Kigogoro village, Mukono District and attends school in Baby Class. She was diagnosed with leukaemia at Mulago Cancer Institute and put on chemotherapy. Her mother Esther has been the sole provider of her treatment because Cissy’s father has not provided for her because he believes it is witchcraft. At the admission to New Hope hostel, Cissy was so weak and very dormant and had no appetite for food. She spent most of her time seated in a chair sucking her thumb. KHC introduced her to a number of psychosocial sessions where she was able to interact with other children in the hostel. She began to play like any other child, became cheerful and started to eat all the meals. Cissy was able to freely walk in the hostel compound without assistance from her mother. Cissy’s condition greatly improved and the attending doctors at Mulago Cancer Institute started to give longer appointments of two to three weeks. Following her discharge from the New Hope hostel, Esther reported that Cissy is doing well at home and she believes that Cissy will be able to go back to school in January 2017.
“I am no longer scared of Cissy’s condition because she has made great improvements and I hope and pray she will completely recover” She says.
The True Colours Trust Executives Visit KHC
This year KHC was privileged to host executives from the True Colours Trust (UK) during the APCA International conference in August 2016. We were especially delighted to host the team since their organisation has provided three small grants to KHC over the past eight years. The grants have greatly supported the provision of palliative care services for children and young adults at KHC and for this we are truly grateful.
A group of energetic women in Australia formed the I.N.C.I.P.I.D Book Club and they meet regularly to discuss books.
“Each year we have a function to raise funds for a charity and so we selected Kawempe Home Care. I know about the organisation through my friend Carol. It was a wonderful lunch with beautiful prizes donated for the raffles and we were able to raise US$1440.” says Allyson.
We are extremely grateful for the effort that everyone must have put in to make the event so successful. The money raised will go to pay the school fees for 4 senior students who can now continue their studies next year thanks to the members.
The Good Walk
Held on Saturday 3 December the walk was preceded by a down pour but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the participants.
There were 425 participants and we are grateful to our sponsors Pepsi Cola, Ruparelia Foundation, Gauff Consultants, BLM Engineering, Wavah Water, Hema Water, Legends Rugby Club and Coca Cola for their support. Also to all the participants for making the event so successful.
The event raised 21 million shillings and the funds will be ring fenced as seed capital for purchase of the currently rented New Hope Hostel. Other fundraising initiatives will continue to enable KHC to raise the required US$112,000 for the property.
The event was graced by the Chairman board of directors of KHC, Mr. Aloysius Byaruhanga, the chief walker was Dr. Margaret Okello the Chairperson of the Uganda Cancer Society board of directors and Dr. Jacinta Sabitti a Principal Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health in charge of palliative care.
The children look forward to the annual Christmas Party which is held at KHC,s facility. They had a wonderful time and the traditional cake, games, soda and receiving a gift of clothing was very much appreciated. We are grateful to our friends in Australia who donated the clothing.
Scaling Up Family Planning Services
Uganda is one of the countries in the world with a high fertility rate of six children per woman and most are unplanned pregnancies. KHC has therefore privileged to team up with a reproductive health care organisation in the UK – Sustain Health Partnerships who have provided funding to strengthen the family planning services provided at KHC. The medical team will work with a team of community volunteers to reach out to women in the local communities to educate them and provide the service. Special thanks to Professor John Walley and his colleagues for providing technical assistance and funding the project.
I am not a Liverpool FC fan, but I would like to borrow their motto to express the gratitude that the staff and clients of KHC have for our many friends who have “walked” with us during the 9-year journey of the organisation. These friends have donated their own resources or have linked KHC to funding opportunities.
They include: Ms. Anni Fjord (founding director of KHC), Dr. Margrethe Juncker (Founder of Reach Out), Carol Menzies and Tom Pinkey (Australia ), The Menzies Sisters- Margaret, Jean and Jan and their families (Australia), Prof. John Walley and family (UK), Mr. Danny Witter and Family (UK), Ms. Sarah Fairman (UK), Anna Blackburn (UK), Inger Darfolt and family (Norway). The staff of Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice (New Jersey), Members of the Moores Town Rotary Club (New Jersey, Dr. Katherine Pettus (US), Ms. Alison Germain (UK), Prof. John Ellershaw (UK), Ms. Verena Guggenberger-Senn (Austria), Ambassador Sinead Walsh (UK), Ms. Connie Hansen (USA) members of the Soroptimist group (Denmark), Ms. Elisabeth Unteberger (Austria), the Makerere University Kampala Medical School Class (1994 – 1999), Members of the Lions Club of Norway, Rohini Jog (India), the Simaylo Group (Italy), Mayte Lomelin (Denmark), Claudia Giampeitri (Italy), Claudia Peters (Germany), Jacqueline John (UK), Bill and Karen Forbes (USA) and Ragna Björg Guðbrandsdóttir (Iceland).
The year 2016 has been a great year for KHC and we thank the Almighty God for enabling us to care for other people who are in great need. In July 2017 we will celebrate 10 years and we look forward to achieving this milestone. We will be planning an event to mark this achievement and will let you know about it early next year.
Obviously for Christians, Christmas is a significant event as it celebrates the birth Jesus Christ. It has also become an important time for people of all faiths as it is a time to reflect on the important things in our lives and spend time with our families and friends.
Let us also remember and pray for the millions of people in the world that are displaced and had to flee their home because of war, poverty, political unrest or natural disaster and hope that in 2017 there is more Peace, Hope and Joy in the world.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2017.