Sunday, 10 February 2013

1 Week To Go!

With only one week to go until Leckie and I leave for Uganda we are getting very excited. It was great timing also to receive an update from CALM Africa on an intervention from last time.

Anyone who read my previous blog is probably familiar with the story of Musa. Musa is a teenage boy living in the Kisenyi slums in outer Kampala. He has epilepsy and cerebral palsy and due to lack of access to medication was paralised when CALM found him.

Through a small donation Musa was able to spend time with Katalemwa Rehabilitation Centre, gain access to medication and had a made to order wheelchair and toilet seat to allow him greater independence. Things move a little more slowly in Africa, but a couple of days ago I received confirmation that his wheelchair and toilet seat had been delivered. Not only this, but his mother Aisha was accepted to a women's group who have supported her to start her own business and so she has been able to afford to keep up Musa's medication.

The picture above is of 2 members of CALM delivering the wheelchair and toilet seat to Aisha and the Kisenyi district chairman.

Thank you to the donations sent to us we will be able to help more people like Musa and Aisha and will be blogging here so that you can keep an eye on what we're doing and how your donation is being spent.

Leckie and I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends, family and colleagues and can't thank you all enough for your support. So we would like to extend a big thank you to:

  • Linda
  • Joy
  • Mel
  • Marie
  • Dan
  • Tom
  • Matt & Michelle
  • Vicky
  • Murray
  • Kylie
  • Rob
  • Marion
  • James
  • Gary & Jill
  • Shaun
  • Katie
  • Daryl
  • Erin
  • Maya & Kris
  • Simo & Milla
  • Ali
  • Alex
  • Aaron
  • Will
  • Laura
  • Jess
  • Beth
  • Sandy
  • Andy & Sarah
  • Ken
And an extra large thank you to Tanith & Helene for their massive generosity.

In just over a week we will be landing in Uganda and will get to work putting your donations to good use. I'll be trying to get a SIM for my tablet so that I can blog frequently, but Leckie the tech man tells me it might not be possible. Internet access is reasonably scarce in Uganda. There are local internet cafes but they can only be used when both the power and the networks are working in the village - this was probably about 25% of the times I tried to use them last time. So if you don't see a blog for a little while don't be concerned. We will update as much as possible.

Once again, thank you all!

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