As soon as heard that one of our past clients and good friend – Mary Healy who is featured in the testimonials here – was volunteering her time and money to fly herself out to Uganda volunteering to help vunerable children we decided to throw throw more than just our money behind her.
Both myself and Carol are going to climb Croagh Patrick with her at Easter. Now for most people that might seem like a minor task but my last climb was up to the cross in Bray at a height of 241 meters above sea level and easy walk with a slight climb involved and I was shattered by the time I got to the top – I get breathless walking up Torc Waterfall in Killarney!
Croagh Patrick is 762 meters above sea level and takes roughly about two hours to climb to the top – fun!
We are asking you to please sponsor Mary here as she is paying for all of her own flights and accomodation – every cent raised will be going tward:
- Health Centre – last year’s volunteers built this health centre which provides health care to over 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children.
- HIV Community Project – Nurture Africa aims to provide anti-retroviral medication to 350 HIV infected children in Uganda in 2012. Without this lifesaving treatment most of these children would be dead. As a volunteer I will visit families in the community on this programme.
- Children’s Community Library – Through the “1 Book 4 Africa” campaign, Nurture Africa ships thousands of books to Uganda each year. These books are used to stock Nurture Africa’s 3 libraries. The libraries are used by their 28 partner Primary Schools. I will be using these books (and PE equipment) when I go to different schools and organise reading and play activities. Schools are so under-resourced in Uganda, if it wasn’t for this programme, some children may never even get the opportunity to hold a book!
- Building Project – There is still some work to be completed around the Health Centre and there are other building projects ongoing. I will spend 2 days on a building project.
- Sustainable Livelihoods Project – Guardians of the children from the HIV Community and Education Enablement Projects are given training on how to start or develop an income generating activity, for example, selling charcoal or coffee.
(NOTE: Most of the children being helped by Nurture Africa are orphans and are being cared for by grandparents or siblings as 1.2 million children have been orphaned by Uganda’s devastating aids epidemic. Some grandparent could have up to 8 or 10 grandchildren in their care.)
A little about what (I think) I will be doing… (In Mary’s own words)
I will be located in the semi-urban town of Nansana about 7 miles away from the capital city Kampala. I will spend mornings, 8am-1pm, in a Nurture Africa partner school teaching alongside a Ugandan teacher. In the evenings I will work on a variety of other projects e.g. Library Outreach Project, HIV Community Healthcare project, Orphanage visit. Two days will be spent on a building project.