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GlobeMed Grapevine is the official blog of the GlobeMed chapter at Northwestern University. Launched in June 2010, this blog will be used to aggregate our chapter’s thoughts and insight.
Our Partner – The Adonai Child Development Center in Namugoga, Uganda
About the partnership:
Adonai Child Development Center is a non-governmental organization that provides care and support to a loving family of orphans in Namugoga, Uganda. The Adonai Center was conceptualized in 2005 based on the vision of Pastor Aloysious Luswata that every child and especially every orphan in Uganda should be cared for despite the devastation brought on by the AIDS pandemic and two decades of guerrilla war. Since then, with local support from the community, Adonai has grown from a school building with the capacity for 20 orphaned children, to a community center serving as a driver of local economic development for families in Namugoga through income generation projects, dental outreaches, and family planning programs. The Adonai Child Development Center’s mission is to raise orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children into caring, responsible, and dignified adults. Our partnership launched in the fall of 2012 and we are both very hopeful and excited to kick off project design and fundraising.
Background about the issue we are trying to address:
Over 30 million children in Africa have been orphaned by AIDS, and around 2.4 million of those children live in Uganda, a country with a GDP per capita of $1,317. War and strife have dominated the political environment in Uganda ever since independence, under dictatorships such as Idi Amin in the 1970s and involvement in various wars and military disputes throughout the Central and East African region. Such violence has devastated civilian populations and torn families apart, leaving huge communities without proper access to basic necessities such as health care and water sanitation. Orphaned children are perhaps most vulnerable in such situations, not only from a health standpoint but also as the targets of child soldier army recruits, including Joseph Kony and his infamous Lord’s Resistance Army. Our work and funds will directly support the wonderful work the Adonai Center does on a regular basis for the orphans they look after and the community of Namugoga at large. Without the Adonai Center’s presence, Namugoga would be a very different and less hospitable community, and with your help we can continue to make it better.
The project contains three separate elements intended to contribute to the health of Adonai children and the wellbeing of the entire community.
- Construction of two water harvest tanks for water collection on site, and for community education. Always a critical issue, potable water can be made available at a small fraction of the cost of drilling a borehole through collection and purification of rainwater.
- Construction of a compostable latrine on site. The latrines at Adonai are near full. This new, compostable latrine will improve the handling of fecal matter and improve sanitation. Because the waste is recyclable, and the latrine doesn’t fill, it will be sustainable. The latrine will also serve a public education function. The purchase of a reusable mold will subsequently allow the repetition of the project in the community, even as a business opportunity.
- Funds remaining after the construction of the tanks and the latrine will support construction of the Mission Centre and Guest House, which will enable support from external experts and learning expeditions, including from GlobeMed students.
Additionally, GlobeMed at Northwestern will be developing a Public Health Awareness campaign with teachers at Adonai Family Uganda throughout the year. This campaign will address the benefits of these two forms of water and sanitation and be implemented by the GROW team during the GROW trip (June-August 2013). Furthermore, the GROW team will be conducting research through questionnaires and anthropometric measurements in which the baseline health of the students will be determined. We are hoping to turn this into a longitudinal study which will produce meaningful data that we can use to improve the health of the orphans and the community.
What you can do to help:
We strongly encourage you to help our cause and donate what you can on the following site:
Any size contribution helps! Thanks!
“Through sustainable efforts, we hope to help Adonai achieve their mission: to raise responsible, dignified adults from orphans, abandoned, and vulnerable children for God’s glory.”
-Aloysious Luswata, Director of the Adonai Center