In our most recent meeting with our Ugandan committee we discussed the biggest problems affecting child health in Bududa, Uganda – where we carry out our work!
The Ugandan committee spoke of malnutrition, child marriages, child labour, culture and taboos. And notedly about health and lack of health care.
They shared with us the story of Namee Peninah, one of our Shelo Children.
Namee is 14 years old and receiving support from Shelo in nutrition, education and care. She is cared for by her grandmother, as are her 4 younger sisters as their mother has died from HIV and their father is of unknown where abouts.
Recently Namee’s grandmother became unwell with severe malaria. She was taken to the local hospital where there was NO DRUGS to treat her so she was transferred to the next hospital in Mbale. Unfortunately she died on route.
She has left behind 5 young girls under the age of 14 who she was the main care provider for. Namee Peninah is now the child head of this family and these girls are at serious risk now of child exploitation.
We desperately want to stop tragedies like this happening to children in this community. But we need your help to do it!
We have made tremendous progress with this wonderful community in the last 6 years, ensuring children stay in school, providing seeds and sustainable food sources for families and educating groups in life long skills.
Yet, there is so much more we want to achieve!
We want to eventually build a health centre, we want to provide medicines and drugs, we want to educate community members to be health care professionals, we want to buy mosquito nets for every child and family member we support!
We need your donations and fundraising to make this happen!
Help us to continue working towards creating healthy, educated, self sustaining communities that will benefit future generations!