Ann Edmunds and Dr. Nicky Hambley had the privilege of meeting, for the first time, a group of 30 people in the rural village of Nyafumba (Tororo area). Here is a brief report of their trip to Uganda:
We received a wonderful welcome as we arrived and everyone was keen to engage with all the activities and teaching. Hearing something of the story of the lives of the people in this community – both their joys and the challenges – always brings a personal challenge. In the midst of their poverty and all the related issues, there was such a testimony to God’s love and provision. Over three days we were able to look at the Bible and its message on health and wholeness, learn from each other and work together on topics raised by the group – hygiene, basic sanitation, immunizations, menstruation and contraception. One participant, Janifer, proudly showed us a newly constructed ‘tippy tap’ placed outside the household latrine – a direct result of the teaching on hand washing. Hopefully, the message will get out and result in positive health changes within the village. It is our prayer that we will be able to build on this initial visit and see transformation one life, one community at a time!
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs’. (Matthew 5)
Part way through the training we were joined by a number of children from the local area. It was great to see them take part in the activities and hopefully they too will become ambassadors for community health!
During the second week of our time in Uganda, and another first for a Links team was a visit to Kome Island, Lake Victoria. It was a busy period of the fishing season for the island community. Nevertheless, 16 people came, over 2 part-days, to be part of the introductory community healthcare training. In the brief time we had together the major health challenge the group identified, was that of poor hygiene and sanitation. In discussing hand washing it seemed that no one had heard of a ‘tippy tap’. One highlight was Herbert gathering together the readily available materials and demonstrating how to construct one. The tap was then ready for washing hands before the lunchtime meal! The need for accessible safe water is also a major challenge. Many of the fishing communities use untreated lake water. Links International was able to donate four water filters and large buckets to some very proud recipients! They are to be made available for community use. Thank you to all that donate money to Links International towards safe water projects such as this. It really is Good News!