This June, myself and a team of UCD health science students will be travelling to the village of Nansana in Uganda with UCD Volunteer Overseas, to volunteer in a healthcentre run by the Irish NGO Nurture Africa. Over a period of 4 weeks, we'll be helping out with a long-term project which aims to provide and improve access to healthcare and healthcare-related education for families in the area. While there, we’ll be running a rehabilitation programme for disabled children and will teach various health education workshops, in topics such as first aid, disability awareness, hygiene and nutrition, to vulnerable families in the community, many of whom are affected by diseases like HIV and malaria. Disability is a huge issue in Uganda and is widely stigmatised. Nurture Africa provide long-term physiotherapy support for disabled children, education on disability and nutrition for parents and guardians of the children, and fund construction and maintenance of the centre. These are sustainable projects which aim to help people to help themselves. I’ll be covering my own expenses so all money raised will go directly to the project, to buy equipment and supplies for the centre and those attending it, as well as to help support people in the local community. Examples of how your money can be used include: €120 = 1 year of medical care for a HIV-positive child; €60 = Small business grant for single parents to become self-sufficient; €30 = 6 months nutrition for a family; €20 = Primary healthcare for a child; €10 = 1 mosquito net to prevent the spread of malaria. As you can see, even a small donation can go a long way. Any donations, big or small, to this worthwhile project would be hugely appreciated! For more information, you can visit: www.nurtureafrica.ie. Thanks a mill, Niamh x
Voluntary organisation for UCD students, staff and graduates to engage in volunteering and development education programmes.
Enjoy every minute in wonderful Nansana!! X
Good Luck Niamh from Eamon, Martina and the gang!!!!
Megan Ní Dheasúnaigh
raised of €1,200 goal