IHI International volunteers- January 2017 Visit to KACCAD made an outstanding impact
Jessica Stelma, Steve Cole stock, Heather Blevins also known as ‘‘Doctor B’’ from the USA led by founder president “Christopher Micheal Tabakin of IHI International visited Uganda in the second week of January 2017.
Their visit to Uganda was greatly productive as ‘‘Doctor B’’ a Physio therapist evaluated and offered physio therapy training for handicapped children and adults in Gomba and Wakiso district.
The first of the mobile therapy clinic was held at KACCAD medical center in Gomba district, later a two day therapy class was held at Kikaaya vocational school in Wakiso, a one day therapy class was held at Kitawuluzi-Buloba, Wakiso district and then the last therapy class was held at Kyebando, Wakiso. These were followed by home visits to handicapped children’s households those that had missed therapy classes in the parishes of Ssumbwe and Nsangi in Wakiso district.
While Doctor B was evaluating and offering physio therapy to handicapped persons, the rest of the team helped with data entry and then Steve Cole stock and Jessica Stelma who had a great dea of insights and were overwhelmingly knowledgeable about business held leadership and management workshops and visited a few of the attendees’ group projects in Wakiso.
During their stay IHI International procured 25 mobility tools including strollers, walkers and wheel chairs distributed to handicapped children and adults in Wakiso and Gomba district in that month of January 2017. A handicapped child ‘‘Waldah’’ was bought shoes to ease her mobility and many more were given braces, mafos and other equipment. IHI International paid rent for a family of a child with hydrocephaly that had been thrown out of their rented shelter by the land lord and covered transportation to Mbale Cure for Tinka Akmal a child with hydrocephaly.
In addition to that support IHI International provided funds that enabled hiring of a trainer for the VIP Sew Much project, left funds which were used to procure a few materials for the VIP project, funded building and fixing of crutches for handicapped persons, hired women at VIP project to make cushions for the wheel chairs and also funded evaluation and treatment expenses for a child with hydrocephaly ‘‘Regina Namubiru’’ to Mbale cure hospital, unfortunately Regina passed away last month, May 2017 RIP.
On 18th February 2017, IHI International provided funds that were used to pay VIP Sewing rent for 6 months, supported leg prosthesis for 6 year old girl Sheebah Kalungi’s who was able to get an artificial leg, facilitated Serena’s evaluation and treatment a little girl with a foot that had turned in and also facilitated surgery and treatment for John Senkima. IHI International resumed paying school fees for Angel Nambooze a girl who would not walk but not walks courtesy of IHI International’s support.
On 16th May 2017, We were thrilled and blessed yet again with a grant from IHI International for the extension of rent for the VIP sewing project, one time purchase of raw materials to scale up production and also for procuring additional equipment at the project.
Thank you for that profound act of generosity for VIPs in Uganda.