We arrived at the school this morning and walked around the grounds to give Becky an orientation since it is her first time here.
I am so amazed at the continued progress that is being made to finish the S.T.E.M. center which was under early construction when we were here last year.
We saw the school health clinic
and it was wonderful to reunite with our friends here:
Rev. John, our team and Joan (pronounced Jo Ann), who is one of the teachers and the faculty adviser to the health club, met to formulate some plans.
We are hoping to begin work on the following while we are here:
Help nurse Ruth set up a system of keeping records for the students and teachers she sees in the school clinic, repeated visits may indicate a need for health education/focus on prevention.
Obtain the vaccines needed from the nearby government heath center so Nurse Ruth can follow the Ugandan Ministry of Health’s vaccination schedule for the students. The vaccines need to be refrigerated so they will need to find funding to purchase one ~ $450.
Help develop an exercise program for the students
Continue to work on dental hygiene for the students with a concentration on reminders for brushing their teeth each day.
We have identified that the distance to the government health center and lack of transportation is a barrier for the Kamwenge community accessing care provided there. We are investigating the possibility of the KSVS van being available one day a week for transportation.
Now that we have a plan, it’s very hard for me to contain my western tendency to jump in with both feet and “get it done”. The pace here in Uganda is much slower and I’m sure there are other cultural differences I’m still learning. Things are not done in a hurry, whether it’s talking with someone, getting somewhere or accomplishing a task. Another reason for us to maintain a long-term relation with the school here, there is a lot to be done and it will take time.
Due to the 1-hour time difference between here and Portland, and only being able to send email while at the school, you are getting these posting sometimes more than a day later, as I’m writing this, it is 7:30 pm and I’m thinking of all of you as you attend the Ash Wednesday service tonight.