Kibuye Project overview

AASU’s first community project is focusing on the village of Kibuye in North Eastern Kamuli, on the shores of the Victoria Nile. Kibuye has an estimated population of 60,000 people and is spread over 27 by 35km. The majority of the population is highly dependent on subsistence farming and barter trade within village in order to survive.

Before the project began, Kibuye was dependent upon one borehole for safe drinking water. Due to long lines when collecting water many have been choosing to fetch water from the river, which has caused illness through water born diseases. The village also only has one school, consisting of two classrooms accommodating roughly 600 children. The children that can’t walk the distance to the school simply don’t attend. The majority of children do not attend school, either due to distance or family circumstance, consequentially 80% of Ugandans over the age of 15 are illiterate.

So far within the Kibuye project AASU has been able to buy four acres of land at the East end of the village on which we have built a bore hole and are currently building classrooms for the Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School which is due to open for the start of the school year in February 2011.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The living miracle- baby Ezra

I was just browsing the net , looking at baby information websites. As I browsed, one caught my attention
People preparing for their babies to be born and how much it will cost them. The excitement of a newborn baby, shopping for baby cloths , cribs and all.

For one of my babies, this was not the case. A mother was pregnant and at birth she had a different plan for her twins.

On the 2nd of October I got a phone call from the probation officer. Twins had been thrown in a pit latrine 15-20 ft deep right after birth.
These babies were rescued and taken to a near by hospital in that village.  We went to pick the babies so they could be further treated here in Jinja. At the village  hospital they were just wrapped in a blanket and left on the bed with no treatment at all.

We were lucky we made it soon to the Jinja hospital, all was done to save the babies. Unfortunately the twin sister didn’t survive. She had been hurt so much by the machines that rescued them from the pit latrine. She died shortly after admission in the hospital.
Ezra fought on and he is still fighting for life.

I had spent last Friday with a family in Kampala trying to help them with their process. In the evening, I felt I hadn’t seen the babies at all and wanted to just go say hello. I greeted each and everyone giving them good night kisses.

When I got to Ezra, I found out he had thrown up once that evening. I immediately told the auntie to pack up staff so we could go to the hospital.
While in the car, I thought to myself, there wouldn’t be a doctor in the public hospital this time of the day. So I decided we go to a private clinic.

 Getting their, the doctor took off the babies cloths and looked at his eyes trying to open his eye lids. He told me the baby was so sick, so severely dehydrated and could not handle his case and advised us to take him somewhere else.
I had an instant emotional breakdown, I was scared, I was afraid of what would happen to my little Ezra.
During all this, I had to remind myself of God’s love and His plan for Ezra. He gave me a scripture right then Isaiah 41:10. This encouraged me, I got energy for the next step.
I wrapped up my baby, and rushed to the public hospital. There was no doctor there but the nurse was very nice. She kindly looked at Ezra and told me he was severely dehydrated. She gave him 10mls of glucose. I suddenly saw a little hand moving towards Ezra’s face. He had got some energy!
We put him on Oral rehydration solution that whole night but he wasn’t seen until after 5 am. Later on Saturday morning, he was seen by the head nurse and put on antibiotics.

Ezra is feeling a little better but he still has a lot of diahorea.
He is feeding well but not picking up. He still weighs 1.7kgs. We need to get more medical examinations done on him, so we can find the problem. We have been advised to take him to Kampala international hospital were they can do further medical investigations. It is a very good hospital but very expensive. He would be there for a while, but he would get the best treatment.
Ezra is fighting A LOT of infections in his body. Please fight with him. Help donate today; together we can make a difference in this little boy’s life.
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