“No one has ever become poor by giving” – Anne Frank
HOCAM COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” – Matthew 25:40
Landslides in Uganda have been reported over the years in the mountainous areas of the Eastern (Elgon) and Western (Mufumbiro and Rwenzori) where there has been deforestation on steep slopes.
Despite the number of widows, elderly, single mothers, orphans and other less privileged people in the country, different masses of people from other countries move in to Uganda escaping conflicts and seeking refuge due to the political instabilities. This in the long run leads and increase in complications resulting from the associated challenges of dealing with a big number of refugees than can be adequately catered for.
Hope and Care Ministries (HOCAM) intervenes in a number of ways and offers relief through:
- Feeding of families where need is identified.
- Construction of cost effective one bed-roomed houses for the elderly, many how still have young grand children to take care of.
- Offering help to the already established refugee camps. HOCAM focuses on construction of clean water sources, temporary shelters, medical attention and food supply.
- Provision of Seeds to encourage self sustainability.
- We also offer temporal land for purposes of relief for widows and refugees until they find permanent settlement.
- Establishment of children’s villages. These villages are mainly for orphans.
The high number of single mothers can be attributed mainly to early and forced marriages, lack of access to education and cultural factors that predispose women to such conditions.
This has resulted into ever increasing rates of:
- Teenage Pregnancies
- Female headed households.
- Maternal Mortality.
- Forced early girl marriages
- Very little access to education with high rates of early dropouts.
- Abandonment by husbands who fear responsibility.
- Difficulty in child birth.
- Infant mortality.
Our current focus is on single mothers who are currently the most marginalized group in Kalonga-Mubende. We seek to empower them to establish basic homes for themselves and their children and also give them training in various skills to help them fend for them selves and their children.
36 families with a total of 47 girls and 58 boys below the age of 18 years are benefiting from this program.
This is achieved through:
- Free vaccination and family planning programs.
- Carrying out a one month annual outreach where clinics are set up and medical attention is given to members in the different communities.
- Establishment of health centers within communities to meet all health related needs.
- Offering first aid services to the members in case of calamity or any accident.
- Offering guidance and counseling.
- Sensitizing community members about the proper health maintenance related activities.
“We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation, and basic heath care.” – Kofi Anan
The impact of poor sanitation facilities, coupled with the lack of hygiene knowledge and practices are very evident especially in Rural areas among the low-income residents who make the majority.
Sanitation related illnesses such as diarrhea and cholera indicate the need for urgent improvement in socioeconomic and environmental needs of the people
Improving the sanitation conditions of the people has a direct impact on their health by:-
- Reducing morbidity and mortality caused by sanitation related illnesses.
- Increasing productivity through a healthier population.
- Improving child education levels through reduced downtime caused by illness.
- Increasing income levels through reduction in on the health and medical stress on household incomes.
HOCAM promotes proper sanitation and hygiene through teaching communities and creating awareness about the dangers of poor sanitation.