The NEED FOR ALL orphanage, located a few kilometers outside of the heart of Kampala, Uganda, houses and cares for a few of the too-many-to-count children that have been displaced and left to be called orphans in this country. In 2007, with the help of their Ugandan counterparts, medical students and now residents from the University of Minnesota became involved with this amazing home.
The orphanage is a two room house with a single bathroom. Anywhere from 8-15 children are staying here at one time. Three “adopted” mothers care for and love these children and bring them up as “brothers and sisters” of one another. The orphanage is privately funded and allows for these children to grow up in an environment small enough that they do not feel lost. The house is sufficiently removed from the city that the children have a fenced in yard in which to play, but also access to goods and services within Kampala.
One focus of Medicine for Sick Children was to continue to help this orphanage and further fund some of these children by identifying projects and needs that would be long standing and worthy of investment. Such needs included a small fridge to keep healthy food choices fresh, battery-operated lights that can be charged to provide light during the weekly power outages and to offset the rising kerosene costs. A medicine cabinet was started and stocked with bandages, fever reducing medicine, anti-malarials, calamine lotion and anti-fungals. The medical charts of all of the current children living at the house were also consolidated and updated along with obtaining weights, heights, and screening blood pressures on all of the kids. A dose of de-worming medicine was also provided to all of the children which is a regular event in most East African countries.
The next step is to provide a stable source of funding for these children that can provide services and needed items to these children. The goal is to provide things that can be used to invest in these little ones. One of the largest projects will be to raise tuition fees for a 6 month period for all of the kids who are going to be enrolled in classes. Education is one of the things that will provide these children with the tools needed for a better future.