Lancashire volunteers bring education and healthcare to people of Uganda

The team with the pupils at the school. Picture by John Mather.
The team with the pupils at the school. Picture by John Mather.
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A group of volunteers from a charity headed by a Kirkby Lonsdale woman have visited Uganda to oversee health and education projects.

Juliet Burd and 19 volunteers from Children of Home travelled to Uganda to offer free medical clinics and oversee the opening of a new primary school in Bombo, just north of Kampala.

Doctor Simon Kaye giving an HIV test to a patient. Picture by John Mather.

Doctor Simon Kaye giving an HIV test to a patient. Picture by John Mather.

The team was working for CRMI - Children of Hope, a small Ugandan-based charity, headed in the UK by Juliet.

The charity aims to break the cycle of poverty by empowering children through education, healthcare and vocational training.

Children of Hope centres around a child sponsorship program that has been running for nearly 10 years.

Every sponsored child receives an education, a hot meal every day, and regular health checks and medical care.

The charity also provides free medical clinics to the rural communities that would otherwise not be able to access healthcare services.

This year the team comprised of five doctors, two nurses, a physiotherapist and an optician, as well as 10 other volunteers.

Juliet said: “We ran 10 clinics, and treated approximately 2,500 people, providing free medication, mosquito nets, dental kits and washable sanitary kits for girls.”

Volunteers also helped to open one of the schools in the village which opened its doors on February 2 to the first 50 children to be educated there.

For most of the children in the local area it was their first experience of school.

This year the school will teach four classes of up to 20 pupils per class and each year will add a new class. Juilet said: “CRMI – Children of Hope would like to thank all those who have donated to the charity, both individuals and local groups and businesses, including The Dove Nest Group, Standfast Barracks, Lancaster House Hotel, Temptations of Bentham, The Queen Katherine School, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, and Girl Guiding Lancashire and Northwest.”