March 2014 Report - Preparing for the future and some of the children presently in Acheru’s care
We’ve been looking closely at Africare’s relationship with Acheru and how we prepare for the future. We continue to provide all the funding for Acheru, with management in Uganda in the hands of the Acheru staff, reporting to their own management committee. They are also accountable to us as the donor agency, so we expect to receive relevant reports to enable us to keep donors fully informed, and encourage further support. We are aware that as Acheru is small, they may not be able to employ staff with all the skills they might require, so we want to provide practical help if needed through volunteers or visitors.
A physiotherapist from N Ireland, Luke Dick, has been there for some months now, giving whatever help he can, gaining experience for himself and perhaps providing some new ideas for Acheru. We have recently also had Richard and Brenda Simpson there; in previous years they have helped at Besaniya and Cherub, Brenda teaching English as a foreign language, Richard with his engineering skills. On their recent visit Brenda looked at a range of issues relating to reporting, while Richard helped supervise building of a new kitchen and changes to the old building to provide a proper physiotherapy unit.
Further visits by skilled volunteers are planned, and we hope to have a full evaluation carried out of all the work of Acheru focusing on how they can provide a high standard of care and also reach as many children as possible.
Children presently in Acheru’s care include Amos, 11, with severely deformed legs. It’s a rare condition but we’ve encountered it before. It’d been discussed fully with Amos and his mother and they are ready to proceed with amputation; when Amos receives artificial limbs his mobility will be greatly improved.
Beatrice, 15, is paraplegic following a fall from a tree. This is obviously life changing, yet she is coping well at Acheru and remains positive. Everything possible is being done to prepare her for the future.
Aisha is being treated in Acheru for a severe ulcerated wound. Her mother says “ the wound started as a small swelling and I thought it will heal very quickly but it increased in size and I started using local clinics, but it kept getting worse. I had no money for further medication, and people at the village said my daughter was bewitched. I am so happy now in a place where my daughter is being treated.”
Thank you to all of you who continue to make this work possible.
Brian Dorman

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