The below projects opportunities are available to our potential Partners

1. Dental Camps.

IMG_0002The dental camp has become a semiannual event for the Rotary Club of Kampala North. The goal of the project is to expand availability of oral health care to the d i s adva n t a ged p e r i – u r b a n communities of Kampala. The Camps register over 1,000 patients who receive various types of dental treatment in five days of activity. All patients are examined by dentists who then administer treatment as required. The dental camp offer all the basic dental services including dental examinations/checkups, oral health education, both surgical and simple extractions, temporary and permanent fillings and tooth cleaning/scaling and polishing, not forgetting dental drugs for oral infections.

This project has also brought on board corporate sponsorship. National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has funded approximately 50% of one camp budget and has now committed to double their sponsorship starting this rotary year.

2. Polio Immunisation

On a weekly basis we do carry out Immunisation against polio for children at one health centres and planning to involve another centre in replacement of one that was closed due to renovations, so we can get back to our usual two locations. On average 150 children are immunised every week. Focus areas addressed are Maternal and Child Health, and Disease Prevention and Treatment.

3. Vijana Poa

Creating Economic Opportunities for UNEMPLOYABLE And UNEMPLOYED Youth

Africa has a high concentration of young people between the ages 15-35, representing 35% of the population and 60% of these youths are unemployed.

The project aims to see young people employed in jobs or running enterprises that allow them to progress along a continuum, advancing from a position of social and economic disadvantage to a more secure future. The project will forcus on Recruting employers, Recruiting youth participants, Development of professional development program, Matching youth to employers, Intern orientation, engaging Youth on internship among others.

4. God’s Grace Child Care Center (G2C3)

The Home is located in the Kalerwe area, a suburb of Kampala City in Uganda, currently houses about 120 orphans ranging from a few months to teenagers. It is about 8km from Kampala City Center, the last km being deep into the slum area. The catchment area for this home if literally the slum condition Kalerwe area with a population upward of 40,000 approx.

The home is overcrowded, has children of different ages staying together, and has no reliable source of food. They live in a large old house and out sheds, all overcrowded. A comprehensive approach would have to be used to address the needs of the Kalerwe community in terms of dealing with the root cause. Based on Identified Needs from Project Visits and meetings held together with representatives of the home, Committees have been set up. The needs to be addressed range from acquisition of a permanent home with all the relevant infrastructure, consistent supply of food – a farm, education both formal and vocational among others.

Current focus is on raising a contribution towards the estimated cost of UGX 180 million (USD 60,000) for land.

5. Girl Child Sanitary Pads

In conjunction with other organisations the project will be able to provide sanitary pads to girls in local schools all over the country who would otherwise not be able to afford them which would lead to absenteeism from school and therefore affecting their academic performance and self-image within the communities.

6. Mobile Dental clinic Units

There is need to have mobile vans and equipment to take the dental services to the rural poor and elderly who cannot afford transportation costs to the Mulago Dental Hospital.

In 2006, the Rotary club of Kampala North with support of the Rotary Foundation, installed dental equipment worth USD 1M at Mulago Dental School (pictured left) under a 3H grant. However there is still need to address dental health to the rural poor who may not access the facility through mobile dental clinics.

7. OPIT KIC Widows Group in Kiryandongo

Siriba village is located on the main Gulu-highway, Western Region, Bunyoro sub-region, Kiryandongo District. It’s approximately 3hrs and half-drive by road from Kampala. According to the 2014 national population census, Kiryandongo, which is also at times known as Bweyale was put at 31,610 (Uganda Bureau of Statistics November 2014).

Opportunities identified for the project;

1. Lack of quality seeds that would guarantee quality produce.

2. A communally owned grinding mill.

3. Absence of competitive markets for most of the agricultural products grown within the community, especially maize (popcorn type). During the meeting members pointed out that most people have bags of popcorns stuck in their houses with nowhere to take them for sale.

4. The need to have an Ox-plough to be able to till bigger pieces of land. Majority of women are of old age with no physical energy to spend longer hours preparing the land for tilling.

5. The need to have a community revolving fund scheme where community members are able to borrow and acquire money for individual businesses.

6. Low yields from agriculture

7. Lack of funding for economic activities

8. Absence of Youth Vocational Training Centers in carpentry, brick laying, wood work etc

Key Challenges

1. Access to competitive markets

2. Pests and diseases

3. Unpredictable weather conditions

Key Intervention Identified

Agriculture was selected as a priority project. Agriculture is the main economic activity in the area and the community is already engaged in several agricultural activities. There is also an opportunity for up-scaling since there available land. The majority view of the community is that agriculture has high chances of generating higher incomes to feed families, pay school fees for children especially orphans and generally improve the standards of livingwithin the community

What is being done in the community

1. The youth are already involved in brick laying though access to capital still remains a challenge.

2. The OPTI-KIC Women’s Group already have a revolving fund but operates on a very small scale.

3. The group is already producing honey and popcorn maize. The biggest challenge is that they don’t have access to markets..