Past Projects

Besides continually providing funds for badly needed medical supplies and equipment, over the years we have been involved with many successful health initiatives in Nyaishozi.  Here are our most recent projects:


Feminine Hygiene Project - Phase 2

The longer lasting Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits with washable liners are loved by the female students in Nyaishozi. Since the initial project in 2015, we have provided four secondary schools with kits for their students. Each school has participated in the Days for Girls programme, whereby the girls were taught how to care for their kits and were given a short course in Human Biology. This explained puberty and adolescence, as well as basic personal hygiene and welfare. Rugu Secondary School became the third school to participate in the spring of 2019, during a UK trustee visit to the area.

Days for girls RuguThe girls dance after their training

Days for girls RuguStudents at Rugu Secondary School receiving training

 


Feminine Hygiene Project - Phase 1

This project was run by the Ugandan chapter of the Days for Girls Charity.  Days for Girls, an international organisation, provides long lasting feminine hygiene products for girls and women who either cannot access disposable products because they live in remote areas, or because they are too expensive.  Detachable knicker linings can be washed and if cared for properly, last for several years.  Kits were brought to Nyaishozi and the Ugandan DfG team visited two secondary schools and held an outdoor teaching session for the women in the village. 

 

Days for girls 4Human Biology lesson

Days for girls 3Students at Nyaishozi Secondary School making up their kits and having a Human Biology lesson

 

The local students and Nyaishozi women were taught how to make the kits and how to look after them. Each participant left with a Days for Girls kit as well as the female students having a lesson on Human Biology – dispelling some of the Tanzanian myths about sex and menstruation. 

Days for girls 5Nyaishozi Secondary School Girls show off their completed kits.

 Days for girls 6Local ladies show off their completed kits at Nyaishozi Dispensary

 


Solar Panelling Light for Schools

Solar panel4 solar panels are now on the roof of a classroom in both schools.

As part of this ongoing project, we have provided the funds for Ruhinda and Rugu Secondary Schools to install enough solar panelling to power the lighting for two classrooms. This enables students to continue with their learning after dark and to study in a protected environment.  

Solar panelsThe students in a newly lit classroom.

Solar panelsThe lights are strung up on the rafters.

 


Desks for Sponsored Students

DesksDesks for our Sponsored Students at Ruhinda

Although a government directive now dictates that there will no longer be a registration fee for children to attend school, students still have to pay for their own desks and chairs at secondary school entry level.  Our ‘Basic Allowance’ covers uniform, stationery, soap and shoes, but it does not allow for school furniture.  We therefore funded the purchase of desks and chairs for our sponsored Ruhinda Secondary School students.

 


Mobilising Health Workers at remote dispensaries

MotorbikeThe arrival of the new motorbike at Kibogoizi caused great excitement - the whole village turned out!

When Father Vitalis visited the UK in 2018, he brought news of remote dispensaries struggling to access isolated patients in rural areas.  He made an appeal at St. Michael’s Church Ashtead and funds were raised for a Chinese motorbike to be donated to Kahanga Dispensary.  Two parishioners came forward to donate the monies for another two bikes which were donated to Kibogoizi and Rugu Dispensaries.

second bikeThanks to the kind donations of an Ashtead resident, we have been able to provide a second motorbike, for use in the dispensary at Kahanga.

second bikeThanks to the kind donations of another Ashtead resident, we have been able to provide a third motorbike, for use in the dispensary at Rugu.

 


Providing Maize School Lunches

Nyaishozi Primary School is the main feeder school for the surrounding secondary schools.  It educates over 1,000 children, many of whom are from the poorest of families.  Homes are scattered over a wide area and children as young as 5 years old can walk several hours a day to and from school, often on an empty stomach.  With that in mind, we introduced a Maize for School Lunches programme, whereby school land was turned over to growing maize.  This in turn was ground to provide a filling and nutritious elevenses for 100 of the poorest pupils.

 

DecemberA couple of months later and the maize is thriving!

   Maize SowingChildren preparing the soil

 


Special Education Support Grant

Rebecca DidasRebecca Didas on her Graduation Day celebrating with her family

Action in Africa have also made a few small special support grants to poor students whose academic achievements had earned them offers to further their education at universities, but initial help was needed to enable them to take up their places. 

One such student was Rebecca Didas.  She is now a qualified midwife and graduated with a Masters degree in Midwifery.  We funded 50% of her college fees.  Rebecca works at the local dispensary and is a trustee of the Action in Africa Nyaishozi committee.

 


Bibiana's House

Bibiana house water tankGuttering and Rainwater Harvest Tank

The Patilisis have been part of the Action in Africa family since 2015, when we began sponsoring Bibiana’s education at Nyaishozi Secondary School. As the family were living in desperate circumstances, we contributed to costs of the construction of a house, so that they may be protected from the elements. The house is in a very remote location, therefore, we have since added guttering to the property and installed a rain water harvest tank. The family will no longer have to walk several miles to the nearest well.

 

Bibiana's new houseVolunteer Cassi Henderson with Bibiana & her family outside their new home

Bibiana's old houseThe Patilisi’ former home

 


Medical Supplies & Equipment for Nyaishozi Dispensaries

The_receiving_of_the_haemoglobin_machine_at_Nyaishozi_DispensaryThe receiving of the haemoglobin machine at Nyaishozi Dispensary

A haemoglobin machine was hand carried to Nyaishozi Dispensary during a recent trustee visit.  As pregnant women are particularly prone to anaemia in Nyaishozi, the haemoglobin machine will detect early signs of this illness and help to save lives.

 


Ruhinda Secondary School Female Student Dormitory & Ablution Block

Father V and DormitoryFather Vitalis walking towards the Dormitory

As the Nyaishozi community is spread over a vast area, many inhabitants live in remote areas. The journey to school is over difficult terrain and may take several hours. Girls are particularly at risk walking back and fore to school.  Staying locally in lodgings is also a concern, with stories of sexual abuse and general mistreatment. As a result, Action in Africa funded the construction of a dormitory and shower block at Ruhinda Secondary School to house 48 of its female students. The Erach Roshan Sadri Foundation and Hilden Charitable Trust helped to fund the build whilst the local community provided the bricks and the labour.

 

Ablution blockThe Ablution Block

Bunk bedsInside the dormitory the girls have bunk beds

 

 


Sponsor a desk Programme for our Supported Pupils

DesksDesks waiting to be collected by Nyaishozi Primary School

The Tanzanian government had a drive to ensure that all children of school age receive a free education. One of the negative effects of this very positive news is that there has been a huge increase in student attendance. Consequently, accommodating every pupil has proved a challenge. Father Vitalis approached Action in Africa with a request for us to participate in the "sponsor a desk" programme. We were happy to help and provided 50% of the funds requested, with the families of our sponsored children providing the rest of the monies.

 


Replacing Banana Plants killed during the drought

Banana wilt plantsBanana plants devastated by drought

Through the generosity of our supporters, Action in Africa was able to fund the buying of young, disease resistant banana plants to replace those devastated by drought. These were distributed to affected farmers by Action in Africa Nyaishozi committee member Paul Mubiligi, pictured below. 

 New Banana plantsDistribution of new plants

 


Laptops for Nyaishozi Secondary School

LaptopsStudents working on the laptops.

Funds were sent to Nyaishozi for the purchase of 4 reconditioned laptops for students at Nyaishozi Secondary School, enabling them to become computer literate.

 


Placenta Pit

Placenta pitPlacenta pit

We have funded the building of a ‘placenta pit’ for the local government dispensary.  Up until that time there has been no hygienic way of disposing of afterbirth.  The pit will ensure that the maternity area is kept as sterile as possible.

 


Repairing the water pipes at the UN Village

Water repairRepaired Taps

The UN village outside Nyaishozi was built to house displaced refugees from Rwanda and Burundi. Pictured left are children using one of the four water taps, now working properly, having been repaired by Action in Africa.

water tankHead Master Hosea Martin shows Father Vitalis the repair of Water Tank at Nyaishozi Primary School