Building a Supportive Community

 

…but it is a world away from the facilities available there.

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In this town in Central Uganda, people face daily struggles to feed their families, send their children to school and access health care. It may be only 50 km from the capital, Kampala, but it is a world away from the facilities available there. The people engage in subsistence farming, petty trading and some go fishing. Everyone finds it difficult to make ends meet. Crossroads is shipping to a project engaged in community development programmes, including a nursery and primary school, construction of homes for the elderly and disabled, supporting children with HIV/AIDS, skills training for young people including small scale income-generating plans, and renovation of community wells and springs.

Potential impact:

  • Improved facilities and equipment for 1400 school children
  • Equipping two new village schools for 500 children
  • Computers for skills training for 600 young people

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We are told that Justine (right) was one of the most beautiful teenagers in her village; she married early and had 3 children. But tragically, they all died, her husband abandoned her and she fell victim to a wasting disease. Justine now lives with her elderly mother, and our partners have built them a 3 roomed house. She is a remarkable woman, with a welcoming spirit, who keeps smiling and showing love and gratitude to those around her.

 

 


Shipment includes:

  • Books, stationery and basic school supplies
  • School furniture and toys
  • Computers for vocational training & administration
  • Clothing and household goods for local communities.

 

This shipment will help our partners build homes for vulnerable elderly and disabled people by including administrative goods like office equipment.

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Uganda Snapshot

Population: 37.58 million
Capital: Kampala

Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.

Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.

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Job Creation and Training

S36881UN statistics indicate that up to 78% of Zambians in rural areas are living in poverty, as our consignee for this shipment can attest. When the large mining company in their town closed down, huge numbers of people lost their jobs and are now struggling to survive. Along with the loss of jobs came the demise of medical clinics and sports clubs and other social amenities also run by the mining company. Added to this is the HIV/AIDs problem, which has resulted in many orphaned children in this area. Our consignee aims to improve and change people’s lifestyles. Their programmes focus heavily on education and training to impart marketable skills and bring hope for the future. This is the third shipment to this organisation that has proved well able to use what we send.

 

4Brian (right) benefitted greatly from the computers which arrived in a container from Crossroads – he learnt up-to-date skills at the project’s computer school and was able to find work in a business centre. Then he was able to take part in a government election registration exercise, and with the money he was paid he started ‘B and D business centre’, employing four people!

 

Potential impact:

  • Computer training for at least another 50 young people.
  • A Sewing centre to train at least another 50 young people.
  • Clothing and essentials for 125 school children & wider families.
  • Children from remote areas able to attend school.

Shipment includes:

  • Computers & sewing machines for school and vocational training
  • A minibus for bussing children to school
  • School chairs, desks and equipment
  • Clothing and household goods for local communities.

 

This shipment will help their project to improve the lives of children in the area and give hope for the future.

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Zambia Snapshot

Population: 14.83 million
Capital: Lusaka
Zambia is a beautiful, landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a tropical climate.

74.5% of people in Zambia live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.
40% of children are involved in some kind of child labour
1.1 million people are living with HIV.

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Community Development

In this town in Central Uganda, people struggle for the basic necessities of daily life: clean water, good sanitation, shelter and even food. Access to basic health is limited and poor health services have resulted in preventable illnesses becoming severe.

Uganda_237.7% of Uganda’s population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day. Orphans and vulnerable children may find it impossible to break free from the poverty cycle without the kind of intervention that our partners are giving.

 

 

 

Many of the townsfolk engage in subsistence farming, others are market vendors, some are motorcyclist drivers. Everyone finds it difficult to make ends meet. Crossroads is shipping to an NGO that is deeply engaged in community development programmes in this town and broader region, including a primary and secondary school, programmes to reduce HIV/AIDS, poultry farming assistance, financial assistance for complex health care, water projects and supporting the reduction in child abuse.

Shipment includes:

  • Medical equipment to support the local health clinic
  • Books, stationery and basic school supplies
  • School furniture and toys
  • Office furniture for local administration

Potential Impact:

  • Improved facilities to support 800 families in reducing HIV/AIDS
  • 130 vulnerable women and youth to be assisted with the poultry farming project
  • School fees for 450 students to attend primary, secondary and vocational education

Uganda_1Unlike most 18 year old boys, Samuel was unable to enjoy the freedom of being young, fit and able. Samuel could do very little on his own. Daily life was a struggle, let alone making his way to school for study. A complicated heart problem caused Samuel to live a very limited and dependent lifestyle. In his town, near Kampala, Samuel did not have access to health care to treat his heart correctly.

Thankfully, staff from our partner NGO met him. They were able to raise enough support to send Samuel to India for a life-saving heart operation. Today, Samuel attends secondary school without any trouble. Both teachers and staff at our partner organisation are impressed to see Samuel not just get by but excel in all areas.

 

This shipment will provide medical equipment and goods to improve the life of children like Samuel.

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Uganda Snapshot

Population: 37.58 million
Capital: Kampala

Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.

Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.

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Promoting Dignity: HIV Support for Uganda

The HIV epidemic in Uganda has left more than 1 million children orphaned. In some cases, elderly grandparents take up their care, but, for many, it is older children who are suddenly thrust into responsibility as heads of households.

Crossroads’ shipment to partners in the Bogosa region, Eastern Uganda, was hand-tailored to serve as a ‘bridge’ for support community strategies to bring relief from poverty.

Capital Investment

RS43785_MSMU-287Crossroads’ goal for this shipment, as for all, was to make a capital investment in the lives of those in need, not with finance, but with a strategic injection of goods to equip initiatives that will multiply themselves in years to come.

 

 

 

“Your support is a huge investment in the future of our nation.”

Just imagine the number of people who are going to be influenced through the items you’ve donated. When you set up an institution, you solidify a movement.” It was, they said, in keeping with their motto: “Promoting Dignity.”

RS43664_MSMU-166Medical equipment from Crossroads has revolutionised care at this rural health centre. For the first time, they can offer diabetes and blood pressure tests and have totally upgraded their level of care: “We can now offer inpatient services where clients are hospitalised on proper hospital beds,” they wrote.

 

“We can give better handling of critical patients with these trolleys. People are flocking to the centre for medical services!”

200 Children received toys, clothes and school books. All are from homes headed by widows or elderly grandparents who struggle to keep their little ones in school. Many of the children had never owned a toy before.

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Uganda Snapshot

Population: 37.58 million
Capital: Kampala

Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.

Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.

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Vocational training and community development

UN statistics indicate that up to 78% of Zambians in rural areas are living in poverty, as our consignee for this shipment can attest. Simply finding enough to eat each day is a daily struggle for many. In the region to which Crossroads is shipping, education is another big challenge, where many parents cannot afford for their children to go to school. Widows in poverty face particular hardship, when relatives claim everything they have, including their home. This leaves the women with nothing, which forces them to live on the streets.  The vision of our consignee is to bring hope, love and compassion into this region. The way they try to do this is with a mixture of providing vocational training, community development and supporting victims of HIV/Aids.

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Potential impact:

  • Clothing for hundreds of people
  • Teaching new vocational skills to vulnerable people in the area
  • Improve the efficiency of the organisation

Shipment includes:

  • Computer equipment
  • Shoes
  • Household goods and appliances

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Matilda Zulu not only lost her husband, she also found she had HIV/Aids.  She was helped through various HIV/Aids interventions carried out by our consignee organisation. Because of this she learned to face her life with hope. Matilda now advocates for women with HIV/Aids, encouraging them to be open and come forward to help and care.

 

 


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When Helen’s husband died, she was left with four children, the youngest only eight years old. Left with no income, she and her children had to live in a one-roomed house, and she became hopeless and couldn’t see a way to survive. Thankfully, she came in touch with our partner NGO, who helped her learn sewing skills.

Now, she has extended her house with two new rooms and is making a living as a designer and tailor, and she also sells peanut butter from her home. One of her boys is working, two other are in college and one is finishing high school.


This shipment will provide more computers, books, furniture and basic essentials like shoes and clothing to improve the lives of people like Helen and her children.

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Zambia Snapshot

Population: 14.83 million
Capital: Lusaka
Zambia is a beautiful, landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a tropical climate.

74.5% of people in Zambia live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.
40% of children are involved in some kind of child labour
1.1 million people are living with HIV.

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Health care and community building

Kenya_4While the Kenyan economy is improving, 44% of the population still live below the poverty line.  Nearly 2 million are living with HIV/Aids, and  1 million children are living as orphans because of the disease. Crossroads is shipping to a partner NGO who is bringing hope into this darkness and has already helped thousands of HIV/Aids patients in Kenya.

 

They have asked us to send medical goods and relief supplies to help them care for communities that can’t cope with the burden of so many who are sick and poor.

Potential impact:

  • One hospital, three health clinics and nine pharmacies will be provided with the necessary equipment they need to help people in need.
  • Hundreds of vulnerable people will be provided with clothing and other essentials

Shipment includes:

  • Wheelchairs, hospital beds, medical supplies and more
  • 80 boxes of clothing and 10 boxes of shoes

A85Jane lives in a very dry area where people need to walk 5 kilometres in search of water. Quite often Jane could spend most of her days looking just for water and had less time to look after her children. With the help of Crossroads’ partner NGO, a borehole has been drilled in Jane’s village, which provides her and the whole community with clean water.

Because she has more time now, Jane is able to get milk and vegetables for her family, who are now healthier and happier.

Our shipment will help families like Jane’s access resources they need to be productive and self-sufficient.


A26When Doris became pregnant she felt very weak, and knew something wasn’t right. She decided to go to the health clinic of our partner NGO, who tested her for HIV. Doris discovered she was HIV-positive, and being pregnant, it meant her child was now at risk too. Under the care of the clinic, Doris was put on ARV treatment and given food supplements and medicines. Because of this basic care her health condition improved and soon she gave birth to her first child. She then had an agonising wait. Was her baby infected or not? At 18 months, the baby was tested and Doris was relieved to discover that he was fine!

Today, she has  had a second child and, with some help, Doris has started her own small scale business and is living happy with her family.

The shipment will improve the quality of the health facilities where Doris received care, helping many more like Doris.

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Kenya Snapshot

Capital: Nairobi
Population: 45.55 million. About half of the population is under 18.

Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 44%

There are 1.6 million people living with HIV/AIDS ,  1 million children orphaned because of AIDS, and 2.6 million orphans in total.
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Education and job creation

Burundi_1Life for marginalised groups in rural Burundi is tough. Orphans, widows, teenagers and minority tribespeople are all among those who are most vulnerable in their communities. While 83,000 in Burundi are still living with HIV/Aids, that number is, thankfully, declining. This is in part because of the efforts of groups such as our partners, who have a network of community educators visiting and speaking with villages about the risks and prevention.

Crossroads’ partner in Burundi is creating training and job opportunities for vulnerable people groups, as well as educating orphans and teaching communities about HIV prevention. Our shipment will help them expand and continue these programmes.

Potential impact:

  • 2,000 reached through HIV and other education workshops
  • 50 youth training in computer centre
  • 500 orphans and widows supported with necessities and healthcare
  • Thousands offered free health check-ups and tests

Shipment includes:

  • Computers for youth training centre
  • Clothing and blankets for orphans and widows
  • Medical supplies and equipment for free clinics
  • Appliances and furniture to support HIV education

    A80When Mahuwa talks to women about HIV/Aids and sexual violence, she’s speaking from tragic experience. Mahuwa was once working as a prostitute, trying desperately to support her child when she was raped and fell pregnant to her attacker. Now, instead of working in the sex industry, she supports her family by teaching women in her community about their rights, and  how to prevent HIV/Aids.

    This shipment will include office equipment and furniture to help train and employ more women like Mahuwa as community peer educators.


A22When Fabrice (above) was just a little boy, every member of his family was killed in Burundi’s civil violence. Left alone in the world, Fabrice was driven out of his home and on to the streets. Like many young Burundian boys in his situation, Fabrice was drawn into the conflict and became a combat soldier, but he always longed to return to school for the education that he had missed out on. Thankfully, Crossroads’ partner was working in his area and met Fabrice. They enrolled him into school and covered the costs of his education. Fabrice graduated form 6 just last year!

This shipment will help train 50 youth like Fabrice in computer skills so that they have a better chance at a job after finishing school. Crossroads’ shipment will include computers for their centre.

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Burundi Snapshot

Population: 10.16 million
Capital: Bujumbura

Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 81%

Burundi’s most recent civil war and genocide in the 1990s raised the national poverty level by 20%.

Burundi is ranked 167 out of 177 countries in the 2008 Human Development Index (based on 2005 data), and its infant and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in Africa.

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Though many in Africa look to Ghana as a model for political and economic reform, difficulties such as poverty, disease, and lack of basic educational tools still plague people in rural parts of the country.

Thousands of those who are more educated leave Ghana for jobs elsewhere, draining the country of adequate health professionals and teachers.  Others must face the scourge of AIDS without proper treatment, and countless young children are forced to abandon their education in order to care for younger siblings and sick parents.  Crossroads shipped to an NGO working in the Volta Region of Ghana, one of the poorest areas of the country.  The organisation focuses on ensuring that the children in this area can attend school and learn how to read and write through their Read-to-Succeed programme.  They also run vocational centres that provide tools and training for youth so they can find employment once they finish school. We were able to ship a variety of items to resource the schools and training centres as well as support the building of a secondary school.
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Ghana Snapshot

Capital: Accra

Population: 27 million. 45% of the population is under 18.

Ghana is in West Africa, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, and has a tropical climate. It is the fifth most stable state in Africa.
There are about 1 million children orphaned for a variety of reasons in the country.
34% of children are involved in some kind of child labour, and education is often inaccessible in rural areas.

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