Malaria is being tackled in rural Ugandan schools with Dr Anrew Macnab’s remarkable early rapid diagnosis and treatment program delivered by trained school ‘malaria hero’s’, school staff especially trained. Implemented by Rose Charities Canada’s Dr Andrew and HEDA Uganda, the program is giving hugely successful, recorded results, cutting the absenteeism through sickness much hated by student and teacher alike. Please click here to see the most recent paper on the marvellous results.
A novel project is leading the way for schools in Uganda to improve the nutrition of pupils and boost their ability to read.
The Rose Charities Hillman Medical Education Fund school garden project teaches children how to grow food but also supplies produce for lunch programs to feed children who come to school hungry.
Two of the items grown, orange sweet potatoes and beans are especially nutritious and help students to learn. The orange flesh of the sweet potatoes is rich in nutrients including Vitamin A which prevents blindness and is essential to fight infections and beans are rich in iron.
Together, the good things in these crops help children who have micronutrient deficiencies because they do not get enough to eat, and as a result not only do they become healthier they learn to read much quicker.
32% of children under 5 in Uganda are Vitamin A deficient. The World Health Organization now endorses school programs such as ours as a way to help undernourished children worldwide, and has said “Cultivating the garden, both literally and figuratively,” is the way to go.
“Project Toolkit” — ENT for Samoa
“It’s for the little ones.” — Dr P.J. Faumui
Rose Charities NZ has an exciting new project – to take Ear, Nose and Throat surgery to Samoa, to help an estimated 25,000 children who need treatment.
“Project Toolkit” is the dream of a Samoan ENT surgeon who lives in Whanganui, Dr P.J. Faumui. There is no permanent ENT surgeon in Samoa and every time “PJ” (as he is affectionately known) visits his family in Samoa he conducts an ENT clinic at Apia Hospital. PJ sees about 40 or 50 patients a day but, without good medical instruments, is able to give them only very simple low-risk treatment.
So Rose Charities NZ has commited to Project Toolkit, a $45,000 set of top quality ENT instruments and the custom-designed trays which will make it possible to transport them between New Zealand and Samoa for visiting volunteer surgeons to conduct ENT clinics there. The trays, with silicone inserts to keep the instruments safe and secure, are designed to allow for sterilisation and for customs inspections.
PJ himself will head the team of volunteers, some of whom work at Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital.
Sheffmed, an Auckland-based medical equipment company is collaborating with the project. It has offered discounted prices and a vital role in maintaining and keeping the Toolkit safe when it is back from the tropical conditions of Samoa. Sheffmed will also liaise with volunteer doctors who are heading to Samoa.
Why has Rose Charities NZ, which has an international reputation for it support of eye clinics in Cambodia and Nepal, decided to focus on ENT surgery?
“Children who have untreated ear, nose and throat problems in early childhood, like “glue ear”, can be scarred for life,” says Rose chairperson Trish Gribben. “If they can’t hear well, they don’t do well at school, they become disruptive, they have behaviour problems. It’s not far-fetched to say untreated ENT problems can be a building block for an anti-social life.
“The children in Samoa are our neighbours. They deserve something better. The Kiwi Rose Trustees are really excited about PJ’s Project Toolkit. It fits Rose philosophy perfectly: Help a local person to do a grassroots project when a little effort can have a BIG impact,” says Trish.
“When I signed up with Sheffmed I asked PJ if he was thrilled,” said Trish. “His reply: “Well, it is for the little ones.”
“Rose NZ is hooked. Now we have to find the money. It is a big project for us as we are all volunteers. But we are delighted to be working with some Rotary clubs throughout New Zealand. And, through them, with the Harold Thomas Trust which is the legacy of the first New Zealander to be president of Rotary International, set up to provide health care for children in the Pacific. Harold Thomas just happens to have been my uncle — it is all a perfect fit, says Trish.
Images from the groundbreaking June 2015 Rose Charities NZ retinal surgical training team visit toDr Vra and Natalia’s Rose Cambodia Eye Hospital. June 2015. With retinal surgeons Dr. Muhammad Khalid, from Hawkes Bay and
Dr Rob Weatherhead .
This enormously successful visit organized by ike Webber (GNZM) Optometrist of Wanganui NZ , and funded by generous NZ donors resulted in a major upgrade of retinal surgical capacity in the excellent facilities of the new international standard hospital built by Dr Vra. The original Kieng Khleang clinic remains to help meet the huge demand in Rose Cambodia’s services to the poor
Rose Charities UK Fundraiser for Smiles Uganda Education Fund
Funds raised will contribute to Smiles Uganda Education Fund keeping 45 impoverished Ugandan children in school for the next year.
This is the seventh year that events have been organized to pay school fees for these Kampala children who would not otherwise have access to education . Already the first graduate, Amos Alwa, has enrolled in Kyambogo University specializing in civil engineering!
Rose Charities UK and Smiles Uganda are run entirely by volunteers, so your donations go directly to benefit these incredibly worthy kids!
Rose Charities UK is delighted to support the fundraising this year. An event is being held at Raffles 287 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 5EW Friday September 18th, 2015 from 7 PM to 9:30 PM . Come and enjoy a splendid cocktail party and canapé’s night with some of London’s hottest DJ’s. Tickets £25.
The club has numbered amongst its former members Royalty, Politicians, celebrities and several generations of established families and has welcomed everyone from Princess Margaret, Earl Snowden and Lichfield, the world renowned American singer Barbara Streisand to the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
In the early 70’s the club continued to enjoy the patronage of the highest levels of English society and on one occasion the Queen herself attended, together with Price Charles and Princess Anne, for the 21st birthday party of the grandson of the Earl of Mountbatten.
Raffles recently won several awards at the 2015 London Bar and Club awards night and is once again at the forefront of the London social scene.
Smiles Uganda Education Fund collective mission is to further youth education in Uganda. Our principle for our cause and charity is rooted in this quote:
“There are those who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both means and the motivation to improve their circumstances. Unless they can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink into apathy, degradation and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.”
Please help us provide that spark. Donate here ; https://campaign.justgiving.com//charity/rosecharitiesuk/smiles-uganda
Or text SMIL18 £10 to 70070 to donate to Rose Charities UK and make a difference today. JustTextGiving by Vodafone.
Campaign Target: £7,500
Expiry Date: 10th October 2015
Thanks so much for your donation to this Appeal. Your support means an incredible amount to us. Thank you.
Rose Charities UK is very pleased to be involved in raising funds for ‘Smiles Uganda’.
Each year funds are raised for the next year’s schooling of 45 impoverished Ugandan children.
Please see the stories of some of these brave children in the linked video: Smiles Uganda children
On 18th September from 7pm to 9.30pm there is a ‘do’ at the prestigious ‘Raffles’ club on the Kings Road, Chelsea.
Come and enjoy a splendid cocktail party and canapé’s night with some of London’s hottest DJ’s.
Tickets are £25 from: www.RafflesChelsea.com/events or on the door. Please bring your friends.
All funds will go directly to the charity.
Both Rose Charities UK and Smiles Uganda are run by volunteers so your donations go directly to benefit these children.
In addition, ‘Smiles Uganda’ will receive part of the funds raised from Raffles prestigious 50th Anniversary event on the 1st October.
This will be held in the gardens of Berkeley Square, Mayfair with Guy Berber (Rumours) and a casino operated by Crockfords.
Tickets for this event can also be obtained through the above link.
If you would like to donate to this very deserving cause please go to https://campaign.justgiving.com//charity/rosecharitiesuk/smiles-uganda
or text SMIL18 £10 to 70070 to donate to Rose Charities UK and make a difference today.
Rose Charities Canada in conjunction with AMDA Canada has commenced an assistance progam for yesterdays major Nepal (and region) earthquake. AMDA International is a major partner of Rose Charities and is one of the most respected world leading emergency relief organizations having sent hundreds of worldwide emergency medical missions for over 20 years. AMDA’s Nepal chapter is highly active in medical assistance of every type and is already at work. Rose and AMDA have worked closely together for emergency situations. The relief efforts will be coordinated by medical relief expert Dr Collin Yong of AMDA and Rose Canada, who also planned similar assistance both in the Philippines ( Haiyan and earlier disasters). Assistance is now very urgently needed.
Donations will go to relief without any administration feess. A tax receipt (usable by Canadian taxpayers) will be given immediately by email. Please donate here (Canada Helps) and select Nepal relief in the donation field