Rose Charities Hillman Fund – short report 2012-2013

HMEF ANNUAL REPORT 2012/13  <click for full report *.pdf> 

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HMEF supports Cambodia Rehab Centre

The Hillman Medical Education Fund (HMEF) of Rose Charities Canada was started in 2007 by Dr Liz Hillman in memory of her husband Don and to continue their lifetime’s work supporting health education, especially in East Africa.   HMEF’s goal is to support potential leaders in health care and assist them as they build health education projects in their own communities. This year HMEF funded projects are in Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Cambodia. Dedicated local leaders run all these projects. They are able to stretch our small grants to achieve big results. Typically grants are under $5000. The HMEF Team in Canada, led by Dr Joanne Young and guided by Dr Liz Hillman are all volunteers of Rose Charities Canada. They volunteer their time and cover any admin costs so that 100% of your donation will be sent to a project.

Volset School Uganda: big heart, happy kids, great needs…

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Around 2 hours drive away from Kampala along a rutted non paved road near the village of Mukono, Uganda, lies the Volset School. The school gives education to some 160 kids, most of them from very deprived backgrounds.   The school does great work and the kids are happy, but is still very poor and is in need of many resources.  Nevertheless it does manage to get some assistance, including through Rose Charities and that way manages to keep going .

The shool identifies its most pressing needs as  1) sponsorship for students, 2) refurbishment and construction of more teaching space, 3) establishing a more secure water supply (probably a bore-hole),  finding one or two used donated computers to teach computer skills.

Despite hardships,  Directors Lydia Nansukusa, and Festus Bazira never give up hope.  Festus explained his vision for the school to me. These are our ‘Diplomats of the Future’ he said of his kids..

 

 

Excellence in Education: Conference Uganda

Kampala, Uganda, will see Rose Charities, partner organizations, supporters and anyone interested meeting to discuss and hear presentations on education and health training.   Rose Charities organizations ‘Brighter Smiles‘  and Stand Tall Education will be the main organizers but input from others such as the Hillman Fund , HEADA , Greater Learning is anticipated. Topics will be widespread but cover such interesting areas as peer-to-peer education, health promoting schools (Dr Andrew Macab is an expert in this field), goal focus  and enrichment of the education process, and new health promoting and training initiatives. There will be visits to the project sites of Stand Tall and Brighter Smiles, and (on Sat 9th) a strong discussion involvement by school children themselves.  The goal is to educate and increase the practical  knowledge base of participants, network and update on current areas of success in new health and education initiatives.

The conference is open without charge (up to a certain seating limit, after which a charge may be requested ) to an genuinely interested and/or group representatives.

Download program and information sheet and registration form   nb these sheets will be continually updated so please call back and repeat also)

Rose Charities Canada 2013 Project Forum – Vancouver

Dr Andrew Macnab. Expert on Health promoting schools

and founder Brighter Smiles Africa

An amazing group of people attended the Jan 2013 Rose Charities Canada Project Forum of varied interests and backgrounds and organizations.  A comment from one of the participants summarized it well ‘I cant believe the amount of shere competence and expertise present in this room this evening;   The meeting was held again at Creekside Community Centre. False Creek, Vancouver

This year the format was slightly different.  instead of fixed presentations the concept was to more to generate debate, comment and constructive participation.  In the first half Will Grut of Rose International summarized the network in an individual presentation but invited the various project groups to update as their projects were presented.  In the second half a panel consisting of Dr Andrew Macnab ( www.brightersmilesafrica.ca ) ,  Dr Ruth Brighouse and Annette Borkent  (www.safemotherhoodproject.org ) facilitated discussion using aspects of their excellent projects to focus on particular issues.

Food, sushi, dips, cakes, cookies and coffee were kindly provided by some of the participants, notably Dr Diana Carter (UBC Psychiatry Dept)

Attendees concentrate on a presentation

Notable attendees in addition to those mentioned above, were  Ms Sue Ishii  www.amdacanada.org , Nicole Schouela, Honey Halpern and a team from www.standtalleducation.org  ,  Prof. Jane Roskams of the The Ha Mpiti Project/Mathabo Leadership Academy Project, Lesotho,  Liz Moss  of  Proyecto San Gerardo Costa Rica, Luke King  of Rose Madagascar   www.rosecanada.info/madagascar/  Will Grut represented Roses Cambodia and Vietnam  www.rosecambodia.org   www.rosevietnam.org  and Dr Yoga Yogendran of Rose Sri Lanka Committee  www.rosesrilanka.info . International Counsellor (original organizer of 2005 Rose Tsunami post traumatic counselling program) Yaya de Andrade ( see   http://rosecharities.blogspot.ca/2009/12/impact-of-disasters-on-children-by-dr.html )  attended as well as Emily McCance and
Pierre Etienne Banville
of the Rose Social Enterprise Committee  (see http://rosecharities.org/2012/11/social-enterprise-seminar-vancouver/ ) . The Hillman Fund www.hmef.info were well represented by  Dr Joanne Young and Mr Craig Keeting , as were International Health Initiatives, Juliette  www.internationalhealthinitiatives.com .  Dr Ellen Coburn of  www.mayanproject.org Guatemala school project contributed an excellent update.  Mrs Janice (and husband Dr David) Wensley of the Safe Motherhood Committee of Rose Charities came as did    Rose Charities Canada’s Chair, Maggie Francis and Hon Treasurer Eric Vanderluit   Accountant Kevin Simpson, (who carries out pivotal accounting  work for Rose Canada) as did a fellow accountant and Rose supporter,   Richard McCallum

Dr Ruth Brighouse and Anne Borkent of Safe Motherhood

Guatemala

The atmosphere of the meeting was stimulating, creative and constructive. Discussions ranged around many areas though focusing on transfer of training and teaching schools.  Such skills transfer is very much the focus of the projects (Birthing attendant skills Guatemala and Health Promotion in Uganda) .  The Rose Charities network is now fairly broad as well as deep and the forum allowed organizers from dispersed parts of it to meet and exchange ideas.

A big thank you to Maggie Francis (Chair Rose Charities Canada) and Linda Roberts(Rose International Hon Sec)  for much of the structuring of the meeting.

 

Excellence in Education: Conference Uganda, 7,8,9 March 2013

Kampala, Uganda, will see Rose Charities, partner organizations, supporters and anyone interested meeting to discuss and hear presentations on education and health training.   Rose Charities organizations ‘Brighter Smiles‘  and Stand Tall Education will be the main organizers but input from others such as the Hillman Fund , HEADA , Greater Learning is anticipated. Topics will be widespread but cover such interesting areas as peer-to-peer education, health promoting schools (Dr Andrew Macab is an expert in this field), goal focus  and enrichment of the education process, and new health promoting and training initiatives. There will be visits to the project sites of Stand Tall and Brighter Smiles, and (on Sat 9th) a strong discussion involvement by school children themselves.  The goal is to educate and increase the practical  knowledge base of participants, network and update on current areas of success in new health and education initiatives.

The conference is open without charge (up to a certain seating limit, after which a charge may be requested ) to an genuinely interested and/or group representatives.

Download program and information sheet and registration form   nb these sheets will be continually updated so please call back and repeat also)

The tailor of ‘Brighter Smiles’.

The uniforms for the children at the African Hearts School are all made by Kizito Issa who is a graduate of the African Hearts program. In 2002 Issa was one of the first boys to be helped by the organization. While at school he discovered his tailoring talent, and was then sponsored to go to a tailoring school where he emerged as the best student of his year. He is now self sufficient through his business, and designs and makes all the uniforms for the boys and girls at the African Hearts Junior School. Issa’s success is an example of the effectiveness of programs that support vocational training. The Brighter Smiles Africa program continues to need sponsors for other young people to promote their independence through acquisition of vocational skills.

Uganda hydration study by Brighter Smiles team

Renal failure is a major cause of death in middle age amongst Ugandans.

In sub-Saharan Africa most children have limited access to clean water, and consequently probably drink much less than those in developed countries.

A research study is being conducted by the 2011 Brighter Smiles team (coordinating with the University of British Columbia)  to evaluate the medical histories, physical examination findings, and daily fluid intake of Ugandan school children and correlate this data with analysis of their urine chemistry. The purpose is to assess whether drinking additional fluid could contribute to improved renal health.  Depending on the results of the study the research may have some hugely important implications.

Stand-Tall Education School kids, Uganda shows off their creativity at Christmas

Stand Tall had a very important opportunity to showcase and sell their products. The International Women’s Christmas Bazaar at Kabira in Kampala included our school in this very popular bazaar and our kids  participated in the making of products, setting up their space, and talking about, promoting and selling their wares. At Stand Tall we know that that these entrepreneurial skills are key to the success of our students. Special thanks to Philip Mujubi, our vocational trainer, who managed to produce so much in such a short time. The results were impressive and we never cease to marvel at the talent and enthusiasm of these learners.

Help educate these Ugandan kids

Umaru

Umaru Setongo is a member of African Hearts who needs a sponsor to enable him to go to school.

He is 12 years old, has lost his father, and lives with his mother who has HIV. Umaru loves music and plays the trumpet in the band, he has had to miss a lot of school because he has not had anyone able to pay his school fees for a long time  In spite of this he is always cheerful and ready to help those around him. He is quiet and hard working, loves bright colours and animals, and dreams that on his birthday he may be able to go swimming and have his favourite thing to eat – chicken!

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Marjorie (left) with a friend

Marjorie Nakakade is 8 years old and lives in the Chibaga district of Kampala with her two brothers Marvin and Tony. Since her mother died she has been cared for mostly by her aunt and grandmother. Marjorie is in the P5 class at Kyaggwe Road Primary School, where her elder brother used to be head boy, She has been doing well in her studies, especially in math, and when she leaves school she wants to work in a bank to help people save money. However, at present she cannot go to classes, as her father is very ill, has lost his job as a bus conductor and is unable to pay her school fees. Sitting at home she tries to keep up with her studies but misses her friends. Marjorie urgently needs sponsorship to return to school, continue her studies, take the exams she needs to pass to be promoted to the next class,  and be amongst her friends.

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*To sponsor any student on this site, fully or paritally, please email contact@rosecharities.org 

Rose Charities Canada’s 2nd Project Presentation Forum. Vancouver

The ‘BC Place’ Sadium formed an
impressive backdrop to the meetin

The 2nd Rose Charities Canada Project Presentation Forum held at the Creekside ‘Olympic Village’ Community Centre in Vancouver attracted around 80 persons and represented a spectrum from those with close Rose involvment to those just curious to know more about Rose projects. Food was ‘pot-luck’ which resulted in a groaning table of delicious food and an drinks were available at a small donation bar.

Topics demonstrated the wide range of Rose Charities Canada involvment areas, both geographical as well as sectorial. Sadly, time, and the quantity of projects permitted only short 5 minute presentations, but this tight schedule also allowed a mid period for refreshments and all-important networking .


Rachel Greene (Rose Charities NY)
presents on Social Networking

Special guests were Rachel Greene and Clare Seekins of Rose Charities USA, who presented the work of Rose Charities NY with their digital art program for reservation youth in Idaho, as well as a talk on social media. 

The evening was deemed interesing and enjoyable by all.


Presentations consisted of ..

  • Rose Charities Canada Admin (Maggie Francis, Josephine de Freitas) http://rosecharities.ca
  • Rose Charities USA project (Idaho First Nation Youth Project) and Social Networking (Rachel Greene, Clare Seekins – both Rose Charities USA) http://rosecharities.us
  • Mayan Project (Education) (Dr Ellen Coburn) http://www.mayanproject.org
  • Safe Motherhood Guatamala (Annette Borkent) http://www.safemotherhoodproject.org
  • Malambo Grassroots (Jocelyn Banyard) http://malambograssroots.ca
  • Rose Charities in Haiti (Linda Warner) http://rosehaiti.info
  • Brighter Smiles Uganda (Drea Burbank) http://africanhearts.ca
  • Rose Charities Vietnam (Louis Lap Nguyen) http://www.rosevietnam.org
  • Education Generation (Mila Lukic ) http://www.educationgeneration.org
  • Rose Charities Cambodia (Dr Will Grut) http://rosecambodia.org
  • Volset Uganda (Roger Huyghe)
  • Stand Tall Education Uganda (Nicole Schouela) http://www.standtalleducation.org
  • Hands up for Africa Kenya (Colin Harivel) http://www.handsupforafrica.org
  • Rose Madagascar (Dr Emma Noble/Luke King) http://rosemadagascar.squarespace.com
  • Rose Sri Lanka (Mike Ramanaden) http://rosesrilanka.info
Rose Charities Canada’s Louise Aaronson and Pricilla Yogendran
take refreshments between presentation