Rotary clubs in the west country of England have joined forces to help support a community living in Uganda.
Led by Mendip Rotary in Somerset, and supported by Rotary clubs in Bridgewater, Weston Super Mare and the District 1200 e-club, they have been supporting the Sunrise Kampala Rotary Club in adopting the community of Ndwademuttwe.
It is based in the Mukono District of central Uganda, near the town of Nakifuma, and 12 miles outside the capital, Kampala. The project has been supported by a $70,000 Rotary matching grant, plus financial support from the Rotary Club of Cochin City in Kerala, India.
Over a three-year period, the project includes providing a water well, refurbishing a school building and providing a library, latrines and water harvesting.
Michael Gelder, a Past District Governor for 1100 (Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire), explained one of the key aspects of the project was establishing medical camps.
He said: “These medical camps are being held in outlying areas, as well as in the local school, and these have been extremely busy with 947 people being treated in a single day.
“Establishing medical treatment camps should lead to governmental funding when the project finishes.
“It is great to read of Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotarians from other local clubs helping at the Rotary Camps.”
Michael added that the Rotary project was also seeking to promote business in the community through providing microloans.
This scheme seeks to promote self-sufficiency, and had proved successful, with many local people from Ndwademuttwe attending training sessions.
Later this year, Rotarians from the UK will be travelling to Uganda to visit the project.