WOMEN OFFLOAD CAMPAIGN BICYCLES FOR HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT:
LIBERTY SURGICAL CAMPAIGN:
This program helps in providing proper, good and affordable health care to vulnerable and poor people living in Uvira district especially women and children. After receiving many patients at the MHCD Luvungi Hospital, we found out that there were many cases in need of different specialists. When we were sending them to go to other towns for treatment, they were unable due to the high costs of treatment, between USD150 –USD 500 of which they could not afford and most had to just go back to their homes to continue suffering their and some lost their lives. For example, operations for Hernia and appendix in Uvira is USD150, Goitre is USD 500 and there are no specialists for this in Uvira District so one has to travel outside town. Prostate surgery costs USD1000.This is quite a lot which the poor and vulnerable patients can never afford and this is why they just gave up and went to their homes to suffer from there.
This is why MHCD together with Luvungi Hospital started this program for the sake of providing free operations to vulnerable and poor people .We get specialists from Kinshasa and Nairobi in different domain’s especially gynaecology, paediatrics, surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, neurology, orthopaedic, physiotherapy and anaethesists.They come to Luvungi MHCD Hospital for a month or two conducting the operations and providing special care. Through this program, we have already assisted more than 5000 patients and operated more than 800.
The campaign has brought huge impact on the community, many families that had separated due to diseases are now together, women who had been rejected in the communities are now integrated and living in peace with other people, it has brought peace,joy,reconciliation,hope,prosperity and poverty reduction in so many families and communities. Minor operations cost USD70,Standard operations cost USD150 and major ones cost USD300.
For more information on this program please read the report on this website or write to us and we shall send you more details.
As a result of war, many children were left orphans in DRC and could not afford education. In DRC, Nursery school, primary and secondary educations are all payable. Again, most people live below the poverty line meaning most children are cut out of education or schooling. In helping the children, MHCD started a program called save the orphaned and street children where free education is provided to children.
We run 4 schools namely Kahooro school in Kahororo village with nursery and primary classes, Dietsch Academy in Sange village also with a nursery, Green grove school in Lubarika village with a nursery and MHCD school in Luvungi village with a nursery. We also have 3 schools in Bungoma Kenya namely Joanne Naswa Academy in Kanduyi, MHCD Academy in Milo village and Bukananachi nursery school in Bukananachi village.
Since we started this program in the year 2005, more than 3000 children have benefited with the free education, some are in secondary school at present, others joined tertiary institutions like tailoring, carpentry and driving and are continuing very well. The program has helped a lot in reducing poverty and providing a brighter future for the children.
80% of the Uvira Districts population practice subsistence farming due to lack of training and support. This makes most of them continue in poverty life and lack funds for basic medical care. Because of insecurity, most are also afraid to farm and this contributes to the high rates of poverty and malnutrition.
We thought of supporting these farmers through an agricultural program under which we distribute hoes, seeds, and land to vulnerable women so they can farm. We also have a tractor that assists in ploughing for those with bigger farms. On top of this, we find ready markets for their products so they may progress faster. We constructed the Pamela community centre where the women come and are informed on different topics on farming and agribusiness..
This has brought a great impact in Uvira District hence reducing levels of poverty and hunger. Many children who were suffering from malnutrition have now recovered and their mothers were able to get enough food to feed their families and sell the surplus and are leading better lives.
BIRTHING KITS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE:
MICRO-FINANCING AND SMALL BUSINESSES:
PAMELA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE:
The centre helps a lot in training and empowering women who have suffered a lot and lived in difficult conditions so they can be independent in life. The centre has good facilities to accommodate women for 3 days to a month during which they learn different topics like agriculture, micro financing and small businesses, primary health care,tailoring,adult education etc.
The centre has a Hall to accommodate 400 people and helps out in different functions like trainings, weddings, entertainment, cinema, conferences etc. Women from Luvungi and other villages meet once per week or any time they have a special meeting. There is also a small museum at the centre, a restaurant, media room and a children play room.
Besides the centre is the Woodward place, a house for accommodation and with another restaurant called Stella Restaurant. The house has 10 self-contained rooms
The Pamela community centre has contributed a lot in improving living standards of women and girls in Uvira District and reducing poverty. Many youths have been kept busy with the movies and cinema at the centre hence bringing development.
IMPACT RADIO AND TELEVISION:
MICRO HYDRO POWER PROJECT
YOUTH AND SPORT ACTIVITIES
Higher percentage of population in DRC is the youths and during war they were used even in the army as child soldiers by rebels and they were badly treated. Most of them were traumatised and had lost hope. In helping them come back to normal life, MHCD started sports activities for them that involves other youths from different villages and communities. We get sports equipment from Australia that they use and they really enjoy it while playing football. Before playing they have meetings and they share on development ideas. They also have community activities for development. This program helped a lot in unifying the youths and brings development in their communities.