WOMEN OFFLOAD CAMPAIGN BICYCLES FOR HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT:

This program involves the distribution of new and strong bicycles to vulnerable women and girls. Women are on the frontline in poverty reduction and raising living standards of their families in D.R.Congo.The problem is that due to poverty, they have to travel for very long distances by foot carrying with them heavy loads of upto 50kgs on their backs and heads so they can feed their families and get some money. This brings forth for them chronic backaches, headaches, migraine and gynaecological disorders and some even lose their lives.
In finding a solution to all this, we started the program bicycle for health and development where we distribute new and strong bicycles to vulnerable women especially widows, raped victims and young single mothers. We also distribute to traditional midwives and community health workers so it can help them in improving health care in their villages.
Bicycles help in carrying the heavy loads instead of carrying them on the heads and backs, fetching water from the rivers and transportation of sick people as an ambulance. One bicycle costs USD120 and we have already distributed more than 100 bicycles. Our vision is to distribute 1000 bicycles by the end of the year 2016.
Supporting one woman with a bicycle is reducing poverty in her family.

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.

EDUCATION:

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.

AGRICULTURE:

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:

This is run in collaboration with the Birthing Kits Foundation Australia. Its involved with the distribution of birthing kits, training of traditional midwives and traditional birth attendants, Training of trainers program who then go to the villages to educate the traditional midwives and community health workers and conducting surveys.
Since its commencement, the program has helped a lot in reducing infant mortality and morbidity rates in D.R.Congo, Kenya and Burundi, reduced infections and equipped traditional midwives. Many traditional midwives have been able to learn a lot in regard to improving their own lives and those of expectant mothers and children and changed the lives of many people in the communities. They can now transfer difficult cases to the hospitals, have midwifery clubs where they discuss different issues on midwifery and life on poverty reduction.

MICRO-FINANCING AND SMALL BUSINESSES:

This program involves itself with poverty reduction and women empowerment especially vulnerable women who have gone through so many difficulties in life and have no support whatsoever. We give them each USD20 to USD100 that helps them carry out small businesses like selling bread, vegetables, fruits, fish, clothes, shoes etc. For some we give them money that they invest in farming, pig farming, tailoring, carpentry etc.
Since we began, many families improved their lives, those who were living in grass thatched houses that are associated with poverty are now living under iron-sheet houses, some have been able to send their children to school, some can take care of basic health care needs, clothing and food.
Malnutrition rate has greatly reduced courtesy of the program and the women involved in prostitution due to difficult lives have had their ways of life changed for the better.

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:

This is under the MHCDs media program. Before this forms of media, sensitizing the community was very difficult. We had to walk in villages more than 100kms sensitizing the communities on immunization,epilepsy,malaria prevention, peace and reconciliation and this cost us a lot of money and time and it was difficult to sensitize 100 people at a time. Since implementing the media program, we began sensitization through impact Radio and Television and it was very easy to reach out to many people in minutes. For now all activities on primary Health care sensitization, peace and reconciliation and many other issues that we can inform the community on like reduction of poverty, we are able to reach hundreds of people in minutes. The report we have indicates more than 20,000 people follow impact Radio everyday.80% of families in Uvira District have small Radio from which they follow news and development programs and in rural and village areas impact radio has a massive following. Its loved because of the focus of its programs which are health, peace and community development activities.
Impact Radio has greatly contributed in bringing development in Uvira District for example most people who had lost hope of ever getting treating and were suffering from their homes waiting for death received message on the liberty surgical campaign and came to receive free treatment at Luvungi MHCD Hospital and this once again gave them hope in life and brought development in the community because after treatment they continued with their earlier activities.
Before opening the Radio, when a child gets lost, people had to cross to the neighbouring Burundi to make announcements on the local radios that reached to the villages. Right now its easy because the Impact Radio is easily accessible and when announcements are made it takes minutes to trace down the lost. Social and community announcements are also made over the radio like the funerals and weddings, immunization programs, epilepsy and malaria prevention, community activities,schools,local organisation and church announcements etc.t
Before the start of the TV station, there were so many video rooms and owners aired pornographic films so they could get money. Since the TV station started functioning, we distributed TV kits composed of a Television, small generator and a stabilizer in different villages and we aired educational movies and documentaries in local languages and this helped greatly for the people to begin watching impact TV rather than going to video rooms. Unwanted pregnancies were reduced, peace among families and moralities were restored and many video rooms had to close down due to lack of customers.
The program has helped a lot in the development of villages. We kindly request any individuals or organisations for your support to run this program since as at now we have no support.

INFRASTRUCTURE:

Most villages in Uvira District do not have any good roads, bridges or electricity and this caused backward development. In helping to improve life standards of people in Uvira District especially villages, we constructed a hospital and a micro hydropower station in Luvungi village, school in Kahororo village, installation of street lights on the main streets of Luvungi village, construction of the rehabilitation centre and bridge on Kamujeri river.
All this contributed in the development of Uvira District and challenged other people to continue developing their area. Before MHCD started development activities in Luvungi village, most people never considered Luvungi a place to be developed but now many have come back and constructing good houses making luvungi a developing village. For now it doesn’t look like a village but a small town.

BABY ORPHANAGE:

This program is involved with helping orphaned children with no support. We started this program when a mentally handicapped woman one day came to deliver at the Hospital, she didn’t know the father and she had remained in the forest till the pregnancy came to term. Some women who were coming from their farmlands one day met her in labour and they brought her to the Luvungi MHCD hospital. When she arrived she had so many wounds on the body and on the private parts. We helped her deliver twins and we treated her of wounds and infections. Those who knew her said most of the times when she gives birth to a baby, she accidentally sleeps on it and the baby dies. Nurses kept watch on her at the Hospital and one day as she attempted to kill the children, we took the babies and put them in one of the rooms at the Hospital and this started off the orphanage.
Due to lack of finance, the program did not fair well and we had to integrate the children in some families. Their development became a little difficult and this is why we would like to build the city of hope children home where we shall house the children and many other orphaned children.Luvungi MHCD nursery school has 80 children and many of them are orphans.
We are requesting for the support of all well-wishers so we can construct the city of hope children’s home. We are planning to construct 10 houses and each house shall be hosting around 8 children. One house costs USD9,000.

NUTRITIONNEL CENTRE:

Because of several wars and insecurity that happened in DRC,many women were left widows and children were orphaned. One of the consequences was poor health hence many children suffering from malnutrition and if there is no medical care and food their lives are lost.
In helping the children, we opened a nutritional centre where we give them nutritional porridge, food and medical care all this for free. For those with a relative or guardian, we give some money for micro financing so that when they recover they can continue to get good care in their families.
Since we started this program, more than 600 children have been supported, many women received micro financing funds and malnutrition was eradicated in many families. We still have many children with severe malnutrition in need of your help. Full package including medical care, food and micro financing fund for a child is USD 150.

MICRO HYDRO POWER PROJECT

Luvungi village doesn’t have electricy and at the Hospital we have medical equipment’s requiring power. In running the equipment’s we use a generator but again fuel is expensive and it’s not able to run for 24hrs.We thought of constructing a micro hydropower station to try and solve this. The project is 80% through, we have some technical problems especially diverting water to spin the turbine so we can get power. There is electricity in the power house already. We are requesting all well-wishers for their support so we may finish the project and have power 24hrs.

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.

MOSQUITO NETS DISTRIBUTION

Malaria is one of the killer diseases in Africa and DRC.705 of the children we receive in Luvungi Hospital are suffering from malaria Its so bad because if a child goes for days without proper treatment it results to anaemia and most children lose lives. It also leads to cerebral malaria and the children can die and if they survive they develop epilepsy. Many expectant women lose their due to malaria. In solving this, MHCD has a program in which we distribute mosquito nets to women and children for the sake of fighting and preventing malaria. The program has helped a lot in reducing infant mortality rates

FISH POUND PROJECT

This is one of the micro financing and agricultural program where youths and women keep fish to fight malnutrition and be independent in their villages. We make groups of 5 to 10 people, we give them money to make the ponds and purchase the small fingerlets.After 5 months they harvest and get a lot of fish. They use some for subsistence and sell the surplus to help them in their daily lives. This program has brought change and development in many families especially youth and women.