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Awesome Updates & Upcoming Events!  WINTER 2016
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Rebuilding Villages and Restoring Hope in Kenya and Uganda.
WINTER 2016
Updates and Upcoming Events!     
WELCOME to the latest edition of the Give Us Wings quarterly 
e-newsletter
. Take a few moments to learn about some of the important work you make possible!
 

In this issue:
  • From Misery to Joy: Josephine's Journey
  • Gifts of Joy 
  • St. John's Kayoro Health Center News: Health Insurance & Expansion
  • New Video
  • Save the Date: March 25, 2017
From Misery to Joy: Josephine's Journey
By Christine Anyango, Give Us Wings Uganda Family to Family Manager
Anyango Josephine is one of the pupils recruited for the Family to Family Program in 2015. As revealed by immediate neighbors of her family, she suffered a lot of domestic violence in her home. She lives with her father, step mother, step sister and brothers in a slum area called Bison. The heavy household work could not allow Josephine to concentrate on her studies as a result she used to perform poorly in class. Because of violence towards her, she escaped from her home two times to Kampala the capital city of Uganda to look for a job of a maid. When Give Us Wings Uganda (GUWU) learned about her plight...

efforts were put in place and Josephine underwent psychosocial counseling by a professional counselor. The Africa Program Director, Sarah Muzaki, and Family to Family Education Support Manager, Christine Anyango, took off time to advise her. Her father was called into the GUWU office to discuss the aim of improving the situation. It was out of such efforts that a cost sharing arrangement was reached to enroll Josephine into a boarding section. Josephine settled down and started concentrating on her studies.

Josephine’s teacher, Madam Joy, recently had this to say, “Today Josephine is a very happy pupil. She mixes with other pupils freely. Her performance has greatly improved, her body hygiene also has greatly changed and she is very neat and smart at school. Josephine has also been identified to have a strong sports talent. Recently we had a net ball competition with another school and we won with a very big margin thanks to Josephine’s great skill in net ball."

She has also developed confidence and high self esteem. This is noticed when she campaigned to be a chairperson of the school reading club and she was elected. This confirms the teacher’s explanation above. This clearly shows the effectiveness of the holistic approach that Give Us Wings is applying to improve the lives of the children who are marginalized and hence improve the quality of education.

Many children like Josephine are still waiting for sponsorship. Please click the logo to learn more about our unique sponsorship program! 
Gifts from the Heart!
Give school supplies, prenatal vitamins, a flock of chicks, business training, a solar lamp or mosquito nets. Your friends and family will love receiving such a thoughtful gift, and you'll love knowing that you're helping families in need. With each gift you make we'll send you a complimentary card to let your family and friends know you've made this special gift in their honor. We'll even send it directly to them for you. Place your order by Dec. 19 in order to ensure that your card arrives by Christmas. This year, give the Gifts of Joy!
News from St. John's Kayoro Health Center 
Kayoro, Uganda
Over 2,000 People Enrolled In Community Health Insurance Program
Only 2% of Ugandans have health insurance and medical care is expensive, so people often do not seek preventative care and delay going to the clinic when they are ill. Unfortunately, this results in people getting sicker and the health care bills being even higher.

Staff at St. John’s Kayoro Community Health Center (SJKHCII) recognized that they could greatly improve the health and productivity of community members, if people would seek health care before they became seriously ill.  In October, SJKHCII launched a community health insurance program. The participants named the program “Afya Bora” which means “better health”.  Already, over 2,000 people have enrolled.

The program will promote preventative care and will make it possible for more people to access quality health care at the clinic without the fear of incurring burdensome medical bills.
Expansion of the Clinic
SJKHCII is bringing quality health care to more and more people every year! When SJKHCII opened its doors in 2012, its target population was 11,752. The staff set a new goal for 2017 --- to provide medical services to a target population of over 102,000! 
 
The number of people benefitting from health services at SJKHCII in 2016 is truly impressive.
  • The staff held 45 health camps in medically underserved areas during which they provided services to 6,850 people.
  • 1,558 patients received a total of 2,700 laboratory tests for a variety of conditions, including malaria, urinalysis, diabetes screening, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B.
  • 559 woman received pre-natal care at the clinic, including testing, and distribution of mosquito nets and mamma kits.
  • The first baby was born at the clinic on August 2. (see photo)
  • 212 women received family planning services.
  • 1,698 children received immunizations and Vitamin A supplements at the clinic.
     
To care for the increasing number of patients, we are expanding the size of the clinic. St. John’s Church in St. Paul helped fund the additions to the clinic. A new Sanitation Facility with separate washing rooms for men and women was completed earlier this year.  Just last month work was completed on the Records Office. Now health insurance program staff have a convenient workspace and a safe place to keep the insurance records. 

They are currently constructing a maternity ward that will contain 6 delivery beds and enable women to deliver their babies in a safe environment surrounded by capable medical staff. When the maternity ward is completed St. John’s Kayoro Health Center will become a 24-hour medical facility.

NEW Give Us Wings Video!  
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Through person-to-person support, both financial and educational, people overcome poverty and become self-sufficient.

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USA Staff:


Therese Dosch Anderson
Executive Director
(651) 789-5607
director@giveuswings.org

Betsy Davies
Program Coordinator
(651) 789-5606
coordinator@giveuswings.org
SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Families Moving Forward Together: Give Us Wings 18th Annual Celebration! 
5:30-9:30pm.
A favorite annual event featuring African themed-sit down dinner, silent & live auctions, African art boutique, inspiring updates about the ways you are making a real difference in the lives of families in Kenya & Uganda.  Special guest, Sarah Muzaki, African Program Director will be here from Uganda again this year! Mark your calendar now for March 25. McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, MN.
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