Posted: Fri, February 06, 2015 | By: Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage Humanist School
The “Embrace Global Change Clinic” will open soon, in western Uganda. The clinic will serve the 184 students and ten faculty members of Nyakiyumbu Widow Orphanage School.
The clinic is sponsored by Biba Kavass, the Secretary of the Brighter Brains Institute. She raised over $2,500 for the clinic via a GoFundMe campaign that also generated funds for her “Biba Kavass Student Clinic” in nearby Kyarumba.
Biba Kavass is an award-winning Economics teacher at Southwind High School in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the founder of Microfinance in Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to involving students in humanitarian projects on a global level and the first KIVA Club chartered in the state of Tennessee. Her students operate a website entitled Microfinance in Action; they are writing a book entitled “Microfinance in Action: A Guide for Teenagers,” and they’re producing a video-documentary on poverty and microfinance via their travels both nationally and internationally.
Biba is a tireless philanthropist; she raises money via grant writing and crowd-funding for charity causes in numerous developing nations. Her resume is here. Biba is currently battling terminal Brain Cancer - she envisions this clinic as one of her last wonderful gifts for the world.
Nyakiyumbu Widow Orphanage School is situated just five miles away from the Congo border, in a banana-growing region. The school is impoverished - the teachers are volunteers, and the school lacks permanent buildings, adequate latrines, and a lunch program.
To assist the orphans, the Embrace Global Change Clinic is offering medical, survival, and administrative assistance.
The clinic aims to help end preventable death and illness caused by malaria, HIV/AIDS, anthrax, bilharzia, cholera, diarrhea, and parasitical worms. UNICEF estimates 250,000 preventable deaths annually in Uganda - especially in the Under 5 age group. Funds raised by the GoFundMe campaign will provide an annual salary to a medic to diagnose diseases, dispense curatives, and train the community in hygiene and disease prevention. The funds will also provide medical equipment, a secure drug cabinet, furniture, office supplies and multiple medicines: Albendazole, Ivermectin, Praziquantel, Metronidazole, Coartem, etc.
45% of deaths in this region are caused by Malaria. The HIV/AIDS rate is also extremely high - 13% of the population.
Prevention of parasites will be emphasized at the Embrace Global Change Clinic. Mental health is crippled by worms - 3.75 IQ points are lost per parasite infection. A Uganda study revealed 12.8% of children are infected with with hookworms, 9.6% with Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), 4.3% with Ascaris, 8.5% with Giardia (protozoa) and 7.4% with Entamoeba histolytica.
Uganda desperately needs health assistance because $280 million in foreign aid was cut in 2013, due to Uganda governmental corruption and graft. Several nations - Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, and United States - also reduced their foreign aid to Uganda in 2014, due to displeasure with anti-gay bills.
Embrace Global Change Clinic will also aid the students and faculty in numerous other ways. $200 in teacher stipends were already been distributed in mid-January, plus $100 in food for school lunches, and $150 in clothing.
Brighter Brains previously donated about 18 kikoy dresses to Nyakiyumbu orphans.
The GoFundMe campaign for this worthy cause is still in progress, if you’d like to help… Please Donate!
The Nyakiyumbu orphans and widows will deeply appreciate your gift, and you’ll be improving their lives with your kindness.