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Eric Oliver Clinic #1 at Rays of Light Orphanage, in Kyarumba

Posted: Fri, February 06, 2015 | By: Past Projects

Eric Oliver has established a medical clinic in Kyarumba, western Uganda, that will serve residents of this rural area and specifically aid the parentless children who attend Rays of Light Orphanage Nursery and Primary School. Eric Oliver Clinic #1 opened on February 2, 2015.

Eric Oliver established the clinic by donating $1,750 to Brighter Brains Institute.

Eric’s funds were used to pay the medic - Biira Jenipher - a one year salary of $500, and to purchase medicine ($500). His donation also purchased a microscope ($150), a laptop computer ($260), fecal testing equipment, additional medical supplies, and a sign for the clinic. Lastly, Eric Oliver’s funds purchased corn meal and beans to provide lunches for the orphan children.

Rays of Light Orphanage School is located on a banana grove hillside in Kayembe Village, on the outskirts of Kyarumba.

Eric Oliver Clinic #1 is a five-minute walk away, down the hillside, conveniently located in Kyarumba’s town centre.

The orphans at Rays Of Light will tremendously benefit from Eric’s generosity - the lifespan of Ugandans is only 55 years old, with numerous “unnecessary deaths” occurring in children. 131 children out of 1,000 dying before the age of five. Maladies include malaria, bilharzia, typhoid, cholera, pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, and helmenthiasis (sicknesses caused by parasitic worms.)

Biira Jenipher - medic at Eric Oliver Clinic #1
Biira Jenipher - medic at Eric Oliver Clinic #1

Worldwide, three billion people are afflicted by parasitic worms that kill approximately 15 million people per year, primarily in Africa. The “silent assassins” - tapeworms, flatworms, hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, pinworms - also debilitate mental health; 3.75 IQ points are lost per parasite infection and a MIT study “found that deworming was by far the most cost-effective way to increase primary school participation.” Severe malaria can also damage a child’s neurological and cognitive development.

Helminthic diseases are transmitted via feces-contaminated soil, animals, toilet seats, water, and food. A Uganda study revealed 42.6% of children were infected; 12.8% with hookworms, 9.6% with Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), 4.3% with Ascaris. Giardia (protozoa) was found in 8.5%; Entamoeba histolytic (also protozoan) in 7.4%.

Rays of Light Orphanage Nursery and Primary School started in 2003. The school has 140 pupils - 65 males and 75 females - instructed by 10 teachers and fed by 2 cooks. Muhindo Zakalia is the Head Teacher.

The orphanage school is burdened with the following challenges:

* Lack of permanent classrooms

* Lack of well-ventilated toilets

* Lack of a good water source

* Lack of enough learning equipment

* Teachers are not well-facilitated

Eric Oliver Clinic at Rays of Light is referred to as “#1” because he also established another clinic, “Eric Oliver Clinic #2” at St. Luke’s Nursery, several kilometers away on another hillside farther up the mountainside.

Kyarumba is located in the foothills of the Rwenzori “Mountains of the Moon.”


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