Health facilities are difficult to access, being about 7km away with no transport. This results in childhood deaths and maternal and baby deaths when women develop problems during labour – simply because they cannot reach the facilities in time.
A medical team visit monthly but only for children under 5.
Schooling can be a problem. At first a nursery school was begun but there was a lack of finances to keep it going. Some children now go to schools on the nearby refugee camp. Secondary schools in particular are some distance away which, together with many family’s having problems with school fees results in young people receiving an inadequate education. There is no work for school leavers especially those with inadequate schooling. Therefore, there is a real need for vocational training to be offered - e.g. tailoring, carpentry, hairdressing etc.
There are a lot of orphans - due to fatalities caused by the landslides. The community find it difficult to take care of these unfortunate children. They are placed with relatives or fostered but of course this adds extra strain on the family’s income which is already very low.
A request was made for Bibles in Swahili to be provided. (In other centres English and Luganda Bibles were also requested)
In the seven other areas the problems were very similar in each area – the main problems being the need for boreholes as the water sources were a long way away. Also, the lack of access to health centres with no transport facilities, schooling was also a problem due to distance and lack of money for school fees and scholastic materials. Hence the need for some vocational training facilities to be set up. People able to teach skills seemed to be available but they need the tools and machines etc to use. Streams of Mercy Uganda are considering ways of addressing some of these needs.