The Cutting Edge Golf team supports an excellent initiative called 'Share Uganda', a voluntary run charity focusing on delivering effective health responses in partnership with the people of Kabira, Uganda.
Share Uganda is an entirely not-for-profit voluntary run charity supporting a small village called Kabira in Southern Uganda. Health and education, innovative sustainability, and local partnerships form the core of the organization.
Share Uganda supports a number of health projects. Nearly 1,000 anti-malaria nets have been distributed since 2011. This project is led and monitored by local Ugandans and is playing a clearly beneficial role in reducing the number of cases of malaria in this region.
Apart from the provision of the nets, money raised by the charity has been invested in the creation of medical outreach camps in the Kabira community. Medical camps held in 2012 and 2013, hiring local doctors and nurses, made it possible for hundreds of people to consult with a Ugandan medical professional and receive basic treatments. Share Uganda additionally funds a community health clinic and provides educational fees for aspiring local health professionals.
Much of the heart of the charity beats through a local school, St Paul’s Kasso, where children from disadvantaged backgrounds are being given a necessary education by Dominic and Rose Mukwaya.
Students from Queen’s University Belfast visited this school in 2008 and witnessed this great work – the charity was then born to support the area and its people. Belfast students, joined by students from The University of Nottingham, are the driving fundraising force in the charity, raising money through everything from abseiling down buildings, musical and comedy events and running marathons, while liaising with businesses and organisations to build support.
A number of committed students make the journey to Uganda themselves to help support projects. Students pay their own costs. Share Uganda ensures the vast majority of public donations are spent directly on project costs.
At all times the local community group remains at the heart of the work. The Kabira Empowerment Group is a space through which health education classes are conducted and it is a network for accountability. Currently Share Uganda is developing local revenue generating projects to help cover the costs of running the health projects and to ensure that their work is sustainable and locally driven in the future.
How we can all help
Cutting Edge Golf will be asking for support from our readers in a variety of ways while highlighting the progressive work of Share Uganda. See our donation page at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/net65 or click here.
You can see more on the charity’s work for yourself now here – at www.shareuganda.co.uk – and twitter @Share_Uganda