DOT Uganda and its secretariat BDE Consult alongside its partners carried out a 3-day community outreach in Nabisalu slum from 12th-14th December 2016 under the theme: Promoting Good Hygiene and Better Health in Nabisalu Slum. Below is an account of some moments captured.
Slums are defined by inadequate access to safe water, inadequate access to sanitation and other infrastructure, insecure residential status, poor structural quality of housing and overcrowding. It is an area that attracts a high density of low- income earners and/or unemployed persons, with low levels of literacy. Slums are also characterized by high rates/levels of noise, crime, domestic violence, drug abuse, immorality (pornography and prostitution) and alcoholism and high HIV/AIDS prevalence.
Infinity Computers (i3c) team, and Ms Natalie Kimbugwe (in the DOT T.shirt), DOT Uganda Country Program Manager take part in the cleaning exercise.
On this background, therefore, BDE Consult and DOT Uganda alongside its partners carried out a 3day community outreach in Nabisalu slum under the theme: Promoting Good Hygiene and Better Health in Nabisalu Slum geared towards celebrating humanity and goodwill over the festive season. DOT Uganda joined this initiative because healthy citizens are more productive and that together, in small but significant ways, they could help their communities grow.
A boy from the community receives free eye check up from a Wazi Vision optician
The objectives of this outreach were to;
- celebrate humanity and goodwill with the Nabisalu slum community and spread the Christmas cheer,
- promote a cleaner community with better waste management practices,
- create a sense of responsibility amongst the slum residents,
- promote good health and hygiene amongst slum dwellers for healthier citizens, and
- establish partnerships, collaborations, and networking amongst the stakeholders.
At the end of the 3 days, the community was cleaned with help from volunteers, partners and community members, 234 people received free HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, 60 community members including children received free eye check-ups and treatment, and 17 people donated blood.
A children's dance group from the community entertaining participants
The event was a success because of financial and social support from local leaders, Infinity Computers (i3c), National Drug Authority (NDA), AHF Uganda Cares, Wazi Vision, Teen Challenge Uganda (TCU), Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, friends, family and acquaintances.
We look forward to your support come December 2017 as there are still so many needs to be addressed in this particular community to improve the quality of life of the community members.
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