OUTSIDE MISSION LINKS

Ann Moore
Ann has been working at Kisiizi hospital since 1996 with Church Mission Society (CMS).
Kisiizi is a Church of Uganda hospital situated in the beautiful hills of south west Uganda.
She works as a children’s nurse, mainly on the special care baby unit, but also on a
children’s ward.

Officially the special care baby unit has 10 cots but they often have as many as 16
babies. Many of these are small due to prematurity, some as small as 1kg. Other
problems are frequent, some caused by delays due to the long distances mothers
have to travel to the hospital.

The children’s ward is also usually very busy, again with more children than beds.
Pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition are common. Many arrive desperately sick.

The hospital has dedicated staff in all areas to care for sick children and adults. There is also a nurse and midwifery training school. Many of the students will end up working in the community and hopefully will be able to improve community care and ensure that very sick patients are referred early. Being a Church hospital gives opportunity to talk freely to the patients about the Lord Jesus. The staff acknowledge their dependence on God in all matters and aim to bring to the patients “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10).

Kisiizi Hospitasl has a website www.kisiizihospital.org.ug

Ann is retiring in July, and we shall need to consider the possibility of setting up a new link.

Thika Diocese, Kenya
We are currently developing a link with Thika Diocese, to the north of Nairobi, in Kenya. In particular, we shall link with the parish of Juja.

Giving Back -Totnes
The PCC have decided to support a new local charity. You may find leaflets in coffee shops in Totnes encouraging people to give to this new initiative, rather than to homeless people on the street. It has been running for two years now; they provide a drop-in centre in the mornings at Totnes Connection Hub where there are hot meals, clothes, a foodbank and a listening ear.

There was previously a soup kitchen, but this has been absorbed into the new venture, which concentrates on moving people on, rather than letting them become dependent on food handouts. To this end they do a “needs assessment”, and will help with job applications, housing needs, budgeting concerns etc. There is access to the internet, and volunteers will help with making phone calls and arranging appointments.

In the afternoons support workers attend from agencies such as Together Drugs and Alcohol for appointments, and the staff work closely with the CAB and others for advice on benefits or debt etc. They run Level 2 vocational courses, and therapies which can help with mental health concerns. They no longer run a night shelter, as emergency accommodation can be arranged at short notice with the relevant authorities.

This is a Christian charity, with the emphasis on prevention of hardship, reaching out to people hopefully before the situation becomes too bad. They try to help people experiencing difficulties, assisting them with a way forward. They are supported in the community by donations and in kind – food, clothes, etc. They are keen to work with other foodbanks including ours and in fact can provide resources there as well. There is a new family centre next door where there are play facilities for toddlers. All the staff are volunteers, so that every donation goes directly to help those in need.

Ann Moore

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