12-year-old takes responsibility for his sick girlfriend

Two little girls are let in through the gate at our center in Lira. The eldest carefully asks for help for the youngest, and our people hear another dramatic story.



The two are also school friends. The oldest of them is 12 years old and she who needs help is 10 years old. Physiotherapist Emoru Lamech carefully asks for the little girl's parents. The friend speaks and explains that the 10-year-old is in reality orphaned, ie they give the bluff in their child due to the injury.

The girl has got an ugly infection in the foot, and because of this injury, the parents are most willing to just let the girl die. Lamech explains that the bacteria will eventually eat into the bone and weaken the entire leg if she does not get treatment fairly immediately.

The only relative the friend knows is an old grandfather in another town. He is practically unable to help his grandson. And so the awakened 12-year-old found out that the Lira Rehabilitation Center was a place to ask for possible help.

The two neighboring girls are two of many who come to the center on the days when they receive day patients. The system is such that those who can afford it pay for themselves, the rest is treated more or less for free. In this steady stream of visitors we meet Joyce (34). And suddenly the image of care is turned upside down. Mother Debril accompanies her to every treatment.

Two non-profit European organizations have found each other and are working towards a common goal, a better life for a very vulnerable group in Uganda.

The father rides several miles to give his son treatment at Lira RehabThe father rides several miles to give his son treatment at Lira Rehab

In the villages we register a changed view of violence in the families. When someone crosses the boundaries, they are spoken to by the village's own. Our people are also noticing growing interest from adults in learning to count and read, and there is now fierce competition for saving villages in between. Many realize that it is smart to think ahead with regard to pig farming or beekeeping, and women are more strongly involved and handle the finances in families and savings banks.

In parallel with this, we train the adults in reading and arithmetic. We try to teach them to run a shop so that farmers will not be fooled when they sell the goods and buy feed. Adult education also includes conversations about AIDS, domestic violence and children's rights.

Uganda is fast approaching 38 million inhabitants, the second fastest population growth in the world. 38 percent of all children are chronically malnourished / malnourished. Better food and a safer food supply will provide a huge health benefit.

70 per cent of the able-bodied population is employed in agriculture. Agriculture accounts for over 20 percent of Uganda's GDP, but much is lost because crops are not properly cared for. Food shortages and malnutrition are such a serious problem that the country's authorities up to the presidential level get involved. Adina Farm has established a good collaboration with local agricultural authorities.

- Now she can lift her neck, he explains and looks down at a pair of round children's eyes that follow the rustling from the ball frame. Mom Barbara smiles and sees that her daughter's muscles are strengthening every month. Soon Gracius can take his first steps.