Update - June 2021
We are pleased to say that progress has been made on both the Incinerator and the Nurses changing rooms. Thanks to the wonderful donations, Idah has put the money to great use and we are delighted to share the final photographs. With thanks to everyone for their kindness and support.
Update - February 2021
Thank you so much for giving to this appeal. It is now closed. We raised £11,200 and this has been put to good use. Unfortunately, various things, including Coronavirus, upset Potter’s Village’s building plans for 2020 but the team there has made the best of the situation. The guttering has been repaired and the water tanks now collect the rainwater. The Nurses Changing room could not be built last year but we hope construction will now start soon. In the meantime, the incinerator needed replacing and the back perimeter wall needed completing. We agreed with Idah, Administrator, that these were reasonable needs, and we are pleased to say that thanks to your help both have been completed.
Warm, dry and clean – we all take that for granted. Every day we go out, maybe to work or school, and we come home, and we are comfortable. We are shocked if the heating breaks down or the roof leaks. We take the buildings we use and the homes we live in for granted. At times we forget, even resent, that they need to be looked after and repaired.
It’s the same in Uganda for the staff of Potter’s Village and the children who stay there. They want to be warm and dry and in a clean environment. However, unfortunately, that’s not always possible. As a charity The Friends of Potter’s Village wants to do its best to ensure that the buildings at Potter’s Village are well maintained and when the need for a new building arises we want to support that. Would you help us in this ambition?
They have more sun and rain in Uganda than we have in the UK and so the buildings wear out more quickly. The Friends of Potter’s Village needs to work with the staff to keep the buildings in good condition.
We also want to improve the environment at Potter’s Village. The Medical Centre needs another consulting room to see outpatients in and the nursing staff currently have nowhere secure to change for work and leave their belongings. By building a separate changing room for the staff we can free up space in the medical centre for a second consulting room. This will help those staff who have a long walk to work, either in dusty or muddy conditions, and will maintain the necessary standards of hygiene in the Medical Centre.
The compound tends to flood in heavy rain, so we’d like to provide a raised, covered walkway between the Medical Centre and the other wards. This will allow the parents and staff to walk in the dry between the wards and the clinic.
Finally, we need to provide a mortuary to give dignity for children who have died, sadly a more common occurrence in Uganda than the West.
We estimate we need £15,000 to achieve all this. We would be very grateful for any contribution you can make.