Idah has a wealth of experience, most recently with Compassion International where she was Project Director for 15 yrs. Idah is from Kisoro and worships at the Cathedral.
Nicci is a Paediatric and neonatal medical consultant who has worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years. She first volunteered at Potter’s Village for a year during 2016/17 and during this time she confirmed the strong calling she had felt for many years to work in “mission medicine” more permanently.
Nicci is a mission partner with the Church Mission Society (CMS) and has been seconded to the Diocese of Muhabura. During her time in Kisoro her work will include supporting the Medical Centre at Potter’s Village, helping with the Muhabura Health Network and at the local government hospital and clinics.
She will be providing paediatric and neonatal medical care to the local community. She will also be working in partnership with the local church and government health services to provide training, mentorship and support to local healthcare workers in the care of babies, children and their families.
During her previous time at Potter’s Village she saw a significant area of need was the support for the families of disabled children, a particularly marginalised and vulnerable group within the community. She helped establish a new clinic service for disabled children and she hopes this can be expanded. She also plans to continue training local healthcare staff, at both Potter’s Village and the local government hospital, in basic newborn care and resuscitation.
Her passion and vision is to work with the local health care providers to improve medical care for babies and children across the whole district.
Janie Robson is an experienced children’s physiotherapist from the UK, where she is a member of High Street Church, Isleham, Cambridgeshire.
Janie first worked in Uganda as a midwife, in Community Health and Development, with TEAR fund, from 1983-1985, at Kagando Hospital. During this time she came to understand how difficult life can be for those who have a disability, or who have a child with a disability, in Uganda. Janie returned to the UK and trained as a physiotherapist so that she could return with the skills to help disabled children. She then worked at Gahini Hospital, Rwanda, with TEAR fund, from 1989-1991, learning much from Senior Physiotherapist Liz Hardinge.
After a few years back in the UK, in Community Paediatrics, Janie went Lamb Hospital, Bangladesh, again with TEAR fund, to initiate a Rehabilitation Project for children, and where she worked for three and a half years.
Then came more time back in the UK, caring for her elderly Mum, completing a foundation course at All Nations Christian College and an MSc in Community Disability Studies in developing countries.
Following a few years in Community Paediatrics in the UK, Janie returned to Lamb Hospital in 2016, for two years, with Interserve.
Janie then felt God burden her heart again for children with disabilities in Uganda. As she says “I long for them to know the truth of Isaiah 43 v 4 ‘because you are precious and honoured in my sight and because I love you.’” Having watched the video of Potter’s Village, and briefly visited in October 2018, Janie feels that Potter’s Village is where God wants her to use her therapy skills for the time being.
Janie arrived at Potter’s Village in July 2019 and is an associate mission partner with the Church Mission Society.
Let’s join with Janie to pray “that as this work begins, God would guide us in establishing a robust, sustainable programme that communicates HIS love to such vulnerable families, and for funding to cover the ongoing costs of running the programme”.
Address: P.O Box 252, Kisoro, SW Uganda