Be’chol Lashon launches Abayudaya Community Health Project
Abayudaya Community Health Plan
The Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda is one of the many Jewish communities around the world in partnership with Be’chol Lashon. The Abayudaya Executive Committee, the democratically elected community council, requested that Be’chol Lashon serve as the clearinghouse for long range planning and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Jewish community of Uganda. The community requested assistance in building the skills and capacity for infrastructure development. Be’chol Lashon is working with a variety of individuals and organizations to coordinate the planning, fundraising and execution of a number of projects in the Abayudaya community including water, electricity, health, education, and economic development. This will also benefit all residents of their sub-county: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.
The community requested help in building a medical clinic, their top priority. After completing a two-year feasibility study with the help of the Abayudaya Executive Council, the Ugandan government, JDC, doctors, and engineers, we created a five-year Community Health Plan. Malaria prevention and better sanitation was an essential first step, otherwise the effectiveness of the clinic would be compromised. Malaria prevention involves protection from mosquitoes, including screening the windows and providing nets over the beds. The first step in sanitation is access to clean water and disease prevention education.
Since the official launch of the Abayudaya Community Project last month, we are delighted to report that a borehole has been drilled for the future health clinic and communities living around Nabagoye Hill. Water was struck after a long drilling and we are waiting for the quality report. Mosquito nets have been provided and the screening is in process.
We are delighted to announce a wonderful beginning to the Abayudaya Community Project. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the health and well-being of the Jewish people in Africa and their neighbors. These funds have been matched dollar-for-dollar by a challenge grant, as will all additional donations. This project serves as a successful model for other Jewish communities around the world. It is becoming a reality through your generosity.
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