A group of Women in Guelph, Ontario have been learning to sew reusable sanitary pads..the African Way. The pads will be delivered directly to the Bugembe Community to help provide protection to young women and girls while providing education about their bodies and the risks of kidney infection and other complications due to lack of resources. The women and girls in the Jinja Community will be taught these valuable skills of sewing and making reusable pads using the same model.
Volunteers are welcome! Sewers, cutters and students who want to earn volunteer hours or learn to sew!
Our first group of young women who will learn to sew! We have 20 girls who have signed up to participate in our Community Sewing Project. Each girl will have dedicated time with a local tailor to learn the basic skills of sewing. She will then make a hygiene kit for herself and our local volunteer nurse, Winnie, will teach the girls how to use the pads and practice safe hygiene. 2 sewing machines were purchased by Rotary Club Trillium to start up this project.
The Medical station has been completed on the CHFU property and serves as an important disease and infection prevention centre. Here, members of the surrounding area can obtain basic medical care and advice. We provide basic supplies, such as band-aids, access to clean water and simple ointments for cuts and burns, treatment for jiggers and support for women's health issues. It may look small, but there are windows, and 2 rooms inside, with two single beds for rest and privacy.
ROTARY Guelph Trillium has been at the forefront of implementing lasting change for a healthier community. The funding towards the construction of this wash room/pit latrine is unforgettable. This has helped to improve the sanitation and hygiene around the centre, which serves the children and the nearby community,
Jiggers are a flea that infests when good hygiene
practices are not followed. They live in the dirt floors
of homes and nest in the skin causing much pain
and distress. Children are the most effected,
especially children without a full time parent to help
ensure they wash and inspect for the disease.
Currently 30-40% of children in the Bugembe area
are infested with Jiggers.
Rotary Guelph has funded 3 jigger clinics that have been a great blessing. Hundreds of people infected with jiggers were reached and treated, these being mainly children. Also through efforts to fumigate homes and local primary schools to kill the jigger flea. This has led to improvement of lives especially in neglected children and has help reestablish human dignity.
Sharon is seen here teaching local women about safe cooking in their homes. Many women still cook on open fires inside their homes, resulting in breathing problems and other health issues.