This is where it all started for us as ‘Teams4U’, in a small district called Kumi, a four hour drive north from Kampala, past Jinja and the source of the Nile.
Teams4U have been working in Uganda since 2006 with Ben Omoding, and his amazing team.
Our projects together focus on removing barriers to education and improving the access and quality of available healthcare.
As the staff we are no longer fetching water from outside. I remember, some time back ago, it was so hard for us to get water. We had to move kilometres, at the same time you had to work. But I must say [this project] it has made our work easy. Also to the community around, as they are coming to access other services here in this facility, you find that you may tell a patient that you can swallow this medicine right now [as there is drinking water onsite].
Norah, Nurse, Nyero HC III
Ending Period Poverty
The Develop with Dignity Program
How do we encourage and support girls to go to school and stay in education?
There are approximately 10,500 schoolgirls aged 12-16 in the Kumi District. Over 6,300 will drop out of education before they graduate. One of the biggest reasons for this is the days every month, they lose because of menstruation.
How we support:
Since August 2015 we have begun distributing washable supply kits of sanitary towels to schoolgirls in Kumi alongside underwear and menstrual health education.
Our survey of over 600 schoolgirls who have benefited from our programme, has shown a 45% jump in school attendance!
How can you help?
Just £5 provides 1 schoolgirl with her pack of washable sanitary pads. Together we can stop school drop-outs and give 20% of the academic year back to these children.
Investing in Life-Saving Water
Over 70% of the disease burden in Uganda is preventable and most transmissible infections can be prevented through reliable access to clean water, and handwashing with soap.
Access to clean water and sanitation varies throughout Uganda, with rural areas requiring a significant level of investment in relation to more urban centres. Over 43% of those living in rural Uganda can’t access a clean water source less than 30mins from their house; and 91% have no access to piped (running) water.
This not only affects households but hospitals, health services and schools too.
How we support:
Since 2017 we have been installing handwashing stations in schools, and since 2021 we have been refurbishing delapitated sanitation systems in hospitals.
Running water is supposed to be in the hospital because we are looking at infection control, so handwashing is one of the key factors in infection control. It has really improved on the health, both for health workers and patients in the ward, through the entire hospital. Whereby we prevent cross infections between health workers and the patients, and both from the patients to the health workers..Esther, Nursing Officer, Atutur General Hospital
Adolescent Sexual Health Training
As part of our Develop with Dignity program, we support the training of teachers and leaders in the community on how to talk about sexual health with their young people.
Where we work in Uganda, consistently records the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in the country, but people often fear to talk about what are seen as taboo subjects.
In our culture you can’t speak about sex in public. In our culture you cannot do a demonstration like how you are supposed to protect a young girl who is receiving her periods. You can’t demonstrate that in public because that is culture, but interestingly enough what we have been showed [today] can help us speak to the young ones and make them understand that this is information that is very beneficial to them.Olupot Patrick Epudu, Youth Leader at South Teso Pentecostal Assemblies of God
Our aim is to equip local leaders with the information and resources they need to talk about menstrual and sexual health, so their young people are informed and able to make healthy decisions.