Bukobero Community Health Centre III, 2nd Floor Addition
This is exciting project will add a second floor to the Bukobero Community Health Centre III in the Bududa District of eastern Uganda. This building is being built with commercially fired bricks rather than the softer local bricks and will last generations. Because it is a construction project, we were not able to apply for a Global Grant, but over 30+ clubs in the Pacific Northwest have contributed and we just need a little more help. Please consider contributing. A contribution of any size would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
The Bukobero Community in the Bududa District of eastern Uganda is building a Health Center III to provide medical care to the community. But many illnesses can be prevented with health education. To provide health education and more, the health center is adding a multi-purpose second floor space.
NEED: health prevention. To have a truly healthy population, health center leadership realized that they need to prevent illness as well as treat it. To do this, a space to provide health education is needed. There is no other space like this in the community.
NEED: Combating energy poverty. This rural, impoverished community suffers from energy poverty, or lack of access to modern energy services because it is not on the electrical grid. The sun goes down around 7:00 PM and after sunset most houses are dark except for candles or kerosene lanterns. There is no light to do homework or study.
Adding a 2nd floor will help combat energy poverty. Besides holding health education programs, the space will also be a homework center, a place for tutoring, or exam preparation. It will help young people prepare for their futures. There is no other large, well-lit space in the community to provide these services.
PROJECT BENEFICIARIES: The primary beneficiaries will be the 8,000 to 11,000 people that live in Buwali Sub County where the health center will be built. The health center is expected to serve approximately 80 people a day.
PROJECT TIMELINE AND INFORMATION: Construction on the first floor of health facility is expected to be completed by March 2024. The second floor and roof is expected to take another three-four months. The entire project is expected to be completed by June 2024.
2nd Floor project outputs will entail:
• The roof and supporting beams
• An access ramp and staircase
• A half wall around the space, ramp, and staircase.
• A solar power room to house batteries
• Electrical fixtures and wiring
SUSTAINABILITY: The health center will be managed by the community with assistance from local government which has committed to paying staff salaries. Other expenses will be covered by modest fees for service and income-generating enterprises being started by the Bukobero Community Based Organization. These enterprises include honey production, specialty brick making, an energy kiosk, and a coffee cooperative.
ROTARY INVOLVEMENT: The Rotary Club of Mbale is the local rotary club overseeing the construction. Sheila Hosner, of the Rotary Club of the University District, the sponsoring rotary club makes yearly visits to see the progress and attend community meetings.