The National Forum on the State of the Ugandan Child took place on 27-28 of October 2015 at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo. Canadian Interns, Kristen Myers and Courtney Vaughan, attended the event on behalf of CFYDDI.
Stakeholders and other leaders, including but not limited to, members of parliament, various government ministries including the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education, Technology and Sport, UNICEF, USAID, U.S. Peace Corps, UKAID, UN representatives and civil society organizations, gathered to increase national commitment to improve child well-being. The forum sought to create a common understanding, based on the current data of the challenges children face, to advocate for holistic child development reform, and to build linkages and networks for actions that change children’s lives.
Honorary guest Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda introduced the National Action Plan and encouraged everyone to take responsibility for the collective care, coordination, and integration of services for the betterment of Uganda’s children.
As a personal commitment to uphold the goals and objectives outlined by both the Goals for Child Well-being and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CFYDDI, and other attendees, signed the Munyonyo Declaration. Whether on a national or grass roots level, CFYDDI continues to work for the betterment of Uganda’s children!
In October, 2015, we were fortunate to host Dr. Rebecca Barr, a dentist from Brighton, UK. Dr. Rebecca spent three weeks with us at the Centre during which we were able to host three dental clinics!
Everyone on the CFYDDI team was engaged. Before patients received care, they were registered with Judith then received important information about oral hygiene and health from Enoch. – thus giving them the knowledge to minimize the risk of future problems. The patients then moved to Dr. Rebecca. As she diagnosed and treated patients, Dr. David provided post-extraction care, while Joanitah and Irene were busy interpreting for the two doctors.
Throughout the process, our new interns, Courtney and Kristen, maintained the sanitation of the equipment, which was so kindly loaned to us by the UK charity, Dentaid. Alongside this, Dr. Rebecca fundraised enough money to pay for all of the disposable items such as needles, anesthetic, and medication. It was truly a testament to the power of teamwork. The interest from the community was staggering: we were able to serve over 93 patients! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this possible!
CFYDDI is pleased to host Canadian interns, Kristen Myers and Courtney Vaughan, in partnership with Douglas College and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada’s International Youth Internship Program (IYIP). Over the next six months they will work with the wider local community to implement several of the Centre’s programs.
While visiting, Kristen is combining her love for sports and advocacy by working on the Centre’s ‘Protect the Goal Campaign’, which promotes HIV/AIDS awareness by using sports as a platform. She is also helping to design and implement a micro-business entrepreneurial curriculum for CFYDDI’s Build Your Business Program, empowering members of the local community to become successful small business owners.
Courtney will also be focusing her efforts on our Build Your Business Program contributing to both the curriculum and education of local community members about basic business principles with hopes of establishing a small confectionery at the Centre following the program. She will also be using her experience as a Summer Camp Director and ICT specialist in order to expand the curriculum of our Health Education and Computer Literacy Camp.
Both interns are incredibly excited to be a part of the CFYDDI team and are looking forward to contributing their time and efforts while here!