Next Medical Mission: April 10- April 26, 2014> Since CACHA's first visit to Bénin in 2002, a long-lasting and cooperative relationship with the communities in which we work has developed and is strengthened continually thanks to our annual medical missions.
Next Infrastructure (non-medical) Mission:
February 21 - March 9, 2014
This year will be the first of its kind that an infrastructure development team undertakes a range of tasks in the village of Kamengo, Uganda. Activities to be undertaking range from painting to repairing windows and water systems.
CACHA is pleased to announce a new addition: one week medical mission in Terati, Simanjaro District right in the land of the Maasai. This will be followed by one week in Moshi Rural District. We are looking on medical and non-medical volunteers to join our February 2014 mission that will take us to a land where there are few resources and thousands of people who need our help. If you look at a map of Tanzania, Terati is a village southwest of Moshi in the district of Simanjaro. It takes about 3.5 hours to drive there from Moshi. In Terati, the Maasai community, with the help of a generous NGO, has build a dispensary, as well as the Laramatak Guest House that houses up to 54 people. This is where we will be staying and working.
The IMIC Project is a 3-years project implemented by CACHA in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) - former CIDA - and the Ukerewe District Health Council. IMIC is a capacity building project designed to improve knowledge and practice of safe delivery and referral based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Maternal and Newborn guidelines for antenatal care, delivery and postnatal care, as well as newborn care, communications and human rights. IMIC training strategies have been developed to build capacity among three distinct categories of healthcare providers to maximize their scope: Health Professionals (Medical Officer, Nurses and Midwifes), Traditional Birth Attendants and Community Health Workers. All activities are done under the leadership of the Ukerewe District Health Council, which operates the Nansio District Hospital, 3 Health Centres and 22 Dispensaries in Ukara and Ukerewe Islands. Ukerewe is Africa’s largest inland island, with an area of approximately 530 km², entire population around 300,000. And is found in the Southeastern part of Lake Victoria. Nansio is the largest town, and the Nansio District Hospital is the only hospital serving the island. Nansio is also a port of entry for passenger and freight shipping services from Mwanza.
Orphans and vulnerable children are always confronted with immense psychological and social problems. As they grow older, they are also vulnerable to maltreatment (harassment and violence), economic and sexual abuse and exploitation, due to lack of care and protection. These risks and other vulnerabilities are also likely to harm their future livelihoods as well. CACHA is working with more than 200 children to ensure that their needs are addressed through actions at the community level.
A fun(d)-raising evening of African cultural was enjoyed by over 100 friends, colleagues and newcomers to CACHA at our African Night, held in Ottawa November 21, 2013. One way or another - we got warm, whether from the hot sauce made by Tanzanian chef to accompany the delicious chicken, pilau and manzani dinner, or the [...]continue reading
Dear Family and Friends, Lloyd and I are again planning to go to Shirati, Tanzania next year and also plan to do a 2 week mission at Kamengo, Uganda. Kamengo is a small village near Kampala and also near the Entebbe International airport .Our Ugandan friend, Jimmy who works for CACHA is from that village and [...]continue reading