Cate received a trendle sewing machine (electricity is scarce and not reliable) and has opened a tailor business. She included a few deaf friends in the business.
In a subsistence agriculture environment, having small stature can be a disadvantage. Jen reported being so tired from daily physical work and the need to carry all water from a community well. After a visit by an occupational therapist, who suggested she open a small store, she was given funds to start the store. She reports being very pleased with this way of supporting herself and developing independence.
Daniel is a 16-year old boy with little muscle tone in his extremeties and no ability to walk. He lives with his grandmother and has had no schooling. AccessPromise, in conjunction with Elgon Child Watch Initiative - Uganda, has provided him a goat to help develop the family's stability. Because of the attention he was receiving from ECWI-UG he also received a wheelchair.
Sam has received financial support focused on providing him with the economic base to be able to leave his family and start attending school (he will need to board away from home for school). Sam wants to be become a teacher of the blind and has 6-7 years ahead of him. Currently he has some animals acquired, a small store set up to be run by his wife and a boda boda (motorcycle) that can be rented out to someone who wishes to drive it for fares that will be split with Sam.
Sam and the store
Sam and the boda boda
Madoi was born with incomplete lower intestine. He is shown below after second surgery - one more is required to have normal functioning. But he is able already to participate in more normal kid activities.
Pious is deaf and has struggled in the local schools but the family hasn't enough money to send him away to the deaf school. We provided him with a cell phone - unusual for kids in villages but invaluable as a communication device (texting) with others in a cell phone saturated population. We also had the Ugandan team download a voice-recognition system Otter. This helps both Pious (and my own deaf daughter in the US) communicate more smoothly with encounters with hearing people. And in Uganda it also substitutes slightly for the lack of many sign language interpreters.
Thankfully we were able to complete a survey of the individuals in the Sironko region in 2019. It is time to start circling back and checking in on our previous recipients and reaching out to other people again.