It is MAUL’s culture to give back to the community; in collaboration with our Implementing Partners (IPs) to contribute to the wonderful work of saving lives of our nation, MAUL exhibits this sense of responsibility from which a number of health facilities have benefited and through Moyo Health Centre III early 2014; Sister Kojoa, the Director Moyo Babies Home for Orphaned and Venerable Children (OVC) requested help through our field team. This plea was quickly relayed to MAUL headquarters and as such the ‘Restoring Hope Initiative 2014’, was set to benefit Moyo Health Centre III Orphaned and Venerable Children (OVC) of Moyo Babies Home.
Moyo Health Center III is a beneficiary of the Procurement Supply Strengthening Project (PSSP) a CDC-funded project awarded to Medical Access Uganda Limited (MAUL). The Health Centre and the Local Government were notified of MAUL’s intentions to contribute to improving the lives of these disadvantaged children which was welcomed and collectively MAUL staff from personal savings raised USD1,696 and used the funds to donate 26 Mattresses with Macintosh, 26 Blankets, 26 Bed Sheets, 2 Cartons of a Assorted Medicines and a TV 40” Flat Screen which were essentially needed by the children at Moyo Babies Home.
Figure 1: MAUL staff presenting the items to Moyo Babies home on October 20, 2014
Sister Kojoa, the Director Moyo Babies Home was over joyed considering that her request had been honored beyond measure as she indicated that surely the intervention had come in at the time when it was needed the most by the fact that some babies lacked mattresses and all they had on their beds were bed sheets and for those that had mattresses lacked blankets. The initiative to donate these essentials to Moyo Babies Home was very impactful to the Babies and their care takers.
Figure 2: The MAUL & Ministry of Health District Team handing over the items to the Director Moyo Babies home Sister Kojoa Maureen
“I was not expecting this much although I knew you were coming, I wasn’t expect this, we are really so grateful, you do not know what you have done!” Sr. Kojoa said. “On behalf of the babies thank you very much”.
Through innovation and organizational efforts, , unsung heroes are those that go the extra mile move beyond donor aid. Millions of children are born HIV-free, but parents that succumb to HIV/AIDS have left behind OVCs that deserve a fair chance in life. We must take personal commitment to the next level, responding to local need through our own sacrifice, because we can only win this fight together.