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Trinity students bring hope to Uganda

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 11.34.22STAFF AND STUDENTS from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Carmarthen campus, raised £500 for charity Care for Uganda. A Students’ Union bake sale raised £180 while staff raised £320 at the Christmas dinner.

Care for Uganda works in partnership with the people of Bbowa in the Luwero District.

It aims to achieve lasting change by enhancing the skills and knowledge of community members and giving them opportunities to improve their standard of living through sustainable development. The charity has built a clinic, primary school and an orphanage.

A cheque form UWTSD was presented to Dr Hillary Potter from Furnace House Surgery who is one of a number of staff from the surgery who visit Uganda every year to volunteer with the charity.

Dr Potter said: “This generous donation will make a big difference by supporting over 300 trained health workers, who volunteer in the villages, to continue their excellent work. We train people from the villages, who often have very little education, to learn basic health needs that can make a big difference.“

Health needs such as hand washing, sanitation and how to dig the appropriate toilet in the right place. We also do some specialised training to help people recognise when patients need to be taken to hospital. There’s a high death rate of women in labour and new-born babies. We’re training traditional birth attendants to recognise when a woman in labour is in danger and needs to be taken to hospital. We’ve trained about 300 local people who then stay in their communities. Educating on ground level ensures that the training benefits the whole community.”

Gwilym Dyfri Jones – Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD said: “The University is very pleased to be presenting this cheque to Care for Uganda and would like to thank staff and students for their donations. The charity is a fantastic cause and we hope that the money raised will be of great benefit to future projects.”