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 Create a brighter future for Uganda's children!


Dinner For Two helped to reduce the number of children with
underweight by malnutrition by 50% over the last 10 years.

This incredible achievement was possible with just 1 Euro per child, per year!


Your donation will help secure a healthy future for 15,000 children in Bugaya Subcounty in Uganda. These funds will be used to provide teaching and training for a better and well-balanced nutrition as well as better basic health knowledge.


Community Nutrition Project (CNP) Bugaya, Buyende District, Uganda Evaluation Report 2014 pdf-evaluierung-uganda PDF >

Our objectives

Our charity organization is dedicated to support the efforts of communities to improve their health and social conditions. We are supporting the development of a satisfying primary health care. We are carefully listening to the suggestions of the persons concerned and their organisations, regarding and respecting their proposals and contributing to their realisation with direct and indirect help. This contribution combines financial support of projects and the providing of equipment. We give help by advice, training or instruction to local co-workers concerning main topics such as nutrition, basic health care, home-grown farming and poverty alleviation.


Our principles

To achieve sustainability it is important to work together with local specialists and responsible members of the local communities, to strengthen their knowledge and ability and to reach better results by medium- and long-term projects.

 


Photo: Moses and Florence, twins, suffered from severe malnutrition. They were the first children to profit by the project in 2001 - now being in good health and supported by www.bonna-basome.org, thus being able to continue their school career.


Our contribution

• Giving advice to persons bearing responsibility in a project during its planning and implementation
• Performing regular visits to the project
• Controlling reports and accounts
• Recruiting private donors, companies and organisations for financial support.

Donations in Germany as well as in Switzerland are deductible for taxation.


Individual assistance

All these activities are thoroughly documented. The infants' weights are recorded by specifically trained 'growth monitors' in the village. In mother clubs problems are discussed, duties were arranged. According to prior agreement, seeds, plants and small animals are handed out. Bee keeping allows the sale of honey. Each village community is equipped with a team of oxen with a plough, in order to cultivate a field, which until now has lying fallow. This is much easier and more effective than working with a hoe. Renting the team of oxen, keeping chickens and goats as well as the sale of fruits and vegetables means a small additional income.

A part of this benefit is given to the self-help organisation ‘Bugaya Nutrition Association’, which the village community meanwhile has established themselves. The Bugaya Nutrition Association has founded an own ‘village bank’, which finances small consumer loans.

Indicators of success

Since 2001 in every village the percentage of underweight children dropped persistently from 20 % and more down to a mean level of 9 %. More than 19.000 infants in 80 villages have been registered until now. More than 10.000 infants up to 5 years were observed in this way by the end of 2009.

The expenses are low considering the great results. This progress is based on the fact that the CNP was planned as an aid to self-development and all parties involved are highly committed to the cooperation.

The public health service and CNP complement each other by working together. Parents bring their children more frequently to the public vaccination dates (meanwhile 77 percent of the small children got an immunization). Pregnant women use the preventive medical care and prefer giving birth in a small maternity ward of the subcounty, rather than at home. The mothers-to-be received a “mother kit”, financed by “Dinner for Two”, for a hygienic birth process under the assistance of a midwife.

To fight malaria 2.000 mosquito nets were distributed to poor families with pregnant women and infants. This is an essential contribution to reduce mortality despite a high malaria risk. (WHO)


Background

Kamuli is a district of Uganda and is situated at the right bank of the river Nil. According to the 2002 census Kamuli had 712.079 inhabitants on 4.301,5 km² area of land. The main town is Kamuli. The district formerly belonged to the kingdom Busoga (source: Wikipedia).

The mother mortality in Uganda is high (354 in 100.000 births). 76 of 1000 children die before their fifth birthday of malaria (55%), acute infections of the respiratory system (25%), acute diarrhoea (10%). (Percentages from the Kamuli District) The bad condition of nutrition is essentially increasing the disease risk (WHO). It can be contributory to up to 40 percent of the deaths of children who are under the age of 5 years. (Uganda Demographic Health Survey).

Malnutrition is mainly due to a considerable deficiency of protein, vitamins, mineral nutrients in the food. In order to fight the high mortality, the nourishment of infants, small children, pregnant women and nursing mothers must be improved. Poor families in rural areas live on food rich in calories, but with a considerable lack of protein.

The Bugaya Subcounty in the Buyende District (former Kamuli District) consists of 8 parishes with 81 village areas where about 70.000 people live – among them13.063 children under the age of 5 years. During the last 8 years the population has grown by 30 percent. The rain period, which used to occur twice a year in the past, is now irregular and insufficient for the plant growth.

The larger part of the subcounty lacks of fertile soils. The food now being cultivated is rich in starch with a deficiency of protein. There are only few health stations offering the lowest level of medical care. There is no doctor and owing to a lack of medicine the medical help is completely insufficient. The poor families do not have sufficient money to consult a private hospital with their sick children.

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Our track record

Until 2003 fourteen projects in seven countries – Bolivia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Peru, Vietnam and Uganda - were funded by the Kai-Henning-Fonds of the Hermann-Mai-Foundation with a total of approximately 80.500 Euros and additional medical means amounting to a value of 17.500 Euros (1993 – 2002).

Since their start in April 2002 The Kai-Henning-Fonds ‘’Dinner for Two e.V.’’ organisation provided financial means of about 150.000 Euros for projects in Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.

At present the main project is the ‘Community Nutrition Project’ in Uganda.

In 2007 one member of the Kai-Henning-Fonds received a prize of 5.000 Euros for extraordinary social commitment. This prize ‘paediatricians for children in crisis regions’ was awarded by the Berufsverband der Kinder- und Jugendärzte e.V. (professional association of paediatricians e.V.).



What we use the funds for

The members of our organisation work on voluntary basis. The monetary donations are exclusively used for projects. Only project visits abroad, postal charges, internet and phone fees out of contributions of the 17 organisation members.

The members committee decides about the allocation of the donations. All donors will be informed about the progress of current projects. Handling and realising the projects as well as the accounting are taken over and controlled by experts and persons of trust on-site and in Germany and Switzerland. Regular reports of the projects are evaluated and discussed during the members' meetings. Cash auditing is made at the end of the business year together with the discharge of the complete managing board at the annual general meeting.



 

A summary of former project involvements of the Kai-Henning-Fonds in favour of the Hermann-Mai foundation.

Nigeria

— Medication (“Drug Revolving Fund”) for the sickle cell outpatient department of the children’s clinic in the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri/Borno State.
— Medical equipment for the intensive care patients of the children’s clinic, for the maternity clinic and the anaesthesia of the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri.

Ghana

— Medication against schistosomiasis
— Scholarship for EEG training of a Ghanaian paediatrician (Kumasi)
— Financial support for the ‘Public Forum and Scientific Conference “The Ghanaian Child in the Community” (Tamale)

Tansania

Audiometry device for the neuro-paediatrics in the KCMC-Hospital (Moshi).

Vietnam

Nutrition rehabilitation in a village in Huong Ho, Province Hue.

Indien

Cultivation of fruit and vegetable garden for the self-supply of an orphanage (Dindigul/South India)

Peru

Solar cooling unit for vaccine transportation in a boat (Upper Amazon region)

Bolivien

Support programme enhancing breast feeding in Laz Paz



Would you like to share a meal with a child in need – according to our guideline “Dinner for Two”? Simply make your donation using our account details.

Your donation receipt will be sent to you automatically. Donations can be made online or by regular bank transfer. You may donate regularly or only once as you like. Remember every even small amount will help.

Would you like to give us additional support in playing an active role in our charitable organisation? Here you have the opportunity to become a member. Please keep in mind that according to the statutes of our registered organisation the managing committee reserves the right of decision to admit a new member.

Should there still remain open questions concerning your donation do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks!