Jan 2013 update

So it’s been really quite a long time since anyone has updated this blog.  I’ll post a longer update soon… but in a few bullet points

  • I have finished my exams (!).  This is very little to do with the Uganda project, but helps to explain why the blog has been silent.  Rest assured all the hard work in Uganda and with our partners in UK has been ticking along whilst I’ve been revising.  The blog hasn’t…
  • We have a visually stunning video all about this project that we made in a trip back in September.  It’s here vimeo.com/53079183. (And it was made by my amazingly talented friend Tricia… more of her stuff is at patriciaandrewsmedia.com/)
  • Work is going really well in Uganda, peer educators are have been selected (a few months ago) and are being trained and reaching out in their communities.  It’s really amazing!
  • We have several small organisations and churches involved working in our two project areas, as well as regular meetings and buy-in from the Kampala Capital City Authority.
  • We have had enough funding to go for now, but are in need to funding to secure this project continuing for the next six months… and onwards.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement from various friends and acquaintances that have been so super supportive of this project.  If you have any leads of trusts we could apply for funding to, or would like to donate please get in touch through rachaelmburke@gmail.com.

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Beginnings at Oxford

In late 2010 a group of Oxford students started meeting to pray for the project that would become Beginnings. At the time however we had no idea where we were headed, all we knew was that we wanted to make a difference in Uganda. Actually I think I knew even less than that when I started coming to the Monday morning prayer meeting. I’ve never been a morning person and so dragging myself out of bed at 6.30 to start the week was a bit of a chore, but I quickly became committed and inspired over the weeks that followed.

Rachael would update us every week and progress that had been made and then we’d spend some time in prayer thanking God for what he had already done and committing the next stage to him. It’s been a great way to start the week over the past 18 months and as we have been faithful to God he has been faithful to us. He has provided when we’ve been in need, both in terms of people in Uganda and finances to make things happen. We’ve been able to send Rachael out there a few times and even begin to fund the work on the ground.

We’re a varied bunch ranging from historians to scientists to filmmakers and such diversity has allowed us to bring our different skills to the project. From casting an eye over grant proposals to designing flyers and from writing blog copy to simply offering hospitality, each of us has played our part.

Beginnings is entering an exciting phase as things really gear up practically for the next step in Uganda. Meanwhile we’re still meeting to pray in Oxford. Click on the ‘Get Involved’ tab for more info.

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Facts for Life

This is one of my favourite resources of community health information.  It’s one of the things we’re basing a lot of our community training on.  Check it out!

Broken down into “what every community has the right to know” about health issues, and with lots of easy-to-understand but also accurate information.

It is possible to save lives and greatly reduce human suffering by expanding low-cost prevention, treatment and protection measures. The challenge is to ensure that this knowledge is shared with parents, caregivers and communities, who are the first line of defence in protecting children from illness and harm.

Facts for Life has been developed as a vital resource for those who need it most. It delivers essential information on how to prevent child and maternal deaths.

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Beginnings at UGACOX annual meeting

Patrick McDonald and other members of the Beginnings team attended the annual meeting of Ugandan Community in Oxford (UGACOX) on Saturday 6 May, to share the vision for the project. The business part of the meeting was followed by a delicious Ugandan meal, a fashion show and dancing! Thanks to Tim Morgan for inviting us, and to UGACOX for their wonderful hospitality.

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