Sharon Ourien wrote -
I will be running the New York City Marathon on November 5, 2017 to help support Uganda Village Project (UVP), a wonderful public health organization that has been working with the people of Iganga, Uganda since 2003, promoting public health and sustainable development in this underserved district of southeastern Uganda.
My husband Brian and I have been involved with UVP for over a year, after Brian was invited to be a member of UVP's Executive Board. We've had the pleasure of working closely with UVP's founder and seeing the organization's unwavering commitment to empowering rural communities in Uganda by providing preventative health education, innovating sustainable clean water solutions, performing fistula repair surgery, and improving the living conditions of HIV orphans in the region.
Since 2003, UVP has worked directly with community-based organizations and local government to utilize local knowledge and develop three key initiatives. The Healthy Villages initiative unifies UVP’s various health projects and advocacy work to provide rural health care and promote public health on a village level. Through community organizing and mobilization, this approach targets the primary health risks of the region (primarily HIV, malaria, family planning, and hygiene/sanitation) by providing education, training and appropriate interventions to Village Health Team members, health center workers, local community leaders, and the general population.
The Safe Water initiative provides access to safe water sources, maximizes community ownership and minimizes the need for external funding. It has been highly successful in meeting the pressing needs for water in Iganga District.
The Obstetric Fistula initiative addresses one of the most devastating childbirth injuries affecting many women in the region. Prolonged obstructed labor can cause a hole in the birth canal which results in constant incontinence for the woman, isolating her from friends, family, and community. UVP promotes fistula awareness and prevention through community outreaches and brings women for surgery to heal their injury.
Please visit www.ugandavillageproject.org to learn more!
Note: Contributions are tax-deductible.