Lwengo District's Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Kalembe Christopher, today visited Suubi Centre to check out our project. He was keen to see everything happening at Suubi, after hearing so much about it from many other people. He was very happy to discover that all the talk had been absolutely true and was delighted to find so many positive initiatives going on.
Suubi Community Health Clinic was the RDC's first port of call. He was pleasantly surprised to find such a high quality facility that includes a laboratory that allows patients to be tested, a well stocked pharmacy and the ability to admit patients if needed. He was also impressed to hear that our dedicated medical staff are employed on a full time basis, meaning they are always on hand to treat patients and offer other services such as immunisation, family planning and ultrasound scanning.
Laboratory technician, Elias (R) was proud to show the RDC (L) everything in the lab at Suubi Clinic.
After touring the clinic Kalembe moved to one of the busiest places at Suubi Centre; the resource room and training hall. He found students, currently on school holidays, hard at work on the computers and many Suubi ladies busy packing up sewing items and paper bead jewellery in readiness to send to Australia for sale.
Whist in the training hall he chatted with the ladies about their involvement at Suubi and how the money they are now able to earn has improved their standard of living. The RDC was also took the time to place his handprint on the wall in the training hall which so perfectly depicts how 'Together we can create hope.'
Even though it was school holidays when the RDC visited, the computers in the resource room at Suubi were still in hot demand.
The Suubi ladies were happy to show the RDC some of the many items they are now produce including bags, aprons and paper bead jewellery.
Being the representative for President Museveni in Lwengo district made the colour yellow (which is used for the NRM party) the obvious choice for his hand print. Suubi Centre director, Ssemwogerere David, was happy to help out by painting his hand in readiness to go on the wall.
The message "Together we can create hope" has been written in different languages on the wall of the training hall. The handprints of Ugandans and international volunteers, that are all working together with Suubi to create hope for the community, are an ideal way to depict our global Suubi family.
Other Suubi projects and initiatives including coffee growing, the water purification, bakery and knitting all impressed the RDC greatly as he toured around the Centre. Before heading to the site of the new Suubi Secondary & Vocational College he also gave an inspiring talk, about the importance of saving money, to the very interested community members who were at Suubi at the time.
Members of the coffee group showed off their seedling nursery and explained how they had purchased a piece of land so they could develop a mother garden.
Ssemwogerere explained how the recently installed water purification system works and how it is benefiting patients in the clinic, staff, volunteers and community members.
The bakery group had just taken freshly baked bread and muffins from the wood fired oven when the DRC arrived to speak with them.
Suubi ladies who are currently learning how to hand knit were busy practising during the RDC's visit. He was impressed to hear that they are aiming to produce high quality baby clothes that will be sold, via the web, by a Spanish based business.
Kalembe gave an inspirational talk to the community about the importance of saving money. At times he was very funny and had the crowd laughing at the examples he used. This proved to be the ideal way to get his very important message across.
The bio gas toilet block at the new Suubi Secondary & Vocational College site was also of great interest to the RDC.
So all in all the RDC was extremely impressed with all the things he found happening at Suubi and didn't hesitate to say so when he told of his experience on national radio. He has promised to work with Suubi in the future and urged the local community and other NGOs in the area to work hard to emulate Suubi Centre development. He also agreed to encourage President Museveni to come for the opening of Suubi Secondary & Vocational College at the beginning of 2015. How exciting!