The aim of this campaign is to raise the funds necessary to allow for the distribution and fitment of mechanical prosthetic hands in the Arua district of Uganda. There are hundreds of people in need of hands in this region. The difficulty is in reaching them, assessing them and then, the easy part, fitting a functioning prosthetic hand. Hands like this are simply not available for people in Uganda.
People lose their hands for all sorts of reasons - war, violence, disease, accidents... a functioning prosthetic hand provides the recipient with the ability to utilise their residual limb better and do the basic things that we all take for granted - writing, eating, washing, etc. It also provides greater dignity for such people.
All funds will be run through Give Dignity gGmbH - a charity set-up to allow for the distribution of prosthetic hands that are assembled through corporate team building events (see team benefit.de).
We will be working with the World Action Fund which is a registered NGO in Uganda.
The funding will allow for;
- program coordinator
- one field officer
- coordination of three community facilitators
- visiting over 1,000 villages in a vast area to identify, assess and register recipients
- training of fitment staff
- fitting of hands (provided free of charge to everyone)
- transport, logistics, communications, etc.
Having just returned from an initial visit to Uganda last week, I was impressed by the dedication of World Action Fund, and by the need in this country. This distribution effort will form the basis of an ongoing partnership and program in Uganda.
One of the Community Facilitators will be a man who received a prosthetic hand during my visit last week - see photo.