SALEM-Uganda provides a variety of health, social welfare and environment services. These include a hospital, a children and babies’ home and vocational training, as well as community outreach services. For more information please visit its English website: www.salem-uganda.org.
SALEM Brotherhood Uganda Ltd. was established in 1981 by Gottfried Müller as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to provide health and social welfare support to the sick and poor within Eastern Uganda. In addition, there are a range of activities to help improve the environment.
In delivering this work, the organisation has developed strong partnerships with government bodies, particularly in the health sector. Most recently, SALEM-Uganda was invited to become an NGO member of Mbale CAP (Coalition Against Poverty) and is participating in numerous programmes to reduce poverty and improve people’s health.
Today, the services of SALEM-Uganda are many and diverse and include:
- Kolonyi Health Centre level four, with over 60 beds, including a maternity unit, well-equipped medical laboratory and a new operating theatre.
- A comprehensive range of community health activities including: reproductive health; immunisation; TB and HIV/AIDS counselling; malaria management and sensitisation.
- Community based rehabilitation and assistance for people with disabilities, including epilepsy.
- Training and support for community health workers including traditional birth attendants.
Social Welfare Services and Care of Children in Need
- Children and Babies’ Home registered for up to 40 children and 10 babies.
- Resettlement programme.
- Community social work for those in need.
SALEM-Uganda provides residential care for children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused and who have no-one to care for them. They are the most vulnerable in society and find loving care in our village. We believe that the best place for children is within their own community and so our social worker makes every effort to investigate the background of each child and searches for relatives who can care for them. Once a child is resettled, the social worker follows their integration progress and provides assistance and support.
- Education and vocational support for children and young people in need. Over 300 assisted to date.
- Training in tailoring for young people in need of skills to support themselves.
- Nursery school for up to 75 children.
- School of Nursing.
SALEM-Uganda has a long history of providing education in a variety of ways to assist in the development of the local community. Orphans and vulnerable children need education and skills to help them to support themselves and their families. Where such a need is identified by our social worker, and when funds are available, SALEM supports individual children and young people to become independent. Many of those receiving help have spent time in the care of our Children’s Home. Others have been identified in the local community.
Since 1996, over 300 young people have completed a nine month tailoring course. Some of these are then contracted by SALEM to make goods for sale. This has the two-fold benefit of providing an income for the workers and of raising funds to pay for the maintenance of the tailoring training school.
The SALEM Nursery School provides pre-school education at a subsidised cost. The school is working to develop income generating projects so that it can sustain itself.
The SALEM School of Nursing Kolonyi was opened in May 2010. Its purpose is to help increase the capacity of trained nurses in rural Uganda where there are many unstaffed health centres. 40 places will be available each year for students undertaking the Comprehensive Nursing Certificate (2 1/2 year course). The school is recognised by the Ugandan Ministry of Education & Sports and the Ministry of Health. The operational running of the school will be based on fees paid by students.
- Tree planting initiatives within communities in Nakaloke sub-county including the establishment of community seed beds in the local area.
- Environment clubs set up in local schools.
- Forestry and agriculture work, including the establishment of a tree nursery.
SALEM-Uganda is addressing the challenge of increasing deforestation in the surrounding areas through an intensive programme of tree planting and community sensitisation. Projects under development include increasing the use of fuel saving stoves, the formation of environment clubs in schools and the development of environmentally friendly building techniques.
Income generating projects
- Guest house and conference centre, accommodating up to 80 people
- Tailoring workshop
- Medicinal herb production
The SALEM Guesthouse offers visitors the opportunity to experience our work first hand. There is the opportunity to enjoy the unique, tree-shaded environment of SALEM-Uganda and to learn about the local culture. ALL PROFITS GO TOWARDS THE RUNNING OF SALEM-UGANDA AND ITS ACTIVITIES.
The tailoring workshop plays an important part in supporting education for young people who are unable to support themselves (see Education above)
SALEM-Uganda is financed by a variety of sources. A major portion of funds is raised through donations from SALEM International, Germany. Other sources of income include Tukolere Wamu, the Ugandan Ministry of Health and income generating projects run by SALEM-Uganda itself. These include the guest house and conference centre and crafts made by the tailoring department described above.
Sponsoring the children of SALEM-Uganda enables the continuous support of our children with accommodation, school materials and school fees.
For further information on how your sponsorship will help please see the Sponsorship for Uganda page.
SALEM-Uganda welcomes volunteers although positions are limited. If you wish further information about what to expect as a volunteer please read more at our Volunteer page.
For further information please have a look at the project`s own website www.salem-uganda.org