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Herona Hospital Construction

May, 2019

Our man in Uganda Richard Field has put together an up to date series of images on You Tube showing the construction from April 2017 of the Herona Hospital project with the financial support of IMET2000.

Please click on to the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gkrhuGn6K0 to follow this important piece of our history as a global charity. Garvin and Richard have planned this together so carefully with much support from Ugandan colleagues and input from their hospital staff.

Paul Bockett-Pugh is fundraising for IMET2000 activities in Africa

April 10, 2019

Paul Bockett-Pugh, a keen supporter of IMET’s work overseas , is running in the Paris 26 mile Marathon on Sunday 14th April and all sponsorship proceeds will go to our IMET Eye Clinic project in Uganda (www.herona.org). For more information and if you wish to make a donation towards this cause please follow the link to Paul’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-bockett-pugh1

Richard Introduction Party in Uganda

February 16, 2019

Our Man in Uganda has been engaged to Peace for some years and they have decided to get married. This is wonderful news. Peace is so supportive of all our IMET2000 work in Uganda and helps Richard get things done both in the Ebenezer Childrens Home and in Herona Hospital.

On Saturday 16th February they had a big celebration party known there as The Introduction and is what we would call an Engagement Party.

All of us in IMET2000 congratulate them on their joining together and wish them every happiness.

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Blood Bank at Herona Hospital, Uganda

October 21, 2018

Herona Hospital staff are pleased to announce that after an inspection by the quality assistance officers from the Uganda National Transfusion Services, they are now stocking blood.
This is hugely important to the area as getting blood up until now has meant long expensive journeys to Kampala.
Everyone’s very excited for the ability to offer this new service.

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The King’s Visit to Herona Hospital

October 7, 2018

Ronald Muwenda Mutebi Il, Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda came to visit Herona Hospital on October 7th. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and the biggest day yet for the hospital and everyone involved.
As well as meeting the staff and patients at the hospital the king planted a tree and laid the foundation stone for the brand new eye clinic.
Crowds gathered to see the king and TV stations from all over Uganda were present.

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London to Brighton Cycle Ride

September 16, 2018

Kathy Green and Dan Morris triumphant at the end of their cycle ride from London to Brighton. They completed in 5 hours. With 93 generous donors they exceeded their target and raised over £8000 toward the much needed ambulance in Herona Hospital.

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Progress on the Phase Two Building

September 16, 2018

Really strong foundations are now being built with IMET2000 financial support so that in Phase Two construction two stories can be built up if financial resources allow. These will cost at most £18,000.

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Herona Hospital Pharmacy

September 9, 2018

IMET2000 funded the pharmacy to be completely stocked for a month supply at a cost of £5000. We were assured that the profit on sales would not only allow complete re-stocking each month but would help fund the staff salaries too. This has indeed proved to be the case.

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Herona Eyecare Clinic

August 5, 2018

The present Eye Clinic is very basic and modestly equipped but provides a limited service to the region and a population of some 200,000 people. IMET2000 is raising funds urgently to build a state of the art Eye Clinic and open for a full service by March 2019.

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Car Park for Herona Hospital

July 3, 2018

In the wet season, the front of the hospital was a mudbath so IMET2000 spent £5000 to create a decent tarmac car park and approach as shown in this latest photo.

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Eschmann J3 Surgical Operating Table

June 19, 2018

This Eschmann J3 surgical operating table has been donated by a kind anonymous donor and has been shipped to Herona Hospital in Uganda.

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The First premature Baby in the Incubator

April 28, 2018

This is the very first premature baby in the incubator that Kathy Green funded and provided a few weeks ago.

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The Opening Ceremony of Herona Hospital

17/2/2018

On February 17 th, Colin Green and his community nurse daughter Kathy joined in the celebrations to officially open Phase One of the new Rural Hospital, Herona Hospital, largely built with IMET2000 funding since May, 2017. Just 20 out of the planned 40 beds in a woman’s ward have been completed and are full with patients.

This is a private not-for-profit hospital serving a population of roughly 300,000 people in a rural community in Kisoga town, Mukono District, and now needs new equipment and more fully qualified staff.

The photo shows Colin cutting the tape for the official opening. Over 1000 people including MPs and local dignitaries attended and joined in a very happy celebration. IMET 2000 is now raising funds for the equipment and medicines and ensure future viability.

Richard Field flew out to Uganda at the end of December and amongst all the projects he had to deal with since, he has organised a full-time job in dressmaking for Harriet and is about to build her a small home where she can live independently with dignity and privacy as a severely handicapped person. IMET2000 goes on supporting needy individuals as well as funding major projects like the Herona Hospital soon to be opened by Colin Green in Uganda on the 17th February. What a privilege!

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Herona Hospital Latest Updates

2017

IMET2000 is delighted with rapid progress in construction of the Herona Hospital with our financial support but at amazingly low cost. We expect the first patients to come through the doors in mid-September. Now we have to equip it and are writing grant applications and fundraising for that. Eventually it will have 40 beds and serve a population of some 200,000 in a region with massive problems with malaria, infant/maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS.

IMET2000 has just awarded a grant of £7000 from its ring-fenced Uganda account to pay for the roof of part of the new hospital in Herona we are helping build. In one photo you can see the unroofed part of the hospital as work in progress and in the other the new roof under construction.

The sooner this roof gets completed, the sooner the inner walls and brickwork will be protected from the heavy rains now hitting the area.

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A Merry Update From Ghana

2017

Our IMET2000 ‘Lady in Ghana’ Sarah Gardner has just returned from Ghana after getting married to her great friend Habib Albeboure who manages her charity ATE in Lawra in Upper Ghana. We are all delighted for them both and congratulate them on this wonderful event. Colin has known Sarah since she was two years old and now she is Mrs Albeboure!

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Herona Updates

April 2017

Our Uganda representative Richard Field returned last week after nearly three months of field work and has come back with an exciting set of pioneering ideas to add to those already supported by IMET2000 over the past three years. The Ebenezer Kisoboka Children’s Home is in good shape building wise and no new buildings are planned. Four new children have been transferred from another home on an island in Lake Victoria and the numbers in EK are up to 20 with ages ranging from 5 to 20 years. Richard has found sponsors for nearly all these children and about £1000 are transferred to the UORF stakeholders and Trustees by IMET2000 every 4 months. The solar panels and bio-digester are working well and Harriet is making good progress in her needlework training classes. Admittance to the EK Children’s Home is now carefully controlled and if children in need can be funded to stay at home with family yet still attend school then we help fund that option instead.
Richard is now keen to expand that micro-environment into a regional framework in which better schools, a health clinic on land already purchased, and a non-Governmental hospital will be built and supported by his efforts and part aided by IMET2000. In time we hope to train some of our EK children in nursing and other health care disciplines and purchase an ambulance to service both the clinic and hospital . Attached are images of the hospital under construction. IMET2000 is committed to part fund the roof and wall plastering of the next phase and hope to complete that within 6 weeks. We are urgently raising funds to pay for this ambitious programme.

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Harriet and the sewing machine

January 12, 2017

Although severely disabled, Harriet sets a wonderful example to the younger children in the Ebenezer Home by her happy personality and determination to succeed in her dressmaking programme. She is taking more advanced lessons and IMET2000 provide the materials she needs to develop her skills.

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Our man Richard Field is back in Uganda

February 10, 2017

Richard Field went back to Uganda a week ago to find the Children’s Home in really good shape. Unfortunately, Uganda is suffering a severe drought this year, and the rainy seasons never came. Everyone’s gardens has suffered including ours. All the work preparing the ground and planting have come to nothing. What has grown is being used as cow feed (photo). To make matters worse food is becoming expensive. On the upside the rainwater harvesting tanks we installed last year have collected what rain we had and we still have 15,000 litres in our tanks. We hope it rains soon for everyone’s sake . The new children have settled in well and are very happy in the home (photo).

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New Children at Ebenezer Kiboko

January 10, 2016

Our ‘Man in Uganda’, Richard Field and everyone at the Ebenezer Kiboko Children’s Home are very excited about the arrival of three new children. They were selected by our local Ugandan internal board and arrived this week. We are in the process of getting them new bedding, anti-mosquito nets and clothes. They have been enrolled into school and are very happy to be at EK. We have also sent more clothes for the other children and staff. In the photos, Ronald is shown in grumpy mode and then one happy boy!

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Return of Richard Field from Uganda

March 16, 2016

Our Man in Uganda, Richard Field, has just got back to the UK after working in the Ebenezer Children’s Home for three months. Whilst there he carried out more restoration work on the buildings and discussed with senior staff in the home new ways of functioning in the future and expanding the Home not just with more young children but as a respite centre for other children with disabilities currently with one or both parents struggling financially. He also formulated plans for building homes on the 4 acres nearby that he purchased with his own money and eventually constructing a building for a health clinic to serve the local villages. In fact he has come back full of ideas for a new project to run alongside the residential home in which children will be kept at home in their own community but helped in education, school uniforms, books , mosquito nets and other necessities ….in other words the Ebenezer Home will be a kind of hub to many more children outreached and they will interact but not necessarily spend time in residence. IMET2000 is keen to support this experiment in psychosocial development for very poor families and develop the health centre.

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Sarah Gardner News from Ghana

January 12, 2016

Our colleague Sarah Gardner who is CEO of the charity ‘Action Through Enterprise’ (ATE) has just completed a six week working visit to Lawra in Upper Ghana and has sent us this video clip of the special needs programme that IMET2000 is part supporting. Sarah’s Mother, Philippa Gardner, who was an NHS Consultant Psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Analytic Therapy for the Wessex region joined her for part of this tour of duty in Ghana and we in IMET2000 look forward to tapping in to her vast experience of child and adolescent mental health problems resulting from extreme economic deprivation to help us in our programmes in Africa and Palestine. The video can be accessed via the following link: (as below). We applaud the SNAP programme as yet another successful way of challenging prejudice and taboos against all forms of physical and mental disability and trauma.

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Ebenezer Home Solar Panels

September, 2015

Our IMET2000 ‘Man in Uganda’ Richard Field has just returned from a three month working stay in the Ebenezer Home near Kisoto. Richard really is a remarkable man and goes out there to work entirely at his own expense and achieves so much on each visit. We reported earlier on the safari they went on right at the start of his stay and what he has achieved in the last few weeks since then is really impressive. With our mission to make the home a self-sufficient and self-sustaining social unit, IMET2000 sponsored solar panels which are now fully operational and provide adequate lighting for the children to do their homework as well as light up the whole community. In addition, Richard purchased 4 acres of good productive land at his own expense so that 2 cows and garden produce can provide a decent basic diet for the children. The new cow he bought on arrival is milking well. He built a new and substantial ‘cow house’ as well as a workroom where tools can be kept and shoes made for sale in the local village.

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Ebenezer Orphanage Safari Trip

July, 2015

These young people in the Ebenezer orphanage had never been outside their village so this safari into Queen Elizabeth National Game park was their first journey across Uganda. They were so excited. And although Uganda still has plenty of wild animals in its National Parks, these people had never ever seen one in their lives. So again it was a huge experience for them to see lions, hippopotamus, baboons, elephants, zebras, giraffes and many kinds of antelope. They said on return home that it was the best three days of their life. IMET2000 is so keen to support this mini-society as it caters for an age range of 6 up to 18, helps them become self- supporting within the home and then maintains contact when they leave the orphanage by finding work locally and providing microfinance to help them start up small businesses and shops in the nearby town. They are lovely people and a joy to be with.

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2014 IMET2000 Grants & Donations for Africa

Uganda, January, 2014

A grant of £4000 has been made by IMET2000 to the Uganda Biogas Project in which we are helping an orphanage called Ebenezer Kisoboko near Lake Victoria in Uganda. A friend called Richard Field has taken it on as a project to make it as near self sufficient as possible with a home made biogas reactor, solar powered lighting, horticulture, livestock and micro-financed craft businesses . Disease prevention (particularly personal hygiene and anti-malaria netting) is a major feature of the project. Our aim is to ensure the children have better lighting to do their homework, have a gas supply (methane from the biodigester) for cooking and a more balanced diet to improve their health. The success of this project we anticipate will lead to it being used as a model throughout Uganda for similar sized social units of young people. Two of our orphans now hope to become healthcare professionals and need sponsorship for the future. Information is available from dickfield@hotmail.co.uk.

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2014 IMET2000 Grants & Donations for Africa

Ghana, January, 2014

A grant of £4000 has been made by IMET2000 to the UK based charity Action Through Enterprise (ATE) to help our colleague and CEO of ATE, Sarah Gardner, working out the in the poorest area of Ghana to fund a project for disabled and handicapped children as well as run schemes to improve the health and nutrition of children in a desperately poor community. Sarah and her parents run this small charity on a shoestring but achieve amazing results with the children. IMET2000 is delighted to help such a dedicated person as Sarah to make such an impact on the overall health of a small village and create a model of health and education which can be wheeled out across the region. For more information see their website www.ateghana.org.

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More About the SNAP Programme in Ghana

November23, 2019

ATE coordinates monthly support groups in the three villages Lawra Town, Dowine and ESONG Jirapa . These  provide a lifeline for isolated disabled children to socialise and play, and for their parents/caregivers to come together and meet families with shared experiences. Through these SNAP Meetings, ATE provides workshops on health and care, inviting speakers in from other organisations. Adults learn whilst children enjoy interactive activities. We provide a large meal for all who attend, as many have very limited access to food. Monthly SNAP meetings are run by our SNAP Project Leader, Kaamil Issahaku and SNAP Playscheme Coordinator, Ernestina Gan in partnership with a committee of parents of disabled children from the SNAP membership.

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