Sawa Inspired by Ugandan Leader’s Work
While in Uganda, Sawa Founder, Daphne Nederhorst reconnected with Sawa Leader, Dr. Robert Kalyesubula. Nederhorst, who was inspired by Robert’s unwavering commitment to supporting vulnerable youth and treating HIV/AIDS patients, went on a project tour, and discussed new options to support Sawa Leaders.
Nederhorst’s journey began at a government run hospital in Kampala where, despite the dire lack of staff and funding, Robert is doing his best to treat patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS and kidney disease. From there, the two traveled to rural Nakaseke where Robert is running the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS). The Center, which is comprised of a health clinic and homecare training facility, allowed Nederhorst to experience the benefits that medical equipment donated by Medwish (a Sawa affiliate), has provided. Nederhorst also visited two families that Sawa has supported with income generating projects – funds for a goat and pig. Both families have suffered the ravages of AIDS, but are surviving as a result of this project.
Dr. Robert, who grew up an orphan, was inspired by human kindness himself. Unlike many others, he was fortunate to have his schooling paid for. He said, “I want to give back to the community. I started these projects to help others who were disadvantaged as I was. We want to make a difference in our community and beyond.”
Upon discussing potential changes in Sawa’s model, Robert maintained that long-term, local income generation is key for project success. Sawa will explore the benefits of using local business advisors within the next few months.
To watch Robert’s video message and learn more about his groundbreaking work, click the video below.