|OSP vines Below Kibare HC II |
A day later we head off to 2 more communities with a supply of vines for the
community. A truck is used this time but as it will not wait for us once the vines
are delivered, we travel in a special hire.
We are barely startd e with a new driver when he turns on the
radio. Angella talks to him briefly in
Lunyankole and he turns it off.
“What did you say,” I ask.
“I told him
we like to talk and plan on the way so we don’t have the radio on,” she tells
|OSP bags under tree at Kinoni|
definitely do review our planning and program and even begin to write up our
notes in the car. I often quiz her about
what has been going on in my absence but I don’t actually recall ever
mentioning to her about the radio. I am
thrilled that she has picked it up and recognizes its importance. We have decided this visit that I am going to
work with her on report writing.
first on the highway at Kinoni Health Center IV at 10:00 am where the Volunteer
Health Team members (VHTs) from Nyarubungo parish will bring their community
members. The health worker, Dennis, is
located in the record room where he works.
He tells us the VHTs have arranged to come at 2:00 pm so we pile the
bags of vines in the shade under a tree on the compound. A late pickup means few of the vines will be
planted today, not the best as the vines are getting drier with each passing
day. We are unable to reach the VHT
coordinator so VHTs can be alerted to come earlier. Later we learn he has replaced his
cellphone. The bags are counted and left. We hope they will be picked up by the time we
|Primary School Children Get Worm Tx|
We head off
into the hills for our second stop in Kibare HC. Kibare has some of our best OSP farmers
mentioned earlier. Although the cell
phone network does not reach here, we find our VHT OSP coordinator, Dovina, at Mulago Primary School with her big
smile and her eleven enthusiastic VHTs under the mango tree in the center of
This parish is very
extensive, so in order to decrease the distance community members have to transport
their bags on foot, the group has arranged for two drop off sites. The eleven VHTs are set up in preparation
for distribution of de-worming medicine at the Primary School as well. The VHTs assist the health worker, who has
gone to town to try to get some Vit A capsules.
We off load 11 bags of OSP vines under the tree and Dovina is instructed
on filling in the community members details on the forms. We will pick up the forms on our return.
|Boy Collects His Mom's OSP Vines|
stop is at Kanyantura Primary School where the rest of the bags of vines are
unloaded. One of the male VHTs gets up
on the truck and the others collect the bags as he off loads them. I count as they come off the truck and then
the truck leaves us. We have a couple
more bags than VHTs. As I didn’t count
the number put on the truck, I am confused but figure we must have received
more bags than planned.
One young boy has
come as his mother is sick. He is
wearing a man’s shirt that is way too large for him and I wonder where his dad
is. But the VHT coordinator acknowledges
him and he collects his ½ bag. We have
one bag for the Primary School teacher who is part of our School Garden
project. He arranges to have the
children plant the vines right after school. A couple of teachers from the
Secondary School come by asking for a bag as well. At first we turn them away but when it
appears we have a couple of extra bags we have them sign for and explain they
will need to share vines with four community members when they get their
We leave the
VHT OSP coordinator to finish distributing the remaining bags and head back to
Kinoni to pick up their completed forms.
Unfortunately the process has not even started when we arrive, so
Angella and I start to record the names of those who are there. As there is no photocopy or carbon, I make a
second copy so we can leave it with the OSP coordinator so he can gather any
signatures that we have not obtained. We try to get as many signatures as we can.
process takes a long time. Many of the "signatures" are actually the printed names of people. Then I notice someone signing a second time
and ask her why. She says she is signing
for someone else who cannot write. I
have the person put an X down which the VHT can witness. We have to show her what an X looks like, most come out more like an +, a much more familiar symbol here. Angella writes an X on her palm to show her
how to do it. It turns out there are many more who cannot write their names in this group. Either that or I was not noticing it
earlier. I explain to Angella that they
can also sign with a thumb print if it is witnessed, that it is legal, but
someone else signing for you is not.
|Boy play with Tire|
coordinator for this parish turns up half way through.
He tells us that 7 VHTs from several distant villages sent word that they have produced enough OSP
vines that they are able to share with two community members each so will not
need Harvest Plus vines. He has communicated this to
some of the VHTs that live near by who have quickly identified local farmers, many of them
illiterate who seem very poor. This, I
think to myself, is the beauty of having an agriculture project with the health
workers. They know who works hard and has little in their community and can
ensure we reach them.