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Addis Abba Fistula Hospital
The entrance arch to Lalibela Hospital

List of available services at Lalibela Hospital
List of available services at Lalibela Hospital

The 3-bedded labour ward
The original 3-bedded labour ward

Three couches in the delivery room Three couches in the delivery room

The three-bedded immediate post-delivery ward prior to discharge
The three-bedded immediate post-delivery ward prior to discharge

by contrast Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
... by contrast, the excellent facilities at Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital grateful patients
Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital grateful patients

The old Kewabhara health post - the middle room onlyThe old Kewabhara health post - the middle room only

The new Kewabhara health post
The new Kewabhara health post

The new Kewabhara health post
Presentation of 2016 Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Norman and Carole

Donkeys walking past the new Lalibela maternity unit
Donkeys walking past the new Lalibela maternity unit

The out-patient area with family planning, consultation, scanning, laboratory and pharmacy rooms
The out-patient area with family planning, consultation, scanning, laboratory and pharmacy rooms on left hand side

The dividing aluminium door between out-patient and in-patient areas.
The dividing aluminium door between out-patient and in-patient areas. In-patients consists of labour and delivery rooms and two operating theatres. Also ante-natal, post-natal, caesarian section wards plus intensive care post-caesarian and neo-natal wards.
NORMAN AND CAROLE`S EXISTING PROJECTS
Health Posts
[16 completed;  serving a total of around 148,000 people]
Frustratingly, work on a new Health Post in Meket woreda continues to be delayed by a dispute between residents about its location.

Spring Improvement
[128 completed;  6 failed (but 2 have been rebuilt);  9 under construction.   Total beneficiaries 53,000].  Work continues, but slowly because of the security risks and cement availability.

Schools
[22 classrooms built plus we have managed the construction process of 2 completely new schools and 4 major renovations mainly funded by the Australian charity “Create/Impact”, totalling a further 21 classrooms.  At an average of 40 children per shift, 2 shifts per day, the number of children benefitting is around 49,000.] Children returned to school recently with good Covid provisions:  masks for all over 8 years;  3 shifts per day to allow social distancing;  retired teachers re-engaged, etc.

NORMAN AND CAROLE`S 3 NEW PROJECTS
Food for IDPs
A major donation is being made by our Australian partners “Create Impact” for buying food for IDPs.  The food is being distributed by a Committee who identify the most needy, in our experience quite effectively and our Project Manager will oversee their activity.

Face Masks
With Create Impact, we funded face masks for needy children over 8 who must have them for school.

Hostel for Needy Girls
In the grounds of Lalibela High School a hostel was constructed around 2010 by a local Ethiopian NGO, who recently handed it over to the School.   Its objective was to accommodate up to 36 girls from the rural areas around Lalibela who have performed well in their local school up to Grade 8 exams but could not continue to the High School in Lalibela because they could not afford a room rent there;  nor food which they got from their parents’ farms.   The idea was excellent, but it was never well managed and in recent years had only 10-15 occupants, partly because the High School required a very high Grade 8 result to qualify for a room.

We had long discussions with the Head of Education and the School Director and they have agreed to lower the academic entry requirement.   And, very importantly, Create/Impact have secured an excellent sponsor who will pay for the girls’ total basic food needs, plus extra security, cooking equipment, bedding, cleaning materials, etc. for 4 years.  At the same time a UK donor has offered to provide all the food for around 6 boys or girls in Lalibela town who have attained the necessary academic standard and can live in their own homes but whose families are suffering from the serious shortage of work in the town.  

Date of Next Visit
Hopefully March 2021 – depending on UK and Ethiopian quarantine restrictions.


HELPING HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WATER SUPPLY - NORMAN AND CAROLE

Norman and Carole`s primary involvement since 2000 has been spring improvement projects around Lalibela usually in the more remote areas where NGOs and charities do not operate. They also manage the construction of new health posts.  
The contract depends on the local Government Department paying 20% towards the final cost.  They must also provide and pay, in the case of health posts, the two female Health Extension Workers who will staff the building. The local community must provide the unskilled labour and transport all locally available materials such as sand, gravel, building stone and wood free of charge. Our commitment is to pay what they cannot provide - cement, corrugated metal, pipes, windows etc - and the local skilled Ethiopian builder who manages the local community workforce.  Without these strict conditions and understanding, there is no contract.

SPRING IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Each SIP costs a minimum of £3,300 but very much dependent upon the proximity to reasonable access.  An existing spring is opened out to maximise its water bearing capacity.  A concrete "box" structure is built around to contain and collect all the water and pipe it into a nearby stone and concrete downhill reservoir typically 3 x 4 x1 metres. The reservoir is built where it is easily accessible and acceptable for local people.  On the reservoir, three taps provide the clean spring water for local people, one pipe from the reservoir fills an animal drinking trough, and another feeds into four concrete trays used for washing. In this way, the drinking water is kept separate and clean, directly from the spring. SIPs complement well our activity with health posts, where many of the patients will no longer suffer from water-borne diseases.  It is probably the best £ for £ investment leading to an immediate reduction in morbidity and mortality of the local community from gastrointestinal diseases.  The cattle are also healthier!
 
 

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