Banana Plants And Fruit Trees For Hospital In Uganda
In extremely poor district Kasese in Uganda there is the St. Joseph Mosati Thank You Jesus Clinic built by Father Peter. Until the year of 2012 F. Peter was renting rooms in which he provided medical help to the poorest of his community. After generating donations he was able to buy some land and build a health clinic that was established in 2018. People pay for their medical treatment what they can afford. Widows and orphans do get medical help for free. So far the project was mainly financed with donated money from Znüni Afrikahilfe which is part of the Katholische Seelsorgeeinheit in Bad Säckingen.
By this time the ward owns an external reception room, an examination room, a treatment room, four sickrooms and a nurses' room. Altogether eleven caregivers are able to diagnose and cure diseases like malaria, typhus, AIDS, tuberculosis or diabetes. After getting solar panels for lighting the medical station in the first year, in 2019 they furthermore could acquire a water filter system, that purifies raw water into abacterial drinking water. Additionally an ambulance was purchased – everything necessary steps in order to get official recognition from the government.
The hospital is located on its own land but there is no more space for agriculture. Not far away from the station F. Peter had the chance to aquire two acre of land. The Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung absorbed the costs for the land acquisition and will provide banana plants and fruit trees on top. A plantation with 490 banana plants will emerge on an area of 9.000 sqm. Along with it 50 Gilveria and 50 Luziana trees will protect the plants from outside and 105 manioc trees and 20 mango trees will provide some shade within the plantation. Corn and beans serve as catch cropping.
Banana plants and trees will generate food for the patients of the hospital. Besides F. Peter is planning on supporting the poorest members of the community by giving bananas to them. Surplus bananas, mangos and manioc roots on one side shall be sold and the revenues should cover the wages of the three farmers in the future. On the other hand parts of the revenues will be used to purchase medical supplies. By implementing this project we support people living in a very poor region that need any help they can get. Furthermore we plant some more trees to fight climate change.