Sunrise Centre is a community-led organization working to alleviate the root causes of poverty in the Mukono District, Uganda through a combination of education, healthcare, and income-generating initiatives. They work cooperatively with community-elected leaders and a Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) to provide programs that meet the needs of the local population. Grace Family Health Centre is the medical component of Sunrise Centre that serves 10 surrounding villages with a population of over 12,000 people. The clinic provides free prenatal, maternal and postnatal care, free family planning services and immunizations, basic laboratory services, quality assured medications from a low cost dispensary, free medical consultations, and free HIV counselling.
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Grace Family Health Centre is the only free clinic within a thirty mile radius of their service area. The Centre recognizes the dignity and worth of every person, and is dedicated to providing equal access to compassionate and affordable healthcare. They provide services to an average of +700 people per month and deliver +30 babies per month. There is no fee for consultations, prenatal services, HIV testing, immunizations and family planning. In order to achieve some level of sustainability they charge a small amount for prescriptions, but because medications are sold at cost, prices are much lower than other pharmacies, and they stock a much broader range of quality assured medications.
Outreach programs include the The Rise up and CARE program (Communication, Attachment, Respect, Equality), a program created to combat gender- based violence, eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDs, promote healthy families and increase paternal involvement.
Buiga Sunrise School is the educational component of Sunrise Centre. The school provides equal opportunity to 350 students and is comprised of a preschool, kindergarten and primary section. They believe deeply in the motto “Education is Light," They go beyond classroom instruction and provide hands-on vocational training, which allows children to gain valuable life skills, while building confidence and leadership capabilities. Additionally they host both Ugandan and American practicum students in a cooperative learning exchange.
What started as a small preschool in 2005 has grown into an elementary school, vocational program, community library, maternity center and family clinic serving 10 rural villages. Sunrise has grown from 50 students to 350 students and nearly 9000 patients served annually. Their progress is thanks to a community-led model and a global network of dedicated supporters. ”I’m proud to say we’re not just aiming to improve lives through a combination of healthcare, education and income-generating projects. We’re actually doing it.” Nicole Van Seters (Sunrise Founder & Director)
For more information: www.buiga-sunrise.org
Co-Founder and Director: Nicole Van Seters
Care Counselor/Midwife: Musimenta Joan