Symbiosis International (Bangladesh)

Village Vision 2020
The Village Vision 2020 project will be conducted as part of the Symbiosis Primary Eye Care Service (SPECS) project, the aim of which is: Supporting sustainable development by reducing low vision and blindness with a focus on primary eye care, eye health education and training of skilled eye care personnel.

UCF is proud to report this is the fifth year Symbiosis have successfully applied for a small grant to support their provision of eye care,  specifically eye cataract surgery, in Bangladesh.

Project Objectives:

  1. Facilitate improved quality of life and development participation for the poor by providing primary eye care and treating blindness caused by cataracts
  2. Strengthen Symbiosis’ grassroots development work by building trust through demonstrating practical care and concern

Project Outcomes:

  1. Screening of patients: Symbiosis will conduct vision screening for around 200 people and will provide low cost eye care treatment as required
  2. Identifying cataract patients: Symbiosis will determine the 20 most needy patients from those identified as being blind due to bilateral cataracts
  3. Surgery provision: Symbiosis will arrange transport to and from Mymensingh and cataract surgery (utilising intra-ocular lenses) for 20 patients through the BNSB eye hospital
  4. Post-operative care and assistance: Symbiosis will provide post-operative care to the 20 patients to reduce the risk of complications

Note: In last year’s Village Vision project, an additional 9 patients were found to be blind due to cataracts (over and above the 20 anticipated). Due to Symbiosis’ good relationship with the BNSB, the eye hospital agreed to provide surgery and cover the costs of the additional patients from its own budget.

Village Vision 2020 will be completed (including post-project report and photos) by 30 June 2020. The total cost to restore sight is effectively less than $100 per person (as the project budget also includes screening of 200 patients etc).

The directors of UCF  were pleased once again to contribute a grant of $2,000 to the Village Vision project for 2020 and congratulate Symbiosis International on the continuation of this important programme.

 

 

Cobra and Mongoose Charity Group (Rwanda)

Rwanda Childcare (Nursery) Facility Fitout
Cobra and Mongoose Charity Group (C&M) was founded in 2003 by Michael Symons after travelling in developing countries and realising how lucky he was to be born in Australia.

Initially the charity was set up primarily to help support the many orphans left by the civil war in Sri Lanka. The first project was support for a girl’s orphanage in Kandy, financing a new kitchen and washing facilities. Cobra and Mongoose now positively impact the lives of thousands across Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Prepare, Produce, Provide (W.A.)

5000 Meals
Prepare Produce Provide (PPP) is the trading name for the not-for profit organisation Live To Tell Your Story Inc. established in 2013 by like-minded and passionate home economics teachers in Western Australia with a vision for training and assisting young people to develop career pathways in the education, food and hospitality industries.

Over the last few years the organisation expanded its membership and developed innovative and effective projects that bring together teachers, chefs and other food industry stakeholders to impart skills to young people to prepare and cook nutritious and quality meals benefiting a wide range of social and community causes.

Motivation Australia

Diabetic Foot Wounds Treatment – Honiara, Solomon Islands
Motivation Australia (MA) is a not for profit, disability and development organisation working with local organisations in the Pacific Region, to enable people to be healthy, access assistive technology (such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, vision and hearing aids), and achieve full and equal inclusion.

UCF previously awarded a grant to Motivation Australia to improve children’s wheelchair services in Fiji in March 2018.

SPELD NSW Inc

Assist with Responsive Website Costs
SPELD NSW provides support to children and adults with specific learning difficulties (like dyslexia) and who struggle to learn to read, spell, write and learn mathematics across NSW. As part of that, they support their families, teachers, tutors and schools.

SPELD NSW provide a free parent information and referral service, offer professional develop for teachers, provide information, support and resources for families, teachers and schools and offer psychological assessment of specific learning difficulties.

Women’s Justice Network

Mentoring Programme
Women’s Justice Network works with women and girls affected by the criminal justice system, through a gender specific mentoring programme, where they train volunteer women mentors from the community and match them with women who are exiting custody, or girls involved in juvenile justice, to provide a non-judgmental relationship and practical support.

The mentoring programme  encourages women and girls to make choices for a better future and has shown great results in reducing the likelihood a woman/girl will return to custody, compared to the general female prison population.

The Abbeyfield Society Marion Inc

Health & Wellbeing Project – Sports Equipment
Originally established in 1990 Abbeyfield Marion provided supported independent living for 10 elderly persons who could no longer afford to rent in South Australia. The elderly residents moved out in 2009 and a disability house was established to accommodate young adults with mild intellectual disabilities.

Abbeyfield Marion is part of Abbeyfield Australia who are the peak national body representing and supporting 22 local Abbeyfield societies. An Abbeyfield House is a group house in which residents live independently within a shared supportive environment. An Abbeyfield House is a large house but it is not an institution or a facility. It is just an ordinary house in an ordinary street. The residents ‘come and go’ as they please, socialise with other residents as much as desired.

Impact Care and Compassion (Qld)

Commercial Freezer
Impact Care and Compassion (ICC) is based in the northern suburbs of Brisbane and has been operating for over 10 years.

As an agency for Foodbank distribution, ICC offer ongoing emergency food relief parcels to those in our community suffering financial hardship. These referrals come from the many networks ICC liaise with in the community such as: Centre for Domestic Violence, Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre, Salvation Army Emergency Relief Network and Uniting Care.

Aussie Books for Zim (Zimbabwe)

Rural School Library Setup
Aussie Books For Zim (ABZ) is an Australian registered charity with a vision of creating brighter futures through books. They collect new and gently used books mainly from Australia and ship them to Zimbabwe where they establish libraries in rural disadvantaged communities who previously had no access to books.

ABZ is all about sustainability and upcycling – turning one man’s trash into another man’s treasure! So far ABZ have shipped 90,000 books to set up over 40 libraries.

Australian Dental Outreach Foundation Inc

Grow up Smiling – “GuS” – programme materials
The Australian Dental Outreach Foundation Inc (ADOFI) provides mobile dental treatment and related services across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia and partners with facilities, including schools, to provide care to those in greatest need. It is an entirely voluntary orgnisation.

The Foundation strives to provide oral care to the most needy members of the community across Australia, who suffer the greatest burden of disease – often with the poorest access to dental care. Such patients include children, the disabled and seriously ill.