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.

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.

HUG Charity Foundation Inc. (Uganda)

Sewing and Knitting Programme Expansion
HUG Charity Foundation (HCF) is an Australian based not for profit organization that focuses on establishing sustainable partnerships between two different cultures and has been working side by side with communities surrounding Lubanda Village, in south western Uganda since 2008.

AusCam Freedom Project (Cambodia)

Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) Clubs
AusCam Freedom Project is a registered Australian charity that was founded in 2012 by Geoff and Julie Dowse, while they were living in Cambodia.

While spending their spare time with an orphanage where they formed relationships with 70 vulnerable children, they quickly discovered that these children were being exploited by the orphanage itself.

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.

Connecting Hands Training Cafe (Cambodia)

Connecting Hands Training Cafe – Traineeship (Cambodia)
Connecting Hands (2010) is an Australian based, independent not-for-profit charity reaching out to young victims of human trafficking and slavery in Cambodia.

Sustainable employment is often the only way to remove and support women who have suffered enslavement and violence and prevent the occurrence of further exploitation & slavery.

Hopes and Dreams (South Africa)

Economic Empowerment – women’s self-help groups (South Africa)
Hopes and Dreams began their first project in 2010 and are passionate about their work to help break the cycle of poverty for those who have lived with it for years and even generations.

Hopes and Dreams is dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions through micro enterprise and water development projects in Africa and India.

They focus on two key areas:

Children First Foundation

Rehab Through Play Project
Children First Foundation (CFF) is a Melbourne based not-for-profit charity founded in 1999. They facilitate life-changing – sometimes life-saving – surgery in Australia for children from developing countries. The children they support are unable to access the medical procedures, resources and care that they require as these complex and often multiple surgical procedures are not available in the children’s own countries.

CFF work in collaboration with extraordinary surgeons, medical doctors, health professionals and hospitals who often provide this first-class treatment and allied health therapy, on a pro bono basis and to date have supported over 350 children from more than 30 different countries.