On Thursday May 23, 2019 Reach Out hosted a group of students and faculty from Drake University and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) on a day’s excursion focused on the understanding of the running’s of the medical and savings groups functions of the organisation.
Amongst the activities that the guests partook in, after viewing the latest organisation documentary, was a tour of the three Reach Out facilities of Mbuya, Banda and Kinawataka were the students got to witness firsthand how clients are handled when they come in for care at the facilities. Thereafter, they were taken into the communities to meet with the young mothers involved in the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) program introduced to them by Reach Out as a way to manage their savings and keeping economically empowered.
The trip was concluded with a tour of Acholi Quarters, a community inhabited by the largest population of Reach Out clients, many of whom hail from the war-torn Northern region of Uganda, who got to exhibit some of their handcrafts that they sell to sustain their families.
In his appreciation, Mr. Glenn McKnight, a faculty member from Drake University commended Reach Out for the medical care and support it lends out to the communities it ministers, and pledged to continue spreading the word of the good work the organisation does wherever he went.
This is the fifth year in a row that the group of students and faculty from the two Universities (Drake and MUBS) have visited Reach Out Mbuya. The first visit was in 2014.