HELP THE HEALTH CENTER TO REOPEN
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About the Event
Born in Uganda's biggest red-light district of Kabalagala Essie grew up seeing girls as young as 13 trading their bodies to earn a living amidst abject poverty. In this community death was a more familiar visitor than a doctor in homes where families could hardly afford a meal a day. At 14 Essie took it upon herself to change the narrative by volunteering at government health centre to provide health opportunities for girls trapped in transactional sex in her community. Sadly the government health centre was closed for upgrading and Essie had mobilized over 300 young people who were receiving services on a daily basis.
They all followed her at her mother's home and she used to meet them on the verandah and under a tree shade but this was not sustainable until Essie made a record breaking decision when she turned down the offer to join college and donated all her university tuition and started a non profit community health centre at the age of 17 which she named after her role model Princess Diana of Wales.
She was named Uganda's Ambassador for Women and Girls and started 2 reality TV shows to end violence against women and girls including refugees. She was selected a European Union Young Leader and a Youth Expert at the African Union. She won many local and international awards of excellence including the Commonwealth Peace Award.
By the time she passed on 13th June 2020 in a fatal accident in USA, Princess Diana Health Centre was receiving between 280-300 patients a day 85% of whom were vulnerable women and girls. It used to handle 8-10 deliveries a day majority of whom were pregnancies to adolescent girls. It's Teenage Centre received 120 - 150 young people (10-24) daily.
Right now all this is no more as the non profit community Health Centre she started is now closed due to lack of funds to continue serving vulnerable communities after her death. She was the chief fundraiser of the community health centre for vulnerable women to access Appropriate and Affordable health care services.
Child Care & Rescue Programme a non-profit charity organization registered in Uganda and incorporated in the US, which care takes the Office of Uganda's Ambassador for Women and Girls which Essie served as Ambassador, is committed to uphold Essie's Legacy by revamping the Non profit Health Centre and growing it to the dream Essie had; growing it to the 1st Women and Girls Research Hospital in Uganda.
We are kindly calling upon you to be part of this agenda which Essie called "Every life given by God is worth saving". She used to remind us that "No amount of money is worth a life".