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i.HUG Foundation Receives International Grant: Hires a School Nurse to Improve Student Health and Learning
Date:2/13/2009

KABALAGALA, Uganda, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In the midst of the AIDS crisis and other rampant diseases that have ravaged its impoverished community, the Kabalagala Community Academy (KCA) has finally begun to take its first steps toward healing. A $5,000 grant from the Virginia Gildersleeve International Foundation has enabled the school to establish a formal school clinic program where children can get the healthcare services they so desperately need. The KCA was founded in 2007 by the I Help Uganda Grow (i.HUG) Foundation.

"We are extremely grateful for the generous donation that the Virginia Gildersleeve International Foundation gave to i.HUG," said Joanna Breitstein, i.HUG co-founder and president. "The school nurse will make a significant difference in these children's ability to remain in school."

"Nurse Margaret," as the children call her, serves some 85 disadvantaged and orphaned children who live in the slums of Kabalagala, outside the capital of Kampala. When not in school, many of them subsist on minimal food and no running water.

"These children suffer from a variety of afflictions that wreak havoc on their physical, social and emotional development," said Breitstein. "Because of the unsanitary conditions they're forced to live in, diseases like malaria, worms and fungal infections strike, leaving the children unable to attend school. Through i.HUG and the new school clinic program, these children now have a better chance of growing up to live healthier -- and happier -- lives."

The school nurse not only will watch over the health of the students, but also will provide health services to the children's immediate families and the KCA staff. Educational programs will be implemented to help inform the families and the community about the importance of hygiene, safe drinking water and malaria prevention. This work emphasizes i.HUG's commitment to wellness and stability in
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