LOCAL VOLUNTEERS BACK FROM LIFE-SAVING MISSION IN AFRICA
The Team in Ukerewe
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A team of 25 local Rotary volunteers is just back from Africa, where they worked alongside prisoners and school children to supply water to schools and build a shelter for pregnant women.
Ukerewe is the largest Lake Victoria island, but most of its 350 thousand population live in scattered communities, linked only by mud tracks. The island is reachable only by twice a day ferry, which takes three and half hours from the mainland town of Mwanza, the second largest town in Tanzania.
The project to transform healthcare and water provision began three years ago when Huddersfield Surgeon, John Philip, and his wife, Chris, visited the island. They heard alarming stories of women with complicated pregnancies walking many miles to reach the hospital. John says: "Four women had died in labour on the way to the hospital. This