There IS Something We Can Do to Fight Poverty; THE COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING HARD TO HELP MAKE POVERTY IN THE THIRD WORLD HISTORY

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), July 8, 2005 | Go to article overview

There IS Something We Can Do to Fight Poverty; THE COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING HARD TO HELP MAKE POVERTY IN THE THIRD WORLD HISTORY


Byline: By DAYLE CRUTCHLOW dale_crutchlow@mrn.co.uk

'We know what's going on in Africa and we have the ability to do something about it'

COVENTRY fire officer Nobby Clarke has raised thousands of pounds to send firefighting equipment to Uganda.

He has also visited the African country many times to train local people in first aid and firefighting, as well to raise funds for a much-needed medical centre in Luweero, a small town near the capital Kampala.

And Mr Clarke, who is Coventry's community fire safety officer, said: "We know what's going on in Africa and we have the ability to do something about it.

"The fact we are not makes us accountable to future generations, who will ask what we did about it."

He added: "There's almost an attitude that raising money doesn't work. It does. What people need to do is give a little bit more support to people working in organisations who know how it should be spent."

Mr Clarke who is due to fly out to Uganda again soon, said many people there didn't really grasp what was going on at the G8 summit in Scotland.

"They don't really understand what debt relief could mean to them. We are fairly worldly wise and have access to information about what is going on outside our own communities.

"In Uganda, they don't have any great expectations of life getting any better. They are not running to politicians demanding a better life because they don't expect it."

Team delivers schooling and clothes - with YOUR help

A TEAM of Coventry volunteers are back home following a trip to eastern Uganda, where they helped transform an empty building into a vocational training centre for girls.

The visit to Soroti was organised through city-based charity Global Care to help children in one of the poorest areas of the country.

During their visit the team worked alongside a team of Ugandan labourers, plastering walls and installing doors and windows, and basic lighting.

In seven days they had transformed the centre.

John White, Global Care's director of operations, said: "We intend to use the rooms we completed to provide some basic education for girls who have missed so much schooling."

During their visit the team distributed items of clothing donated by Evening Telegraph readers in an joint Evening Telegraph/Global Care appeal last summer.

It went to needy families in camps around Soroti and the town's hospital.

Mr White said: "They were thrilled to receive their gifts - especially as some of the tiny babies had nothing at all."

He added: "Anne - our manager in Soroti - said this was the most moving experience - there were children lining the road and singing thanks for what we had provided. …

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