Mike & Sue Hughes
In March this year Mike & Sue Hughes returned to the UK, having spent 5 years at Potter's Village. They accomplished a huge amount during their time in Kisoro, in fact their impact is immeasurable. Their vision and leadership have moved this project forward to become the remarkable place it is today.
Their primary goal has been to make sure PV is providing exactly the right service for the community and also the most high quality care available. It has been described as a beacon of light for any child in need, by the local district Health Officer.
It is with heartfelt thanks and immense gratitude that we wish them a very happy retirement. We thank them for their tireless hard work, their commitment to the vision and their stewardship of this project. We praise God for them and all their gifts and achievements. (Photograph from their leaving party)
With the increasing number of patients now being treated in the Medical Centre the small laboratory was proving unable to cope with the work requirements.
A new laboratory is now under construction, the door to the new entrance is already in, most of the plumbing has been done, more lights have been put in. We are currently working on tiling, partitioning, and painting. We are hoping to finish all the work soon.
New babies - June
Potter's Village received three new babies during the month of June Victorious, Samuel and Felex.
Victorious, was admitted to Potter’s Village on 23rd June, his Mother died of liver failure after giving birth to him. She sought help from several hospitals none of which managed to help her. Victorious has 2 sisters and 1 brother, so he will stay at Potter's Village until we can find a suitable family member to care for him.
Samuel is 2 months old and is from Democratic Republic of Congo. He was born in one of Uganda’s refugee camps. His mother died of malaria. We are unsure at this stage if we will be able to find any of his family or if he will need to be fostered once he is fit and well enough to leave PV
Felex arrived on the 3rd July and is approximately 5 weeks old. Sadly his mother died immediately after the caesarean section operation at a local hospital.
The Potter's Village Antenatal and Maternity Unit seek to help women and prevent (where possible) the unnecessary maternal deaths through education and high quality care. We hope in the future to prevent more children like these ending up without their mother. If you feel moved to be able to support his work, then please contact Ruth. We need more donations to fund our midwifes and medical staff.
Green Cottage was built in 2012 to house longer term volunteers at PV. It has proved to be a valuable asset to the project, housing many long and short term volunteers and the odd PV baby needing 1:1 overnight care.
It has more recently become the home of Dr Daniel, who with his workload and responsibility needs to live onsite. Over the year the building has seen many improvements, but more recently the floor has been tiled and the walls repainted to make it a more suitable permanent home.
On the 23rd of June with held our Annual Potter's Village Celebration day. This year it was at St Andrew's Church in High Wycombe and it was a wonderful afternoon.
We were pleased to welcome Jenny Green to speak alongside Rosie Brown and Nicci Maxwell who is going to be returning to Kisoro in August. It was wonderful to hear from them all, catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Thanks to some wonderful donations we have recently managed to do some repair on chimneys and on cooking stoves in the main kitchen.
The chimney’s had got burnt and had started to crumble. The kitchen staff are now happy to see them repaired and working well.
Please pray for us
As Potter's Village increases in size inevitably costs will also increase. Please pray that we continue to find funding and support in order that we can continue to expand and save the lives of those who need us the most.
Give Thanks to God for:
The good reputation of the Medical Centre for its cleanliness and care
The continued good work of the Nutrition Unit in teaching mothers to feed their children well with what they have
The dedication of all our staff
For all the volunteers who support Potter's Village through prayer and practical assistance
The numbers of lives saved through the existence of Potter's Village
The committed work of Mike & Sue Hughes during their time at PV
The continued support of PV crisis centre. Our babies are growing well and the community support programme has helped a lot of households in Kisoro
The kind donations which have helped us construct the new laboratory and plaster the perimeter wall
Please Pray for:
Long term foster families for children who cannot be resettled with their biological families
Medical staff willing to volunteer with the project
The coffee crop, that it will flourish and be a good source of income for PV
Alex's ongoing assessment and treatment.
Water shortages during this dry, sunny season. its causing many issues and we pray for the rains to come to aid us and our crops.
We pray for the stocks of F75 & F100 (emergency nutritional food used in our Unit), normally provided free by the WHO & Government have run out. Making this formula ourselves is costly, please pray that more supplies will arrive soon.
Please pray that the Medical Centre grows in its services to the community.
Please continue to pray for baby Alex, that he may find a loving and caring family.