Current & Past Projects
Alanyi Health Centre
On a Mission has been working closely with the Alanyi Health Centre in Lira,
Uganda for many years now. Our 2010 and
2012 Fundraiser Dinners raised funds to help build, furnish and equip a
Maternity Ward that opened in 2012. In 2014
our Fundraiser Dinner raised $50,000 to fund the construction of a Children’s
Ward. This year all proceeds will benefit the creation of a new Women's Ward.
to these additions to the Centre, women in labor and sick children would often
be treated next to adults having surgery.
The birthing room in the older Alanyi facility was adjacent to a general
operating room. Women in labor were
separated from general surgeries by a single hanging sheet, allowing no privacy
and creating an often traumatic atmosphere for the delivering mother. Conditions were less than sanitary and there
was no place for the mother to recover. Children who were sick or who needed surgery were treated next to
extremely sick adults. It was a chaotic
and scary experience for them.
the Maternity Ward is a thriving, busy, desperately needed resource in the Lira
community. It includes a
delivery/operating room, recovery room, reception area for the mother’s family,
and areas for consultation and family planning.
It is the biggest building in the health center complex and provides a
level of care to mothers and newborns rarely found in this part of the world.
The Children’s Ward includes separate rooms for surgeries,
infectious disease, general illnesses, and intensive care. There is also a recovery room and small
Alanyi Health Centre Maternity Ward - completed in
Our Lady of Peace
Children’s Ark Orphanage
Children’s Ark was opened in
2005 to protect and educate orphaned children in Uganda. They provide shelter, food, clothing,
healthcare, school fees and school supplies for almost 100 children of all
ages. Children’s Ark makes a true
difference in the lives of these orphans by not
only providing basic living needs, but also making sure as many children as
possible get an education.
Through the years MOM has
supported Children’s Ark in various ways.
Thanks to our generous supporters numerous Children’s Ark children were
“adopted” by Westfield families to help provide them basic necessities
including an education. MOM also hosted
several clothing drives to collect t-shirts, sundresses, and hats in support of
from Children's Ark Orphanage
Construction of Freshwater
Inspired by the initiatives of Charity:Water, MOM decided to fund the construction of a freshwater well in a
developing country. MOM members spoke to local children during their
summer camps, raising awareness about the importance of having access to clean
drinking water. The kids responded and
helped MOM raise the $5,000 needed to sponsor and build a well. Money was also collected via personal
donations, race sponsorships, and lemonade stands.
Our well was
constructed in Gebezia Village, Ethiopia and was completed in 2012. 100% of the funds collected went directly to
the building and maintenance of this specific well, which included establishing
a water council made up of local villagers, half of whom had to be women.
In the spring of 2012 MOM raised another
$5,000, thanks in large part to MOM initiatives in local pre-schools and
community organizations, and a second well was built in MOM’s name.
Ethiopian children enjoy fresh water from the well MOM
MOM's freshwater well in Gebezia Village, Ethiopia
In addition to the above projects, MOM has held various other
fundraisers and awareness events to further our mission. These include:
- Hosting author
flowers to mothers of US servicemen
financial support to Syrian refugees re-located to Canada
- Helping 2 nearby high
schools recover from Hurricane Sandy