Q3/2010: Kiryandongo Progress Report

September 28, 2010

Jonathan White and Naku Charles

Kiryandango Progress Report, September 28th, 2010

The following report summarizes the 15th of May through 5th of September time period for the School Support and Acupuncture programs at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.

School Support:

  • 795 students in total are supported by RMF/WCF funding in Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools:
  • 126 Kenyan students and 35 Sudanese students totaling to 161 students are at the Panyandoli Self Help Secondary school.
  • 31 Candidate students who are getting ready to take final examinations this year either to go to University or Advanced level (Senior 5). We have 18 Kenyan students and 10 Sudanese students in senior level four totaling 28 candidate students for upper level. We are supporting 3 Kenyan student candidates in Senior 6.
  • For Arnold Primary School we have 233 students supported and 223 at Can Rom Primary School, 95 at Beth Cole nursery school, and 85 at Daystar Nursery.
  • School supplies were brought at the beginning of the term. Photo below

In summary:

Beth Cole and Daystar Nursery Schools: 180
Can Rom and Arnold Primary Schools: 456
Panyandoli Self Help Secondary School: 161
Total Children Supported: 797


RMF and UNHCR equipped the health centre with pharmaceuticals this reporting period, so the patients had the option either to utilize pharmaceuticals or acupuncture. The majority of the Kenyan refugees still prefer acupuncture treatment and the other groups use both acupuncture and pharmaceuticals. Body point acupuncture and the NADA protocol remain vital and helpful options for the community for treating patients their various illnesses, pain, and psychological trauma. Acupuncture continues to be a vital part of the lives of people in Kiryandongo.

  • Basic Acupuncture Protocol: 1,172 patients – 312 males, 443 females, 200 boys and 217 girls, ranging in age from 2 years to 70+ years were treated with basic acupuncture protocols for diabetes, respiratory, pain, fever, headache, cardiac, and other disorders. 123 Sudanese refugees, 92 Ugandans, 44 Rwandese and Congolese, and 914 Kenyans were treated with basic acupuncture protocols.
  • NADA Acupuncture Protocol: 3,813 patients – 1,203 children, 1,313 women and 1,297 men were treated with the NADA protocol; 442 Sudanese, 304 Ugandan, 230 Rwandese and Sudanese, and 2,837 Kenyans.

Other news:

  • The Arnold Primary School latrine was built as shown in the pictures below. The girls at Arnold Primary School are very happy and proud of RMF/WCF’s effort to build their own latrine. They now feel very comfortable because of the beautiful, well painted new latrine put in place.


  • RMF’s office compound at the camp is now functional, staff completed the clearing of the brush on the ground, painting and equipping the office.
  • 10,000 new Ugandan IDP Refugees displaced by an earthquake in eastern Uganda are expected to arrive at Kiryandongo at the end of the month. We will find out next month whether or not this means a significant increase to the number or students attending the settlement school system.

Success of NADA Five Point Acupuncture:

“These children in a group photo above share similar stories of bed wetting, poor concentration in class, and when they go to fetch water, they always share their problems and laugh with one and other. In times of anger, they use bed wetting to annoy the other siblings. Their parents and guardians took them to John Njoroge’s home for private treatment with NADA as their parents and guardians were embarrassed of their big boys and girls bed wetting. After two weeks of treatment, the problem of bed wetting ceased, and now the problem of concentration has been reported to be improving. John continues to give these children treatment, and they are happy and confide in John.”

“David Njuguna is 21 years old. He visited Kiryandongo camp to see his lost relatives at the same time as the acupuncture team were treating patients. David wondered what was happening and he wanted to experience it. When he was treated with needles in the ears, he felt very relaxed and a few minutes later he started dozing (falling asleep). He was told he must be restless and stressed somehow to fall asleep so quickly, and he agreed with the statement, and he felt much better after his sleepiness wore off.”

Successes of Body Point Acupuncture

“Onyango Ebele, 31 years old, is an athletic and sports loving young man who had been experiencing backache. His friend who knew about acupuncture at the camp directed him, and he visited, eagerly hoping for treatment. When he was told, he was going to be treated with needles, he was fearful and scared. He courageously went ahead with treatment and he felt a positive reaction quite soon, feeling less pain on the first day of treatment. He frequented for treatment for a week and he feels cured with no more back pains.”

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