One Brick at a Time (OBAAT) is a co-international partnership project in Uganda led by Liverpool Hope University, Chester & District Housing Trust (CDHT), VMM, Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal, which is in the Rwenzori district of Uganda and St Joseph’s Technical College also in Fort Portal.
Originally been conceived as a skill exchange with Ugandan apprentices and technical graduates using UK-based construction employees that benefitted schools in the Rwenzori area through substantial refurbishment.
Achievements to date, all funded entirely through corporate sponsorship, has seen the full refurbishment of three major local schools, hospitals and health centres and benefitted in excess of 2,000 children and families.
Hoima Regional Referral Hospital
One of many OBAAT Projects:
Hoima Regional Referral Hospital (RRH), located approximately 208km from Fort Portal, serves a population of slightly more than 2 million people in Bunyoro (in the midwest) and Central Uganda. The districts it serves include Hoima, Masindi, Kiryandongo, Buliisa, Kibaale, Kyankwanzi and Kiboga, and an additional steadily-increasing number of patients are coming from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The project was sponsored by LMP- Liverpool Mulago Partnership Charity which has a partnership with Hoima Hospital to provide volunteers from UK to work on the health service provision and to attend to patients from Hoima and surroundings areas.
Volunteers needed the supervision of a fully qualified doctor and Hoima Hospital was facing difficulties in finding a professional Doctor who was interested to work in Hoima, a faraway District from Kampala. Therefore, with accommodation to be offered as an extra benefit, Hoima Hospital should be able to employ a full time doctor to supervise the volunteers.
LMP agreed to provide this accommodation by funding the construction of a twin house with 2 bedrooms each. The decision was made to construct two houses so that one could accommodate long-term obstetric volunteers to work alongside the Ugandan obstetrician who would occupy the other house.