Following the first year of our support of their three priority projects, CEEACO conducted a first annual programme evaluation in December 2009, with the support of our local consultant Bridget Butt. 

Below are some of the impacts identified, and some stories of individuals involved.

 The Abeka community hospital

  • rates of both mortality and morbidity have decreased in all departments of the hospital
  • additional donors and more qualified personnel have been attracted to the hospital
  • a sustainable and complete stock of medication is now available in the pharmacy, which is now making a surplus supporting the hospital
  • there is a visible general improvement in the hygiene and organisation of the hospital


The Abeka Hospital pharmacist in the restocked pharmacy



Trauma Clinic Peace Garden facilitators

The Trauma Counselling & Peace Garden project

  • 8 of the 79 patients have testified to, and shown signs of, healing
  • 20 testified to having new experiences in peaceful coexistence   
  • the 25 school children supported all successfully completed their academic year
  • project leaders are committed and sincere and have personal testimonies of healing of trauma through the support of the CEEACO community

Women's Small Loans Fund

  • almost all of the women who have received loans have increased their income as a result
  • all of the women interviewed used the additional income to pay children’s school fees, to purchase clothing for children, and to improve the daily diet
  • the Abeka Women’s Group have decided to sell a piece of land that they have been farming in order to add to the capital of the loan fund



Womens Small Loan recipients  

ndividuals' stories


“Things are getting better and better.  The help from this project has made such a difference to us.  We now have medication for any case that comes our way.”

- Silas Bahirira is the Director of Nursing at the Abeka Community Hospital

“We thank the Trauma programme.  When the military attacked us [in 1996], we had to flee. Someone had to carry me on their back all the way to Baraka.  We slept on the road.  When I think of this, it hurts me.  It makes me think of my handicap and it makes me angry.  The trauma programme has [helped me overcome this], and helped me to live together again with others.”

- Munga Shabuni of Abeka is 35 years old.  He is handicapped and has no use of his legs

Construction work at the Trauma Clinic in Abeka

"I had strange ideas.  The Trauma programme has helped me to change.  Every time I saw a soldier I would flee.  Soldiers killed my husband in 1996.  After 1996, other wars came.  Our house was burnt and looted.  I was raped.  The teaching and counselling has helped me, especially the teaching that we can still live together with others.”

- Jeannette Epango of Abeka is elderly (age unknown), and a widow with seven children.  

“I thank God, because in 1996 we were in such a difficult situation.  We were sleeping in the bush.  But with the help of God, we have the trauma center.  The Trauma programme has helped me get out of the problems I was having.  I was sleeping in the bush with my children like animals.  I would build a hut wherever we were.  The Trauma teaching has brought us together, though we were enemies with one another.  It used to be that if we saw a Mai-Mai, or a soldier, we would flee.  We’d leave everything and flee.  We love animals, and we lost people….but now we’re starting to live together with the military.  At that time, the military would come by and we’d flee….but now we even talk to them.  Now we sleep well.  The houses that were burnt are being rebuilt again.    I also fled during the problems in October 2009.  We went to Makobola.  We came back after 2 weeks.  When we came back we got more training and were able to see that it’s normal to have problems, but that they won’t all be so serious.  I thought we would be displaced for a long time again, because of my trauma.  Attending trauma-healing training after this problem helped me to find more courage for the future.”

- Rashidi Mupenga of Abeka is also elderly (age unknown).  

“I buy palm oil and sell it in Makobola.  Before, I couldn’t sell at Makobola [because I didn’t have enough money].  Since I got the credit, I can go to Makobola.  I use the profit to pay my children’s school fees.”

- Women’s loan recipient, Abeka.