St. Annes Mundulu
Mundulu was a forgotten community that caught our attention. It was a place over shadowed by poverty and sickness but we looked beyond this exterior and saw the potential of Mundulu and the people there. The KCP invested time, relationship and finances into Mundulu and we have seen a dramatic change.
The centre of the community is St Anne's Primary School. Classed as 'underachieving', this school was struggling to provide children with the resources and education every child deserves. At The KCP we recognised the factor holding this school in failure was the infestation of Tungiasis. 93 pupils were badly affected by this treatable disease that is primarily linked to poverty. The affected children were shamed by this disease. They were deemed 'untouchable'. Unable to walk without pain, some couldn't make the journey to school and those that did couldn't concentrate in class or join the other children as they played. Everyone attending this school was put at risk of contracting Tungiasis. Something had to be done so in 2011 The KCP launched 'Give Feet A Fighting Chance'. Our first large scale Tungiasis treatment programme was at St Anne's Primary School where we successfully treated 93 children. Following this treatment programme the school progressed from an 'underachieving school' to an 'achieving school'. Finally free from pain the children could learn one again and have been welcomed back into friendship groups!
In 2012, thanks to a legacy of love in memory of Melanie Chown, we were able to concrete the floors of 4 classrooms (dusty floors are a perfect breeding ground for the Tunga penetran flea). We also painted the classrooms and painted murals, by the time we had finished, the school was transformed. Small ideas have a massive impact here.
The KCP has carried out further medical programmes in Mundulu, it is a community we love to visit, taking food and clothes for the families living in great need. This community is unrecognisable from what we found in 2011, even changing from 2013, and we continue to see breakthrough for those still in desperate situations.
Possible further investment could come through the training of effective farming techniques, bridge building, house renovations and disease treatment.
The future of this places remains forever brighter.