Tisai, one of the villages in Kumi district under Ongino sub county, Uganda. And yes! Tisai is an island, but comparable to other islands in Uganda like Kalangala island, Tisai is a place so forgotten by the government, remote and almost un accessible and yet people still live on the island , service delivery from the government being a major key issue on this landing site where there is no school, no health center, has no medical services with life draining tales of women losing their newly born to pigs “Warthog” and wild animals, kids suffering from polio and yet Uganda is highly rated in Africa for kicking out polio in the country, no roads and the “Balalo” people, nomads from Western Uganda have exploited and grabbed land belonging to the locals, that’s leaves me wondering, how did they transverse across regions that first?.
“Achan had barely managed a crawl to her hut to get water after giving birth to her baby boy on top of her wrapper soaked in mud and blood, when a wild boar charged towards her fragile few minutes old baby boy. The adrenalin flashed through her, sending her scream spilling through the compound and casting her sleepy husband out of his hut. It was too late, the wild pigs dashed off dragging her boy’s body through the mud, never to be found “
“I will forever feel the pain of my baby’s horrible death and I curse the world for not providing for Tisai Island, my home, even the tiniest of health centers.” This was a testimony by Jenifer Achan who felt they were no longer part of Uganda, they had been forgotten.
On 2rd April, 2014, Pac Uganda conducted its second comprehensive campaign towards liberating Tisai Island through opening it up to
the outside world. The meeting that was graced by honorable Amuriat –MP Kumi district, and Minister for Teso Affairs, Hon. Amongin who contributed towards the forum established by Pac Uganda to discuss the issues affecting the community of Tisai sub county and see the way forward towards addressing the community gaps felt by the community especially in regards to health, education, transportation and land that has become a cross cutting issue throughout Uganda.
“The schools are grass thatched with not enough black boards, no lavatories , no chalk and teachers are not actively motivated due to the standard of the school, the vision of Uganda 2045, is to have all children being learnt.”, complain raised by one of the elders. The residents have already made bricks to begin building a school but they lack the iron sheets, iron bars and cement to finish the buildings. The number of pupils registered to be studying at the school range from 300-400 pupils attending lower primary [p1-p4].
Among Pac’s greatest strength is its ability to anticipate, adapt and embrace changes, and the willingness to break into new environment, it has developed a community foundation, The ”Community Parliaments” that is based on the principles and practices of equality and development for all. These are fundamentals gotten from the views of the society who need a change in society, a change that they have so badly been waiting for such as;
- The primary school being constructed on the island will be supplied with iron sheets; this was a pledge by the Kumi Member of Parliament on personal terms.
- The sub county of ongino has pledged to extend better sanitation services to Tisai Island through the establishment of latrines to the primary school being constructed on the island so as to better the pupil’s standards of living.
- The drinking water problem faced by Tisai locals will be solved with the provision of water filters that will act As an emergency mechanism to provide clean drinking water to the people, these will distributed and the locals trained on sanitary matters.
- The Kumi member of parliament, Hon. Amuriat pledged to visit and camp on the island for two days with a few of the district councilors, during their stay at the island, they will meet the community and dialogue on the issues biting them.
- The locals of Tisai Island have been advised to come together as a way of strengthening unity amongst each other in order to solve certain issues that don’t require the induction of police thus utilizing resources indestructibly.
“The forum was so user friendly, conducive for exchanging views and herein we want to thank Public Affairs Center, Uganda for their efforts and willingness to fight for the rights of the public, together we shall prosper.”