Church of St. John and St. Philip, The Hague

Mission Partners: The Healthy Vine Trust

The Healthy Vine Trust is an organization that works in Uganda for reduction of Malaria, particularly in children under the age of 5 and has been set up by Jay & Pam Dennett.

About the Healthy Vine

The Healthy Vine is dedicated to community development by empowering local communities in rural Uganda to improve their health and general wellbeing. At the heart of the programme is malaria prevention closely coupled to family health and sanitation plus enabling the families to be receptive and utilise the many initiatives by the government and larger NGO’s in the prevention of malaria and other common illnesses and conditions. The programme covers 13 villages with plans to expand this to 24.

To support this activity; The Healthy Vine has sunk boreholes in villages to provide clean drinking water through all seasons, worked with schools to ensure they also are model schools for health and sanitation through the Life Skills Programme, built the Mputte St Johns Primary School, extended Sekamuli Secondary by over 200% and constructed latrines in all the major schools in the parish.
In addition it has established income generation projects for coffee, fruit, pigs and heifers, supported families with physically and mentally disadvantaged children by assisting with specialist teaching needs and medical health, worked in co-operation with Luweero District Ministry of Health to develop the Health Centre and establish a 10 bed maternity unit.

The programme works in the community building on their ideas and using local knowledge to engender a feeling of ownership and establish a “can do” culture in place of a dependency culture. All projects and activities have a 20% to 50% contribution by the family, group or community. The Healthy Vine programme was established in 2008 and since that time the community of Sekamuli has risen in terms of health and sanitation from number 10 to number 1 in the sub county of Baminanika.