Feed the Need 2015 is Here!
Come out to the Oakbrook Park District on November 21- November 22 to watch 20 teams battle it out on the basketball courts for the championship.
Date: November 21 + November 22
Time: 8 am-8 PM each day
Location: Oakbrook Park District
Spectators can come cheer on their favorite teams for free! We will have lunch available from Mr. Broast and I Dream of Falafel plus various auction and raffle items up for grabs. 100% of proceeds will all go towards our global projects.
Thankyou to our participants and wonderful sponsors for making this possible.
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The last 6 months have been a roller coaster for us. We’ve had challenges–but no one said making a difference was going to be easy work.
We started the year with a state of the art health clinic in it’s second year and more than 700 students (at our two school sites) excited for 2015.
With things going so great, there is always room to do better and we knew this. People in neighboring communities were hearing praise of our schools and our classrooms were bursting at the seams. With more than 100 healthy babies delivered at our clinic in Sierra Leone we wanted to help the community focus in areas that continued to plague their health.
Improvements require funds, and we were out of budget by March. We were just barely making it every month and we did make it- thanks to donors like you.
By June, we had plans for steady expansion at each site. Then we were hit with the heatwave in Karachi. With temperatures above 113F, no water or food, no trees for shelter, the heat took its toll on the city. More than 40 people perished near our ‘dreams’ school community in Karachi and doors were shuttered. We kept our water tanker open to provide relief to those who were searching for it. You responded immediately. Within a few weeks, you helped us raise funds for care packages and we were able to distribute 550 food aid packages to families in need.
We’ve made it through half the year and things are on the rise. We’re on schedule to launch the below at each site by the end of 2015:
Fatmata Maternity Center, Sierra Leone:
- Barkat Consulting provided us with the funds to launch an additional unit at the center. This unit will house a medicine store and post delivery suite. We need $1500 more to tile and finish up this unit.
- To date we have seen and treated more than 5000 patients at the center (since opening last april) and have delivered more than 100 healthy babies. This has earned us attention and we hope to partner with UNICEF this fall to launch a Malaria Activation plan to help educate and prevent severe malaria cases. This will require approx $2000 in funding.
- We have been able to launch an acute malnutrition program at the center in which we have 26 children (ages 1-3) benefitting and growing every day!
Konadu Basic School, Ghana:
- We are halfway through the launch of a mushroom farm in Ghana which will provide at risk women in the community with vocational skills. The funds will also aid the school. We need $1000 more to launch our first harvest.
- We anticipate government NGO status from the Ghanese Government by the start of 2016. This approval will help us to get access to funding and resources from the government.
Dreams for Kachra Kundi, Pakistan
- Enrollment is up by almost 100 students since last year. With so many opportunities to grow and expand on site we are trying to plan for steady progress.
- We have gotten permission to connect to the city water port. We will begin digging and construction of a permanent well on site this week.
- We hope to launch a vocational training program for adult women on site at campus. This program entails the launch of a beauty training center. Courses typically will cost $300+ a month, we will provide professional training for these women free of cost. These women will be able to provide services such as in home henna, make up, hair styling, threading etc.
- We require approximately $20,000 to make it through the rest of the year at our Dreams site.
We are looking for individuals and organizations to partner with us to make the above mentioned work a reality. Please consider a donation at www.thaakat.org/donate or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
100% of donations go directly to our projects Thaakat Foundation is the sole financial supporter of each project site. Thaakat Foundation is a non religious non political organization. Read More »
In September 2013 we met a man that changed our perspective on life. Dave Peek had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (a scarring of the lung tissue). Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and ultimately fatal disease characterized by a
progressive decline in lung function. The only thing that could save Dave was a lung transplant.
Through an urgent fundraising campaign we were able to help Dave to cover some of the costs associated with medical expenses. As he struggled with his health, his employer laid him off after 25 years with the company. He needed financial support to help him fight this disease. Though our gift was small, Dave was so appreciative. He became like family. His messages of support, his positive vibes and his strength made us smile every day.
Months later Dave had gotten the news that he was eligible for a lung transplant. He made it through his surgery and we got to meet him one year later where he surprised us at a Thaakat charity BBQ.
Recently, Dave was back in the hospital and struggling. He lost his battle to IPF this weekend. We have lost a marvelous man. He was one man who had been our entire cheer staff. He was one amazing man who continued to smile despite his struggles.
To help spread awareness about this disease we had gathered some words from Dave when we first met him. Please keep Dave and his family in your prayers. Please continue to spread awareness about IPF and other terminal illnesses that continue to plague the lives of people so close to us. Your message of support could be all the person needs to build the spirit to fight their illness.
How has IPF been affecting DAVE? “IPF has stolen my life and there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot breathe; you cannot catch your breath. I have a great family who supports me and loves me so no worries there, but every day is a struggle. Every day things like taking a shower are always interesting- trying to catch your breath, trying to change clothes, but I’m not complaining.
I just got out of the hospital on Monday. The meds I’m on lower my immune system so I am much more susceptible to common illnesses. One misconception people have about IPF is that people think smoking causes IPF and this is not always the case. You could be living a healthy life as a non- smoker but it will and can find you. “
What does DAVE wish for? “I wish more people were aware that IPF is alife ending disease. I would like more research to be done on the disease, on how it develops, how we can protect ourselves, on more treatment options.” Read More »