In this last year we have seen many challenges but more than anything you all have allowed us promise and opportunity. Growth at our adopted project sites has been exponential and we have been able to touch people in a way we never imagined!
Below are some mid year project highlights we wanted to share with all of you.
Fatama Maternity Center, Sierra Leone: In April 2014 we launched our state of the art healthcare facility in Pujehun District, Sierra Leone. Not only has this center set a standard of care in all surrounding regions but thanks to the guidance of our site manager, Philip Momoh and guidance of the district medical officer, we now have the only facility for hundreds of miles operating with light around the clock. This was possible through our solar electricity installation earlier in the year. We knew it would cost more, but we didn’t want our staff to be limited in when they could treat patients, day or night.
Since the launch of our center, an average of 500 patients see our nurse on a monthly basis. More than half are children, dozens are mothers receiving pre-natal care and hundreds more are adults looking for vaccines and treatment against deadly diseases such as typhoid and hepatitis. The leading cause of visits is Malaria (contributing to at least 50% of case visits) and we will be evaluating opportunities for prevention and education of this disease.
A few months ago, the country was also ravaged by an Ebola outbreak, one of the worst of the century. While the government helps to contain the fatal disease, our nurse and staff have put on their safety gear and gone door to door to help encourage villagers to come forth if they are ill. We have also been the first in the district to distribute rubber buckets and bleach to help stop the rapid spread of the virus.
We have also hired 2 more employees to help keep the center safe and clean and have been able to provide a 25KG bag of Sierra Mix, a nutritional infant supplement that is already making impact for our littlest patients.
Dreams for Kachra Kundi, School in Karachi, PK: When the year began we were struggling financially. The number of students was growing, our bus was no longer big enough for our teachers and we simply needed more classrooms. Without budget we began and were hopeful donations would come. Today, we have gathered enough in donations to continue the expansion of 12 more classrooms. Thanks to partners like One Ummah, we have also been able to supplement the students with food and new clothes and have also gotten an advance deposit for a new bus.
We are hopeful that by the new year we will have several additions to our school and new hope for an additional 250 more students.
Kachra Kundi is based in the Gulam Hussain Goth district and is the cities largest dump which is home to several hundred families. This school has taken them out of the garbage and off the streets and allowed them for a route out of this life where they otherwise eat, breath and sleep in this burning waste.
Konadu Basic School, Tanoboase, Ghana: In this small town of Tanoboase, students didn’t often go to school. Clement had a vision to change this. We partnered with Clement ‘Righteous’ Boamah to build a school last year and today, it stands sturdy and is providing an education to more than 80 students, 40% of them are female. With 5 certified teachers and enthusiasm from the community, the school continues to be voted one of the top educational facilities in the district. Earlier this year, the small car used to transport our students broke down, there was no coming back. Again we were in a difficult situation, we had no funds.
With the help of our partners, Liz and Austin and some helpful sponsors, we have been able to put down a deposit to finance a brand new school bus! We are continuing to look into options to also provide sustainable economic growth opportunities for these villagers, namely land and fresh water to raise livestock and possibly a new computer lab.Read More »