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2009 Projects

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER




January 2009 project January 2009

$4,100 was given to AMEPANE in Mali from The $10 Club and UK-based High Five Club to buy 1,500 notebooks, 500 small blackboards with 5,000 pieces of chalk, more than 3,000 pens and pencils and more than a thousand erasers, and nearly 700 treated mosquito nets. The people of Mali's Bafing Fauna Reserve, where January's project took place, suffer from a serious lack of supplies, despite the fact that people understand the need for schooling. There is an insufficient number of classrooms; large number of students; few teachers; severe lack of school supplies; poor water wells and latrines in the schools; and difficulty in keeping girls in school because they have to work in the fields to help their families. Additionally, the people there lack health infrastructures and health care staff. Mali is one of the poorest countries on the planet, ranking 173rd out of 177 countries listed on the United Nations Human Development Report. Read more.

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



February 2009 Project February 2009

$3,660 was given to MOCAMDERCO to support their work throughout 15 communities in Panama. Specifically, we will underwrite local drawing and singing contests in school; meetings with communities to discuss reforestation projects; creation of nurseries; meetings with local groups to discuss agricultural development; establishment of agricultural projects; a summer youth camp; and project evaluation meetings with the communities. The population living in the territory in which this project will be implemented is composed of many young people, the majority of whom come from rural farming families. In terms of economic conditions, the predominant economic status of these communities is extreme poverty, demonstrated by the absence of essential infrastructure such as electricity, running water, and adequate outhouses. The World Bank estimates poverty among indigenous Panamanians running at 95%. Read more.
Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



March 2009 Project March 2009

$3,600 was given to Health in Harmony in Indonesia to fund the addition of a portable microscope and laboratory supplies for their mobile health clinic to improve diagnosis and treatment of the patients served in remote areas. The laboratory supplies will also allow clinic staff to test for parasites, do blood counts, and test for syphilis. All of these tests are essential to improve diagnosis and treatment. The quantity of supplies ordered is estimated to last one year or more. The beneficiaries live around the Gunung Palung National Park area of Indonesia. The communities around the Park are severely impoverished with little or no access to good healthcare. Local health care options are limited and expensive, making the mobile clinic vital. One-third of the households surveyed reported that they previously had to choose between food and medicine. Poverty and poor health are locked together around Gunung Palung in a mutually-reinforcing pattern. Read more.

For more information: www.healthinharmony.org

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



April 2009 Project April 2009

$3,700 was given to Rose Charities to support their work performing eye surgeries in Cambodia. Our donation will restore the sight of approximately 630 people through the acquisition of Intra-ocular implantable lenses and other supplies needed for the surgery. Cambodia is estimated to have 100,000 people who are totally or partially blind. Over seventy percent have surgically treatable conditions, such as cataracts and early glaucoma. The majority of Cambodians cannot afford health care. Many eye infections and diseases are left untreated for years. Cataracts and other conditions are allowed to progress until they cause total blindness. Sight restoration enables Cambodians to work, to get educated, to look after children. A simple operation – implanting an artificial lens, can literally give these folks in need a new lease on life. It will change their lives. Read more.

For more information: www.rosecharities.org

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



May 2009 Project May 2009

$4,150 was given by The $10 Club and the UK-based High Five Club to Imani House to support their clinic expansion and renovation project in Liberia, adding three rooms to the facility. Our grant will underwrite 2,000 dirt bricks; 98 bags of cement for the bricklaying, wall plastering, and floor installation; 12 steel rods for pillars, rough sand for brick laying and smooth sand for plastering; two wheel barrows; roofing materials; 15 windows; 15 gallons of paint; whitewash; assorted other building necessities; and a significant portion of the transportation and labor costs. The Imani House Maternal and Child Health Care Clinic is open five days a week from 8 am – 4pm. It serves approximately 14,000, mostly women and children, offering, health care treatments, child immunization, family planning, laboratory screening, pre-natal care, deliveries, collaboration and training for local midwives, HIV prevention, and health education. This clinic is the only clinic in the area. They have saved thousands of lives during and since the war, and people come from near and far, walking if necessary, to receive treatment there because of the quality of service and the medicines that they are able to provide. Read more.

For more information: www.imanihouse.org

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



June 2009 project June 2009

$3,500 was given to the Maun Homeopathy Project to pay for one year of rent at their clinic in Botswana and six months worth of the receptionist’s salary. The project provides homeopathic medicines for HIV / AIDS patients. They opened their permanent clinic in January this year and treat everyone who is HIV positive for free, as well as other people who need help – all those in the community who are suffering from a range of health conditions. Within the last 4 months they have provided over 500 consultations and treatments for people in dire need. Read more.

For more information: www.homeopathybotswana.com

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



July 2009 project July 2009

$3,500 was given to the Gisimba Memorial Center in Rwanda to provide more than a month’s worth of meals to the children living there – three meals a day, seven days a week, for nearly 200 kids. Our funds will provide flour for porridge, tea, sugar, potatoes, cassava, rice, sweet potatoes, bananas and other fruits, beans, bulgur, maize flour, wheat flour, oil, and powdered milk. The orphanage started with 18 children in a family home back in the 1970s, taking in children orphaned in the Rwandan genocide and now children orphaned by AIDS. Read more.

For more information: Gisimba Orphanage

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



August 2009 project August 2009

$3,410 was given to Ninos Con Valor to provide for the children at Pedacito de Cielo in Bolivia. Our funds enabled them to buy a number of much-need medical instruments including an otoscope and ophthalmoscope for basic exams and dealing with frequent ear infections. Considering the prevalence of pneumonia there as well as a few of the kids specifically having cardio-respiratory issues, a stethoscope and oxygen saturation monitor was also acquired. Finally, they bought a nebulizer to treat respiratory issues in children of an age where an inhaler is very difficult to use. Additionally, we supplied a year’s worth of diapers, educational materials, and clothing. Read more.

For more information: www.ninosconvalor.org

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



September 2009 project September 2009

$3,400 was given to the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe to increase productivity and income levels of subsistence farmers through the provision of a secure water supply and promotion of improved crop management practices and technical support. Specifically, we funded the installation of a water pump and related equipment to facilitate water retrieval. Our support enabled the community to have a secure source of water for the Vukuzenzele Garden Project; complete the garden infrastructure and bring it up to standard level with the Lupote garden; improve nutritional levels in the Ndangababi community where people are vulnerable to HIV infection due to high malnutrition levels; and address gender inequality by providing opportunities for women’s economic empowerment. Read more.




October 2009 project October 2009

$3,400 was given to Beginning of Life in Moldova to provide a full year’s worth of food and hygiene products to nine vulnerable people in Moldova who were rescued from the streets, abandoned, or in dire conditions and are now served by the organization. Beginning of Life serves HIV positive people and girls rescued from human trafficking networks. They also provide medical and counseling services to pregnant women in the country. The group’s goal is to restore the physical and emotional balance of at-risk individuals in Moldova. Read more.




November 2009 project November 2009

$3,500 was given to Casa de Luz in the Dominican Republic to underwrite a vital portion of the costs of an upcoming eye surgical mission. Specifically, our grant funded: pharmaceuticals including Propofol (for 60 patients), Versed (for 30 patients), Prednisolone injectable (10 vials), Cefazolin injectable (10 vials) and Succinylcholine (for 10 patients); medical supplies including Sterile operating gowns (200), Sterile surgical gloves (4 boxes), Hand-held adjustable temperature cautery (20 boxes), and Strabimus surgery sutures; shipping of Operating Microscope and Keratometer; sunglasses (200 pairs); and reading Glasses (200 pairs). 30,000 blind people live in the country, of which 47.5% lost their sight due to cataracts. Read more.

For more information: www.casa-de-luz.com

Project update

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



December 2009 project December 2009

$3,400 was given to Hope Jackson who attended a midwifery exchange program in Kafountine, Senegal with The African Birth Collective. We funded necessary supplies for their training and medical implementation programs including fund fifteen cases of sutures, four cases of surgical gloves, five Kelly forceps, five cases of syringes, five infant resuscitators, and two cases of mucus traps. In addition, manuals on training in suturing and resuscitation were printed into the local language, Wolof. Further, the supplier of these products sold them at the wholesale cost, saving enough money for us to also fund the purchase of a supply of pitocin (to treat postpartum hemorrhage) and lidocaine (to use as pain medication during suturing). The infant mortality rate in Senegal is 60 per 1,000 live births, ten times the rate in the United States. One clinic in our project area alone records an average of 600 births per year. As the midwifery skills are shared with other clinics in the region, the ripple effect will be great. Read more.

For more information: www.africanbirthcollective.org

Project update

Additional photos: 2009 Project Photos



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