In February 2015, we had a privilege to host Kelly Zug, a GlobalGiving's in-the-field representative.
During Kelly's stay, we visited two children's hospitals: the Children's Hematology department at the Institute of Oncology and the Burns Center at the Emilian Cotaga Children's Hospital in Chisinau.
The Children's Hematology department is one of the children's hospitals we work with in Moldovan capital. This department is the only pediatric cancer center in Moldova that works with children with leukemia and other blood cancers. Dr. Irina Plaschevici, the Head of the Department offered a tour of the facility and introduced us to the children and parents who stayed there. The department has room for about 30 children and their parents who come from all parts of the country. As the chief physician, Dr. Plaschevici, along with dedicated team of medical professionals, is often going to her limits to improve conditions in the department and make children's stay less stressful. The low budget is not enough to sufficiently care for all children, there is a lack of treatment rooms and the medication is insufficient. The Children's Hematology department has been focus of our attention since our beginning on GlobalGiving: Support Moldovan Children With Cancer. Thanks to your support, Save Life was able to provide some advanced equipment for the department, as well as some of the treatments for the children. Our work with the department continues through this project.
At the same day, we took Kelly to the Burns Center at the Emilian Cotaga children's hospital, another facility in Moldovan capital of Chisinau supported by Save Life. We went for a tour of the rooms to greet the children and their parents. About 20 children from different parts of Moldova are treated from the burns at the department. Many houses in the Moldovan countryside do not have access to running water, so the families must boil large quantities of water in order to cook or clean. This process can easily lead to accidents if children knock the tubs of hot water over. About 80% of the children at the Burns Center are coming from the low-income and disadvantaged families. Save Life has been assisting in many of the treatments of these children and our work will continue in the future.
Our assistance to the children would not have been possible without your support. Your donations, shares on social media and simple words of encouragement inspire us and transcend through our service. Your continuous support also lets us to expand our programming to meet increasing needs of the other children's departments. At this time, we are collecting funds for the endoscopy center at the Center of Children and Maternal Health in Chisinau. The center needs an advanced medical equipment to perform surgeries in children with esophageal atresia or rupture of esophagus. These cases are frequent and range from the birth defects to accidents involving children who got injured from swallowing of small or sharp objects. The medical equipment will let doctors perform surgeries in Moldova, while children will stay close to their homes. Please stay tuned for more updates in our next reports and thank you once again for your support!
We invite you to visit Kelly Zug's blog to read about her reflection on the trip to Moldova and learn more about our project (link below).
Dear friends, thank you for your dedication and continuous support. Your contribution makes enormous difference in the lives of children that we serve. In August through October, you donated $1,970 and we transferred this amount to Laura B., a 3-years-old diagnosed with neuroectodermal tumor of the spine.
Laura in the hospital
Laura grew up like any other child; she was active and liked playing with the other kindergarten kids. One day, she suddenly stopped speaking. Her left arm went numb. Parents rushed Laura to the doctors and found out that she had cancer in the spine. Ten chemotherapy sessions in Chisinau resulted in somewhat diminishing of the tumor but did not stop it from the growth. Parents were told to go to Turkey for the radiation therapy. They raised 2,000 euro and we helped them with the remaining 10,500 euro (your donation of $1,970 was part of this amount). Laura is now in a Turkish hospital and we hope that she comes home a healthy child that she once was.
When we were preparing this report, we also found that our project has received a $13,000 donation from VMware Foundation. What a perfect gift for Moldovan children in need! Thank you VMware for your warm thought! This money will be put towards the purchase of much needed endoscopic and dilatation equipment which will enable Moldovan doctors to perform advanced treatment and let our children stay for therapy at home. After some consideration, we have decided to roll up our new project Assistance to Pediatric Departments in Moldova to Surgeries and Medical Care for Moldovan Children. This way we can consolidate our efforts better and our donors will receive a chance to support us via one central cause.
We thank you for your great contribution once again and wish you and your loved ones a warm holiday season and a healthy new year!
When our organization was just establishing, a little girl became one of our first patients. Mihaela L., a 3-years-old diagnosed with eye cancer, was travelling to Germany every 3-4 months and was in dire need of the financial support. Her parents barely kept up with the expenses and their money was depleted at some point. Although we have not had a lot of funds at the beginning, we helped them as we could.
Three years later, Mihaela needed our help again. She developed cataract and had to go through two urgent surgeries that cost $1,000 each. Thanks to your support, we had money accumulated on our account and we used it towards Mihaela's operation. The first surgery was done in June and the second followed in July this year. The surgeries went well. Mihaela is waiting for new glasses and preparing for the school now.
Before the operation, Mihaela could not see in the dark. Now, she feels confident and is not afraid of darkness. We only wish that darkness never falls on her again. Once more, we thank you for your amazing contribution! Your help means light and brightness in these children’s lives.
Dear friends, thank you for your ongoing commitment. With your support, we continue changing lives of children in Moldova. In February through April, you donated $2,875 and we were able to assist a few children, including Sebastian S., Kirill N., Nikita V. and Vanya S. The biggest amount of your donation went to Dina C., a 2-year-old with congenital heart defect.
Dina had her first heart surgery when she was only 5 months old. The surgery was too exhausting and brought no results. Dina spent months in recovery. She could not gain weight and developed breathing problems. No help was on the way and Dina’s parents started looking for alternatives abroad. They found a hospital in Germany that agreed to operate their daughter. The 12-hour surgery in Berlin transformed the girl: she began developing and eating well, the breathing problems were gone. A warming smile and rose cheeks reappeared on Dina's face.
In June, Dina is traveling to Germany for a follow up operation and we will be transferring a prepayment to the German hospital. We hope that this operation will be the last one in Dina’s life.
Thank you for your care and your generous gifts. The smiles on children’s faces and reassuring hope in hearts of their parents are the best appreciation for our collective efforts.
Dear friends, thanks to your continuing support, we raised $2,054 in October - January. This money was used to pay for treatment therapy for Daniel G. who will celebrate his first year this March. Daniel was suffering from complicated case of atresia. He could not eat and was fed through a tube in his abdomen. We helped sent Daniel to the Filatov Clinic in Moscow where he had an esophageal dilatation therapy. After a long time, Daniel was allowed to eat by a spoon like any other kid. He is all smiles, happy and active child now.
This Wednesday, February 12th, our project will be participating in the Bonus Day event. Donations made to our project via GlobalGiving.org will be matched up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. Your donation will bring more this Wednesday. Please support our project and help us make kids like Daniel healthy and happier! Another great way of helping is to setting up a recurring payment - this way, we can create a steady and predictable reserve for any urgent cases that we might have in the future. Thank you for your great commitment and ongoing support!
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