Jun 21, 2019

Shoes aren't always top of mind as essential

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A day helping to change the fact that in the realm of humanitarian aid, shoes are often an overlooked necessity. This was, however, noted by a kind family in the USA when they first visited this village of Ayac and promised to bring them some shoes, when they next visited them.

 

How exciting this moment was for them!

 

Lalam was so excited, " I am so happy that they kept their promise and brought us these shoes. I can now walk without worrying about sharp objects.

 

Most children or even their older families in developing countries don't have the same choice when it comes to shoes.  If they have shoes, they will wear them.  But for the majority, who don't, infections caused by parasites in the soil can be dangerous- even lethal.  And at the very least, going without shoes can cause injuries and possibly hinder children from going to school. And for many children, a pair of shoes can be the difference between a hopeful future or a bleak one.

 

In a practical sense, we need shoes to keep our feet healthy. It’s very easy to get diseases like tetanus if you are walking barefoot in rustic conditions, not to mention even more common things like infections.  

 

In poor resources communities battle with jigger outbreaks - a small parasitic flea that burrows into the body through the soles of the feet and grows up to 2,000 times their original size in 10 days. They then become like small tumors all over the foot, resulting in pain and difficulty walking. Often the only treatment is to cut them out with a scalpel.

 

Shoes are a much better alternative than long-term, painful treatment. In addition to our health needs, shoes are key to education. Shoes are simple things. It’s a simple answer to pressing health crises, an opportunity to go to school and tangible proof of a child’s infinite worth. It’s so easy today to be overwhelmed by all of the need that exists around us, but we can start chipping away at that need by providing one pair of shoes to one child at a time, and through that action, we can both shoe and change the world.

 

And we ask you to be part of this support, give them that dignity to get them to school without worry of infections, cuts or any other danger. 

 

thank you for your support

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Jun 10, 2019

School- landmark moments in a child's life

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Beginning school is one of the landmark moments in a child’s life, but new beginnings can bring both excitement and anxieties for incoming nursery children.

 

“There are two major transitions to make – the first social, the second academic,” explains Lillian, nursery teacher at the recently opened Agape Christian School, in Barogal, Omoro District, which is still in the process of registering children.

 

“How big a transition it depends on the child and the background that they come from,” she says. “If they are coming from a family where some children have attended school before, it can be less of a transition. It also matters how important education is to their parents. In this area, early learning education is still a new concept. Parents will weigh whether to take the child to an early learning school or wait until primary school. The challenge here is most times they will not pass the primary interview and therefore struggle throughout their education

Lillian and her team have been visiting homes and markets around the school, encouraging parents to bring their children to school. “One of the biggest challenges, that is depriving children of starting early in school is the low level of incomes of most of the parents in this community”, Lillian said

 

When young children come to school and find a friendly environment, it helps for them to quickly transition and love school. Children make friends very fast.

 

Agape Christian School is a new early learning school that has been established in Omoro District with the aim of building a foundation of quality education for this community. For us to encourage more parents to send their children to school we need to continue sensitizing them about the importance of education.

We want to enroll 150 children this year. I would like you to support us in this work because we all agree that education is key to development.

 

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May 29, 2019

What Alex has learnt about malaria?

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Beatrice had been suffering from severe headaches for days, using traditional medicines, with little improvement. By the time she reached the clinic, she was shivering with cold and hardly able to walk. Alex recalls the state his wife was in when they arrived in the clinic. He was glad to decide to bring her to the Karin clinic, the clinician was very competent and handled her case with urgency.

 "My wife was unable to walk by the time we reached the clinic. She was diagnosed with severe malaria.” Alex said. “They gave her medicine, and I noticed that with the intravenous treatment she was given, her energy began to return. She turned to me and asked where she was? Obviously, she did not know how she got there” 

 Alex is now more conscious of the dangers of malaria. He now realizes that he could have lost his wife if it was not for the quick treatment she received. He decided to purchase bed nets for all his family. He also learned that clearing around his home is important. “So I have to do what I can to ensure that my family is safe from malaria. I want to keep my children safe by sleeping under mosquito nets and seeking medical care if they get sick.” Alex added. 

 Malaria is a major public health problem and is endemic in approximately 95% of the country.  You can help to ensure that families like Alex's have access to mosquito nets, quality healthcare, and essential medications that keep them alive and healthy.

 

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