May 21, 2018

Kudvumisa Glass brings impact into Mr. T's life and family

Mr. T working on a piece of glass
Mr. T working on a piece of glass

In Swaziland, for a man to take good care of his family, it takes being provided with an opportunity to work and being committed to it so you can earn money to provide for your family. Mr: T is a man who through working for Kudvumisa Glass is now able to provide for his wife and children

Mr. T testifies that he is so happy that the Lord led him to meet Mr. Daran who is the director of Kudvumisa Foundation. He says that he was offered a job to work for Kudvumisa Glass in the production of glass works of which he did not know anything about at first. From then until now he has learnt a lot and is now able to do a variety of things with glass work. He is able to take used glass and make it into something beautiful like earings or sun catchers and he even does some work with stone products and branding of such products. Most of these products are then sold in the Kudvumisa shop.

Before he started working with the glass work he never knew where he would get money to provide for his children and to pay for their schooling. His first born son had to stay home for a year because of this problem. He says that through having this job he has been able to take care of his familyHe was even able to pay for him and his now wife to get married. Presently he is so happy to be an official husband to his wife and a father to his four children. He was also able to build his family a house to live in as wellHe mentioned that one of the things that bring excitement to him is that he is now able to provide for his family. And of lately he has started owning and raising livestock.

 

Now, this man is so thankful for the joy the organization has brought to his life and his family’s life. Mr. T really loves his job and wants to become better at what he does. He encourages whosoever wants to offer to the organization to do so knowing that there are more people like him who will have the opportunity to learn new skills and to take care of their families.

Designing a glass pattern
Designing a glass pattern
Working at the sand blasting cabinet
Working at the sand blasting cabinet

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May 11, 2018

Accessing Oral Health Care - Impact an Impoverished Population

Communiyt based outreach: preping for extraction
Communiyt based outreach: preping for extraction

In Swaziland there are private dental practices available, however, as you go out of the city area and especially into the rural areas, you will notice that these opportunities and practices are not available. These people have many health problems and public oral health needs are one of them.  These people do not have local access or affordability to access the clinics in the city. We are in the process of building/construction in the Maphiveni area and once it is complete not only will we have a main health clinic but we will also have a dental clinic available for the communities in and around this area.

A generous dentist has pledged a $15000 donation in matching funds toward Kudvumisa's new dental clinic. The dental clinic will be built in the ground level below the main health clinic. There is a great need in this country, especially in the rural areas, for compassionate dental care. Many dentists that have volunteered in Swaziland through either mobile or school based outreaches have commented on the impact that the lack of access to quality and compassionate dental care has on the rural population.

National priorities are inclined to saving lives during the high scourge of HIV/AIDS prevalence at the expense of preventive services like Oral Health. This has caused a lot of advanced diseases like malignant lesions from preventable complications of untreated simple procedures that could have been helped at their early stages.

Our dental clinic will provide access to quality, compassionate and consistent exceptional dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment to a population and in an area where it is currently unavailable. We will have a skilled dental team which will be able to assist patients with a wide range of dental treatments and services, including children, general, emergency, cosmetic and dental hygiene.

Good dental or oral care is important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Oral problems are treatable with proper diagnosis and care. The goal of dental care is to prevent and control oral diseases, conditions, and injuries, and improve access to preventive services.

For most people around the communities it is normal to have dental pain of some kind and they are not able to do anything to help with the pain or the cause of the pain accept to wait for it to subside or they use herbs which most brings more damage to the body than good. Most of the people in this area work in the sugar cane fields. They are low income earners who are characterized by large family dependents, malnutrition, school drop outs and a high prevalence of dental problems because of the need of funds to help with other health problems.

We believe and have seen that there is a lack of knowledge in this area and so we are looking forward to establishing the dental clinic at Maphiveni. With this clinic we will be able to bring knowledge about the importance of dental care and to also show them the importance of taking care of their teeth.

The que for extractions was long!
The que for extractions was long!
Access to consistent dental care is essential
Access to consistent dental care is essential

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Apr 13, 2018

Medical - Ministry Community Outreach

Dr Hunter removing a putsi fly larvae
Dr Hunter removing a putsi fly larvae

In February we had a team join us as we went into a few different communities. In these communities we were able to see smiles on faces of parents and children who got free health support in the 3 days of outreaches. These are people who do not have enough funds for travelling to the nearest health centers.

With the use of the solar power supply that the Kudvumisa Foundation has, their program named CHIPS (Community Health Innovation Program) is able to save money that would otherwise be used for power supply. The program gets to use such savings to help bring close and free health support to Swazi communities.

During one of the program’s outreaches held at the Lomahasha community, Doctor Hunter, was able to help this young man who probably would not have received help. We later found out that he was looked down upon in the community because he is not well mentally. We were able to be there for him and help him with the problem he was having with his arm. Doctor Hunter had all the equipment she needed for the procedure to take place. This is just one example of how we are able to use the money we save to reach out into the different communities.

Dr Hunter removing a putsi fly larvae
Dr Hunter removing a putsi fly larvae
Dr Amber examing a young girl
Dr Amber examing a young girl

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