Feb 15, 2019

AMURT NW Animal Assisted Therapy update

Hello

Following your kind donation to AMURT NW’s Animal Assisted Therapy programme, we wanted to provide you with an update on the progress of the programme since it began on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

We have run two sessions so far, giving a total of 32 socially disadvantaged children aged between 4-12 years living in Liverpool with the opportunity to experience grooming, learning about, and riding the ponies at Park Palace Ponies.  Both afternoons have been a great success, and have been made possible by a number of dedicated volunteers from The University of Liverpool.

The feedback so far has been incredibly positive.  Our volunteer Caitlin wrote “I can’t put in to words how beneficial this programme is to the children, seeing in two short weeks the difference in the children, even over the course of the session, they seem so happy and confident, it makes me feel so proud to be a part of this journey”.  Another wrote “you can see a massive difference in the children from when they arrive to when they leave.  Some of them are naturally chatty but the quieter ones really become more so by the time they’re leaving, especially straight after a lesson”. 

A number of schools in the local area have expressed their interest in taking part in this programme, and we will be working closely with them to make this possible over the next few weeks. 

We have so far raised £1,174 of our target of £8,619 through our Global Giving campaign, and we look forward to the remainder of the funding coming in so we can complete the full 24-week pilot programme.  In the future, and with enough funding, we hope to be able to turn this in to a more permanent and regular programme.

Can you help us reach our target? 

To help us raise the remaining funds we need for the entire 24-week programme, this is what you can do to help:

• Circulate the Global Giving campaign through your network by posting the link to our page on Facebook, for example using the hashtag #AMURTNW

Project page: https://goto.gg/36080

• Tell or email 5 friends/family members about the project, explain why you personally donated/are supporting the project and ask them to donate.

We really appreciate your kind support, and will keep you updated as the programme progresses.  If you would like to contact us directly you can do so at info@amurtnw.org.uk.

Best wishes

AMURT UK & AMURT NW teams

Dec 11, 2018

Update on Life Saving Surgery in S.E. Nigeria

Chimamanda after the surgery
Chimamanda after the surgery

In the last 3 months we have been busy with children needing a variety of surgeries. 

We have provided operations to 15 children. Five were for major surgeries such as spina bifida repair and 10 were for minor surgeries such as incarcerated hernia. These hernias in small babies can cause blockage and be dangerous so timely intervention is essential. All of these children come from very poor families who would not have otherwise been able to afford the surgery. 

One of the children we operated on was Chimamanda. She was born with spina bifida, which is a condition where the spine doesn't form properly. For Chimamanda the family noticed it shortly after birth, but as they are very poor, and she seemed quite ok, they did not take her to the clinic.  After about seven months her situation had deteriorated. The bifida opened, got infected and started draining.  Chimamanda's parents took her to Gmelina Health Centre operated by AMURT.  AMURT made the arrangements to take her to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) in Enugu, about one and half hour away by road.  There she had the procedure for repairing and closing the spina bifida. Chimamanda was on admission at UNTH for just over two weeks. The procedure was successful, and she is now home. 

Please see more details of the individual children in the Powerpoint presentation attached. 

Chimamanda after surgery from the back
Chimamanda after surgery from the back
Chimamanda after surgery with mum who is so happy
Chimamanda after surgery with mum who is so happy
Collins very happy after operation
Collins very happy after operation
Daniel smiling after operation
Daniel smiling after operation
Michael after operation with mum
Michael after operation with mum

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