We’d like to share great news! As part of our Health program, we started working with Dr. Marcelo Wirth, a local medical doctor in Pampa del Indio, Province of Chaco to provide pediatric services to the schools in the area. Dr. Wirth visited several schools which are also part of our nutrition program. The visit was conducted alongside with a Pediatric Dentist who examined and treated the children, as well as educated them and families on proper dental care. During the visits, the doctors checked all the children who were present and some younger siblings who also went very excited upon hearing the news of the doctors coming to their schools. The children were examined, diagnosed and treated in the cases that were necessary. Those children who needed medicine received at he time of the visit and the ones who needed a follow-up or a new consultation were scheduled for a visit to the local hospital promptly after the initial check up. In particular, 2 children needed a consultation with a Cardiologist and it was done shortly after with very positive results. Dr. Wirth has personally devoted his efforts to enquire and follow up with each child under his care. We are blessed to have him as part of our Sumando Manos Team. Thank you for all your efforts.
For the families in these remote areas, a simple visit to the local hospital poses a tremendous challenge. First, there is a limited number of spots to be seen on a daily basis at the hospital; so for families to get an appointment it means having to walk before dawn with their little kids something between 10 to 30 kilometers on deserted countryside paths and get to the hospital by 6 a.m. or sometimes earlier than that. Most of the time when they get to the hospital, the available appointments are already taken since the hospital operates on a first come, first served basis. This means that they have to walk back home without being seen and try again the next day. There is never assurance that they will be seen if they can’t get one of those appointments. This is a feeling of deep frustration and disappointment and this often puts the lives of the children at risk - a condition that can be diagnosed with a simple medical check-up is often overlooked because of the lack of medical services in the area.
We share photos of the schools visited:
Thanks to Dr. Wirth, Dr. Daniela and to all the wonderful and dedicated teachers and directors of these schools for coordinating efforts for the wellbeing of the children.
We couldn’t give these children the medical attention and nutrition they receive without your contributions. Thank you for supporting Sumando Manos Foundation.
We continue providing medical and nutritional services to over 7000 children in Argentina. But we haven't stopped there.
We're now also providing drinking water, which is key to their survival. Starting in 2016, we've already installed six different water plants in the area of Pampa del Indio, Chaco with amazing results as children can now drink, cook and wash with clean water.
We've also succesfully installed a water filtration system, to clean up arsenic water. This is a very complex process, done by people with a certain degree of expertise who had to travel over one thousand miles in order to perform this job. The beneficiary of this complex work was a school in the town of Huancar, province of Jujuy, at the end of a windind and mountanous road, not suitable for everyone. However, over one hundred children and thier respective families have been benefitted by this project and now can enjoy a basic benefit that people living in a city enjoy: drinking clean water.
We've not stopped there. Every two month, Sumando Manos continues to take a road trip with dentists, nurses and pediatrists in order to attend to the need of children in Jujuy, Salta, Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Misiones, Catamarca and other rural area schools that need medical care, nutrition, clothing and school supplies.
We continue working on behalf of those that help our foundation and maintain our promise to continue our campaign with dignity and effort.
Thank you for your continuous support.
When schools starts, for most kids it is an exciting time between choosing a new backpack, a new gadget or the coolest new shoes on the market. However, for our kids in rural areas of Argentina it is a different story. Going back to school after the summer recess mostly means being able to get a meal on a daily basis whether it is breakfast or lunch, and sometimes, this is the only one they’ll get for the day. It also means reuniting with their loving teachers who are also cooks, nurses, gardeners, janitors and so much more. The rural school also becomes a First Aid Center where doctors can provide medical care on their trips. Under the loving and dedicated care of rural school teachers the kids make the effort to get to school by foot, by horse or by bike if they’re lucky enough to have one. Some walk long miles to get there, others sleep at school during the week and others hitch a ride on a motorcycle or a neighbor’s car. Despite many obstacles, kids are happy and face reality with an optimistic outlook. We strive to help them feel that they have an opportunity to have a better present and future. Our work can only be achieved with the support of our donors and sponsors who join hands with us to work tirelessly so these communities can have access to medical, nutritional and educational services.