It has been a while since the last time you've heard from us and the world looks a whole lot different right now. COVID-19 has the whole world in its grip at this very moment and everybody is facing challenges they've never challenged before. First and foremost; we hope you and your loved ones are doing fine and are in good health.
Last january, before we expected anything but a pandemic, our chairman Suus travelled to Tanzania check up on our projects and meet with those involved. It was a real fruitful trip! We can now proudly tell you that ultrasounds are being made on our MamaBus! We have been working on this for years and it is a huge milestone for our organization. Adding up ultrasounds to the other services we already provided, we can now offer pregnant women the full set of care they need.
Furthermore we have once again added a new village to our area of support. The new village is very far from civilzation and in rainy season it is even completely closed off due to water that breaches the banks of the river around which the village is built. Exactly for these reasons our help is much needed! Suus travelled to this village herself and what an adventure! Once arrived our team educated the local midwives about our "safe childdelivery packages". One of our main goals is to convince women to give birth in hospitals. However, this village is this far away from any hospital, that we donated them these packages to still make sure they can deliver safely.
Besides our MamaBus we also have other projects running. One of these project is supporting a small group of underpriviliged children. As we all know, poverty is a great issue in Tanzania. We support children in the absolute lowest tier; children who are kept out of school, that have to beg, that are abused by their parents or have even have no parents.
During the trip in january, Suus also planned a visit to one of the schools we collaborate with and where some of the children we support are educated. When Suus was on her way to this school she ran, entirely coincedental, into a lovely young lady who was in real need of our help. And then Suus even found out that she was named Susie! What are the odds? This was predestined..
So as of last january we also support Susie through education and we cannot wait to see how she is progressing.
Lastly we want to wish you all a lot of strength in these times. Keep your distance and stay safe!
Team Driving Nurses