A few months ago our driver got into a car accident driving our van, no kids were on board thankfully, but the van got so damaged that it couln't be repaired. That car has been our main way of transportation for the children and their families to and from the hospital, making the tiring and expensive journey a lot easier, more direct and pleasant.
We have been trying to buy a new van, but getting enough money has been alot harder than we expected. Thankfully, we have been able to keep providing free transportation to the kids and their families by paying for their public transport fares. However, exposing already sick children to the risks of using public transport in the midst of a pandemic is obviously not ideal. We are working as hard as we can to get the new car as soon as possible.
Thankfully we have encountered numerous acts of kindness, and with the help of our community and everyone around we are confident that we will be able to afford the new van soon. Until then, we ae doing our best to keep the families safe and to make sure they have a way to get to and from the hospital so they don't miss any important appointments.
Thank you so much everyone, and we hope you are staying safe as well.
Giving free transportation to the kids and their families is always a hard task, in the middle of a pandemic t gets harder, and when something unpredicted happens if gets even worse.
A few months ago our driver got into an accident on the van we use to drive the kids to their homes, thankfully no kids were on board and the drive didn`t get any serious injuries, but our vehicle was lost. The crash had completly destroyed our beloved van and there was no way it could be reppaired. We found ourselves in an already diffucul situation which kept getting harder, but we knew we had a big porpuse and chose positivity and started problem solving like we always do!
Thanks to donations from people like you, in and outside our community, we were able to afford a rental car for some days. Renting a car it`s not the most money saving option, it became pretty obvious that we will need to buy a new van soon enough.
We are condifent we will be able to do it, thanks to the help from everybody. We are so grateful for each one of the people who donate their money, effort or time to help us in our task of helping others. As we always do, we realized there's nothing you can't do if there's hope and the will to help is greater than the fear of fealure.
These are hard times for everyone around the globe, but we will get through this together. Let's stay positive!
With the pandemic getting worse and worse in our area it was more important each time to make sure the kids and their parents didn´t miss any appointments and had a safe way back home for the holidays.
Our team, specially our driver, have really made an efford to keep up with this. Our city is facing hard times, and the job everyone does to keep the children safe is very remarkable. Last year, we did hundreds of round trips, from their isolated communities to hospital, and back. Making sure these families were sfae and out of risk of getting the virus.
I would like to mention, that our driver really goes above and beyond to drive those kids home. The comunities where they live are all spread around around the region, some of them not being connected with any paved roads, and he really gives an incredible service.
It's people like this, that give each and everyone of us hope during this hard times, after all the holidays were important for the families and it was our job to make sure they were home for christmas.
I would like to thank everyone who helped us achieve this during the whole year, last year was a really tough one, but thanks to you and the volunteers and our incredible team, we managed to bring every kid to their medical appointments and drive them back home safely.
The last couple of months have been really hard,our local community has been struggling with the virus more than ever. With most of the transportation system beeing shut down, the only thing the kids and their families is our van. We have been driving the kids from their comunities to the hospital, back and forth every day, It has really been a challenge to find the way to do it safely, but we have been doing a great job.
We provided the families and the driver with masks and sanitizer to stop the spread of the virus. These families live in really isolated comunites, normally it takes them hours on the public transport to get to the city. Our driver has been really nice to them, and he takes them all the way and drops them off right at their front door. You can see some pictures of the kids at their homes down below.
These families live in really poor comuniies, and even in normal conditions it's really hard for them to afford the trip to the check up, that's why we provide the transportation. It's important that they don't miss any appointments so they can win this battle aggainst cancer.
It makes us really happy to see that even though it seems like the whole region has stopped, these kids are able to continue their treatment as planned. It would be really sad for them to be forced to stop, just cause they can't make their way down to the hostipal.
With what's going on around the world right now, most people are following the stay at home orders but, Cancer keeps growing and our children and their parents can't stop going to the hospital in order to overcome their disease.
Usually the money the spend on transportation would be covered 100% by us (Most of them live in remote, under-developed villages, and coming to the city is really expensive for them), but during this pandemic public transit and bus lines have stopped running, and the few lines that still work are really crowed so exposing the kids and their parents that way would be really dangerous.
Our team has been driving most of them to the hospital and back, on our own Mini-Van to make sure they are not risking their lives when doing they regular visits to the clinic.
We have also donated face masks, hand sanitizer, platic masks, and cleaning products, to try and keep their trips going as smooth as possible.
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