Giving free transportation to the kids and their families to and from the hospital has always been a challenge, there's always something new happening everyday, like the time we lost our unit and had to come up with several ways to continue to make sue our children didn't miss a single appointment and had a way to go back home.
Here are some pictures of the kids we transport. Thsese kids and their families live very far away from the city where they get their treatment. These are also very poor families living in harsh conditions scattered all over the state, some of them live up in the mountains, some in farms in the middle of nowehere. But one thing they have in common is that they just can't get on a bus and come to the city. These are very isolated communities and having to make a roundtrip 2-3 times per week would be expenisve even for people with more money. So that's were we step in. We make sure they get home safely, our driver is almost a super hero, having lost a child to cancer himself he understand the struggle of these families. He sometimes stays up until 3 am after he drives everyone home, and he's ready to pick up people the next day.
Seeing all this hardwork with a single goal, helping people, makes us wake up everyday knowing we're doing the right thing. Thank you to our local and international community and everyone who's been helping us to help people. We all are contributing on making a big difference in somone's life.
Happy new year everyone! Last year we lost our old van in an accident on the highway. No one was hurt, but we were struggling to find a rental car to drive the families. For a couple months we did, but since it was a very expensive option we realized it was not the solution.
So, we started looking to buy a new van, and it was a lot harder than expected. We thought getting a second hand car was the best option, but we didn't find one. That's when we got the idea to have a raffle to fund our vehicle. We were giving away an Iphone and at first it looked like a lot of people were interested, but for the next few weeks no one was really buying tickets. We started to worry cause were barely gonna get money out of it, but thankfully by the end some more joined and we managed to get some funding for the car.
Still we needed to figure out how to get it because just as our raffle was taking place a global problem in the car industry was emerging. Somehow, there were some issues around the world with the system of cars in production, so all the car agencies were short of vehicles. It was chaotic for a few weeks cause the second we found an available option, it was sold to someone else.
We looked in other cities and states and we finally found one. We are so happy to say that thanks to all the people who donated, we were able to buy the new van that is gonna be used to continue to give free transportation to th families, to and from the hospital so the children don't miss their appointments and do't lose the battle.
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.
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