Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi

by Friends Women's Association
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Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Maternity Ward for HIV+ Women in Kamenge, Burundi
Building the septic tank.
Building the septic tank.

From the months of July 2020 to October 2020 we have raised $784 through the GlobalGiving Platform for the maternity ward. From the month of July 2020 to October 2020, we have manufactured metallic windows and doors for our building under the support of the African Great Lakes Initiative.

Now we are building septic tanks with $791 raised through the GlobalGiving Platform. See picture #1.

For the moment, the next step in finishing the work of our building, is to start with the plastering of the walls. This will cost $3,000. FWA’s biggest dream is to become the largest one-stop center for women and expecting mothers where all maternity-related services will be found. In short, FWA aspires to become a comprehensive maternal health care in northern Bujumbura. FWA wants to contribute to decreasing maternal and child mortality in Kamenge and neighboring suburbs. To achieve this, we have started to expand our facility and add a maternity ward. Up to now, we have raised 60% of the total cost ($45,468 out of $75,000) and are talking to the Gould Family Foundation & Project Cure to provide us equipment. The maternity ward will include hospitalization rooms. When the building is completed and equipped, our HIV positive patients will receive free services. Other women will benefit from our services at low cost to ensure sustainability of our programs.

As we've already raised 60% of the amount, now our goal is to raise $30, 000 to complete this project.

We are very thankful for the great step achieved. Therefore, we give our heartfelt thanks all our donors particularly during this threatening pandemic. We hope to raise more funds through the GlobalGiving platform. We would therefore invite everyone who reads this report to share it with his/her relatives or friends so that they can support this very important work.

Delivery of the windows and doors.
Delivery of the windows and doors.
Installing windows on first floor.
Installing windows on first floor.
Installing windows on second floor.
Installing windows on second floor.
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Walkway that was cemented.
Walkway that was cemented.

From April 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2020 we have raised $95.28 through the GlobalGiving platform for the maternity ward. Those funds have contributed to drawing sidewalks for the drainage of water.

In addition, we put river rubble to prepare for the concreting of our construction.

Now, the next step is to manufacture metallic windows and doors for our building. The cost will be $10,000. We strongly appreciate those who have already donated $5,500 for this through the African Great Lakes Initiative.

We are very thankful for the great step already achieved. Therefore, we give our heartfelt thanks all our donors particularly during this threatening pandemic. We know many people lost their lives, and others have been affected by Covid-19. But we still hope to raise more funds through GlobalGiving. Whoever who is reading this report can forward it to friends or relatives so that we can close this building. We will then need to raise another $10,000 to build septic tanks and stairs.

Stones that need to be concreted.
Stones that need to be concreted.
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The completed roof.
The completed roof.

FWA Maternity Ward March 2020 Report

In the month of December 2019, we raised $2034 for the maternity ward through the GlobalGiving Platform. Vancouver Island Monthly Meeting and individuals in Canada donated $2,108 for the maternity ward. FWA members also donated $1,000 for this specific project step. With all these funds, we were able to do the roof structure with wooden rafters and iron sheets (See pictures)

When this is completed, the following steps will be to build sidewalks for water drainage and then close the building with metal doors and windows.

We are very thankful for the work we have already done. We strongly appreciate all our donors. We still hope to raise more funds through GlobalGiving. Whoever who is reading this report can forward it to friends or relatives so that we can close this building as our next step.

Building the rafters for the maternity ward.
Building the rafters for the maternity ward.
Delivery of the iron sheets.
Delivery of the iron sheets.
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Bricking the second story wall
Bricking the second story wall

Note: On Giving Tuesday, the Maternity Ward received four donations via GlobalGiving for a total of $745. GlobalGiving added bonuses of $275.65 for the Materniaty Ward, giving a total of $1020.65.

In the month of September 2019, the African Great Lakes Initiative has given FWA a grant of $3200 towards the $5800 second floor cost. Then FWA members have organized themselves to donate the $2600 to complete the walls of the second story. The pictures below show the progress of our building project.

When this is completed, the following step will be to roof the structure. The timber for the rafters will cost $4,000 and 120 iron sheets will be $2,760 ($23 per sheet) for a total of $6,760. From September 2019 up to December 23rd, 2019, we have raised $855 for the maternity ward ($4238 raised of $10,000) through Global Giving. Just Trust has also donated $1179 for organizational level through Global Giving. So, the total ($2034 can work for the iron sheets). Then, we will still need $4000 for the rafters.

We are very thankful for the work we have already done. We strongly appreciate all our donors. We still hope to raise more funds through Global Giving. Whoever who is reading this report can forward it to friends or relatives so that we can complete the roofing with iron sheets by February 2020. 

Another view of the second story wall.
Another view of the second story wall.
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Women helping with the construction.
Women helping with the construction.

In the month of June 2019, we were able to raise $2,500 through the Global Giving for the maternity ward. Thank you so much for your support. In the month of August, we enclosed the maternity ward with bricks with the funds raised through Global Giving. Since the beginning Global Giving donations have totaled $3,383 out of our goal $10,000. I would like to underline the fact that FWA members contributed labor valued at $600 in order to achieve this step.

The next step is building the second story of the maternity ward. This will cost $3,000 for the bricks, $2800 for the pillars at $100 per pillar. The African Great Lakes Initiative has given FWA a grant of $3200 towards the $5800 cost. Therefore FWA needs to raise $2600 to complete the walls of the second story.

When this is completed, the following step will be to roof the structure. The timber for the rafters will cost $4,000 and 120 iron sheets will be $2,760 ($23 per sheet) for a total of $6,760..

We are very thankful for the work we have already done. We strongly appreciate all our donors. We still hope to raise more funds through Global Giving. Whoever who is reading this report can forward it to friends or relatives so that we can finish the second floor and the roofing with iron sheets by December 2019.  

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Inspecting the new brick walls.
Inspecting the new brick walls.
Completed side of the building.
Completed side of the building.
Bicycle taxis bringing cement to the building site
Bicycle taxis bringing cement to the building site
Rebars for the pillars.
Rebars for the pillars.
Bricks for the second story walls.
Bricks for the second story walls.
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Friends Women's Association

Location: Bujumbura - Burundi
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NTAHUBA PARFAITE
Bujumbura, Burundi
$6,319 raised of $10,000 goal
 
106 donations
$3,681 to go
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