Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty

by Rosa Vera Fund, Inc.
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Help Bolivian Children Living in Poverty
Back to School!
Back to School!

Project Update: The Rosa Vera Fund is back in full swing! As you know, the area where we work in Bolivia - the city of Montero - was impacted early and long by the Covid-19 pandemic, and was put under military lockdown for months at a time. Small but mighty, the RVF was able to switch gears and delivered food and other supplies to our home bound families, while making weekly medical and therapeutic home visits. Most of the children we work with were at severe risk from Covid, due to having chronic health conditions that impact their immune systems, and we are grateful that none of the patients in our care succumbed to Covid. Most of the danger to our patients has now passed and we are able to return to in-person appointments on a regular basis.

Every child was so excited to come back to La Escuelita and see their school and classrooms. They missed their old routines of having a place to go that was just for them - fun, safe, educational, with lots of toys to play with and other kids to interact with. Physical and speech therapy visits in La Escuelita are up and running and we hope to add back our nutrition program as soon as possible. 

THANK YOU - all our donors - who helped us keep home visits going over the past two years - your support was crucial in making sure RVF kids didn't fall behind with their speech and physical therapy. Thank you for sticking with us - through thick and thin - making sure our work with these medically-fragile children was able to continue. Your support quite literally saves lives.

Sincerely,

The RVF Board and Families of the Rosa Vera Fund

One on One Attention!
One on One Attention!
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A Successful Telehealth Visit
A Successful Telehealth Visit

Dear Wonderful Supporters:

As we head into 2022, the Rosa Vera Fund is trying to implement telehealth visits when possible and when expedient. Rather than travel for hours each day to see specialists, we are meeting virtually for quick check-ins regarding medication refills, referrals, progress updates, etc. 

One of the greatest advantages is that these telehealth visits allow our doctors to discuss treatment options with each other - both our Bolivian medical professionals as well as our team located in the United States. These visits are efficient and are significantly less expensive in terms of both money and time.

So we are hopeful that this option remains viable for many of our chronic patients. Parents who used to have to take an entire day off of work to go to a doctor's appointment located two hours away will now be able to do so quickly in the comfort of La Escuelita - our school and therapy center - located in the middle of Montero, where our programs are located. 

Thank you to our supporters who allow us to not only keep the doors open but also to invest in a computer monitor and broadband sufficient for telehealth capabilities. Reliability is key - your donations help us to bring reliability and sustainability to our medical interventions for children with chronic health care needs, who have no other option for treatment.

Thank you! All the best to you and your families for 2022!

Sincerely,

Karen Melk, Board Chair

Showing leg strength/ability on a telehealth visit
Showing leg strength/ability on a telehealth visit

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Meeting a patient on a home visit

Dear Supporters:

In spite of the challenges of the pandemic, the work of the Rosa Vera Fund continues........

One of our greatest strengths is our ability to respond quickly, nimbly, strategically, when hurdles arise. When all of Bolivia was on military-enforced lockdown, the families we work with were not able to leave their homes. We were able to get critical food supplies delivered by having our medical teams go door to door. Under our watch, NO child died from Covid, NO child (nor their siblings) suffered malnourishment or starvation, and ALL children continued to receive crucial medical care and physical & speech therapy. 

We are extremely humbled by the efforts of our Bolivian counterparts who do whatever it takes to help the families of the RVF.

And, in spite of all the uncertainty, the RVF expanded, as planned! We have added four new children to our census, ranging in ages from 19 months to 11 years. All were very appropriate cases for us to provide services to and their parents are incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to save their children lives or dramatically improve their quality of life.

And, there's even more good news: We have hired a new care coordinator - Lourdes Plata - who you will learn more about in the upcoming reports. She fills a crucial role in coordinating the dozens of medical visits, speech therapy sessions, physical therapy sessions, etc. that take place both at La Escuelita as well as on home visits. 

Overall, the Bolivian medical team is resilient and inspirational.  They seem to take the challenges all in stride and, due to your support, will continue to move forward.

Thank you, sincerely, for your financial contributions. As you learn more about our work, we are convinced you will agree - it is all worth it.

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Physical therapy on a home visit

Dear Supporters:

When the pandemic hit, all of us involved with the Rosa Vera Fund thought, "How are we going to keep our supporters interested in our work? Who is going to care about kids in Bolivia, when there is so much happening here?" To our great relief (but not surprise!), by and large, our supporters stuck with us! 

Down in Bolivia, doctors made weekly house calls. Social workers coordinated medical visits. Speech and physical therapists masked up and went from one patient's house to another, making sure kids made progress. Everyone pitched in when needed - delivering fresh fruit and veggies, groceries/staples, diapers, and medicines. We are proud to say that not one child got sick from Covid; not one child died during this time while under our care. 

Here in the United States, our volunteer board continued to fundraise. Dr. LH held her yearly, eagerly-awaited desert BBQ attended by her family and friends. Several of our board members wrote grants and continued their annual appeal from colleagues. Dr. DM and Dr. LH did bi-monthly Skype medical checks on their patients and continued consulting with our Bolivian medical colleagues. 

What's next? For now - a bit of a breather.......usually we have a medical trip to Bolivia in June, but this year that is postponed, possibly to the fall. Over the summer, we will gear up for more fundraising and will be posting a project on GlobalGiving. 

Thanks for sticking with us during these uncertain times. On behalf of all the families we work with in Bolivia, thank you so much for recognizing that all children, no matter where they live in the world, are worth it. Because of your generosity, we can prepare and follow through with a treatment plan for each child we work with, with the goal of reaching the best outcome possible. Please know that your involvement truly does ease the lives of our fellow and less fortunate mothers, fathers and children. It is all worth it.  

Sincerely,

The Board of the Rosa Vera Fund

Physical therapy is fun!
Physical therapy is fun!

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Physical therapy on a home visit

Despite the pandemic, the Rosa Vera Fund continues our vital work. Our partners at Consejo de Salud Rural Andino are taking many precautions, while still providing our patients with the care they so desperately need. In addition to home and virtual visits, patients are coming in for some essential therapies. Our goal is to raise funds to create a true telemedicine center for remote visits with specialists who are more than an hour away.

 

Usually at this time of year, our team of US-based doctors goes to Bolivia to meet with patients and their families, as well as meet with their Bolivian medical counterparts. This year, that wasn’t possible, but our intrepid team assessed them nonetheless. Although in-person visits are always preferred, Dr. Darlene Melk and Dr. Lisa Hunt were able to have virtual visits with the parents and children to get updates on their histories and develop individual plans with the close assistance of our Bolivian medical team for the coming year.

Each family was brought to La Escuelita where they were weighed, measured and had vital signs taken. A doctor from the Consejo was in the room with each family giving details on recent labs and medication doses. Drs. Hunt and Melk could even “examine them” with their help. It is important to note that none of this work could take place without the close guidance and assistance of our Bolivian medical team on the ground.

Dr. Melk and Dr. Hunt reported that children are all doing well and have been heathy throughout the pandemic. Due to weekly delivery of food supplies and medicines, none of the children are malnourished, nor have they suffered medical setbacks. The parents all expressed gratitude for the RVF and for allowing their children to receive virtual speech therapy and special education. Some are also receiving physical therapy at home.

After this experience, CSRA leader Nurse Mitma Claure Alcocer and the RVF physicians agreed that the RVF can admit four new patients to the Rosa Vera Fund in the coming weeks (January 2021). Great news!

Check ups continue at La Escuelita
Check ups continue at La Escuelita
It feels good to leave the wheelchair & stretch!
It feels good to leave the wheelchair & stretch!
Christmas!
Christmas!

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Rosa Vera Fund, Inc.

Location: Douglas, AZ - USA
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Project Leader:
Karen Melk
Douglas, AZ Bolivia
$17,295 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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