Home based care parcels have been such a success these past months and have allowed our patients to receive weekly nutritional parcels. Our Medical volunteers do an incredible job checking in on their health and then distributing the packages. The food parcels include potatoes, can of beans, milk, and bananas.
Further, this fund has allowed to purchase necessary items to keep our medical patients healthy whenever they cannot afford to buy certain medication or nutritional supplements. We have recently provided cranberry tablets and wound care ointment to one of our medical patients. Little baggies have also been purchased to evenly and ethically distribute medications.
Additionally, our wonderful partner Eco-Lodge has recently donated a very large amount, 30 kgs!, of e-pap to assist with our nutrition program. We now have the opportunity to provide this much needed e-pap once a week when we go to visit our patients.
Finally, Women’s Support Group have discussed and made plans to build a chicken coop and raise chickens as an income generating activity. Further, both support groups are renovating their gardens and have amazing plans to extend and grow their original garden. We are so thrilled to watch their enthusiasm surrounding these two projects!
We are so eager to continue this year supporting our Home Based Care patients and we could not continue to support these patients without your dedication towards the program!
Physio patients have been making big improvements with the help of Shwele our medical coordinator and Jackie, the local physio who is in the process of setting up a clinic in the area. Patient’s families have also been getting involved, learning the exercise too and ensuring they are doing them in between visits from the team.
We were fortunate to receive a large donation of future life, a porridge high in protein and nutrients which has been crucial in improving our patients on the nutrition programs health and wellbeing.
We have also been offering regular support in the local clinic, measuring people’s weight and taking their blood pressure to offer some respite to the very busy clinic staff.
Over the last few months we have been supporting a family with a set of 18 month old twins, whose mother sadly passed away recently. The youngest one has been slow to develop strength in his legs and is still not able to walk. As well as our team doing regular visits to improve his development, one of our generous volunteers donated a baby walker to help him with his mobility so he can keep up with his very active twin brother!
Kathy Fenner, one of our volunteers from earlier this year has successfully raised enough money to begin work on a fence around Khanyisile’s property. Khanysile is 38 years old and suffers from Motor-Neurone Disease and hyper-tension. She lives alone and local residents have been using her property as a ‘walk-through’ as she has no perimeter fence. This makes her feel very vulnerable especially in the evenings. Now that Kath has successfully raised all the money, work is starting this week to build the fence and make her feel safer in her own home.
We want to thank each and every donor for your generous contributions to our Medical and home based care project, without your support these changes to the lives of people in St Lucia would not be possible.
The past few months have been busy at St Lucia with fundraising and running the vital Medical Support Project.
So far with online and on the ground donations we have raised over $2700 this year which is just over half way to our target!
With this money fundraised we have been able to provide vital medical supplies, food parcels and nutrition packages to our patients on a monthly basis.
We have also developed our community gardens which are vital in helping to ensure our support groups and nutrition patients have access to fresh vegetables.The hard work our volunteers do throughout the year means we are helping towards Global Goals 2 and 3- Zero Hunger and Health and Wellness.
Thank you to each and every donation that is saving lives in rural Zululand.
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