2 months ago
Siamo molto grati alla Larksview Foundation per il suo costante aiuto e la preziosa collaborazione. Mafia Island e Karibuni Onlus ti abbracciano. Non vediamo l'ora di organizzare il prossimo campo medico quando sarà di nuovo possibile viaggiare.
We are very grateful to Larksview Foundation for their constant help and valuable collaboration. Mafia Island and Karibuni Onlus embrace you. We can't wait to organizing the next medical camp when it becomes possible again to travel.Hi Everyone! I see a lot of people are checking in looking for updates.
So, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get a visa to go to Tanzania and make our clinic trip this year. Of course we are unhappy about this. But, there is a lot more going on.
We have four more newborns just recently entering our “Formula for Success” program. Because of Larksview’s donors, any baby brought to the Upendo wa Mungu Clinic in Kasansa Tanzania who is unable to get maternal breast milk for the first year of life receives their formula at no cost. This program is growing despite all obstacles. I’ve attached some pictures below of the newest infants entering the program￼￼. The women in the pictures are usually aunts or grandmothers. Maternal death is the most common reason for babies to enter our program. ￼￼One newborn is seen with a cleft palette. We are told that since he was able to gain the weight needed because of the formula we provided, he now has undergone successful repair of the cleft lip and is doing well. Photos to come. We continue to need donations to support providing formula.
We are also starting to build cisterns for Mafia Island. We have commissioned the first one from Tori Rasmussen and look forward to seeing it built. We are working on some larger grants so that we can provide fresh, salt-free water where it is needed on this island. This should help reduce the extreme hypertensive crisis we saw with adults and the dehydration we saw among young children.
We’ve also provided￼ equipment in Mafia to test for hemoglobin so the children with sickle cell don’t have to make frequent trips to larger hospitals.￼
Locally, we continue to make and distribute plastic face shields and healthcare providers in need both in PA and NY.
Finally, we are sad to say that COVID-19 has now reached the small and remote island where we work. On Mafia Island, there was very limited PPE. With the help of Iris, Conni, and Karibuni Onlus, we were able to help procure and distribute hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks to local clinics.
We want to send a big thank you out to Dr. Daniel and the members of College Hill Presbyterian Church. Their donations have made all the difference in the last few months. Without their help all of this would not have been possible.￼
I hope you’re all staying safe and doing well through this terrible pandemic. We look forward to seeing you on the other side. Please keep checking in! We will try to do better with our updates.￼ 🥰
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3 months ago
Vorrei essere forte
come la donna africana.
Avere piedi stabili,
decisi nel contatto
con la terra.
Avere mani veloci
e abili nel ripetere
piccoli movimenti arcaici.
E la schiena spezzata
e perfettamente dritta,
di sacchi, ceste, borse
e piccole vite umane.
della donna africana,
motore della comunità
in cui vive,
scrive la sua storia
giorno per giorno,
senza lamenti né richieste
sotto il peso
che mai l'abbattono.
quel sorriso umile
né senza speranza.
Occhi senza lacrime
discreti e delicati
che hanno visto
ma che non perdono
di un canto.
della donna africana
Che non fa scorgere
come la carezza
di una mamma.Wishing our mothers a heartfelt mother’s day!
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Anche io vorrei essere forte come una donna Africana
5 months ago
Un piccolo oggetto che fa una grande differenza. Grazie alla Larksview Founfation e ai suoi dottori che aiutano l'Isola di Mafia con il cuore e grazie a tutti coloro che hanno contribuito.
A small object that makes a big difference. Thanks to the big heart of the Larksview Foundation and its doctors who help Mafia Island with the heart and thanks to those who contributed.
We are so happy to share this video. Thanks to the Day of Giving donations from Facebook we’ve been able to provide equipment to test hemoglobin levels in a remote part of the island we visited last October. This machine will help to test and track those with Sickle Cell disease and other forms of anemia to see when they might need transfusions. In the past this was an expensive undertaking to send them on a bus to the hospital to get the test. In many cases they were not at a level needing transfusion and just went back and forth without treatment. Thank you so much to who donated to make this happen!!!
There are other projects also being undertaken with the funds,￼￼￼ and we continue to provide some medications and tracking of blood pressures as well. Blood pressure remains the number one health issue for those we visited. More to come!!￼ ... See MoreSee Less