Saturday, July 07, 2018

Good News and News to Ponder!

Good News: 
  • we are 75% towards the total amount of $15000 in matching funds toward Kudvumisa's dental clinic! Please help us meet the final goal!
  • the main clinic renovation under the Rotary grant is winding down. We estimate substantial completion in a month!
  • projected full funding for equipping the clinic through Project CURE was reached and we are hoping to begin working with Project CURE staff to facilitate a site visit and the process of developing an equipment list: then filling a shipping container to send over.
News to Ponder: 
  • US government funding has basically come to an end for the mobile outreach, while dwindling year to year, this year saw the most drastic cuts with tremendous increases in targets.  We saw these targets as unreachable. We have negotiated reduced targets with the greatly reduced funding.
  • While Kudvumisa has subsidized salaries (through generous donations by our friends like you) over the years of the grants, the dwindling grants made this more and more impractical.  With great sadness we did not renew any contracts for the project staff. We will re-look at reduced staffing and reduced salaries in the coming months for the mobile outreach.
  • Our nurses will be kept on staff to continue to provide access to HIV care for the population that has come to rely on Kudvumisa's CHIPS program over the years.
Sustainability: 
  • sustainability of the mobile health outreach and the health clinic have always been our goal, but with the removal of grant support this becomes even more critical now.
  • the renovation of the Guest House has slowed as we await more funds to complete the construction. The Guest House would provide a place for visiting teams to stay while providing income to the health projects.
  • we are working on the commercial development on the property, securing letters of intent from key leaseholders/anchor tenants as we work towards a business plan that is viable that can be be presented with the hope of securing financing for the project. The commercial development would provide both local employment and also a long term sustainable source of income to fund the clinic and mobile outreach.
You can help play a part in this project:  please consider donating to Kudvumisa Foundation.  A US 501c3, your donations are tax deductible and stewarded with the greatest of care.
It can't be repeated too many times: "Thank You" from the thousands of people who will never be able to tell you themselves, how access to life saving health care has changed their lives! We and they, appreciate all your support and prayers.


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Teresa does an impromptu walk through of the clinic as it nears completion!

  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Isaiah 52:7
Called to Missions? (and everyone is) Be the one to bring good news to those who have no hope!
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Please support Kudvumisa nurses in providing critical health care to an impoverished population in eastern Swaziland. Combined monthly salary for Tyne and Joyleen is $2100 USD. Consider sponsoring a portion of their salaries! Jessie is here as a volunteer/medical missionary and can use your support as well!!
Ongoing needs: 
  • $250/month salary for Thokozane who spearheads our community development programs.
  • $1000/month salary for a Futhi, our Finance Officer who will be managing grants,  book keeping, reporting, and setting up financial controls for the numerous projects or "business" centers of Kudvumisa.
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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Month of May Matching Grant Campaign!

We have a generous donor who has pledged $15000 in matching funds toward Kudvumisa's dental clinic.
Community dental outreach 2018He is a dentist and will match up to $15000 in donations towards the new dental clinic.  The dental clinic will be built in the ground level below the main health clinic. Every dentist that has volunteered here in either mobile or school based outreaches has commented on the impact that the lack of  access to quality (and compassionate) dental care has on the rural School based dental outreach 2014population.  It is important to provide consistent care! Only doing extractions is not enough! The dental care many received in the community and school outreaches was the only dental care they would ever receive.
Kudvumisa's dental clinic will provide access to quality, compassionate and consistent care to a population and in an area where it is unavailable. 

In the US this month

Daran & Teresa will be in the US in May.  We would welcome the opportunity to share the vision God has given us for this part of Swaziland and how He has provided everything we have needed at every step of the way.  Email us if there would be an opportunity to share: anywhere to any size group!
 
It can't be repeated too many times: "Thank You" from the thousands of people who will never be able to tell you themselves, how access to life saving health care has changed their lives! We and they, appreciate all your support and prayers.

It also bears repeating that there are still thousands who need help to get out of poverty, meet their Savior, and access lifesaving health care.
CHIPS - Christ centered compassionate care!
Bringing Life and Hope to the isolated, impoverished and marginalized.  Please watch this video!


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time to Re-Brand! Swaziland CHIPS

CHIPS (and you were wondering what CHIPS stood for all this time?)
2008 - Children's HIV Intervention Programme Swaziland
2009 - Children & Caregivers HIV Intervention Programme Swaziland
2013 - Community HIV Intervention Programme Swaziland
2015 - Community Health Intervention Programme Swaziland

We embarked on a journey with you in 2008 that has proved tremendously successful in providing quality compassionate Christ centered HIV care to thousands in isolated and impoverished areas in rural Swaziland.  The end goal has always been to move away from being simply an HIV program to one that can benefit everyone in the communities that CHIPS' serves.  That goal is in sight!

We have just learned we are a sub-grantee to URC for providing HIV and other health services with our in-community delivery model!  (That deserves a thank you Jesus!)  The "other" health services are what we have been aiming towards since the inception of CHIPS.

URC's funding may take 3-9 months to begin.  In the interim, it is important that we continue working in the communities so we do not lose the hard earned trust of the people there.

With a trimmed down staff, CHIPS monthly budget is $5000.  Your support now can ensure that several thousand people can continue to receive care and support for HIV and TB.


CHIPS Community Clinic
Even more important now is moving forward with the purchase and then refurbishment of the CHIPS clinic.  Cheri McDaniel in Baton Rouge has been a tremendous encouragement to us over the years and has supported our vision of a clinic and business development center here in Swaziland.

Cheri has recently published a memoir which we would highly recommend: she is a special lady!  A portion of the proceeds go towards the property earmarked for the clinic and community development center.  Please visit  www.helaysthestones.com and order a copy to support this aspect of our ministry plans!


“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”
Micah 6:8

God Bless
Daran & Teresa Rehmeyer


  
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Clinic & Outreach Centre

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US Peace CorpsWe've recently reached out to involve the Peace Corps volunteers that live in the area our CHIPS program serves.  This comment from Jane:
"Just to thank you and Teresa for introducing me to a amazing, professional, competent A PLUS staff. Had a totally enjoyable day watching a project that WORKS!!"
  • We couldn't have asked for a better endorsement. 
  • Current grant funding is exhausted in March for the CHIPS program
  • Please pray for future funding!
  • Consider supporting the CHIPS program
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Monday, December 01, 2014

World AIDS Day in Swaziland

Today Swaziland celebrated World AIDS Day. There were festivities in all four regions with the national commemoration here in Lubombo. There were speeches. I'm sure a lot of very important people had a lot of very important things to say. With the highest official HIV prevalence in the world, there was much to commemorate.

With the promise of food to follow, a large number came out in Siteki to patiently listen to the important speeches. Our staff was there as well: to offer HIV services to anyone who might be interested.

Back in the impoverished and isolated communities Kudvumisa Foundation usually works in, life went on as usual. For most people it was a day like any other; trying to scratch together enough for today's meal, sometimes in whatever way is necessary.  Important speeches don't mean much here.

Kudvumisa means to praise in siSwati.  For the several hundred men, women, and children who rely on Kudvumisa Foundation's services and transport, there is reason to praise.  Hope takes the form of a mobile clinic and a 17-seater van.  Without these community based services, most of these people would have few to no options for accessing the life saving antiretrovirals (ARV's) that keep the virus in their body at bay.

Nonhlanhla today
Nonhlanhla in the throes of TB

Nonhlanhla and her husband are both HIV positive.  They live in one of the small informal/cane cutter settlements in Vuvulane.  Both rely on Kudvumisa for their ARV's.  Several years ago, she battled TB on top of HIV.  She lost so much weight and was a shadow of her old self.  Today she has won her battle against TB and is a vocal spokesman for people in her community to test and start treatment for HIV as soon as possible.

Hers is a speech worth hearing!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Swaziland Update: Expansion of HIV Project

CHIPS Expansion & Section 19 in Vuvulane

CHIPS Expansion
We have expanded into several new communities recently and our medical outreach staff of HIV counselors and nurse is working hard to test and help everyone. We found them last week on the side of the road testing the road workers in the area.  The next day we went with them to a cattle dip tank where the farmers bring their cattle to run them through the water that is treated with tick, fly and parasite medicine.  It is mostly men that gather at the dip tank before the sun even rises.  So our staff go and set up the mobile clinic and gazebos and the men line up to test.  Where the ladies are present in the communities, the men will not test.  So we thought it was pretty clever of them to go to the dip tank to get the men to test!


Section 19 Sewing Group & Bible Study
Teresa's Bible study with the ladies at Section 19 is going well! She is enjoying teaching them and getting to know them!  They sit on the porch of one of the cement block one-room flats and sing, worship and pray together!  They are a special blessing to her!  Our staff is also growing in the Lord.  A few months back, we had a ministry team come from Kentucky that really spoke into their lives and encouraged them!  We have seen some growth in them spiritually since then.
 
The sewing with the ladies in 19 is an on-going project.  They are still making the bags that our Australian volunteer taught them to do.  She had to leave because she became ill.  Through this journey of her illness, God brought her to Him.  She has accepted the Lord and is now making preparations to come back on her own to work with us again in February!  Now she will come back not only to work with the women to sew, but to grow in the Lord with them!  She was diagnosed with an illness while she was here.  It was God ordained that she was diagnosed here and found Him through these terrible circumstances!  She has now gone home, gotten the medical, emotional and spiritual help that she needed and is ready to come back and be an advocate for women!  She wants to share her story and start support groups!  We believe that she will make an awesome impact on our projects here!

Thanksgiving in Swaziland
We will be hosting the third annual American Thanksgiving in Swaziland again here at our house in Mbabane.  It is a great time of sharing and fellowship for us as we get to share a wonderful American tradition of showing thanks with a lot of wonderful people, who just like us, will be far away from their families in the US. We are searching for turkeys even now!
 
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