Monday, July 16, 2007

Ground Breaking at Zombodze

The newest Mission of Mercy CarePoint has been started at Zombodze. We have been suppling food since March and have close to 250 children coming daily. We staked out the building last week and started digging the foundation today!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It Was Cold Last Night!

It is winter here in Swaziland! We were able to give out blankets to the students at two of our schools today. The children at Ngwane Park and Mangwaneni were all smiles when we gave out the blankets. Much thanks to the youth at Messiah Lutheran Church in Downingtown, PA for their generosity and thoughtfulness in putting together these packages.
The homes here have no heat. Especially when you consider the poverty most of these kids come from, these blankets were a true blessing!

Monday, July 02, 2007

School Uniforms- Sewing Project

We passed out the uniforms for the 40 students at Makholweni a week ago. The uniforms were made by Alice and the girls in the sewing project at Makholweni. Alice is a volunteer form the community that has come to the CarePoint and is teaching some of the older gilrs there how to sew. Their first project was to complete the school uniforms. The kids in all our CarePoint schools will get uniforms from the sewing project at some point. This is a great win for the girls learning to sew and the kids at all our CarePoint schools.

4 CarePoints - 1100 Patients

Dr. Beyda (Mission of Mercy Medical Director) and his team did an awesome job last week! We were at Logoba (we are working towards a CarePoint there now), Madonsa, Kakhoza, and Maphiveni (also a CarePoint in progress!). The doctors, nurses, and helath care workers saw many illnesses: HIV related, cancer, hypertension, infections, infected wounds, diabetes, etc., etc. The children and adults at Maphiveni were noticeably sicker than the population around Manzini. The impact of the combination of poverty and distance to health care is obvious on the overall health of the people there. We are hoping to get final community approval this week so we can start construction there this month. Pastor La'Salette Duarte and her church in Tambankhulu were fantastic. They will be helping and overseeing the daily work at the Maphiveni CarePoint. It is refreshing to work with a church here that truly has the poorest and neediest at heart. These pictures are from the clinic on Thursday for the community of Maphiveni.