Today, I want to update you all on three individuals I have recently wrote about. A couple of weeks back I wrote about two ladies that were in urgent need of help. The first lady, Rose, had a leg injury and we took her to the hospital for x-rays. It turns out that she has broken her hip. The ball in her hip is completely separated from her femur. Action Clinic’s lab technician is in talks with a German doctor who is working in this area to see if he would be able to operate on Rose.

The second lady, Mwanasiti, was hospitalized for having a stroke. I saw her yesterday at Blessed Camp and she was back at the clinic to be seen. After being released from the clinic she was appearing to be doing better, but at this point we are not sure what is going on with her. She will have to go back to the hospital for more testing. Both of these ladies have had leprosy in the past and are partially handicapped because of it. This only adds to the challenges these ladies are having to deal with.

The final update is for a young boy named Hamisi. I wrote about him on our blog last week. He is 7 years old and is HIV positive. When Action Ministry found him about two weeks ago he was in a very feeble condition. He had been sick for quite a while without being taken to a medical facility. They rushed him to the hospital where he is still residing. My first question when I heard about Hamisi was, obviously, why wasn’t he taken to see a doctor? The mother hadn’t given Action Ministry a solid answer for that question. Their speculation is that if the mother took the child in and it was discovered that he has HIV then word would get out that she is HIV positive as well. Often times here in Kenya, unlike Uganda, people would rather not know then deal with the shame of having HIV. But, by living in denial, they put their entire families at risk. It is a sad cycle that desperately needs to be broken.

I am pleased to say that the latest report I received from the doctor is that Hamisi is doing much better. He has just begun eating solid foods again and his body is accepting the medicine he is being given. He will remain at the hospital for at least another week before he is discharged.

We want to thank everyone who donated to these needs, as well as, Action Ministry’s emergency medical fund. You guys are a blessing!

Also, if you would still like to give towards Action Ministry’s emergency fund click here.

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Rose being assisted to the clinic

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Mwanasiti (and Peter) at the hospital

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Hamisis at his home


We hope that this last week of March has been a great one for everyone! This week has been a good one for both Action Ministry in Kenya and Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda, and we would love to share some of our favorite photos from this week with you!

From Kenya:

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Children from Action School at Blessed Camp completely cutting loose with their own reflections!

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As other children are enamored with their own reflections, Shamim (the little girl in front) throws me an adorable. yet inquisitive, look.

From Uganda:

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Home Again just welcomed triplets into the baby house. Eve, Esther, and Eleanor’s mother died during childbirth and their father is unable to care for them. They were brought to Home Again yesterday from the hospital, and were promptly washed, diapered, swaddled up, and put to bed. Here is Eleanor sleeping peacefully in her new home at Home Again.


IMG_0800Today I would like to introduce you to Sam! Sam is five years old an lives at Home Again. If Sam were an animal he would most definitely be a monkey, he is always climbing on everything at Home Again, most especially people. Sam will jump on your back, and always answer “I’m fine, thanks” when you ask him how he is is his squeaky little voice. Sam is also HIV positive.

To me Sam is a perfect example of what Bringing Hope to the Family is and why they do what they do. Bringing Hope was began to help give hope and a new life to the HIV positive people living in and around Kaihura. Soon after Faith founded Bringing Hope she began Home Again to give a home to the children in the community who didn’t have one, at the beginning most of theses children were from families affected by HIV/AIDS. A few years later Hope Again Medical Clinic was started to treat the children living at Home Again who were HIV positive, as well as those in Kaihura who were also HIV positive.

Today Bringing Hope has grown much more than Faith Kunihira ever would have imagined, Home Again is home to around 90 children, both HIV positive and negative, and Hope Again Medical Center is able to treat any number of ailments.

When I think of Sam though, I am reminded of why Bringing Hope began, and how it continues to reach out to those who feel they have no hope, slowly empowering and changing the community around them.

 


Last week a few Action Ministry staff members went to visit a lady to find out why her son had not been attending school recently. While at the house they discovered that another one of her sons had been sick for over a month.  The staff members quickly changed gears and focused their attention on the sick child.  They arranged for transport and took him to the nearby government hospital.  Once there they discovered that this child, named Hamisi, who is 7 years old, is HIV positive and in very bad condition. It would appear that he was not being regularly given his ARV‘s and his body was trying to fight off some sort of infection.  The doctors were able to rule out TB and put him on several rounds of treatment as they monitored him.

As Action Ministry continues to be a beacon of light within the Blessed Camp and the surrounding community medical emergencies will continue to arise.  We are trying to raise $1000 to equip Action Ministry with an emergency medical fund which will help them cover these medical expenses as they come up.  Often times the amount of money which can be the difference between life and death is only a couple of hundred dollars.  This medical fund will be a great help to Action Ministry as they serve this community.

If you are interested in helping supply Action Ministry with an emergency medical fund please click here.

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This is Hamisi when staff members found him at his home.

 


Hey everyone, here’s a few of this week’s favorites from Uganda and Kenya!

From Uganda:

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Village Art is modernizing their cafe with a new deep fryer! I stopped by the other day and was able to help make some donuts. It was super fun and the outcome was delicious!

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This week Faith had 700 chicks delivered to her house! I’m still unsure what we are going to do with this many chickens, but they sure are cute!

From Kenya:

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We love to see people striving to improve their future by creative and dedicated work.

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This is Hamisi. He is 7 years old.  Action Ministry found him in very poor condition on Wednesday and has taken him to the hospital for treatment.