Situated in a small region on the island of La Gonave, Haiti, I'm helping to build water systems that can provide the local communities with treated drinking water, something highly coveted and hard to come by as the Haitian government does little for these communities. To strengthen the project, we are encouraging the local neighborhood committee to oversee the entire project, including managing the construction and budget, making it truly grassroots development.
I volunteer for better health care. My organization Operation Smile offered health care to mainly children who suffered congenital problems such as cleft palate and club feet. They were freely operated on. The youth Unit of Operation Smile Liberia helped to raise monies for these surgeries by carrying out fund raising activities such as the collection of pennies, dances and food sale.
The Youth were sensitized and made aware of the need to help. There were stickers, visitations to school campuses
and lectures given by the visiting youth group of Operations Smile/USA.
Health care is of primary concern. The world is full of disastrous happenings that result in a lot of diseases, outbreaks and sufferings. People who are affected, especially women and children and also special cases such as HIV, must have appropriate, adequate and affordable medical attention. Such attention should be prompt in cases of earthquakes and other natural disasters because that is when vulnerability is highest. I am very concerned when such occurrences occur and for days people are left out in the cold whilst the concerned authorities are at the round table dialoguing. I believe the first and prompt thing is to get emergency supplies and take the affected ones away from danger to a safe place.
I am a Cameroonian woman from the Northwest region of Cameroon and I live in Douala. I applied to volunteer for the UN but for now I am awaiting confirmation. Whatever the case, I have been doing a lot of volunteering work to better my community one of which, is a water project in EKA-BUSAM village of WIDIKUM Subdivision in the North West Region which I am still following up for realisation. What I do voluntarily is that I arranged for sensitization meetings where the villagers both in the village and in town are actually made see the importance of having good and clean water. During each meeting funds are raised for the project by the villagers and elites. So far through the Eka Development Association, a lot has been raised. it is anticipated that by January 2013 enough funds would have been raised for the project to commence. I have also applied for external funding which is highly awaited. The Project is ongoing but I like to talk about it because it must be realised.
Water is Life!
The Njafidu and Maamu communities (Gbane Chiefdom, Kono District, Eastern Sierra Leone) have long suffered from water related illnesses such as Bilharzia as they had no source of safe drinking water before World Vision Sierra Leone’s intervention. They used to get drinking water from a nearby stream which was in itself unsafe for consumption. It is worthy to note that these two communities have large numbers of school going children. The stream was used for diverse purposes such as bathing, drinking, laundry and the like.
It was as a result of this that children suffered from water related illnesses and in most cases hospitalised in the Koidu government hospital. This often affected their school attendance and their academic performance. With the intervention of World Vision and the construction of two hand pump wells (one in each community), these communities now have safe and portable drinking water. Communities have been encouraged to now drink from these hand pump wells and refrain from drinking water from the stream as was the case previously. Feedback received from the two communities indicates that the people are now living relatively healthier lives. As a control measure, the wells are opened and closed at specific hours of the day. Furthermore, the communities have instituted their own bye laws governing the use of these wells. In addition to monthly contributions that go towards the maintenance, defaulters are expected to pay a stipulated fine which will in turn be used to mend the pipes and well by the community pump attendant should they get broken.
I have worked in handicap international as a Health promoter. after facing flood in their respected area in Sindh the people fall in different kind of disease and we provide them water and hygiene kits and even we lead hygiene sessions and try to make their health better. they have lost everything and even they have forgetful that which action they have to taken for making their health better.
I am senior public health professional. So I could get various opportunity to participate in providing better health care to the community especially for those who are marginal community (Pastoral and for nomadic people) some of my activities are: Participating in Immunization activities including routine immunization and during immunization campaign,HIV/AIDS,TB and Malaria prevention and control activities and Maternal health services.
I assisted a lady who was sick infected with tuberculosis, whereas no one was willing to offer her drugs, food and even hygiene. I offered all my assistant to her when she was unable, weak, malnourished, uncleanliness etc. The lady had a small baby boy no one was there for her but I was there for her till she completed her tuberculosis drugs. Am happy that my energy was never wasted by offering a support to the weak. Now she is fine healthy, clean, neat, up build with handsome boy doing well in Africa Kenya.
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has spread to rural areas where services are not available as compared to urban areas. By opening outreach services at designated clinics in remote rural areas in Zimbabwe, has improved the lives people in their daily activities. If more clinics are provided and accessibility of ARVS will make life easier for the people in Africa.
Make a change in someone`s life When I was a college student, there was a sudden conflict created between Eritrea (My country, where I was living) and Ethiopia in 1999 and 2000 periods and I was voluntarily participate in giving care to injured soldiers. It was not easy to take care of combat injured patients however it was a great privilege to see some one’s life saved, feeling comfortable and able to think for their future is really making a change in life and it inspired me to continue as volunteer. Soon after graduation I worked in Health Care Giver Advanced Hospital but still the idea of working with needy and supporting the vulnerable is knocking my brain hence I decided to apply to the organizations that were facilitating in humanitarian activities. In 2004 I began working with International Rescue Committee (IRC) an NGO in Primary Health Care program mainly participates in trainer /monitored safe motherhood and community empowerment in a very remote unsecured areas of Northeast Sudan. They were neglected from all social services for years they stay without health and school .as a result of this Many children were never vaccinated from the six contagious childhood diseases for this reason it is normal to find in one administrative village a 2-3 child with poliomyelitis, and big number of childhood death. The main IRC framework was providing a sustainable and durable solution through establish Primary Health Care program mainly participated in organizing training to the community as Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Community Health Worker and building 18 health care unit .outcome shows the mortality and morbidity rate of mothers and babies dramatically decreased through integrated activities of the TBAs and many simple communicable disease get hold by the trained community health worker and treated well. There was good participation of the communities in all activities as they would be the ownership of the program in the future. In 2007 there was a new plan established in Eritrea by Dutch Inter-church Aid named Health Mind Project for the community affected by drought and war conflict. I was assigned as psychosocial counseling for 22 administrative villages after accomplishing a vast course. A direct linkage was created among the social sectors partners and the needy through continuous awareness raising activities and sensitization meeting on psychosocial counseling. I was also responsible in formulating health mind voluntaries, self-help group and conducting training and supervision. I was making voluntarily Home visit counseling cession for women, physical paralysis and psychotic people whom were the most vulnerable and stigmatized groups in some cases I was facilitates in reconciling of families. Besides I structured monthly meeting (they could be the individual with the psychosocial problem or their parents or anyone who look after them) and plan to improve their income through teaching how to make handcrafts or any fine art and distribute in an exhibition for sale. The above positions generate me to work with devotion in such organization for further future especially in voluntary positions that acquire challenges as same time making change in lives of many. The Bible, Word of God says” Giving is more blessed than receiving.“
Community service in the academic world - an experience
one of the three functions of institutions of higher learning is community service. as an academician, community service or community outreach program is part of our school activities.ssan academician I have varied experiences in community service. when I was a lecturer in one of the universities in Manila, Philippines we helped the Mt pinatubo victims by providing them food, clothes and other things they need as they were displaced from their houses because of the eruption.during typhoons we also give donations to the victims of typhoons. When I transferred to another school , as an adviser to the students' organization, one of our activitiesis community outreach program where we identify a depressed baragay (refer to barrio or village ). During Christmas season we have gift giving activities by identifying the indigent members of the barangay through their barangay officials. we also conduct seminars on environmental awareness, health, nutrition and sanitation. We always emphasized on the importance of tree planting, proper garbage disposal like segregating the wastes into biodegradable and non biodegradable, cleanliness of the surroundings to prevent diseases like dengue fever which is very fatal especially to children. we also organized medical mission by coordinating with the Department of Health so that they can provide free medicines, mobile x-ray and health workers like doctors, nurses, dentist and x-ray technician. Patients get free treatments and medicines. At present I am here in Uganda, africa working in one of the universities. I had an opprtunity to join the group of students who did their medical camp in one of the villages in western Uganda. It was a fishing village within Queen Elizabeth park. Most of the residents including children suffered from skin diseases and respiratory ailments . Most of them also are HIV positive. They were treated and given free medicines. We also dis community assessment in one of the villages in Bushenyi Districts. With my students we assessed the health status of the residents, assist them how to clean their source of water. Reports of the assessment were submitted to the district health officer, local government officials and the management of the school for possible solution and wayforward.