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The Seven Year Gap

Elephantiasis, Zambia, Monze, lymph he filariasis, nematode infection, Health Help International, UK volunteer led charity, holistic, ayurvedic medicine

One gap year in education is not uncommon… but seven??

Bibian first came to our attention in 2011.  At this time, even though one of her legs was enlarged and covered in sores, she was attending school.  However, she was becoming increasingly self conscious about her leg and very unhappy because other children did not want to be with her. 

Since that time, HHI supporters have generously funded hospital visits, medicines and also monthly nutritional food support.  But, despite everyone’s best efforts, her condition did not improve.  Indeed, until the arrival of Dr Nkonjera, not one of the treatments offered to Bibian was successful.  (See article 6th December 2017)

So, after a seven year gap in her education, Bibian is now back in school.  Her facial sores have healed and although there is still a long way to go for her leg to be completely healed, we are praying that Dr Nkonjera can continue to make a difference

And that difference is, yet again, down to you.  Thank you!

More from Moscow

African Albino Monze Zambia UK Charity Health Help International HHI HHZ Health Help Zambia

More from Moscow

In January this year, we were happy to update you on the developments in Moscow’s life.  Well, we have had yet another communication from him. And it’s even better news.  Not only does the picture speak for itself - a happy family snap – but the news that Moscow is able to use his skills and professional position to help others who are in his situation, is, in our opinion, just wonderful.

This is what Moscow wrote:

‘ Hi Jute,
 I want you to know that since 2013 I started helping the disabled including the Albinos in rural areas, I give health education to Albinos who are being kept indoor without going to school ‘ 

(Moscow Chilundu)

Nalukena

Zambia charity bereaved widowed poor Newport UK

Nalukena 

We have had some sad news from Zambia.  Nalukena, the housekeeper in our HHZ compound in Monze, has had a slight stroke.  Her recovery is in the hands of skilled doctors who perform wonders with the limited resources available at Monze Mission Hospital.  And, of course, at this critical time, our prayers for Nalukena and her family are vital.  

Many of you will have heard Nalukena’s story.  After her husband died, she returned with her three children to live with her parents and supported the family by selling fish on the roadside. Soon after, one daughter died but, due to her limited English, Nalukena was unable to tell us the cause of death.  After her parents died, Nalukena, homeless, remarried and has since had a further two children.  Her husband can afford to pay the school fees for his children but Nalukena’s older children remain uneducated.  

So, at this time our thoughts turn to Nalukena and so many other families in Zambia and India who are in similar desperate situations.  Thankfully, our generous HHI supporters are always ready to dig deep into their pockets in order to relieve the suffering of those whose stories touch their hearts. 

Please forward this story to someone who you think might be able to help.  Thank you!

But now is Christ risen!

The risen Lord, not on the cross

A happy Easter to all our supporters and other readers. As we celebrate the good news (in the words of Isaac Watts) 'the joyful news of sins forgiven, of hell subdued, and peace with heaven', may we also thank you for all your support.

Another Brick in the Wall

Zambia, Monze, Western district, HHI, Health Help International, Newport,Wales, Welsh charity

Muumba school - another success story

In the Article of 19th August 2017 we wrote,

‘In two years the school has grown from 50 pupils, to an expected 338 this coming September.  Looking to the future, Mr Bbilika would like to extend the school to Grade 9 by adding 3 new classrooms.’

Well, a glance at the picture shows that the head teacher, Mr Bbilika, has not only begun the building work but that one additional classroom, yet to be completed, is already in use! 

We also wrote, ‘Anything seems to be possible at Muumba!’ 

How right were we? Well done! Keep up the Good work Mr Bbilika!

Jumpering for joy

UK Welsh charity Newport disabled school children volunteer run Zambia Western district Monze Muumba

Jumpers for All

Our knitting ladies, in particular coordinators of knitting groups, often ask if it is possible to see photographs of children in Zambia wearing the school jumpers that have been sent.  And here they are.  Not only do the children at Muumba Community School look very smart in their new uniforms, but we are also very impressed with the number of children who now attend the school and, more than that, that each of them has a school jumper.  Well done to all our knitters… there was no limit to the number of jumpers that you made… how wonderful is that!

And again, thank you very much!

India visit

Elderly Indian woman saved from poverty by UK charity

We're back!

I have added a detailed article about our recent visit to India here.

Nothing in India is ever straightforward!

Disabled man empowered by cow donated by UK charity.  Nedumangad, Kerala, India.

We have now moved from the Banyan Tree at Kulappada to the Special Therapy (special needs) centre in Kulathara.  This brings many advantages.  One of them is running water - a cold shower is luxury comapred to getting a bucket of water out of the well.  And it gives a level of protection for Tom - as it is a special needs school, any visitors can be stopped, and Tom can decide whether to meet them or not. Unfortunately there are some people who are adept at putting psychological pressure onto Tom, something that he is not able to cope with these days.  Sadly, there are a couple of Pentecostal pastors who head that list.  At Kulappada he is out on his own; here at Kalathara he is safe.

One disadvatage is that Kalathara has no internet connection.  So I am typing this from an intenet cafe in Nedumangad whilst the others have gone off to do some shopping.  Not shopping for themselves, you understand, but shopping for equipment that will help the disabled children at the Special Therapy centre.

But to return to the subject of this update.  Take buying a cow, for instance.  I am unwilling to just hand over the money.  There are too many things that could go wrong.  So I will do it myself.

Prasanna is a poor man who we have helped over the last couple of years.  He has a compound fracture of his leg.  Whilst he was in hospital Shibu looked after him, and we paid for the implants needed to pin the fracture.  We bought him a Zimmer frame so that he could have a degree of mobility, and leave the hospital.  I have seen the x-rays of the fracture. and I would be amazed if he is ever able to walk again.  The result is that the family - him, his wife, and two sons, have lost their breadwinner and are reduced to destitution.  But there is one bright spot: his wife is able bodied, fit and knows how to look after a cow.

Stortrum!

hHome for destitute women, Katakkada, Kerala, India.  UK charity

Stortrum is a greeting used by many Christians in Kerala.  It roughly translates as "Hallelujah".  It is one of the few Malayalam words that I know.

Another word that I have picked up is "praktika" which means "prayer".  Not a very useful word, you might think.  But if you do think that, you would be wrong: prayer is an integral part of daily life here in India, far more than in the UK.  I have prayed for more people in the last four days here than in the whole of last year in the UK.  Everyone wants prayer - Christian, Hindu, Muslim or any of the other religions all appreciate it, and indeed ask for it.  In church, in houses, in the restaurant, on the street, wherever we happen to be.  India is a great place to be.

We have just had a great visit to Thanal house, our home for destitute women.  They have completely transformed their dining area - it is now a bright and airy hall with a nice tiled floor that should be easy to keep clean.  Outside was a great pile of tiles for the rest area - the next project, just waiting for the funds for cement and glue to fix the tiles.  Originally the money for the tiles was given to Salini to start building a home for her and her family; but they asked the donor if they could buy tiles for the women they look after instead.  We were impressed.

Hello from India

All things work together for good.  UK charity.  Trivandrum Thiruvananthapuram Kerala India hospital

The annual HHI visit to India is under way.  I (Edmund) arrived Thursday morning, and Iain will join me tomorrow (Saturday).  I was greeted at the airport by Tom and Philip, and Sebastian who is a volunteer with the Banyan Tree for a year - he is an Indian who was brought up in the USA but has gone back to his roots.  A graduate in business studies, he is making a great contribution to the work of the Banyan Tree.

From there we went to see Shibu in the hospital.  Shibu is now looking after some 11 patients (a normal bystander looks after just one) - all aged about 60, all brought in unconscious and without adequate identification ("unknowns"), and all victims of traffic accidents.  Most are incontinent.  Shibu seems to thrive on the pressure and the work.  Tomorrow we are hoping to get three of them discharged and we will take them to the Bethany brothers who will nurse them back to full health.  Otherwise they may be kept in hospital, in pretty awful conditions, for up to three months.  It is only your generosity that makes all this possible.  With such large numbers, budgets are being exceeded, which is causing problems that we will need to address.

An encouraging story is of one of these patients.  He had left home 28 years ago, and had had no contact with his family, who had given him up for dead.  Shibu found a name and address amongst his possessions, which turned out to be his mother.  She was delighted to be reunited with her long lost son and has come to look after him.

And outside we were able to meet Muniyanda, a former patient of Shibu who was returning for a check-up.  He is making a good recovery, and is very grateful for what Shibu did for him.