VILLAGE LIFE OUTREACH PROJECT INC via Crowdrise
January 09, 2014
Help Village Life, in partnership with the University of Cincinnati, provide round the clock healthcare to 25,000 villagers by building housing for doctors and nurses to fully staff the Roche Health Center.
During Village Life’s initial trip to Tanzania in 2004, our team of volunteers from Cincinnati met with residents of three rural villages in Tanzania, East Africa. The goal was to design and implement projects to cure and prevent disease, increase the quality and quantity of water in the region, and improve educational outcomes in Roche, Nyambogo, and Burere--then build on our success and work towards a major signature project in each village.
One of those signature projects is to provide permanent healthcare to 25,000 villagers by building the Roche Health Center. Construction was completed and the Health Center has been operating since 2011. However, there is more work to be done. While in Roche Village in October, Village Life’s founder, Dr. Christopher Lewis, learned of continued heartbreak and tragedy. A woman in labor had recently gone to Roche Health Center for delivery in the middle of the night. Because the facility does not yet have sufficient staffing, the delivery was managed by Village Life’s courageous nurse assistant Daniel. When the condition of both mother and baby began to deteriorate simultaneously, Daniel, alone yet determined, was forced to make a gut-wrenching decision—save the mother or her child. Daniel did his absolute best and saved the mother, but it is our hope that choices like this will not have to be made in the future. We need more full-time doctors and nurses at Roche Health Center, and we need you to help us build the staff housing to recruit them.
We are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from our volunteers, donors, and sponsors that changes thousands of lives in Tanzania and provides unique learning opportunities to hundreds of Cincinnati-area students. With the help of our partners, UC’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, we are making a profound difference in Tanzania with our two other signature projects. First, construction on the new Kingigoro School in Burere Village has been completed. This summer, the first classes were held in the new school building and students there now have a safe, beautiful facility in which to learn. Secondly, work is now underway on our remaining signature project —a well and water distribution system in Nyambogo Village.
Village Life, with the help of many supporters and volunteers, has changed thousands of lives and need your help to continue this important work. Thanks to our friend in Tanzania, the U.S. and beyond, we have:
• Built Roche Health Center, the first-ever access to permanent health care for over 25,000 community members, which opened in 2011
• Completed construction on the new Kingigoro School in Burere in summer 2013 with our partners, the University of Cincinnati Chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
• Installed rainwater collection systems to provide water to Tanzanian primary school students
• Treated over 11,500 patients in the annual Mobile Field Clinics
• Implemented a Nutrition Project that feeds over 1,200 Tanzanian students each day and teaches Cincinnati-area students about nutrition
• Distributed over 8,500 mosquito nets to fight malaria
• Treated hundreds of children in an annual Schistosomiasis eradication campaign
• Partnered with the University of Cincinnati's Co-Op program to design and build a Community Sanitation Center in the community of Burere
• Partnered with the Clinton School of Public Service to initiate a Women’s Empowerment project
Please help us continue these efforts and build staff housing at Roche Health Center.