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Will Howard's Fundraiser:

Medicine, Health, and Chureca

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Will Howard

THE STORY:

Hi. My name is Will, and I'm a recent Vanderbilt University graduate. After finishing school this past May, I decided, like many others, that I wanted to spend my first year post-college doing something "different". Here's what I landed on...

Since July I’ve been volunteering with a non-profit organization called Manna Project International. MPI has spent the past seven years serving underprivileged communities in Managua, Nicaragua. I'm asking you now to consider supporting my work in a particularly distressed locale: the municipal dump of Managua.

This dump is a especially difficult place to describe on paper because it is more than just a place where trash is deposited. About 200 families have built make-shift houses within its walls, forming a community that is now called La Chureca. These dirt-floor homes are often made of pieces of old swimming pools, tin, and scraps of wood and are about the size of a ten-by-ten room. The majority of the families in Chureca make their living by sifting through the surrounding trash in search of recyclables that can be sold to collectors for next to nothing. Most families live in perpetual poverty as parents struggle to provide the bare necessities – daily food, clothing, and medicine. Not having adequate health care is a serious concern for these families because constant exposure to trash and contaminated water increases the risk of contracting many illnesses, especially for children.

La Casa Base de Salud is the only health clinic in La Chureca, and it is essential to the treatment and prevention of common illnesses within the area. Casa Base is operated by FUNJOFUDESS, a Nicaraguan non-profit organization, and staffed by five Nicaraguan health professionals. These employees focus on health promotion (through home visits and educational seminars), preventative care (through vaccines and nutritional programs), and treatment of common illnesses (such as colds, parasites, and respiratory diseases). The clinic is open daily and sees an average of 200 patients a week. To meet core expenses, the clinic requires a minimum of $48,000 a year. This money covers employee salaries, administrative costs, and equipment/medical materials.To keep the clinic up and running, Manna pledges to raise $24,000 each year; we are only $16,000 away reaching our target amount. Please help us reach our goal!

To learn more about my work with Chureca and Casa Base, please visit Manna's website at http://www.mannaproject.org/casabase.

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