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MANA internship: Rwanda, DRC, Uganda 2016

Organized by: Josiah Abney

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THE STORY:

Hey guys! Thanks for checking out our fundraiser.  We are thrilled about our summer 2016 plans in Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda.  We'd love to tell you about it but MANA CEO Mark Moore does it greater justice than we ever could.

Read on!

- Ben, Curt, and Josiah

 

Potential Supporters,

Greetings!

My name is Mark Moore, the founder of MANA Nutrition. Many of your may be familiar with our work, if not please take a moment to check it out online (mananutrition.org).

In the fall of 2010, MANA nutrition launched an acceptability study in Western Rwanda. We treated 50 children with our ready-to-use therapeutic food and were met with amazing results. Click here to watch our first visit to the Rwaza Health Center

In 2015, we were approached by three young men, Josiah Abney, Curt Baker and Benjamin Moore - inquiring if there was any way they could offer their services to MANA. Initially, we thought we were unable to use them, but as the year progressed we realized that as the five-year mark of our acceptability study passed it would be helpful to follow up on the story of these twins and the other children in our study.

On June 1, 2016, these three young men will leave for a 6-8 week trip to assist us in this very important and noble endeavor. MANA is happy to cover some of their expenses, but as a non-profit with limited budgets, we also need the assistance of people who know and believe in these young men. Accordingly we have tasked each of them with raising $3500 of the expected $4500 cost of this trip. As those of you aware of the budgets that would normally surround an effort of this sort know, this is an extremely frugal budget. As we calculated costs, I noted that I raised nearly this much as a young mission intern when I first went to Africa in 1989.

In addition to their work with MANA, these three young men will spend three weeks as missionary interns with Heath and Rebecca Amos in Kigali, Rwanda. For those of you interested in the development and inspiration of young hearts, an investment in getting these three to spend time with Heath and Rebecca is one that will generate amazing returns. For those of you interested in the humanitarian impact of saving the lives of severely malnourished children, the information, pictures and stories these three will generate will have a hugely positive impact on our work. It is not an exaggeration to say that their work this summer over the course of a month in a rural Rwanda village could contribute to the saving of many thousands of lives as MANA works with the Rwaza Health Center in the future.

What I did not tell you but many of you will already know is that these three young men grew up together in Uganda. Two were born there in Africa when their parents were missionaries in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. The fact that they are now young men wanting to serve in Africa themselves is a powerful and compelling story. I encourage you to support them. If you would like more information from me on this project or what they will be doing please contact me directly at mark@mananutrition.org

Tentative Itinerary:

May 30 - Meet in Charlotte for final prep

June 1 - Depart for Kigali Rwanda - Ticket $1500

June 2 - Arrive Kigali/stay with Heath Amos

June 3-16 - Stage one of internship with Heath Amos and African Transformation Network

Details: Africa Transformation Network invests in the lives of individuals, families and communities the ideas, skills and training that will result in positive change and improving lives in African societies. As interns, they will spend two weeks getting acclimated to Rwanda as well as following Heath and Rebecca in their everyday work.

June 17-28 - MANA Trial results follow up Details: Rwaza village is situated in NW Rwanda about 2 hours by car from the capital city of Kigali. For a two week period, Ben, Curt, and Josiah will live in Rwaza with local families documenting health and conducting video interviews with families that participated the 2010-2011 study.

(Click here for the MANA Efficacy results)

July 1-10 - Back in Kigali/ ATN part two and follow up with Rwandan Health officials

Details: The 2011 study was in conjunction with the Rwanda ministry of health which is headquartered in Kigali. MANA will join them to submit their findings and results to the ministry of health.

July 11-15 - Trip to Goma, DRC- Save the Children MANA has a partnership with Save the Children in Goma, a border town in DRC. Save the children staff there will host our MANA interns for a week to show them their work in what is called CMAM (Community Management of Malnutrition), a holistic effort to address the varied reasons children are malnourished. This time could extend from 4 days to 10 days depending on Save the Children staff.

July 16-22 - End of Summer travel to Uganda Details: The Kibo Group hosts an internship in Jinja, Uganda each summer. The boys will join their fellow Harding students there and debrief about their summer experiences.

July 23 - Return flight home to USA Email from January 15, 2011

 

 

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