Sam Lashlee via Crowdrise
October 25, 2013
BENEFITING: Touch Foundation
ORGANIZER: Touch Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
My bib number is 72391. You can track my progress using the NYC marathon app. I am in group 4 and I was told my expected end time is 7:30. Thank you for all of your support
I had the privilege and honor of spending 181 days in Africa during 1996 and 1997. I saw first-hand the devastation caused by drought and disease. I volunteered at Bugando Hospital and set up their first computer database to track patients’ progress. I witnessed patients who had a proper diagnosis die in the wards because there were not enough doctors to treat them. I will never forget when I was able to teach a doctor how to send email and use a word processor. He told me he couldn’t believe how far the word had progressed since he was born in a mud hut in the bush area.
I also volunteered at Kuleana Street Children’s Centre and witnessed both the highs and lows of humanity. Many of the children were orphans of the HIV epidemic. They ranged in ages from 2-16. Some of them had been sold out by their relatives. Others were beaten by the authorities on suspicion of being thieves. Even through the hardships, each of them looked out for each other on the street and dreamed of a better life. There was a work program for them to learn skills that would be needed in the future.
I organized a soccer ball drive and only realized after the balls arrived from America that it was impossible to get pumps and pins in Tanzania. I was able to organize soccer teams from the local towns. The team closest to my home had 11 children and a total of three sneakers. Can you imagine that happening here? The children stepped on all sorts of debris while playing and infections ran through their system. Most of the families did not have enough money for food, let alone medicine. Even if they did, there were not enough doctors to help.
Please help me to help train doctors in Tanzania. I thank you in advance for any financial support, thoughts and prayers that you can provide.
Touch Foundation wrote -
With your help, Touch Foundation will continue to train healthcare workers and save many lives in sub-Saharan Africa.
Touch Foundation was founded in 2004 to improve the health of the Tanzanian population by increasing access to essential, quality healthcare for those who need it most.
Touch improves access to healthcare through two main activities:
1. Training healthcare workers to enhancing the quality and quantity of the workforce
2. Improving the healthcare delivery system to ensure care reaches those who are in desperate need of care
Since inception, Touch has helped graduate 209 physicians, which is about 10% of the country's physicians, and over 1,500 allied health care professionals including nurses, lab technicians, radiologists, etc. Over their careers, they will care for thousands of people and save many precious lives.