At times like New Year, we think about our relationships and how we can thank them for the cooperations and bring best wishes for the year to come. Therefore we choose to give to those who need help the most.
We trust that you will join us in wishing them a Happy New year. Here are the 3 different projects or ngo’s that we personally got to know and started to support.
Bongwe Primary School
De Bongwe Primary School is situated in Ukunda, south of Mombasa, Kenya. The public school has 500 pupils which come out of the poorest families. In Kenia, all pupils must wear school uniforms, one uniform costs 1.200 Kenian Shilling, or 11€; which for many of them is not affordable. With 11€, the project buys the fabric and a Kenian tailor makes them. Next to the need for uniforms, food is major issue. Children that are hungry cannot study or concentrate in class, they arrive at school without even having had breakfast. Our project supports one healthy and nutritious meal a day for each child. In this way, parents will send their children to school not only to educate them but to feed them at the same time.
By preparing food for the children, we provide work to adults as well. The ingredients are being bought in large quantities to reduce the cost and the meals are being prepared at school. Here to, money is needed to equip the school kitchen so that it can be done more efficient. In 2016, a new kitchen will be constructed.
Hippo and Friends
Diabetes has e huge impact on the whole family. Because as a parent you have so many questions and you wish the best for your child, I wanted to share my experiences. That’s how my blog started, a place where I could collect all the information about diabetes. I searched a long time for a fun and clear way to guide my daughter through the world of insulin and injections: to learn to know where to inject, to get to know the techniques to inject. I couldn’t find a thing, so that made me think and a while later the teddy HIPPO was born.
HIPPO is an educative teddy bear with diabetes that learns children how and where to inject. He needs insulin, just like the children, which makes him a special teddy bear! The name by the way wasn’t found accidentally: HIPPO sounds as ‘hypo’: the name for an abnormal decrease in sugar level when someone with diabetes get’s unwell. Thanks to the sponsoring of Bayer Diabetes Care and Novonordisk we could give all children with diabetes type 1 one teddy. By giving away HIPPO several parents came to me and the question to fund an association became bigger by the day.
Soon we started the “vzw Hippo & Friends”. We also published a picture book: Macy & Hippo. Via “vzw Hippo & Friends” children with diabetes type one can meet fellow sufferers and parents can find support with each other. Next to the activities the association focuses on the importance of scientific research. Shortly there’s been found a diabetes type one fund in the University of Leuven under charge of professor Chantal Mathieu. Team spirit and commitment, engagement and especially hope in the future, are the key words of our team.
VZW Moeders voor Moeders
« VZW Moeders voor Moeders » gives immediate, material help to mothers in need. The charity organisation only works with volunteers, receives no subsidies, and can only survive thanks to material and monetary donations.
We help mothers who are in deep financial difficulty. They are referred to us by welfare, doctors, hospitals, priests… It concerns mainly families that are missed by the social care system: poor, people with heavy debts, drugabusers, families with a chronically ill child, divorce victims … More than half of the families are Belgian. At the first meeting the mothers are financialy screened by our own social service. After balancing income and spending, they decide if the family can be eligible for help at Moeders voor Moeders . Sadly enough we have to keep the acceptation criteria extremely tight. Even when the answer is negatif, the family isat least helped once.