By Loving Hands, Jul 24 2015 09:36AM
We received a lovelly post on our Forum from Africamama, with her latest update from Gambia.
"Many thanks to Cherryl Graham for her ongoing support in getting together lots of knitted and crocheted baby clothes, blankets and toys to go to Gambia. We are still supporting many there. In June we shipped the Loving Hands donations also new and used clothes, new flip-flops and childrens shoes, medicines and first aid equipment, wearable used football tops, and school supplies including sturdy plastic re-usable cutlery (less this time as the schools there have just broken up for the holidays). Just about anything we can afford to buy or which has been donated to us. We love what we do!
I' attach a collage of photos taken at Wullingkamma village clinic which is ran by Registered Charity SAAMA, Supporting Academic And Medical Access. As you can see, the clinic gives out Baby Bags to newborns and needy little ones on a weekly basis. I hear some heart wrenching stories about those who come to clinic. Some walk for miles to go there. Nurse G, the head nurse there gets particularly upset about the orphans brought in by struggling relatives who have taken them in. One child who came recently was very underweight and the Mother had died of AIDS. There is a low AIDS rate in Gambia but when these things happen it can be upsetting for staff there. Baby is being cared for well now with the clinic's help but will need to be HIV tested when he is a bit older. Another lady walked miles when she heard of the kindness of SAAMA staff at the Wullingkamma Clinic as she is a grandmother who cares for an orphaned baby. Just a few months old, the child was brought there wrapped in just a piece of cloth as she had no clothes for the baby. Her money was going on buying powdered baby milk, and she was really struggling to get that. When we heard this many of us donated some money to provide for the baby's food. Thanks to the generosity of the regular supporters the Clinic could also afford to offer the Grandmother free medical care for this year. It is a privilege to support this much needed work. The fish'n'chips jumpers, cardigans, knitted vests, crocheted blankets and toys made by Loving Hands Carrickfergus are really appreciated, much needed and we will continue to support the Clinic.
Besides this, my husband is planning on going on another trip to Batti village as the needs there have to be seen to be believed. We are also thinking ahead to doing a Christmas visit. I don't know of any child there who has actually had a Christmas! Shoebox Appeals don't reach isolated villages in the bush, if they even go to Gambia at all. We have lots to do!
Schools are out but Meta, the Head Teacher of Iri-du Nursery School in Kololi has mentioned the need for play resources. I've seen "dress up" outfits for children made out of pillow cases and small remnants of fabric, so that is something I will look into. Of course, some Loving Hands knitted Rainbow Babies and Crocodiles etc would be very well received there.
I can't thank everyone enough for caring enough to make things for children in Gambia. It is the poorest country in Africa and the poverty there is undescribable. Every little helps and many people doing a little can make a big difference. Thank you and keep on creating!"