The clinic is now in its seventh year. Unfortunately, sustainability in many countries is very difficult. In many developing countries approximately one project in fifty survives more than five years. We are very proud of our achievements to date. Our project is continuing to expand.
Two members of the Trust staff. Mr Chappo and Justice.
We are the second largest employer in the area, employing thirty-two local people. In addition to the clinic, where we treat more than one hundred patients per day, we also provide the following programmes:
- An under five feeding programme
- A mosquito net distribution programme
- A full HIV/Aids clinic offering counselling testing and treatment
- A family planning programme
I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who continues to remember our small organisation. Generous donations of money, expertise while volunteering, medical supplies and services are all extended to this organisation. We are very, very grateful for your support. Without it we could not continue to provide the essential life- line for the people of this remote region. We live and work in the village amongst the people. Overheads are kept to a minimum and there is maximum return for each donated pound. Approximately ninety seven pence from every pound donated goes directly into the village community.
Successful American author Suzanne Strempek Shea has just returned from a month in Cape Maclear, where she is researching a book she is writing on the clinic. "I want above all to tell people that their money is being well spent," Suzanne said. "I watched the clinic serve an astounding 116 people in one six-hour day, and saw the after-hours service at the volunteer centre utilized night after night (often well into the night, and often to treat life-threatening emergencies). I witnessed special programs including net and porridge distribution, and spoke to those working to assist the many locals dealing with HIV/AIDS. I followed along on the behind-the-scenes work done by Mags, Project Manager Steve Free and his two assistants, including a trip to the city that entailed going between the handful of stores to compare prices for such basics as toilet paper. Not a penny donated is misspent, I can assure you. And not an action is without gratitude, say the many Cape residents who told me time and again that, without this clinic, lives would be lost on a regular basis."
In these economically difficult times we hope for your continued support during the coming year.