2010 was a good year. Looking back one of the big successes was that we needed to be able to help our amigos in Honduras without saving and then spending all of our pennies to fly there so what we came up was Kinder Feeding Program. It’s a nutritional program that supports learning and development with our partner Ellen Finn, Project School Supplies around Copan Ruinas. It grew from zero schools to six and serves ~150 ‘kinderchubbies’ every school day. How much does it cost? $2 per kid per month! So we are very optimistic about the program.
So far this year we distributed about 73,000 prenatal multivitamins in four countries and three continents which is actually but a drop in a vast ocean. However, what turned out to matter was all the prayers because the most amazing thing happened. The great hero Pat Havener and the wonderful people of Cristo Salva Clinic/Missions were able to work with Vitamin Angel Alliance, one of the best organization in the world, to get enough pre/postnatal multivitamins for… 10,000 women! It’s eight pallets; maybe like 5 million vitamins, and now the day might come where 1,000 Healthy Baby Program turns into 10,000 Healthy Baby Program. It’s such a blessing and with that help we can now focus on improving education and feedback.
In a related project, one in which I don’t play a direct role but that I really like, Cristo Salva graduated another 20 midwives (parteras) in the Macuelizo Valley so the human infrastructure needed to help mothers and babies is only going to get better. I think that helping pregnancies, and births is the smartest, best thing.
Currently we are having problems getting the deworming medicine we need. There were concerns within the FDA about medicine manufactured in other countries where there isn’t FDA monitoring so shipments going through the US are currently blocked. If we could buy 30,000 doses today then we have a plan which is to integrate deworming with biosand filtration, and there is a very good opportunity to do so in Honduras in January. Put the knife right at the throat of the parasites so they cannot do harm to kids and expectant moms.
We would like to help our friends at Casa Aurora to meet their medical supply needs. They are a HIV/AIDS outreach program, and clinic, and they are our friends. Working under very difficult conditions they bring hope to families afflicted by a terrible disease. We would like to stand by them so any money we raise from our silent auction at the Honduran will be earmarked for them. Also my dad, the great hero Mike Turner, quietly sends them money somewhat regularly to help with bus fares which is pretty cool.
In January when we go to Honduras we would like to replace water filters that have cracked, but all the new filters will go to schools and teachers. We want to work with teachers so they understand how they work and their benefits. This is part of a new initiative we have called ‘Healthy Schools Research Study’ which is still in the initial planning stages.
We would also like to build some floors and learn about stoves in January; some very special families/ friends need floors and stoves. We also helped our friends at an orphanage (Happy Angels Orphanage in Copan Ruinas) set up a micro enterprise selling hotdogs. I am going to eat so many hotdogs!
We have a lot of suffering in the cross hairs, and I’m praying for strength, for the strength of our family of partners, the health of all our families, and that everyone has a blessed Advent and Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and good luck with exams.