Project HOPE has a long history in Africa – beginning in the mid-1960s with a visit of the SS HOPE to Guinea. Currently, our programs in Africa focus on the continuing AIDS pandemic and its devastating impact on families, Tuberculosis control, humanitarian assistance and the growing need for chronic disease education and prevention. Our blog chronicles some of the day to day triumphs and challenges associated with our health education programs and the people we serve.
, Global Health Expertise, Health Systems Strengthening, Partners, Volunteers
Project HOPE is privileged to welcome Michael Pastoor and his family to South Africa. Michael is participating in Pfizer’s Global Health Fellows Program where Pfizer loans its most valuable asset, its people, to non-profit organisations such as Project HOPE.
year, Pfizer deploys up to 50 talented colleagues to work on
high-impact, capacity building projects. The focus is on sustainability,
so Fellows are selected in part for their strengths in teaching and
training and their willingness to see their work carried on by local
Michael has joined the Project HOPE South Africa team
specifically to help establish Project HOPE’s signature program in South
Africa – The HOPE Centre – a community based initiative focusing on the
holistic prevention, early detection, care and treatment of people with
or at risk of developing a chronic disease.
Thanks for reading
and please check back soon for more information on this exciting new
development here in South Africa. -Stefan
Posted By Rodrick Nalikungwi, Country Director Project HOPE Malawi
on August 24, 2010
, Infectious Disease, Volunteers
wanted to provide an update in regards to raising funds for volunteer
bicycles to support our TB program in Malawi. The amount we have raised
to date was enough to purchase 16 bicycles and 32 spare tires and 32
spare hubs for replacement.
We at Project HOPE and
the people of Malawi are very, very grateful for this donation which
will help improve the lives of our poor brothers and sisters in the
rural communities. It is no small gift to us but one that carries the
giving hearts of the people of America. I want to thank those who
donated to the Bikes for Malawi campaign and
ask you to rejoice with us that the work of the many people who have
volunteered to serve others for no pay is going to be a lot easier. This
will motivate them and encourage them a little more.
are very grateful for your personal involvement and the time and energy
you invested in this activity. Once again thank you and may God Bless
Rodrick Nalikungwi, Country Director
Project HOPE Malawi
goal of the Bikes for Malawi campaign is 60 bikes total, one for each
village TB testing site in Malawi. Please consider donating today to
help provide this invaluable resource to all of our village testing
sites. The bikes, along with spare parts are $168.00 each. Can you help us raise enough money for 44 more bikes? Every donation counts.
Mozambique, South Africa
, Health Care Education, Women’s and Children’s Health
is a district about 230 kilometers north of Mozambique's capital city
of Maputo. The Chokwe district is a rural area with a population of
about 62,000 people. Most of the residents live off of the land as
Chokwe is known for producing amazing
tomatoes as well as other vegetables due to excellent soil and an
irrigation system that was put in years ago, and is now being
rehabilitated to cover 33,000 Hectacres that will be completed in 2013.
2000 Chokwe was completely devastated during catastrophic floods, but
over the last few years, the district has managed to rebuild itself.
Chokwe is also a hub for migration to South Africa, and when you go
there you notice a lack of middle aged men as most of them are in South
Africa working in the mining sector.
new program in Chokwe will target 1,000 vulnerable households with
opportunities to participate in our Village Savings and Loans(VSL)
program as well as receive comprehensive health education. In addition, Project HOPE will
be partnering with a local organisation to help provide education on
how to improve agricultural output and access to markets to sell excess
produce. Project HOPE will also be providing training to local NGOS on
how to run successful VSL groups in the future, thus building their
Now, let me introduce you to our staff who will be running the project:
Valente Langa – District Supervisor
was born in Manjacazi in Gaza Province 1958. He is married with 3
children – 2 boys and 1 girl. He lives in Chokwe and has been working
for Project HOPE for 4 years. Before this he was working for ORAM –
Rural association that helps a lot which is a local community based
organization that helps communities in agriculture for example how to
create vegetable gardens, how to legalise land etc.
Hortencia Laurindo – Village Savings Loan Promoter
was born in Manjacazi in Gaza Province 1969. She is widowed with 5
children-4 girls and 1 boy. She lives in Chokwe and has been working for
Project HOPE for 4 years. Before this she worked for Kulima,
Benaterras, Quimgera which is a company that sells chemicals.
Zaida Muchanga – Village Savings Loan Promoter
was born in Tete Province 1981. She is married with 1 boy. She lives in
Chokwe and has been working for Project HOPE for 5 years. She used to
work for FDM which is another microcredit organization based in Maputo.
Aissa Abdul Gany – Administrative Assistant
was born in 1989 in Quelimane and is one of 9 children. She currently
lives in Maputo and has been working for Project HOPE since 2008 first
in our Milange office as our district accountant, then in Maputo as our
Daniel Chaluco – Driver
was born in Chibuto in 1961. He is married with 7 boys. He has been
working for Project HOPE for 5 years. Before this he worked for MODEFA
for 3 years. This was a community based organization working on home
based care projects for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Thanks for reading -Stefan
, Humanitarian Aid, Women’s and Children’s Health
In continuing with our relationship with Population Services International (PSI) Project
in the process of distributing 6,000 “Health Kits” to caregivers of its
most vulnerable children in the Zambezia and Gaza Provinces of
Each kit is made up of a basic health manual, bottles
of certeza to purify water, hand soap to wash with and more. Project
HOPE has been distributing these kits through its large network of
volunteer health educators.
only are the kits distributed, but the volunteers sit down with the
caregivers and go through the kit explaining how to use everything, and
providing basic high quality health education to the caregivers.
kits will help provide needed training and protection from water borne
diseases for the children and help protect caregivers from HIV and AIDS
if used correctly.
Thanks for reading -Stefan
, Health Care Education, Volunteers
As part of our work with vulnerable children, Project HOPE has
worked over the past five years to create a network of volunteer health
educators. The educators teach in their own communities, offering
important health lessons covering a variety of topics such as how to
purify water, washing hands, preventing malaria, HIV and TB.
of our biggest challenges has been how to overcome the low levels of
education in the communities we work with, in particular extremely high
illiteracy rates. To overcome this, Project HOPE staff designed a flip
chart workbook that uses a series of 30 pictures to present different
health messages. On the back of each picture are some discussion
questions that the facilitator uses to help cover the important points.
last week, our health educator in Quelimane, Zambezia was able to train
all our volunteers on how to use the flipchart. At the end of the 3
days of training, each volunteer received their own copy of the
flipchart to take back to their homes and villages to help teach their
neighbors. They also received a Project HOPE T-shirt and cap.
great about using volunteers is that even when the program comes to an
end, the volunteers will continue to work in their own communities,
teaching their peers how to live healthier lives.
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