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Recent flooding brings hardship, death and challenges for our Jordan Health Center

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Most of us have probably seen a movie, television show or photograph of medical needs being provided in dire circumstances with little to no adequate medical equipment, facilities or staffing. Most of us also have the ability that when the slightest medical need arises for us, we can drive to a medical facility and be seen fairly quickly with the latest technology and methods.

However, the first scenario that we have seen, but never had to experience is a reality for many. We also have the unique opportunity to change this reality for the 1000s that come monthly to The Jordan Health Center.

Although the two person staff is accustomed to the volume that The Jordan Health Center normally receives, an increase of patients due to an unusually heavy rainy season in August and September that caused major flooding has caused severely dehydrated and exhausted patients to travel to The Jordan Health Center desperate for treatment for diarrhea and dysentery.

These treatable illnesses have been caused by drinking water from over 700 contaminated wells from the hardest hit areas of the serious flooding throughout Southern Chad. In addition to the medical needs of the people, 70,000 are now homeless and around 150,000 have been affected by thousands of acres of crops and next year’s crop seeds being washed away. Many of the people coming to The Jordan Health Center are from these areas East of Dono-Manga where two major rivers come together near the city of Sarh. These swollen rivers merged into one torrent of water that caused the contamination of the wells and destruction of crops.

Of the desperate people who have traveled for medical attention, 6 people have died. Among them was Nombrengar Philip, who arrived too weak to be saved. Although hundreds are being treated for Malaria and the government declared a Cholera epidemic on September 3rd that will eventually bring many others for treatment; the loss of just one is preventable in our hands. We have the opportunity to make the life of Nombrengar Philip not just a casualty of circumstance, but the pinnacle of our ministry both medically and spiritually.

These events point out the importance of getting our proposed health center expansion underway as soon as possible. This new addition will have two wards with four beds each for treating pregnant women and the critically ill. This 45’ X 35’ facility will cost only $20,000 to build and furnish with basic supplies. What a blessing this addition would be for our small staff as they deal with what must seem like overwhelming numbers of people coming day after day for treatment.

In the midst of this tragedy God granted us a major blessing. Our Jordan Health Center has been under the watchful eye of the Chadian Government. Our ongoing performance during this state of emergency has resulted in a special ceremony being held to

Floor Plan for addition to Jordan Health Center

award the Jordan Health Center with its full accreditation as a Health Center by the Chadian Government.

Hundreds of lives are being saved and God is receiving the glory through many of you who make our work possible. If you have never supported Hope Springs would you consider doing so? Will you help us build this desperately needed addition to the Jordan Health Center?

Donations may be made via PayPal at our website: www.hopespringsint.com, or by mailing your check to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. If you have questions or need additional information you may also email us at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com.

We hope you will join us in bringing lasting change to a hurting world, one village at a time.

by Alycia Neighbors

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