The recent heavy flooding in southern Chad has caused our patient flow to go from 1000 people every 4 to 6 weeks to over 250 per day. I have been asked more than once, “How can you treat that many people in the course of a day?” People’s needs are being met by one fulltime nurse, (we do not have a doctor), and one fulltime assistant. Four volunteers have been taught to give immunizations and dispense medications under the watchful eye of our nurse Eloi. Three ladies from the community that have served as midwives in the past have also volunteered their services.
But the short answer is simply these Christians see their work as service to God. They also know without the Jordan Health Center hundreds of these people, the majority of them children, would just die.
As Americans we often complain of our “health care crises” in this country. If I may be so bold, we don’t have a clue when it comes to this kind of health care crises. With all of our problems we are still the most blessed nation on the face of the earth.
While the population of the Dono-Manga District is about 126,000 the main area we serve has a population of approximately 55,000 people living in 5 villages. Our orphanage and temporary school classrooms are on the same 14 acre parcel of land where the Health Center is located. Because of its location we are able to provide immediate access to health care for over 500 children.
We are planning to build a 45’ X 35’ addition to the present building. It will have two wards with 4 beds each. (Right now patients are being treated on grass mats on the ground). This new addition will provide a clean safe place for women to give birth and a controlled environment to treat many other serious illnesses. The cost for this addition is only $20,000. That is less than $13.00 a square foot.
Will you partner with us to make this new addition a reality? You may donate online at our web site through PayPal : www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.