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Bridging the Gap, Kenya and East Africa
Click here to watch video of Harmon Parker, featured as the Hero of the Week by CNN, Aug 2010.
After living in Kenya for years doing many projects ranging from the construction of buildings to the digging of wells to help the local people, Harmon Parker began building foot bridges over rivers that were prone to flash flooding and other dangers. The people had no choice but to cross the deadly rivers in order to get to health care they needed, schools for their children, and food supplies for their families.
The first footbridge was constructed in 1996, and by the summer of 2008 over forty footbridges had been built. Harmon involves the local community or tribe he is there to help, and his selfless efforts so far have saved hundreds of lives from drowning or death by crocodile. Bridging the Gap’s theme is “Building Bridges – Transforming Lives”.
One of our artists, Robert Kurtz, has been a friend of Harmon for over twenty years and has personally supported his efforts in Kenya during that time. With your help, we can give poor people in a distant land safe access to schools, markets, and health care.
SPECIAL FUNDRAISER: Signed prints by Gary Bertram (artist) and Harmon Parker (bridge builder)
Click here to read our latest newsletter about Mad Vision going to France.
As a medical doctor and a professional counselor we are using our skills to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health and development in Madagascar.
We partner with the Malagasy people in service to remote communities with extremely limited infrastructure (no roads, health care, or electricity). Through mobile health clinics we care for the sick while developing relationships and gaining further insight into the community needs. Our long term goal is to develop a sustainable health care network by training local village health workers and connecting them with urban resources. In collaboration with a dynamic team, we are also able to focus on church and spiritual development, reforestation, and mental and social health needs such as psychiatric illness, substance abuse, child abuse, and family issues.
And we partner with people like you, our friends, churches, and organizations to bring this health and healing. . . Your support through Art4Causes is a vital aspect in our continuing work. Through your donation many people without access to health care will gain new possibilities in healing.
-Jonathan and Mandy Casurella
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Maria’s cries echo through her small mountain village. Something has gone terribly wrong. She pushes with all of her might, but the baby still does not move. Hours have passed. Tears join the sweat already rolling down her face as she sees that she is starting to bleed. She looks at her mother kneeling on the dirt floor beside her. She can see the fear in her eyes. Her sister died three years ago during childbirth…
Most women living on the rural north coast of Honduras have no option but to deliver their babies at home under very primitive and usually unsanitary conditions. The nearest city is a day’s journey or a 2 hr bus ride which is unaffordable for many. If problems arise during childbirth, some try to make the long trip to the city but it is often too late.
God has given me a vision to change that situation. Since August of 2007, I have had the privilege of developing a prenatal care program at Loma de Luz hospital with a nurse midwife from the states. We provide a place where emergencies and complications can be treated. We teach lay midwives in the village communities, educate patients, and provide prenatal care in an attempt to prevent these emergencies. We provide spiritual care for patients. We let the women know they have somewhere to turn.
With your help, we can continue to save the lives of women like Maria and their babies.
-Doctora Rina (Renee Kusler, MD)
To read the most recent updates by Dr. Kusler on New Birth Ministries, visit: www.hondurasdoc.blogspot.com
The Karen people in Eastern Burma live in what has been described as a ‘chronic emergency’. More than sixty years of civil war have them poor, isolated, and undernourished. Their health and education systems are embattled, understaffed, and poorly supplied. The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) train and support 59 teams spread throughout the ethnic conflict zones of Burma (Myanmar) helping internally displaced people with health care, food and supplies, and documenting human rights abuses by Burma army units. FBR trains its team medics (the local equivalent of a doctor) in a 12-month course at the ‘Jungle School of Medicine , K-’. Currently 20 students (ethnic Burmese) are enrolled. The school provides local hospital and outpatient care for 13 Karen villages previously living and dying without nearby health care. It operates a 12-bed hospital, a daily outpatient clinic, and regular village visits.
Art4Causes is currently raising funds to provide food for 1 year for the Jungle School of Medicine, which includes 20 medical students, 11 staff and faculty members, and some patients and their families.
Click here to read more about our June 22nd philanthropic event in Bellingham, WA to support this cause.