Hospital visits, medicines, equipment and healthcare training

Many children remain untreated as their families cannot afford to visit doctors, travel to hospital, receive treatments and or have operations at hospital. Even if limited state aid may be available, they may not know how to access this. Also, they may not even have been registered at birth; rendering them ineligible. A ride in an ambulance may be too costly for them. An operation may cost the equivalent of hundreds or even thousands of pounds. With the average monthly wage being £130 it is impossible, even if all extended family members contribute, for this to be affordable. The families are incredibly grateful for anything that helps their child to survive.

They have no money to pay for medicines that they may be prescribed, or to pay the doctor or nurses or for transport to hospitals for these appointments.

Nutrition

Malnutrition in early childhood has serious, long term consequences because it impedes motor, sensory, cognitive, social and emotional development.

Malnourished children are less likely to perform well in school and more likely to grow into malnourished adults, at greater risk of disease and early death.

Food Bags

With help in distributing from the Lidia Foundation and others we distribute approx. 80 monthly food bags with essentials e.g. rice, pasta, olive oil and flour. They are a life saver for these families, and vital for the children’s health.

LOAF

Our LOAF programme provides sufficient income for a family to buy 2 loaves of bread per day or the ingredients to make bread eg sacks of flour. Many choose this latter option as they can make more, often cooked outdoors in their ancient woodfired ovens. Sometimes in a converted bunker!

2 loaves per family daily = £20 per month

We welcome you to commit to as many loaves as you are able, and we will allocate them accordingly. You can donate for 1 month, 2 months, a whole year – whatever you choose!