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Djibouti and Somalia

5,000 lbs. of pharmaceuticals has just been sent by GCHope and GAiN to Djibouti. When these meds arrive in mid-September they will have the capacity to treat up to 350,000 people. The medicine will be distributed through out the African Horn which has been suffering from the worst drought in 60 years affecting more than 13 million people. In addition to the drought, thousands of people have been fleeing Somalia due to continuing internal conflict.

The medicines will be distributed by Life International and other local partners, in association with two medical professionals. This is the third delivery of medicines sent by GCHope to the region this year.

Uganda
Giving Children Hope is currently procuring and preparing medical equipment to furnish a newly built hospital in Soroti, Uganda. GCHope will be sending a 40’ container of equipment and supplies for Bethseda Hospital. Bethseda was built by Dr. Juventine Emuku, a Ugandan Physician and a Calvary Chapel Pastor.

Dr. Juventine has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan for years but just recently felt called to return to the village he was born and build a hospital. This 60 room facility will be completed by the end of the year and operating by spring 2013. While funds have been provided to begin this project, money is still needed to acquire more equipment and to help with the transportation costs. For more information on this project or to assist with this project please contact Janet Valencia.

Nigeria
A 40’ container containing medical equipment and supplies to furnish a clinic has arrived in Nigeria. The containers final destination will be the Life Forte Medical Clinic in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. While there were challenges in clearing customs which led to delays, we are glad to report that the container has finally been cleared and is on its way to its final destination.

Life Forte, under the leadership of Dr. Tombari Gbeneol, is a medical foundation which serves those who have been marginalized by society such as the disabled, immigrants, chronically ill and orphans. In addition, there has been great civil strife in Nigeria recently and Dr. Gbeneol hopes to use medical care to help bring peace to his country.

Kenya/Pharmaceuticals
In partnership with Saddleback Church, GCHope has provided pharmaceuticals for an outreach to treat thousands of cases of Malaria, worms and other ailments in Kitale, Kenya. These boxes of pharmaceuticals arrived in Kenya in August where they will be administered to the surrounding slums through Sister Freda’s medical ministry.

GCHope and Saddleback have been serving this area of Kenya for many years. In addition to this latest delivery of medicines, GCHope has provided medical equipment, supplies and nursing books to Sister Freda’s outreach ministry and nursing school.

Iraq/Afghanistan
GCHope continues its support of the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan by providing containers of medical supplies for hospitals in both countries. In early August, a 40’ container of medical supplies arrived and cleared in Kuwait, on its way to these countries. A second container will be arriving in early September.

These containers continue GCHope’s long term commitment to the mission in Iraq. These supplies will be distributed by the U.S. military to local hospitals and clinics, creating goodwill in the communities, and healing and saving lives. With events in the Middle East fading from the headlines, support for this critical mission has declined and GCH is now funding these projects 100%. GCH is looking for partners who may be interested in helping support this mission. For more information on this project or to assist with this project please contact Janet Valencia.

Tanzania
Giving Children Hope recently provided Hidden With Christ Ministry medicines for a free medical clinic in the Maasai Village of Esilalei, Tanzania.

The outreach in early August had people lined up early to receive treatment for a variety of ailments. When word spread through the surrounding villages that a free clinic was available in their area, the young and elderly, mothers with sick infants and even warriors with stomach complaints all waited patiently to be seen by the medical professionals. Armed with a small truckload of medical supplies and medications, the team from Hidden With Christ was ready for action and from the start they never had a moment to rest or eat lunch as the line for treatment seemed to never end.

In the four days of the medical clinic in the Maasai Village of Esilalei, they treated 340 patients for everything from backaches to burns. The medical team also tested for Malaria, HIV and even Syphilis.

As the team was packing up to close down the clinic, a very exhausted mother with a sick child appeared at the clinic door. The woman had walked 15 kilometers from the town of Mto Wa Mbu to be able to have her child seen at the clinic. The nurses quickly assessed the child who was burning up with fever. He had a severe respiratory infection and appropriate antibiotics were prescribed and provided to the mother. The team then gave them a ride back to town to make sure they did not have to repeat the journey home on foot. The determination of this mother to get to this clinic showed how well the Maasai “grapevine” had passed on the news of the clinic to the surrounding area. The child received much needed care – free of charge – as a practical demonstration of the love of God. There is no doubt that lives were saved as a result of the treatment that was offered at this outreach.

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