is to provide medical assistance to children from destabilized nations who are in need of acute medical care not available to them due to financial hardship, or lack of medical resources where they live.
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Vision Mission Excedes Expectations!
We are proud to report that CINI's first Vision Mission was extremely successful by dramatically improving the sight of eight children! Click here to read more about this mission and each of the participants.
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is an eight year old girl with a history of failure to thrive and was susceptible to recurring respiratory infections. She was diagnosed with a large Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). Her surgery was performed on November 12, 2012. She and her family stayed at the Children’s House before and after treatments.
The difference in Lema’s health is astounding. She was an unwell and withdrawn little girl. Post surgery she is really thriving, playing and laughing as any eight year old girl should. Logistical costs to and from Laghman province for her and a family member are covered by Children’s Project.
Extending Into Afghanistan
Children In Need International (CINI) has now extended its assistance into Afghanistan, helping children with medical needs through our partnership with La Chaîne de l’Espoir (Chain of Hope). CINI was able to partner with La Chaîne de l’Espoir through its contacts with ECC employees, Linda Tomlinson and Dan McFerrin, who were based in Afghanistan. Through these connections, CINI was introduced to Kate Rowland, Director of the French Medical Institute, who took over the Directorship of the Children’s House in Kabul, a La Chaîne de l’Espoir sponsored project.
Through our partnership with La Chaîne de l’Espoir, CINI has been able to assist with the medical needs of over 20 children in 2011 and 2012 in Afghanistan. La Chaîne de l’Espoir Director Kate Rowland stated, “ In 2011 and 2012, $92,000.00 was raised through the combined efforts of ECC and Children In Need International. Thanks to Dan, Brenda, CINI and ECC over 20 children in Afghanistan were helped. It is unbelievable and so appreciated!” Below are some of the children that were assisted through CINI’s joint efforts and outstanding partnerships. CINI will continue to reach out to help more children in Afghanistan who are in need of acute medical care.
Children In Need International has expanded its' reach into Africa with the help of one of our board members, Melonee Douglas, who has recently relocated to Nairobi. It did not take long for Melonee to recognize and express the potential impact that CINI could make there. I soon followed in order to better assess what needs CINI could meet for the children in Nairobi. Upon my arrival I was able to meet with a nurse named Jennifer Breiman, who works with Village Aid, a charity out of Chicago that also works in Nairobi. Jennifer connected me with a childcare center in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi that approximately 1.2 million men, women, and children call home. It is the second largest urban slum in all of Africa.
The childcare center I visited is housed in a metal shack with a partially laminated/cement floor. Although the caregivers are loving and compassionate, the childcare center did not have a single toy to offer the children throughout the day and due to the squalor of the center's surroundings, the children had no option to play outside. To help alleviate their boredom, CINI collected toys from American children living in Nairobi and took them to the chilcare center. The children were overjoyed with their newfound treasures and you can see the delight on their faces in the pictures. For the next few visits, CINI was able to donate rice, beans, cookies and milk. We were also able to buy a pair of rubber boots for each of the children. Most of the children had never had a pair of shoes and were used to walking in human waste and mud. The children actually seemed more excited about the boots than the toys that I had previously delivered! CINI will surely be helping these children with medical needs, food, and clothing in the future. I would like to personally thank Jennifer and Melonee for connecting CINI with such beautiful children in need.