World Hope – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 World Hope receives grant to help pregnant women in Sierra Leone http://www.ngtimes.ca/world-hope-receives-grant-help-pregnant-women-sierra-leone/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/world-hope-receives-grant-help-pregnant-women-sierra-leone/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:50:05 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10363 A relief and development organisation based in North Grenville has received a $100,000 grant to help pregnant women in Sierra Leone test for urinary tract infections, which can spread to the kidney and bloodstream and can cause premature labour, slow intra-uterine growth, low birth weight or spontaneous abortion. The grant comes from Grand Challenges Canada, […]

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A relief and development organisation based in North Grenville has received a $100,000 grant to help pregnant women in Sierra Leone test for urinary tract infections, which can spread to the kidney and bloodstream and can cause premature labour, slow intra-uterine growth, low birth weight or spontaneous abortion.

The grant comes from Grand Challenges Canada, an investment organisation funded by the Government of Canada and other partners. According to their website, it is one of the largest impactfirst investors in Canada, and has supported a pipeline of over 800 innovations in more than 80 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1 million lives and improve up to 28 million lives by 2030.

On December 18, Grand Challenges Canada awarded $2.7 million in funding to 18 projects empowering some of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls. Among them is the World Hope International initiative.

In collaboration with Lehigh University, World Hope International will develop and study different distribution methods for the Ukweli Test Strip, a low-cost test for urinary tract infections (UTIs), in rural areas of Sierra Leone, where women currently lack an affordable tool for screening UTIs. The research will focus on finding the best entry point for test strips into the existing healthcare system to treat women quickly and decrease the risk of early labour.

Pregnant women are vulnerable to UTIs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where 30-50 percent of pregnant women will contract a UTI. UTIs often go undiagnosed because of barriers to testing, including cost, accessibility and social stigma. The project will partner with local hospitals, clinics, and Community Health Workers in several communities to conduct screening and referral for treatment.

Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada, pointed out the importance of these grants in bringing essential services to many thousands of women and girls around the developing world: “The conditions facing women and girls in low- and middle-income countries almost defy belief but constitute daily reality for millions. Grand Challenges Canada is proud to work with the Government of Canada to enable innovators with bold new ideas to test concepts that may hold the key to a better life for women and girls worldwide, and to scale-up the innovative approaches to empowering women and girls that are already showing promising results.”

The grant to World Hope International is a testament to the work they have been doing in many countries, a magnificent achievement for this Kemptville-based organisation.

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Forgotten victims of Hurricane Irma http://www.ngtimes.ca/forgotten-victims-hurricane-irma/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/forgotten-victims-hurricane-irma/#respond Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:06:50 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=8661 You would think that, with all of the media attention that has been given to the three hurricanes and the Mexican earthquake in recent weeks, there would be little that we have not heard already. But, in fact, the situation in Cuba has been almost completely ignored in the wake of the devastation caused elsewhere. […]

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You would think that, with all of the media attention that has been given to the three hurricanes and the Mexican earthquake in recent weeks, there would be little that we have not heard already. But, in fact, the situation in Cuba has been almost completely ignored in the wake of the devastation caused elsewhere.

World Hope Canada, a Christian relief and development organisation, based in Kemptville, has been approached by churches in Cuba which are facing a humanitarian crisis which parallels those in other Caribbean islands after Hurricane Irma. The storm hit Cuba for more than 72 hours, with winds reaching 240 to 250 kph, and affected 13 of the island’s 15 provinces. Almost 2 million people had to be evacuated, with around 215,000 homes severely affected, 10,446 of which were completely destroyed. Over 3 million people were left without water, and huge areas of farmland were laid waste.

The Wesleyan Church there has asked World Hope for help in getting food and medical supplies to the areas hit by this disaster, and, given Cuba’s strained relations with the U.S., it is to Canada that the Cuban Council of Churches are looking for help. World Hope have opened a space at the Kemptville Mall at which people can donate food and money, which will be sent to the churches for distribution. Very specific food items are needed: high protein, non-perishable items like canned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken, ham, and beef. Canned vegetables are also needed, as well as canned black beans. Black beans have been requested specifically, as they are a central ingredient in Cuban cooking, so no chick peas or red beans – just black. Rice is also important.

Money is required for purchasing water filtration systems. These are light and easily transported, and can provide clean drinking water. Medications are really urgently needed. World Hope has a partnership with Health Partners International, and through them they can buy Physicians Travel Packs. They are easily carried as luggage on flights, and then transported into the most remote regions of Cuba. They cost around $775 each, and World Hope plans to buy ten of them.

Another category they hope to supply is roofing material: tin, aluminum, etc., to help to rebuild some of the tens of thousands of homes which were destroyed by the hurricane. The main aim is to collect enough food, medical supplies, and water filtration systems, to fill a 20-foot container, but a small team hope to leave North Grenville in about a week to bring down some food and medications. Depending on how donations go at the Kemptville Mall location, the hope is to get the container filled and shipped in about a month. The initiative looks to raise about $20,000, of which $6,000 has already been collected.

Although this project is being run by the churches in Cuba, the food and medications will be distributed to whoever needs them, regardless of denomination or religion, and at no charge. Medications will be administered by medical professionals only, again, at no charge.

The Cuban Government have been very supportive of this initiative and have agreed to allow the supplies into the country duty-free, without any customs delays. Contacts for World Hope in Cuba say that gardens and small farms have been destroyed, and the lack of food is already being felt.

Financial contributions can be made through the World Hope website, or over the phone at the office in Kemptville. Cheques can be mailed, or dropped off at the Mall location, and should be made out to World Hope Canada, and you can write in “Cuba Emergency Relief Fund” to have it assigned to that project. World Hope will report back on how things go.

World Hope Canada has sent supplies to Cuba before, and has a solid network of contacts there to ensure a proper distribution of whatever they send. Canadians enjoy vacations in Cuba, and now is the time to rally round and help the people of this devastated island in their hour of extreme need.

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