29 Apr

Supplies for Malawi and Tanzania

CompassioNow is venturing into new projects in an effort to spread life-saving medical care to more parts of Africa. The latest expansion will help to serve the impoverished nation of Malawi, located in Southeast Africa. Through Rock of the Foothills Lutheran Church in LaVerne, CA, Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom learned of the work performed by the Passion Center for Children in Zomba, Malawi. As stated by the center’s mission statement, “The Passion Center for Children serves children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Malawi. We seek to rescue those children at greatest risk, providing food, comfort, medical care, and a safe place to live in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Children at the Passion CenterChildren receiving care from the Passion Center in Malawi
(Image Source: https://www.facebook.com/passioncenter?sk=wall&filter=1) 

Similar to the Community Caregivers program at 1000 Hills in South Africa, the Passion Center runs its own Community Health Network. Team members serve local villages around the Passion Center by providing basic health care, as well as hygiene and sanitation training. They visit TB and HIV/AIDS patients regularly, bringing medicine and supplies. Community Health Network volunteers use bicycles to transport villagers who need more serious, immediate care. Through this outreach, the Health Network helps thousands of villagers who would otherwise have no access to quality healthcare. Currently, the Passion Center is training another 40 volunteers to cover even more nearby villages.

            Rock of the Foothills has accumulated enough medical supplies and medicines to fill a 40-foot container that will be shipped to the Passion Center. It is our hope that the items will serve the center and its Community Health Network for the next four years! CompassioNow has donated thousands of dollars worth of medical supplies to the container, including two wheelchairs, crutches, a walker, and bandage and wound supplies.

Gathering supplies for the Passion CenterKathy Johnson of Rock of the Foothills Lutheran Church gathers supplies for the Passion Center for Children

            CompassioNow is also excited to be sending a donated birthing bed to the Tanzania Christian Clinic. The TCC has been planning and praying for a labor and delivery center to be added to their clinic. With the arrival of this bed, they will be a few steps closer to opening this exciting new service.

Birthing bed for TCCA birthing bed is wrapped and ready for shipment to the Tanzania Christian Clinic

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