Since our program was started in Sep. 2015, we have achieved several accomplishments, steps that make a significant difference in the history of our program.
This is what they are:
Since Sep. 2015 nearly ninety elders have received beds, mattresses, pillows, bed linens, wash basins, water jugs, eating utensils, clothes, shoes and canes, in addition to weekly deliveries of food, water and firewood.
Since Sep. 2015 nearly 25 youths have received training in gardening, animal husbandry, beekeeping, basket weaving and sewing to expand their marketable skills for when they move on from the program.
The youths have received bicycles, clothing and shoes and are assured 2 meals/day at the program’s headquarters.
Sr. Dativa was given a most-essential pick-up truck to handle all transportation necessities.
In 2017, we built Rauscher Hall to serve as the program’s headquarters.
The male youths built new mud huts for four elders.
In 2017-2018, we built a 100-hen capacity chicken coop, a 24-beehive bee house and a wire fence around the grounds perimeter to prevent local cows and goats from eating our garden vegetables, cassava plants and 500 newly-planted banana plants.
In 2018 the first eye health assessment was provided to all, resulting in seven cataract surgeries and one eye evisceration intervention.
In 2018, we dug a 500-foot well to provide water for gardening, sanitation, cooking, cleaning and a steady weekly deliver of 20 liters of fresh water to the elders.
A 2-year malnutrition assessment study was conducted, resulting in an optimal food delivery program that meets the World Health Organization’s requirements for food aid.