Nepal Earthquake Response
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8M earthquake centered in the Ghorka district in Nepal killed more than 7000 people, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The quake flattened entire villages and triggered an avalanche of Mount Everest. Please help local organizations and workers respond to the disaster.
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California Fires, 2015
lderly evacuees have incurred unusual costs for home care and emergency care, need groceries, need bills paid. 3000 people have lost their homes. 1500 homes burned. 4 people are dead, animals have suffered and died. All of Northern California is suffering the losses of family, friends, neighbors, pets and livestock. Firemen died. Fires in Northern California have killed 4 people, including one firefighter; destroyed 1500 homes; brought evacuation and loss or injury to thousands. 3000 people are homeless.
We created an opportunity for local individuals to provide immediate response to help a few older evacuees from Lake County, CA. So many people were displaced, still in senior centers, camping, in packed nursing homes, hospitals, in others' homes. Many returned home broke, in shock, needing care. This was a wonderful opportunity to provide DIRECT AID! This initiative helped locate displaced elders, and provide short term support while they resettled. On 9/28/15 AOMAA distributed cash gifts to pay off extra home care services for dependent elderly; to buy or coordinate donation of groceries; to defray one or two months bills for those still in their homes. Some homes had smoke damage and other types of property damage caused by the extremely hot conditions. We helped the old folks get back on their feet, including one who became homeless.
IBU4Aceh had been conducting programs in child health and early education through Posyandu revitalization and assistance by health team and Play and Learn by psychosocial team. We had been wanting to integrate both programs and increase community involvement to ensure sustainability.
Therefore on January 8 to 12, 2007 five of our staff (two doctors, two psychologists, and one bachelor in psychology) participated in a training of trainers for child health and early education program. The training conducted by Frontiers for Health (F2H), a national NGO who had developed similar programs in 17 provinces all over the country.
The objectives of the program is to give us capability to raise community awareness on the program, encourage community participation in implementing the program and train kaders to be able to run the program. The main goal is to create an acceptable, affordable, and sustainable program among the community.
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AOMAA supports the efforts of Susila Dharma DRC to promote the development of community co-managed, non-profit primary health centers, in this country where 1 in 6 children die before age 5. These successful clinics are run by talented nurses who provide all the care for the patients, with a subzonal health officer who travels from clinic-to-clinic.
You who love and want to support development in DR Congo can donate to the project through our partner, Susila Dharma, on their website project page. See SusilaDharma.org
Kosovo One-to-One Program
AOMAA participated in two small scale rescues using our One-to-One Program. The first was an effort to rescue a handicapped family. Their house had been destroyed in the war, winter was coming on, the area where their tent was located was populated with deadly snakes. With and infant and 3 year old child, they didn’t have enough food or shelter to make it. AOMAA partnered with Handicapped International to get a new house built and to provide food, toys, and clothing for the family. We also purchased a cow for them with hay and all necessary equipment so they had milk for yogurt. based on their request. With wheat for bread, and a sewing machine to earn some money as time went by, the family was given options that helped them survive, not just the winter, but to create a stable life. By partnering with a young local doctor, a local driver working for an NGO, and a veterinarian, this project came to life.
When the Kosovar father of another family was diagnosed with a fast growing, deadly lung cancer, the hospital in Albania refused cancer care due to too few resources. He was expected to have died within 3 months. With a grandchild on the way, he wanted to survive to see her and settle his affairs, at least. AOMAA collaborated with Froedert Memorial Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin who supplied free, state-of-the-art cancer care. Our patient survived three years, welcomed the grandchild, had years with her and family, then died peacefully back home in Kosovo. They remain active volunteers in AOMAA.
Photo credit: Header image by Kari Stiles