video Join the fight against poverty #withOxfam

Regular readers of this blog know that I love to poke fun at the misgivings and challenges of parenthood in the Western world. However, I know in my heart and mind that we are actually very lucky and blessed as parents here and that there are many others in this world who are REALLY struggling to survive moment by moment, let alone do the best by their children.

Cast your minds over to Niger in Western Africa where crisis levels of malnutrition are the norm, and water borne diseases such as dysentery and sometimes cholera – as well as malaria – are added to the mix.

Imagine being a parent there, and having to deal with such life-threatening challenges on a daily basis.

Imagine being a new mum and not having access to clean water for you and your baby.

Imagine not having even the most basic facilities to wash your hands to help protect your baby from life-threatening diseases.

Imagine being a new mum without care for you or your new baby – not having access to trained doctors or midwives.

Thankfully, Oxfam is working to ensure that this will no longer be the case in Niger, by providing clean, chlorinated water at health centres and nearby villages, latrine and shower blocks, concrete laundry areas and hand-washing stations as well as access to vital medical care.

This help is life changing. Just read Salama and her son’s story to find out the impact Oxfam has had on their lives:

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Salama (38) and Hama, her baby boy, 9 months at their home in Azel. The father is Agalher, a gardener.
Azel Treatment centre is a small community health centre, largely dealing with malnutrition cases. Azel has benefitted from OFDA funded water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition programming (WASH / NUT) The project is one year old, and was started April 2014.
“Hama’s birth was ok, but after I gave birth I didn’t have enough nutrition to give him. He suffered from a fever, diarrhea and vommiting. He would have brief periods of health and then get sick again, so I brought him in to the clinic. He was given paracetemol and rehydration, but 6 months later he was diagnosed with malnutrition. He received special porridge and  responded well – he’s been undergoing treatment for 4 months now. He’s ok at the moment, he looks fine but he’s still sick occasionally.
The availability of the clinic is a great thing for us. Before, we had to get to Agadez town. It was impossibly expensive to travel, then accommodation, food. But now this service is here, it’s much more doable.
We are completely delighted to get the water system in our health centre – before it was here we had to go to the neighbouring village to fetch water for going to the treatment centre and it was difficult for the nurse to really look after us. Now, they can wash our babies when they have diarrhea. There’s a laundry system and everything is sanitary. It’s huge progress!
We are really glad about everything that’s been done at this treatment centre – it’s really improved our living conditions.
The sensitization sessions are really important – before, people didn’t know the importance of good hygiene to stay healthy. Since the sessions started, we are well informed about hygiene and sanitation. These are changes! Before the sessions people didn’t even seek medical support. Now they come straight to be seen. As soon as any child is sick, I bring them straight in.
I’m able to diagnose the baby myself, at least whether they are malnourished. If you feed him, and he can’t keep food down or  can’t recover from other illnesses then he might have malnutrition, and you need to bring him in. I learned this at the centre in the sensitization sessions.
The community health leader explained to me the kind of food which is nutritious. The problem is Hama doesn’t eat what I give him, and I don’t have enough food to give him anyway. Even if I feed him healthy vegetables he sometimes throws up. I have to try and feed him fortified porridge.
There’s solidarity in the village – when there’s no veg in my garden, my neighbour will give me something once or twice. However on the third time, I have to pay, and I don’t have any money.
My great hope is that my baby recovers, grows, studies, and gets a decent job, like for Oxfam. Maybe he’ll become an important person and can afford to take me to Mecca, as a good Muslim! I hope my sons grow up and have several wives, including white ones!
We are really proud of Oxfam because Oxfam helped us women a lot to support our children. We’re really grateful to Oxfam because we’re now really well informed about health issues. We’re really appreciative of your visit too.
I only wish the living conditions in our village would really improve so that our children don’t have to suffer what we suffered.”

Last year, Oxfam helped 11.8 million people. Donations, from people like you, are vital to their  work. Giving monthly gives allows them to respond in emergencies and stay to help people rebuild their lives. They work on the root causes of poverty too, and that takes time and effort, but it is so worth it!

We all have vital needs, but also hopes and dreams. Oxfam’s work saves lives and helps people to change their lives and build happier, healthier futures. A regular gift to Oxfam changes lives around the world. By giving a monthly donation you can help transform whole communities, for good.

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One comment

  1. It’s great that Bloggers can raise awareness of such brilliant causes. We are so fortunate in the West to have everything at our finger tips. I’ll send this round my social media in hope it helps xx

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