SHOFCO is scheduled to finish construction of the gender safe house, funded by the Ray of Light Foundation, in September 2017. The gender safe house will provide temporary shelter for children and women who have been victims of gender-based violence. The safe house will ensure victims are connected with SHOFCO’s long-term health, legal and economic resources
This summer, Bahay Tuluyan renovated the Sinag Center supported by the Ray of Light Foundation. Sinag which means “ray of light” provides emergency services and shelter to children in need. The renovation brought brightly-colored walls, a new play area, classrooms conducive for learning, and a new dining area to make the center an even safer, more inviting space for the children to explore, learn and interact.
On July 11, His Excellency President Peter Mutharika and Madonna opened the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the first of its kind in Malawi. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as well as partners and benefactors from around the world who traveled to Malawi to celebrate the milestone. His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Madonna toured the Mercy James Centre, including the three operating theatres and Malawi’s first paediatric intensive care unit, and greeted patients in the 50-bed ward. Called the “pride of Malawi” by His Excellency, the opening ceremony was a celebration of the partnership between Malawi’s Ministry of Health and the global and local partners that made the Mercy James Centre possible. Raising Malawi’s long-term partner, Professor Eric Borgstein, called the Mercy James Centre “a game-changer for Malawi.”
SHOFCO reached over 1,000 households last month with their community programs to break the silence around sexual and gender-based violence. A gender safe house supported by the Ray of Light Foundation is scheduled to open in October.
Our support to Bahay Tuluyan’s “Sinag Center” in Manila has enabled the organization to shelter over 80 children so far this year and provide the children with case management, psycho-social support, nutrition, and medical care.
We are in the final stretch of our project to build a new pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, the Mercy James Center for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care! The new facility will be the first of its kind in Malawi and will double the number of surgeries performed on children each year. We are looking forward to the official opening in July.
Emergency Response – Flint:
The city of Flint, Michigan – 60 miles outside of the state’s capital – suffered from toxic lead contamination within its water supply, resulting from an economic decision made two years ago that switched the city’s supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. More than 9,000+ children have been exposed to lead from drinking the city’s water. Ray of Light supported the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s response to the water crisis.
Emergency Response – Nepal:
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through Nepal, killing thousands, collapsing buildings and destroying historic landmarks. The powerful quake was the strongest to hit the Southeast Asian nation in more than 80 years.
ROL immediately supported Mercy Corps’ emergency response effort in Nepal. In the 30 days following the earthquake in Nepal, Mercy Corps reached more than 43,000 earthquake victims with lifesaving supplies like food, water, blankets and sanitation items.
- Downtown Youth Boxing Gym: The gym’s athletes continue to thrive. The gym held several enrichment sessions for the kids, including computer coding, 3D printing and culinary classes. DBG has exciting summer activities planned for the students. Read more here.
Detroit Achievement Academy: Kyle Smitley opened the academy with the hopes of improving the quality of education in the city of Detroit. Two years later, its students are performing in the 99th percentile. Read more here
Empowerment Plan: Empowerment plan continues to grow and expand. Last week, coats were shipped to New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, California, and 10 coats were shipped across the globe all the way to Australia! Read more here.
In May, Raising Malawi visited Malawi to monitor progress of the pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. When completed, the unit will double the number of surgeries performed on children each year and will provide intensive care services for patients requiring critical care. Support the effort here.
In April, AIL Clinics treated nearly 20,000 patients, provided health education to 12,000 people and delivered 12 healthy babies! Dr. Sakeena Yacoobi’s Radio Meraj is broadcasting 16 hours daily of diverse programming. AIL’s new legal aid clinic is providing free council to low-income women about social justice issues, including property inheritance, rejecting child marriage, and business ventures
Read more here.