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Pediatric Care Africa Press Release #Inchope Disaster Project

By Marcelle Clark

Media Relations & Marketing

04/05/2019

IDAI cyclone

The devasting cyclone IDAI hit South-Eastern Africa (Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe) on

14 March 2019 leaving millions of people devasted by its aftermath.

A few days after the cyclone struck founder of Pediatric Care Africa, Dr. Andre Hattingh left for Beira to offer his medical relief services, however accessing the road to Beira was impossible.

The rural village of Inchope, 90km South of Beira was where he literally got stuck in the mud. Being stranded for hours he realized the need these villagers had as no relief organizations had come to help. To date, Pediatric Care Africa is the only organization who has helped INCHOPE. It will remain our international relief project for the next year, until the next planting season has been harvested.

HELPING HANDS – SIZABANTU PIPING SYSTEMS, NELSPRUIT

Pediatric Care Africa together with Sizabantu Piping Systems, Nelspruit has collaborated on disaster relief project of INCHOPE.

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Pediatric Care Africa together with Sizabantu Piping Systems, Nelspruit has collaborated on disaster relief project of INCHOPE.

The management team of Sizabantu has been remarkable. Not only have they become a channel to receive donations from the public but has generously offered one of their new 10-ton truck & trailer to deliver the goods to Inchope. Furthermore, they offered their voluntary time to help Pediatric Care Africa pack 13 tons of food on Freedom Day, Saturday 27 April 2019. In addition to the above generosity they donated R40 000 for Dr. Hattingh to purchase much needed medicines in Maputo to help the pre-natal & medical clinic of INCHOPE.

Dr. Andre Hattingh, together with Michelle Ingram from the Methodist Church, Nelspruit and Sizabantu Piping Systems driver, Bizzah left in convoy on Tue 30 April, 2019 for Mozambique.

REAL LIVE SAVING HEROES IN ACTION

After three days of long and hard driving the village of INCHOPE was reached. Thousands of people got word Dr. Hattingh and the team will be arriving bringing with them food, medicines, clothing, blankets & toys.

Arriving at INCHOPE they found a great throng of people already waiting. Amongst the big group of people, a group of 30 mothers with their babies from a village 30km away started walking to INCHOPE the previous day to reach the village in time. How committed these amazing women are to find help to stay alive in this famine and be the heroes in their families and village. They overnighted at the clinic after a very long journey on foot.

The photos below tell a beautiful story. The team arrived and started offloading the food, medicines and other donated goods at the Clinic, Centro de Saude de Muda Serracao 10km outside INCHOPE. The heat was scorching at 36 degrees which made it challenging to offload and distribute the parcels. In an orderly fashion mothers, and families started queuing to receive food parcels for their families and the mothers receiving the correct baby foods & medicines for the little ones.

Amongst the crowd the was a man with polio in a makeshift wheelchair to keep himself mobile. How pleased he was when he received a wheelchair, making his life much easier!

A sincere thank you to all our donors across South Africa who generously donated monies, food and other items to feed 1000 people from this village. Thanks to you these families went to bed, having had a satisfying meal and not going to bed hungry. We also thank the Limpopo Synod of the Methodist Church of South Africa who donated a truck full of foods and other items including the wheelchairs as well as the Nelspruit Synod donating family high protein meal packs which they packaged together.

The orphaned children were handed their toy packs, generously donated by GOLDENMARC PRODUCTS from Johannesburg.

The clinic received the medicines the Dr. had purchased and so a village can thrive again without hunger and disease knocking at their doors.

THE NEED REMAINS REAL

Pediatric Care Africa will continue its commitment to relief efforts of our project INCHOPE as they are not receiving any other help/assistance from organizations. There are a thousand more families who need to be helped in the surrounding rural village regions.

PLEASE SUPPORT

To be able to continue our medical efforts in helping and caring for the villagers & children of #INCHOPE we need your financial support. We continue our public appeal to please support us going forward. Our aim is to raise R1 million Rand which will be used to purchase foods & medicines to keep these families alive and well.

We have 2 upcoming fund raisers next weekend, Saturday 11 May. You can visit us at the Airshow in Nelspruit and the Avo & Margherita Show at Elmswood. Please visit us at these events to show your support.

#INCHOPE NEEDS:

  • Funds for Medicines
  • Bottled water
  • Baby food (Nestum/Purity) & Baby formula milk which you mix with water
  • Nonperishable foods (canned beans, tuna, veg, fruit)
  • Blankets

SUPPORT PROJECT #INCHOPE

Please visit our donation link https://bit.ly/2F9SGh6 today to save a child’s life!

Any DONATION will make a difference!

BANK DETAILS:

PEDIATRIC CARE AFRICA

STANDARD BANK – Business Savings Account

Acc no: 131-953-044

Branch Code: 053-052 SWIFT: SBZAZAJJ

BE A LIFESAVING HERO…

CONTACT

To learn more about project #INCHOPE please contact –

MARCELLE CLARK

Media Relations & Marketing

PEDIATRIC CARE AFRICA

Reg No 214-711 NPO

PBO Reg No 930064552

Office: (+27) 073 9566 153

Email: marketing@pediatriccareafrica.org

info@pediatriccareafrica.org

Website: https://www.pediatriccareafrica.org

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