Archive for November, 2010

Progress on Prenatal/Neonatal Clinic in Malawi

November 29, 2010

In September, we wrote about a new clinic that LifeNets is helping build in Salima, Malawi. Nester Phiri, who will run the completed clinic, writes from Malawi:

September 27, 2010

A Letter of Thanks

I would like to thank LifeNets Contributors for assistance given to me through LifeNets coordinator Mrs. Beverly Kubik, which has enabled me to build a Clinic of which upon its completion will help me to earn a living.

The Clinic will comply of three departments. The first department will be for daily care of sick people where they will be getting the treatment according to their illnesses. On this I will need to employ a clinician to run that department. The second department will be a prenatal care for pregnant mother before they deliver their babies. I will be the one responsible for this department. The third will be for children care ranging from day one to five years of age. Theywill be monitored on their weight, growth in general and their health status. They will also be given various vaccines. I will be in this department also on voluntary basis because most resource on this area come from the Government.

The clinic will assist about75 families around it and others from within Salima district. I will need about five people to start the clinic that is including me.

I heartedly thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithful,

Nester B. Phiri

In addition, Rotary International gave LifeNets a $21,000 grant for boreholes for water, one of which will serve the clinic and community in Salima. For more information about this clinic, click here.

LifeNets Featured on eHow

November 22, 2010

On November 19th, LifeNets was featured in an eHow article on how to donate electric scooters in North Carolina. Read the article here and learn more about the Wheelchair Program here.

LifeNets Helps in Haiti

November 15, 2010

While LifeNets’ primary function is not disaster relief, when there are crises that demand attention donors often seek out LifeNets and ask what we are doing to help. Typically, LifeNets personnel direct those who inquire to agencies who are better-equipped to handle disaster relief, such as Red Cross or the Salvation Army. In the past, LifeNets has been able to help following disasters such as 9/11, the tsunami in Sri Lanka, and Hurricane Katrina. This was most often accomplished through individuals known to LifeNets, where there were specific needs that LifeNets was able to address.

Following the Haiti earthquake–the worst national disaster in the Western Hemisphere–requests came to LifeNets about what we were doing to help. Although LifeNets directed donors to the above-named relief agencies, stilll money was sent restricted for use in aid to Haiti. Enquiries led to an acquaintance in the Church of God (Seventh Day), who had earlier given over $12,000 in support of rebuilding in Sri Lanka. The $1,000 that had been received by LifeNets was donated to the rebuilding of a school and church in Haiti.

Progress on this project is slow, as is all progress in Haiti at the moment. However, William Hicks (Director of Missions and the Disaster Relief Fund for the Church of God) reports that the project is still open and making progress through the red tape that is necessary for such an undertaking.

Livelihood Development: Monkey Bay, Malawi

November 8, 2010

Bekani B. Bvunguti applied for a livelihood development grant, which LifeNets was able to fill. The grant enabled Bvunguti to supply a 20-room rest house with toilets and safe running water, making it possible to open the rest house to guests. This was able to be done at a cost of only $900 to LifeNets.

Located in Monkey Bay, near Lake Malawi, the Fiso rest house is in an excellent location for receiving local and foreign guests. Bvunguti, who charges guests 250 kwaches (about $1.60) a night, reports that the income from this rest house is helping him provide for his relatives.

Scholarship Student Updates

November 1, 2010

The LifeNets Developing Nations Scholarship Fund has provided over $240,000 in scholarship money for students in developing countries around the world. For 2009, the amount budgeted by LifeNets for these scholarships was $55,000. In the United States, that might only pay for two or three students; but in the areas that LifeNets works, it can pay for about thirty-five students. This enables many young people to benefit from access to higher education and carries out the LifeNets philosophy that the best aid to give is help that allows others to learn to help themselves. Visit our web site to see photos and updates of our students, past and present.