Update — Fall 2019
English Program Stats
Pededewatu Water Project
We’ve upgraded the well from the traditional open well, pumping out all the water, and created a brand-new water containment structure, fully sealed to ensure the water remains potable.
After the installation of electricity to the site, we installed a new submersible pump and a new hand pump at the well. Now water flows to SD Pededewatu Primary School where there are 270 students, age 6 to 12 years old, going to school, who can now use the water there.
Low-Smoke Burner Project
Currently our number-one reason for patient visits to our clinics is to address upper respiratory issues. In order to combat this, we have started to survey people in nearby villages and install smoke-retention disks that will allow us to see just how much the smoke is impacting people’s respiratory systems. We are also distributing low-smoke burners to replace the traditional three-stone open fire in the center of the homes.
Over the next year, we will distribute an initial 1,500 low-smoke burners to villages and will track the progress of integration and use, as well as what impact it has on patients visiting the clinic to be treated for respiratory issues. This—stage one of the project—will increase patient data so we can measure the effectiveness of the system.
Australian Eye Doctor Visits
For the past 11 years, we have had the pleasure of working with the Royal Austral-Asian College of Surgery in Australia and the Sumba Eye Program to restore the Sumba people’s vision. Over 12,000 patients have been given prescription glasses. and more than 800 people have received eye surgery to correct primarily cataracts, as well as a variety of other eye diseases.
School Lunch Expansion
We’re expanding the School Lunch Program to cover 12 schools, including two schools in the Sodan valley, whose students are in desperate need of better nutrition and hygiene education.
Our flagship clinic constructed in 2004 will be undergoing renovation. We plan to replace the existing roof with a brand-new bamboo and alang grass roof, replace windows and doors, and make other minor renovations before giving it a fresh paint job to bring it all together.
Computer Lab Additions
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