Helping Children Accused of Witchcraft

Photo Credit: Anja Ringgren Lovén

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Anja Ringgren Lovén went to Nigeria three years ago as a humanitarian volunteer, but nothing could have prepared her for what was in store for her. Lovén is the founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation and is dedicating to bettering the lives of vulnerable children. While being in Nigeria, she has seen firsthand some of the thousands of children who are accused of witchcraft and the terrible consequences that children endure on account of these strong superstitions. One of those children that Lovén is helping has been starved and shunned from the community. The child is now going by the name “Hope,” which he has given to people all over the world through his story of resilience. Read more @HuffPost: goo.gl/yHWsKm

Unsafe Drinking Water in Our Own Backyard: Helping the Children of Flint During This Health Crisis

“If you were going to put something in a population to keep them down for generations to come, it would be lead,” said Dr. Hanna-Attisha of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. That is really bad news for the children of Flint, Michigan.

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It’s estimated that 8,000 children under six years old may have been exposed to the contaminated water in Flint. These children are especially susceptible to brain and nervous system damage because their bodies are still growing. Even small amounts of lead can impair the health and growth of children. Lead exposure is associated with learning disabilities, poor motor abilities and even violent personalities. Potential health consequences are compounded in Flint because of the lack of access to adequate health services and poor living conditions.

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Dr. Hanna-Attisha testing a 2-month old patient for lead poisoning. Brittany Greeson for The New York Times

 
The lead water crisis in Flint began around two years ago when the city switched its water supply to contaminated river water. However, the state and federal government did not begin to acknowledge the problem until recently. The neglect of the government is especially devastating because these health effects are often irreversible and untreatable in children.

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Volunteers distribute bottled water at a Flint, Michigan community center. Bryan Mitchell for the Guardian

 
Bottled water has been donated and shipped to help the people of Flint. While bottled water helps with the immediate needs of the citizens, it won’t solve the larger problems facing children who have already drank the contaminated water. The governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, has designated $28 million to Flint, which will allow for health services to be made available to lead-exposed children. Governor Snyder also has called upon the federal government to provide aid in getting Medicaid to every resident under 21. However, while this may be a good start, others in the field are saying that the problem is bigger and will need more aid and resources to resolve.

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“We have to throw every single evidence-based resource at these kids, starting now.” -Dr. Hanna-Attisha (Photo: Brittany Greeson for The New York Times)

 
Doctors, like Hanna-Attisha, are working to help in the midst of the crisis by addressing the diets of the children of Flint, as well as broadening the Head Start program and others like it, which currently have wait lists in Flint. To give to the Pediatric Public Health Initiative and help its mission in providing critical interventions to the children of Flint, visit their site: https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

 

Resources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/us/flint-weighs-scope-of-harm-to-children-caused-by-lead-in-water.html?_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/24/flint-michigan-water-crisis-lead-poisoning-families-children

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/21/state-sponsored-child-abuse-and-neglect-in-flint.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/14/what-will-happen-to-flint-s-lead-poisoned-children.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/13/us/iyw-flint-michigan-water-crisis-how-to-help/

 

Mid-Week Inspiration from Booker T. Washington

Here’s a little mid-week inspiration for you from the great Booker T. Washington: “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” This quote embodies the calling of Kitechild to support communities in helping their vulnerable children. Learn more about our mission visit us at: kitechild.org  

The Most Important Days of Your Life

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” MarkTwain

Everyone has the chance to make something great out of their lives, no matter who they are. Live your life on purpose and find the path that you are meant to take. How can you use your gifts and talents to make this world a better place because you lived in it? 

A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss

No matter a person’s age or circumstances in life, every individual matters and deserves to have their basic needs met. Join us in our mission to support communities in empowering their vulnerable children through education, nutrition and reunification with their families. Show that #EveryChild matters today: goo.gl/B6UOlz

 

Harvest at Fiwagoh Home

The Fiwagoh Home in Kenya is already busy harvesting the tomatoes and lettuce from two of its greenhouses. Those veggies ensure that the children have healthy food to eat, and the profits of selling the extras in the marketplace provided the income to buy more caretakers. We’re currently working on setting up a similar greenhouse project that promotes Change, not Charity, but we need your help to make it happen. #GiveBack today and #MakeADifference: goo.gl/B6UOlz 

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