Malaria is a poverty disease.
Can you imagine taking your baby to the children’s hospital and being told your child will die because there is no clean water, mosquito net, or just $5 to buy malaria medication? Yet, every 35 seconds, a child under 5 dies from tropical diseases such as malaria unnecessarily. Tropical diseases are poverty disease because they are preventable, treatable and curable. Over 85% of all children who die in Africa annually die from malaria unnecessarily.
Malaria is not a difficult disease to eradicate
But malaria is not a difficult disease to eradicate. Clean water, proper sanitation, and functional healthcare system are all that is needed. Yet, more than 3.4 million children die every year from water related diseases in Africa- That’s almost the entire city of Los Angeles. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world, according to WHO, and UNICEF, 2009. 780 Million Lack access to clean water – That is almost 2 and half times the United States population. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours, according to WHO and UNICEF, 2009. To those of us fortunate enough to call Canada our home, this would be inconceivable. Yet to many parents in too many places in this world, this is a reality.
I am a victim of a poverty disease.
I am a victim. I have personally experienced what it means to be a victim of a needless disease like malaria. I have worn the shoe and can tell you where exactly and how it pinches. One of my children changed the path of my life. Her name was Goodness (a twin sister to Mercy) and on March 20 of 2006, we lost this precious little girl to malaria at the age of 16 months. Our beautiful baby girl was taken and it didn't have to be this way.
My life mission and passion is now to help other children suffering from malaria
I decided then and there that I could - and would - make a difference; to save other children and to prevent other parents from going through the trauma we went through when we lost our own Goodness. My first response was to extend my credit card well beyond its' limits by purchasing anti malaria medications and nets and traveled down to Africa with doctors and treated over 500 children of malaria. I knew then that I had to find a sustainable way to help other children and African rural villages to avoid burying another child needlessly. This gave birth to the formation of Challenge AIDS and Malaria in Africa (CHAMA), now a registered international charity. Today, CHAMA has helped over 60,000 children in Africa with clean water, healthcare, and nutrition and still counting.
The best thing that ever happened to me is to bring my family in Canada
I am proud to call Canada my home where I live with my family. There is no malaria in Canada for sure and my children have access to clean water and the best medical services available in the world. But we cannot forget those children we left behind. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. No child deserves to die of malaria and poverty diseases no matter where the child comes from. These children are not dying of disease; they are dying of poverty and neglect. Please, consider donating today to give hope to these children. Thank you in advance my friend for your generous support. Our journey thus far couldn’t have been possible without your support.
Olugu Ukpai, Executive Director, CHAMA
Peter and Lisa Field, Directors of Orphanage Project
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in it's various forms.” (1Peter 4:10).
Lisa (Nickerson) Field was born July 14, 1969, Antigonish N.S. She is currently working as a nurse in Halifax. Peter Field was born August 28, 1959, Moncton N.B. He is retired from a 37 year career with the CNR during which time he acquired a B. Comm and Lay Pastor Diploma.
Lisa and Peter married in 2000 at which time they dedicated themselves not only to each other, but also to serving the Lord. They now have a family of 4 adopted children and several adopted pets. Since becoming a couple they have also fostered, sponsored and mentored more than two dozen children and continue to increase this number in obedience to their faith.
For more than 17 years Lisa and Peter have been very involved with their church, focusing mainly on youth and mission ministry. Together they have been involved with at least a dozen mission trips to places like the U.S., Haiti, D.R., Brazil and Rwanda. Since a mission trip in 2011, the Fields have been feeling called to open an orphanage. With prayer, direction from God and assistance from CHAMA they now have been blessed with the opportunity to see their vision become reality. Lisa and Peter are honored and excited to be the Directors of CHAMA's first orphanage, the "Home Of Hope" in Kampala Uganda.
Lisa and Peter pray that you would join them and CHAMA in building another small piece of Gods Great Kingdom!
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27).
I'm Phoebe Kaddu from Uganda. I'm 24 years old and single. I pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Language Education in Bugema University and hoping to graduate this year. I regard CHAMA activities highly crucial since they directly relate to my duties at the orphanage and my profession as a teacher.
SERVICE ABOVE SELF
I'm always honored when given an opportunity to serve the less privileged. I always had a dream of giving a hand to the less privileged. I started looking out for others way back in my secondary school times. I loved those who were not loved because it feels good to be loved. I knew how it felt to be rejected especially because I thought I wasn't loved due to my handicap. This is another reason why it's very easy to sacrifice what I have to make lives better.
WHAT DRIVES ME TO SERVE?
My mom was solely responsible for all our (my 3 brothers and I) upbringing because our dad shunned his responsibility. The struggle we went through made me grow a heart to reach out to people going through tough times because help in times of need is help indeed. That's how I ended up in an orphanage and also assisting single mothers on the other hand and other almsgiving services.
CRYING OUT LOUD
You know nowadays youths want to show off expensive cars and post photos on the beach and bars. You tell them to give a hand to the less privileged, they think it's wastage since they can use the money to pay for an executive hotel and have a good time to show off. People say I'm too young to be minding about others' lives since I have a great deal of my own life ahead of me to live and enjoy. But what most people don't realize is that there's greater joy in giving than anything. When you touch a life, you're touched too. Blessings follow you whenever someone is happy because of you. I always cry tears of joy whenever a child smiles because of me. I'm touched. That's ultimate joy.
RESPECT YOUR BENEFICIARIES
At times service is hectic and sometimes we feel the burden is way too heavy for us to carry and even if you gave up, no one could blame you. But it is very disrespectful to give up on people who have their hope rested on you. When you reach that moment of giving up, remind yourself why you started service and remember that responsibility is from God and for every responsibility, God gives providence.