Feasting and Fundraising for Africa
Last weekend winter was welcomed by celebrating the work of two Global Development Group projects, ‘AusHEAL Congo Project’ (J730N) and ‘Vana Childcare Development Program’ (J710N).
Global Development Group partner AusHEAL held a dinner on 29 May 2015 at Gambaro’s function room, Brisbane, with the goal of raising funds for project J730N ‘AusHEAL Congo Project’. More than 260 guests attended the event, including three Global Development Group representatives.
Josh Edwards, Project Officer for Africa reflected, “Dr Jo Lusi, Founder of HEAL Africa Hospital, described his experience of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and was treating people in Goma in DR Congo where the population went from 200,000 to two million overnight. He saw the incredible medical need in the midst of this and started HEAL Africa hospital.”
J730N ‘AusHEAL Congo Project’ is a capacity building project that consists of sending teams of medical, administration and logistical experts to the HEAL Africa hospital to develop skills, train doctors, improve communication and healthcare systems as well as perform and train staff in complicated medical procedures.
Attendees on the night heard many touching stories of how these teams had assisted the local staff and improved their abilities to provide essential and life-giving healthcare for the people of Goma and across the DR Congo. The night highlighted the benefits of training and skill development of local staff to provide high quality health care at the HEAL Africa Hospital and the importance of developing hospital systems and procedures to provide high level of health care.
Up on the Sunshine Coast another Global Development Group partner held its annual Gala Dinner on 30 May to raise funds for project J710N ‘Vana Childcare Development Program’, in Zimbabwe.
J710N is a holistic project focussing on orphaned and at-risk children. The project cares for their physical, emotional and educational needs through providing shelter, food, health care, education and family life using the reconstituted family model. The project works with the children to instill life skills that will enable them to make a significant and lasting impact on their future. Additionally, the project is increasing the capacity of the children and the community through sustainability and income generation activities like microfinance and small business development programs.
Jenifer Wegner, Assistant Project Officer for Africa, mentioned how impacted she was by the stories of children’s lives who have been changed through the project’s work. “It was very moving and I felt really grateful to be there and be a part of it,” she said.
For more information about these projects please go to the “projects” section of the website.