Baobab Canopy: Growing Home

$815 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 43 months
In June of 2014, a nurse working for MSF traveled to Zanzibar for a short--and much needed--holiday. She believed this would be her only venture to the small island, so she decided to spend half of the week on the east coast, and half on the west coast. 

During her time on the west, she stayed at the Mangrove Eco Lodge--inspired by their commitment to the environment as well as to their community. While there, she learned of their work to establish a dispensary (clinic) in the village, since there wasn't one amid the need there. Thus, a dream was born. 

In March of 2015, that nurse returned. And with her, she brought two nurses who shared a love for humanity and a desire to help promote health services. They visited and worked in five local dispensaries, donating several hundred pounds of medical supplies between each site. 

But that's not all. They heard of the struggles of children and of education, and they decided to broaden their impact. So they purchased school supplies to donate, they brought maps, books, and worked with teachers to identify 26 children who each received a new backpack, uniform, and special school supplies. 

They dreamed a new dream, Growing Home. It will be a combination library--also the first in the village of Chuini!--and children's center, and will be open for children to come and to have access to learning and educational support. It will also be the hub where an electronic pen pal program will be coordinated--bridging children of Chuini and children of the Greater Portland area in Maine. 

Help support the realization of this vision; help the dream emerge from the darkness and become a reality. Each contribution helps us to assemble medical and educational supplies for our next big trip--six nursing students and just as many experienced nurses in March of 2016--where we will continue with the medical and educational focus. Help to transform the space identified at the Mangrove Eco Lodge into a space where children can come to learn, to grow, to be inspired.
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Update 19
Posted by Emily Gerardo
35 months ago
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Today's goals are simple, and fun!

Looking for equipment for children to share. Soccer balls, volley ball (or set, including net), frisbees, football, Nerf balls, kites...if it's fun, if it can be shared, we'll bring it!

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Update 18
Posted by Emily Gerardo
35 months ago
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Today's quest for donations is a little steeper:
today we're shooting for $250 to be used for the purpose of a HemaCue (hgb) machine for our friends and colleagues working in the Chuini village clinic. Why is this an important tool for the clinic to have? Being able to diagnose low levels of hemoglobin helps the provider identify patients in need of an acute blood transfusion. Two of the most common causes for this are malaria and bleeding after childbirth. Children die from the complications of malaria, but the death rate can be changed by the ability to identify those in greatest danger. Want to help save a child's life, even before they realize they might lose it? Every donation helps to make a difference!
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Update 17
Posted by Emily Gerardo
35 months ago
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Today's goal:
$150.00 to purchase a wheelchair

That's it. Just one goal today!
Help a 14 year old girl who is unable to walk or stand, and who lives in a rural village under the care of her grandparents. Not only would this make a difference for her caregivers, but it would mean a more comfortable, more mobile life for her.
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Update 16
Posted by Emily Gerardo
36 months ago
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Today our goal is to raise money to purchase Office for the three computers we donated last year. We would love donations enough to cover instillation for all three, but even enough for one would be grand!

Single instillation: $149.99

These computers are for children attending primary and secondary school in Chuini, Zanzibar, and are among the first of what will eventually be many donations for our library/children's center project.
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Created June 28, 2015
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PB
$75
Paris Bethel
35 months ago
HD
$20
Hannah Davis
35 months ago

I am sorry I can't join you in Zanzibar!!

DF
$50
Donna Franklin
35 months ago
KS
$150
Kristy Smith
35 months ago
AP
$20
Alisha Parker
35 months ago
$30
Sarah Ober
37 months ago

had to get ya over the goal! good luck, and good work you all are doing!

$50
Jessica Costello
37 months ago

You do such amazing and selfless work!!!! Great Job Emily! You make the world a better place :) :)

$100
Marieta Atienza
39 months ago

I love you and Mandy to the moon and back !

ML
$25
Misty Lewis
40 months ago
MG
$100
Mark Grover
40 months ago
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