View from el Balcon del Diablo
San Judas Girls´Orphanage
Con Dra. Mildred
De-worming: a few months ago, one of our volunteers from Australia fundraised $2000. We spent it on taking blood tests on all of our orphans. That week we had the joy of poking our orphans´ little fingers to draw their blood into tiny glass tubes. They had not had checkups or lab work done in a long time. We were checking mainly for parasites and anemia. The sad thing is, one of our girls´orphanages is a home for sexually abused girls. We had to draw a lot more of their blood from their arms because we were checking for additional labs: sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and pregnancy tests. So sad.
Finally swallowed their anti-parasite pills. Looking forward to the end to
diarrhea, constant hunger, and stomach aches!
We received the lab results about a month ago and ALL of the orphans have parasites. Mainly from drinking the tap, unfiltered water, aka agua crudo. Our organization started a health initiative to teach our orphans about parasites and how to prevent them, emphasizing hand-washing after using the bathrooms and before eating, and not drinking agua crudo or eating contaminated food. Last week we gave them all medicine to treat the parasites and re-taught them parasite prevention and good hygiene. We´ve been fundraising money for this health initiative for about a month and a half. We still have a long way to go. We need to install more water filters and build more hand sanitizing stations. After giving them their medicine, it would be such a waste if these kids relapsed to poor hand hygiene and drinking habits because of a lack of resources.
If you are interested in donating to our cause. The boys orphanage and the home for sexually abused girls is called Salome. The title of our ¨go fund me¨ page is ¨Help Heal Salome¨. Here´s the website where you can donate online: http://www.gofundme.com/298w8o