Saturday, June 20, 2009

Our Mobile Medical Clinic...

GOAL: Establishing a Mobile Medical Clinic to Satisfy Needs in the Kafue District, Zambia.

About The Zambia Project: The Zambia Project was established to better meet the collective needs of poor villages in Zambia. By providing medical care, increasing agriculture, helping establish community schools, teaching HIV/AIDS prevention, taking care of widows and orphans, offering life skills classes and educating villagers in basic hygiene and health practices, the Zambia Project looks to make a difference in several areas of life at the same time. Please visit our website for a more complete picture of our work and our vision.

Those familiar with our work and progress over the last year or so know we have been trying to establish a permanent medical clinic as a cornerstone to the ongoing work in Zambia, well that goal has shifted. After spending time in the area, meeting with local directors and department heads as well as conducting our own needs assessments, we now feel a mobile medical clinic is the way to go. This mobile unit will allow us to offer basic medical, dental and optical services to those who can’t make it to the existing clinics.

Health care for the poor is almost nonexistent. Though Zambia has been stable for many years and does have some things going for it in the “metropolitan” areas, the amount of need in the rest of the country is almost overwhelming. The Zambia Project is committed to meeting the completed needs of a community and thus we feel that taking the care to the people will work better than having the people come to the care. Transportation and travel are both very difficult in rural Zambia. With few bikes and fewer cars, most everyone walks everywhere they go.

Present Situation: We are looking for grant writers and Foundational funding to purchase and outfit our mobile unit. Prices range from $10,000 to $45,000. We have raised a few thousand “on our own” so far, but will need more funding before we can start taking the care to the people. It’s our plan use the first of our donations to purchase our mobile unit and hire a medical officer. We have been offered some office and warehouse space until we can get things up and running.

We just wanted you to be aware of our situation and our goal. If you’d like to find out more details, you can visit our website at or call Ty Jones at 901-386-4163. Tax deductable donations can be mailed to: Zambia Project, 4023 Brunswick Road, Bartlett, TN 38133, or handed to Ty or Judy Jones or Charlotte Bradsher.

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