How gifts left in Wills are helping to deliver life today
Before a Neonatal Care Unit arrived at Nigist Eleni Mohammed Memorial Hospital in Ethiopia, poorly babies simply didn’t get the intensive care they needed to survive. Babies were cared for in the main ward and many died from treatable conditions that could have been prevented by low cost technology and training.
VSO volunteers stepped in, and not only set up a new High Dependency Unit for babies that needed special care, but also trained hospital workers on how best to care for these babies. Nigist Eleni has since had a 73% reduction in neonatal deaths, with mothers being able to take their healthy babies home.
How gifts in Wills are helping children get a better start
In Rwanda it’s hard to be heard as a child at school. With 80 children per classroom, many children only receive four hours of education per day, with teachers taking it in turns to teach smaller groups. These hours would generally involve a “chalk and talk” method.
VSO volunteers have been helping train teachers in more interactive learner-centred teaching.
More engaging lessons mean that children are more likely to stay in school – and become equipped with the skills they need to break out of poverty.