Imagine your child is suffering. You watch them whimper and cry in pain … but there’s nothing you can do to help them. Medical assistance is miles away, and even if you could transport your child, you know there is no way you could afford for them to see a doctor. Instead, you must sit by and watch. Their pain and suffering become your own, and many times, you cry out to God over the sense of hopelessness you feel.
This is the reality for far too many parents around the world. Thousands of people live every day of their lives without access to even the most basic medical care. Most simply cannot afford it, while others live too far away from any available medical facilities. Every day, 29,000 children die from preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria — most of which could be treated with simple, affordable interventions.
Our hope is to invest in impoverished villages by providing medical clinics so that men, women, and children will be able to receive the care they desperately need.
Bobi, Uganda, is one of many villages that has experienced firsthand the transformation a medical clinic can bring.
Growing up in Bobi, 13-year-old Mercy suffered from malnutrition and frequent illness. Her parents tried to find help, but there were no medical facilities close enough to their home that were equipped to handle her condition. Even with a makeshift clinic inside the local school, supplies were scarce and it was difficult to keep the environment sterile.
Today, everything has changed. The residents of Bobi now have their own clinic where they receive treatment for common illnesses and have access to community-wide education on public health.
Mercy is just one of numerous children who will be impacted by this medical clinic. By investing in healthcare in developing countries, you can influence generations to come with hope for a better future. This physical expression of love also opens the door for our partners to address a community’s spiritual needs by sharing the love of Jesus.