The Scary statistic bit
It’s a heavy hitter friends so brace yourself….
The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in the world.
- One in eleven children die in infancy,
- Nearly 4,000 women die every year in childbirth and,
- 98% of women and girls are the victims of the brutal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) Info on FGM
See link for Somaliland Key Findings - Unicef
Honestly I could go on, but I’m not trying to ruin anyone’s day….
So I’ll stick to the cliff notes;
In a country that has been ravaged by Civil War, famine and drought, with little or no access to health care the People of Somaliland are dyeing and are desperate for support.
We understand that statistics like these are never fun to read, and it’s so easy to feel removed. It’s just another Charity appeal right? Just another number on a screen, and who even knows where your donations are going anyway?
But here’s the thing, that one child in eleven who doesn’t make it to adult hood isn’t just statistic collected to pull on your heart strings (but I bet it is pulling hard right?) It’s someone’s daughter, or someone’s son.
Someone tucked these children in a night and held them when they cried and when they got sick.
These children are dying, and it’s horrible and its heart breaking and its real.
But do not despair dear friends, it’s not all doom and gloom!
Because where we find sorrow we also find hope, and where we find hope we find the Edna Adan Hospital!
It’s time to put the tissues away, and get ready to start feeling good.
Bit of background
The hospital was set up by Edna Adan, (left) Edna was born and raised in Somaliland, and is a pretty amazing human being. (Get ready to feel like an underachiever), She has served as Somaliland’s Minister for Family Welfare and Social Development, She is an activist and pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female genital mutilation. She is president of the Organization for Victims of Torture, and she set up, runs and funds the Edna Adan Hospital!
Not only does the hospital help save and better the lives of countless women, men and children who have no other viable access to health care it also helps train midwives in the community, and through its work it seeks to fight FGM.
Edna is an inspiration to us all and a big part of the reason why so many people are happy to dedicate their time and money to support her hospital.
I work for the UK branch of the charity, as a volunteer, everyone who works for the charity does so for free, and we do it because we believe in this charity and we know we are making a difference. (It also makes us feel goodJ)
The Money Part
Let’s break down our Christmas wish list;
£20 = a midwife’s delivery kit and supplies,
£10 = 1 day of treatment for a premature baby,
£150 = I month’s training for a midwife,
£30 = sponsoring a mother having a normal delivery
The Personal bit
There are no bells and whistles here, I’m not going to run a marathon, cut my hair or sit in a bath tub of beans. I work for this Charity and I do it for free, and I do it because it’s amazing. It’s honest, it has integrity and it saves lives. I couldn’t think of a better thing to dedicate my time to, and I am hoping you all feel the same way about dedicating your money!
What we can give you in return is kind of priceless, it’s the satisfaction in knowing you have been a part of something so important, something so worthwhile.
I cannot emphasis enough that you are literally going to save the lives of people, who without this hospital would die.
I promise to bug you with all the feel good stories about where you money has gone and who it has helped.
this work matters, these lives matter and as an added bonus you get to make me and yourself feel great knowing you have helped!
Thank you for reading this far, thank you for your support!
thank you from me, thank you from the hospital and thank you from these little beauties
You’re the best x