Aid to the Masai people

Written 01.09.2018 17:37 under Archive

Mirjam is working very intensely distributing aid to the Masai children. We asked her to share about the latest dis-tribution of baby food.

Mirjam shares:

In June we began our new project, “Baby Food”. The children in the Masai district are very undernourished so we were contacted by the local authorities with a request to help the most vulnerable children. We have therefore applied for support in a three month trial period. After this, we will evaluate the effect on the children.
 
The children are aged 0-2 years and we have 200 children in the program. All of them were weighed before the start. It was quite a project, but it was successful.
 

 
Before the food distribution the mothers were trained by a nutrition expert of how to make this special gruel and the children had a taste. The mothers were told that 1 kg of this was equivalent to 3 kg meat or 72 eggs. They were also told what proteins were in the mixture, which were building the health of the children. The mothers gave a really good response and asked many relevant questions. We were happy that they participated so actively.
 
The women stood patiently and waited as their names were called so as they could take home the food. Every child got 3 kg, which would last for three weeks. We are a team that supervise the project and distribute a new portion of food every third week. According to the latest evaluations, the project seems to be a success and it is my prayer that we receive enough funds to start up in other Masai districts. We will work one year in every place to make sure that the children get healthy. The doctors that we work with have asked us if we can help children up to 5 years as they are undernourished and a very vulnerable group.
 
Please pray that this will be a success and that God will help the little undernourished ones to get a better start in life. Thank you also for praying for funds as it is quite expensive to run this project. And last, but not least: THANK YOU for praying for the team and for me that God gives us energy and protects us as we set out on these long and demanding trips.
 

 
1 kg of this mixture is 10 DKK so for one child it is 520 DKK per year. If anyone wants to support food to these 200 children please pay your gift to our account, which is:

 
Account name: Betania Kirkecenters Ydremission
IBAN no. DK7097120741793075
Bank name: Den Jyske Sparekasse, Borgergade 3,
7200 Grindsted
Swift/BIC code: JYSPDK2G
Mark it “Bjerre Mission – Baby Food
 
Per and I very much appreciate your support.
 
Love from Mirjam

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    [post_content] =>  I den uge, hvor Torkild var af sted på børnekampagne, skete der noget, som rystede os dybt. During the week when Torkild was away something happened that shook us deeply.  
 
Vores tyske venner og naboer, Rosy og Friedhelm, var blevet syge (I husker sikkert, at vi mange gange har skrevet om Friedhelm, som har bygget adskillige kirker sammen med Torkild i store dele af Tanzania). Rosy skrev til os for at høre, hvordan vi havde det, for de havde fået feber og følte sig meget dårlige. Deres tjenestepige havde fået konstateret covid-19 og var meget syg. Tilsyneladende havde hun smittet Rosy og Friedhelm.
 
Jeg foreslog straks, at de skulle søge læge, men Rosy sagde, at Friedhelm var så dårlig, at han ikke ville kunne sidde i en bil for at komme hen til lægen. Det lykkedes at få lægen til at komme hjem til dem. Friedhelm blev indlagt på et missionshospital ca. 150 km fra Arusha, hvor der også arbejder læger fra Vesten.
 
Dagen efter Torkilds hjemkomst ringede Rosy for at fortælle, at Friedhelms tilstand var forværret. Han skulle muligvis flyves til et hospital i Dar es Salaam eller Nairobi. Hun havde glemt deres pas, så Torkild besluttede at hente passene og køre til hospitalet sammen med vores chauffør, Hilary, for at se, hvordan han kunne hjælpe.
 
Lægen havde i mellemtiden snakket med Rosy og frarådet at flytte Friedhelm, da hans tilstand var yderst kritisk. Problemet på de fleste hospitaler i Tanzania er, at man ikke har respiratorer. Det var det, de manglede til Friedhelm.
 
Ved middagstid dagen efter, Torkild var kommet frem til hospitalet, sov Friedhelm stille og fredfyldt ind.
 
Sikke et chok for hans kone, som ikke havde nogen fra familien omkring sig. Hun begyndte straks at ringe til børnene for at fortælle, at deres far var gået bort.
 
Liget skulle flyttes fra hospitalet inden aften samme dag, da de ikke har noget kølehus til opbevaring. Hilary kørte liget i Friedhelms bil, og Torkild tog Rosy med i vo¬res bil. De kørte til et hospital i Arusha, hvor Friedhelm kom på køl. 
 
Derefter blev bilen desinficeret indvendig, og Hilary blev også sprøjtet over med denne væske. Han kom helt våd hjem til mig om aftenen og spurgte: ”Åh, mama, må jeg ikke få et hurtigt bad og låne noget tørt tøj?” 
 
Friedhelm havde tidligere givet udtryk for, at han gerne ville begraves i Tanzania. Han fik sådan en flot begra¬velse – en konge værdig. Han blev begravet ved vores FPCT-kirke i Ngaramtoni; det er den lokale kirke, vi samarbejder med.
 
Han efterlader sig kone og 4 børn. En af sønnerne kom for at deltage i begravelsen.
 

  

 
 
Our German friends and neighbors, Friedhelm and Rosy fell ill (you probably remember that we wrote about Friedhelm many times. He built several churches with the help of Torkild in large parts of Tanzania). Rosy wrote to us to hear how we were doing because they had gotten a temperature and felt bad. Their maid was very ill with covid-19. Seemingly, she had passed it on to Friedhelm and Rosy.
 
I immediately suggested that they saw a doctor, but Rosy said Friedhelm was so sick that he could not sit in a car to get to the doctor. Finally, the doctor instead came to their house. Friedhelm was admitted to a missionary hospital approx. 150 km from Arusha with doctors from the West. 
 
The day after Torkild’s return Rosy called and said that Friedhelm’s condition had worsened. Possibly he would be taken by plane to a hospital in Dar es Salaam or Nairobi. She had forgotten their passports so Torkild decided to take the passports to the hospital with our driver, Hilary to see if he could help.
 
In the meantime, the doctor had talked to Rosy and advised her not to move Friedhelm as his condition was extremely critical. The problem is that most Tanzanian hospitals do not have any respirators. And they needed one for Friedhelm.
 
At noon the following day after Torkild had arrived in the hospital, Friedhelm passed away, quietly and peacefully.
 
It was big a shock to his wife who had no relatives around her. She immediately began calling the children to inform them of their father’s passing. 
 

The body had to be moved from the hospital before evening on the same day, as they have no cooling rooms. Hilary drove the body in Friedhelm’s car and Torkild took Rosy in our car. They drove to a hospital in Arusha where Friedhelm was put in a cooler. 
 
Friedhelm had earlier expressed that he wanted to be buried in Tanzania. He received a truly royal funeral. He was buried at our FPCT church in Ngaramtoni, which is the local church that we work with.
 
He leaves behind his wife and four children. One of the sons came to be a part of the funeral.

 
  

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