Cerebral Palsy is very common in Africa. Most Cerebral Palsy happens at birth or before birth (85%-90%). From the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website:
Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by abnormal development of the brain or damage to the developing brain that affects a child’s ability to control his or her muscles.
They are unsure of what causes CP, but several risk factors are clear:
- Low Birth Weight
- Premature Birth
- Multiple Births
- Infertility Treatments
- Jaundice & Kernicterus
- Medical Conditions of the Mother
- Birth Complications
As you can imagine, very poor and malnourished mothers in very poor countries are at risk. At The Everett and Austin Project we are trying to help change this narrative and bring relief to those who are suffering right now. We are hoping to inspire change so that mothers and children in Africa are less at risk.
Through your generous donations we have been able to provide 12 chairs for children currently suffering from Cerebral Palsy in desperate need in Soroti & Kalaki District. Soroti & Kalaki Districts are in east-central Uganda in East Africa. Along with the CP chairs, we also provided 12 food packages as well to the families.
Here are some pictures with names, ages and locations of the children that we have served this month (September 2020). Thank you!
12 CP Chairs
Partnering with our sister organization, Desert Seed Foundation, on the ground in Uganda we have been able to serve the following 13 families this month. What a joy to be of such useful service in the work of the Lord. Musasizi Heavens Dennis worked so hard on getting these constructed with a local carpenter at a very nice, low cost. Stephen Okiror helped coordinate our efforts, as well.
12th Food Package
As it turned out, Abraham Ali (#3 above) didn’t need a food package as much as another family needed it. So the 12th food package went to the following family.