At the village of Usengi, on the shore of Lake Victoria, a 3 year old girl was brought to us. She has a cleft pallet that opens into her sinus and has to date only been able to take milk for nutrition. She is not thriving. While we were in Kenya, we were able to connect with a children's hospital that is only a day's journey away from Usengi. A plastic surgeon visits this hospital regularly and the facility can handle this surgery easily. We thank you for your donations for this operation and will follow up after the surgery is performed.
Recently the world focused on the issues surrounding the disabled. Crutches 4 Africa, working together with NGO groups in Nairobi, went into the Kibera slum protected by an armed contingent of police with automatic weapons.
Kibera was recently marked as the world’s third worst slum and has only recently acquired some sources of water. Scenes of alleys choked with garbage and children playing in piles of rotting refuse are common. We entered this setting to deliver mobility devices to people who lack almost everything. We were greeted with rejoicing and after a round of speeches; we delivered what we had brought to them and turned it over to the disability group leaders who have arisen in this squalor. Giving them the tools needed to empower the people in their group.
We have been here before and we will return again to build upon the foundation of good will and hope. We departed with the prayers of those there who remain in that place called Kibera, still ringing in our ears.
David & Candice Talbot
In September, David Talbot was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" by Rotary International. Paul Harris founded Rotary International in 1905.
Rollaball is a new documentary funded via Kickstarter that features an inspiring team of Ghanaian polio survivors. Crutches 4 Africa is a partner/sponsor. Read more about Rollaball...
In June, Parade magazine mentioned Crutches 4 Africa in "Places That Help Your Clutter Do Good". Read the full article.
Rob Chatfield and speaker Dave Talbot
On October 12, 2012 Dave and Candice spoke about Crutches 4 Africa at the Rotary Club of Portland, ME. The club has already collected 5,000 mobility devices and is setting up more collection sites in the area.
Read the full article at The Windjammer.