WORST DROUGHT IN 50 YEARS, BUT DERA HAS FOOD
Situated on the edge of the most drastically affected region of the worst drought in 50 years, Dera is the staging area for world food international aid trucks. Dera however has water and food, thanks to so many of you who supported Hope Arising in the 20 mile water pipeline. Today, that pipeline is literally a life line as water is diverted to crops for food and continues to quench the thirst of thousands in Dera.
A NEW KINDERGARTEN IN DERA
There are over 400 children age 4 just in the Dilfekar School area and no where to go to school. Hope Arising, in partnership with Dera Town leaders who are donating the land, is constructing a new public kindergarten school that will serve over 500 children. Volunteers began work on new benches and desks for the school this past spring trip. Efforts for money to begin construction are underway if you are able to help!
DENTISTS RELIEVE PAIN & DO SEALANTS FOR CHILDREN
Dr. Horgesheimer reaches out to children at Dilfakar Elementary doing 150 sealants and sending others with pain to the health clinic where the dental team can treat them. Doctors included Dr. Jason Horgesheimer, Dr. Micah Mortensen, Dr. Greg Mortensen, Dr. Bryan Christensen, Dr. Jeff Roberson and Dr. Jeremy Miller. Together their team helped hundreds who suffered pain and infections. Local dental students from Addis Ababa University worked side by side helping with procedures and translation.
We had a great spring trip to Dera! We painted a wing of the health clinic, updated the computers in the high school and visited the schools. We are excited for a new toilet in the Hope Arising bathroom! That is good news for all team travelers.
We were able to view several gardens that are going strong in Dera. The high school has furrowed their plot and is moving forward. Dera #1 presented a Stay Alive play for us, showing they know the risks and danger of HIV/AIDS.
We had 3 energetic teenagers who taught several classes on nutrition and how to make tippy-taps (hand-washing stations out of a water bottle). Joe taught the high-school computer classes how basic programming skills can lead to jobs online.
We visited the orphanage in Nazret and donated some clothes and toys. The school is close by so we were able to play there for a few hours. It was hard to tear ourselves away!
We are happy Chet & Chantal could be featured on Channel 3’s Your Life A to Z program. When you get your teeth whitened at North Stapley dental, 100% is donated to Smiles for Life. Check it out on our Facebook page: Chet & Chantal Channel 3
Our state-of-the-art recording keeping system shows how many eye patients were seen by Dr. Wilson in Dera. Each finger keeps a running total by day- 237 patients seen the first day, 301 patients seen the second day (for a total of 538), and 198 patients seen the third day, for a grand total of 736 patients. WOW!!! He diagnosed 49 cases of trachoma, which can cause blindness within a year, but is easily treated with a Z-pack of antibiotics.
We were amazed by how much our dental team could do in 3 days in Awash, a village just north of Dera. Our fearless leader and one of the dentists, Chet, was even stuck dealing with bureaucrats for 2 of the days. We had Jenet and Lydia, our local dentist friends come from Addis to help us. Between all of them working with support staff of Darlene, Peggy, Valerie, Linzi, Tyler & Braxton, they were able to service 355 dental patients, including extracting 570 teeth! Way to go!
We were honored to have Heather (pictured above), who is working on her Master’s degree in Art curriculum join us in the local schools in Dera & Awash. We combined an English lesson from Linda (pictured below), a 6th-grade Rodell teacher who taught the kids about the different sounds letters can make with an art lesson. The kids drew pictures of cats, beds, houses and flowers. They were impressed with the crayons and we were impressed with their skills and respect.