Basic healthcare, dental care, and sight testing
The donations received by the association can help treat acute illnesses by taking children to a doctor’s office or in a hospital, as well as by purchasing medicines. Typical mild cases include various colds, abdominal disorders, parasites, various skin diseases, and minor ruptures. Sometimes malaria or tuberculosis are encountered. Dzikwa also provides for the acute dental care, organizes eyesight testings, and acquires spectacles when needed. In 2012, Dzikwa’s children made a total of 175 visits to a health care center or to a doctor. In 2013, the number increased slightly to 226 visits. In 2014, visits numbered 202 and 142 children received help from the center’s own medicine cupboard. The local Dr. Chagonda Clinic and the Dental Clinic of the Methodist Church continue to give a 50% discount to Dzikwa. During 2012, Finnish healthcare students from Joensuu Polytechnic started to prepare health cards for about half of their children and included basic health information in the workshops organized with a local trainee of social work. The work they started has continued with other volunteers and trainees from 2013 onwards. German Harare e.V. provides regular support for medical expenses. In Harare, Dzikwa receives local support from the leading private hospital (St.Anne), which will also provide beds and the operating room for free if needed. One dermatologist receives Dzikwa children for free, as well as one of the local leading ophthalmologists.
You can also donate directly to FI76 1745 3000 0616 40, with reference 1025.
We are getting birth certificates for kids
Dzivarasekwan orphans often lack a birth certificate. The absence of this important document makes school attendance, among others, very difficult. The process of acquiring a birth certificate may be challenging and laborious especially in cases where both parents have died and the custodian’s own papers are not existing either. The purchase of a birth certificate will cost between 40-135€ depending on the case. Donations help many children to get a birth certificate each year. In 2013, 25 were acquired and in 2014 a total of 27 birth certificates. Medialukio of Helsinki gathered and donated funds to support our work to acquire birth certificates.