Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's That Time of the Year Again

Dear Friends,
If I could sum up our activities this past 11 months with two words, I would say 'Strategic Partnerships'!! So much has happened at K'arale that brings us ever closer to our mission of bringing quality health to the hard to reach.

We collaborated with various organisations and institutions that enabled us extend our services and make impact in lives.

With AIDS Preventive Initiative Nigeria(APIN) to serve and support 180 Children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in 6 local governments in Lagos in an OVC project. K’arale was chosen because of our excellent track record, accountability capability and committed staff. The 6+ core services provided include – Education and vocational training, Protection/legal, Shelter, Psychosocial, Nutritional, Health and Economic strengthening.

With PrimaryHealth Centers (Iru, Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Apapa, Lagos Island) in our designated Local Government Areas in order to reach out to their HIV/AIDS support groups and to the children.
So far we have enrolled 136 kids in this project. These are children between 18mths - 17 years who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. We support the family and monitor their progress through home visits, school visits and monthly Kiddies Club meetings.
With Lagos State Ministry of Education for approval to carry out HIV prevention peer education projects with students in senior secondary classes.
We have collaborated with APIN to provide HIV testing services and train over 150 willing prisoners as HIV peer educators in Ikoyi prisons, Lagos
We have trained over 100 young girls in a Remand home in Surulere on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Thanks to the generosity of you, K'arale friends, We are almost through with our first PortaKlinic situated at Kuramo.
We have many challenges ahead of us as we wrap up the year and prepare for the next year - Getting funding to finish our PortaKlinic ready, Increase government cooperation, pay overheads, resolving the myriad needs of our OVC. But with your continued support, I am confident that we're up to the task at hand.

We especially wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to:
Chief and Mrs Mabogunje
Chief Ajibola Ogunsola
Chief Gbolade Osibodu
AO & A Associates
Mrs Betty Obere of Living Fountain Orphanage Home
Mrs Toki Mabogunje of TMC
OR Series Ltd
Medical Coordinators in the Epe/Iru/Ibeju lekki/Apapa Primary Health Centers
To the Children and Families who have put their trust in us and let us into their homes and hearts, 
Friends and well wishers,
Our dear Trustees and Staff,
Without you, we wouldn't have made it this far.

On a joyful note, our dear founder and Chairman Sade Ogunsola celebrated her birthday recently. Here's wishing her a year filled with the same joy she brings to others! Happy Birthday Prof!
If you are still wondering why you should sow a seed in K'arale this December, here are two reasons -
Today is World AIDS Day. Do your bit to Stop the spread of AIDS in your community. Give to K'arale.
Today is the 1st day of Christmas. A season of joy and giving. Give to K'arale.
Karale's account number with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc is 230 681575 110. No amount is too much. There's so much still to be done… and we need you to make it happen!!

Thank you and have a blessed Yuletide Season from all of us!

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