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Magazine - FICCS - 2011


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This is the first public relations document I created for FICCS in 2011. It documents 2 years worth of work in Kenya.

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Magazine - FICCS - 2011

  1. 1. ficcsF O U N D A T I O N F O R I N T E R N A T I O N A L C A R D I A C A N D C H I L D R E N ’ S   S E R V I C E S 2 011 PROVIDING CHARITY SERVICES TO EAST AFRICA SINCE 2003 IN THIS ISSUE Food or Healthcare? Simple Care Saves Lives Cycle of Poverty Who is FICCS? Charity Begins at Home Anna Banana Dance
  2. 2. W w w . F I C C S N E T Dr. Patel is the Director of Cardiology Fellowship and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. During his first visit to Kenya in 1989 as a first year medical student at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medi- cine in Iowa, Dr. Patel witnessed first- hand the lack of basic medical supplies such as a simple stethoscope. He also noticed undertrained medical workers dealing with overwhelming num- bers of patients and routinely watched patients die from easily preventable dis- eases. Born in Kenya and raised in Amer- ica, Dr. Patel then began sending medical equipment and supplies to help improve access to medical care for disadvantaged Kenyans. Dr. Patel soon began perform- ing free cardiovascular surgeries and in 2003, FICCS was born. Dr. Parag V. Patel/Chairman IMPROVING HEALTHCARE IN EAST AFRICA Due to the extreme poverty and lack of basic medical supplies and skilled workers, Kenya, and the rest of the Third World, suffer from easily pre- ventable diseases. Women and children routinely die from illnesses such as typhoid, malaria and TB, however, increasingly, Africans are now suc- cumbing to the same illnesses as in the west, such as cardiac diseases, dia- betes and cancer. This increase in on communicable diseases is putting an increased strain on an already overloaded healthcare system, thus, African are getting less and poorer quality treatment. With skyrocketing healthcare costs, poverty prevents women and children from accessing basic medicines such as an- tibiotics or even simple cough syrup. “Thank you FICCS and Dr. Patel for coming to Kenya and saving my life. After hav- ing a heart attack I knew I could not afford treatment and I would not be able to go back to work and take care of my family. Today, thanks to Dr. Patel, I am back to work and doing my chores.” Mary Nyendo in April 2010 In rural areas, Africans have to walk miles to access a clinic and often- times these clinics do not have medicines or necessary supplies. Rural areas lack most basic ser- vices, including immunizations. Dr. Patel looks on as Medtronic South Africa’s, Wendy Watton, assists in training Kenyan cardiologist in 2010 RURAL HEALTHCARE
  3. 3. M a k i n g h e a l t h c a r e s u s t a i n a b l e i n A f r i c a In response to the extremely high infant mortality rate and the lack of basic medical care and medical supplies in Kenya, Dr. Patel and FICCS have been per- forming free heart surgeries and have donated over $4 million worth of medical equipment, medicines, medical and school supplies since 2003. Due to extreme poverty, over half the population makes less than $1 per day, and the lack of a healthcare system, many Kenyans, especially women and children die from easily preventable diseases. HIV/AIDS, TB, cholera and heart disease ravage the slums and many families go hungry because an ill parent cannot work. To improve the access to healthcare, FICCS not only provides state of the art medical equipment, they also provide training to local physicians, nurses and technicians, and these trained healthcare personnel take their new skills and tools into the communities where thousands of people are provided with diagno- sis and treatments that they otherwise would not receive. According to the UN “You are lucky to turn 5 in Kenya”. Children Services Donated over $ 4 million worth of medical and school supplies Over 50 charity heart surgeries, including do- nated pacemaker Training East Africa car- diologist, nurses and biomedical engineers Young women and girls healthcare training Medical scholarships Job skills training MISSION To increase access to healthcare services for poor and disadvantaged Kenyans by providing access to modern equipment and medicines and training local healthcare professionals. Provide medical treatment, including surger- ies, to those who cannot afford the lifesaving services and provide children and women medical services to those living in the slums and rural areas. Combat malnutrition and pov- erty, especially among children, to help reduce deaths due to easily preventable diseases. WHO IS FICCS? Many small hospitals and clinics in Africa simply do not have the proper equipment or trained per- sonnel. FICCS donates state of the art equipment and trains medical workers. FICCS volunteers prepare for another surgery (l to r) Dr. David Nicholson, Casey Pullano, Anna Baniak, Dr. Patel, Dr. Betty Gikonyo (CEO/TKH), Khala Dean (Medtronic USA), Stacy Harris , Nairobi student and Judy Nyanga (TKH) WHAT WE DO WWW.FICCS.NET
  4. 4. W w w . F I C C S N E T FICCS volunteers donated over $5,000 USD worth of medicines and medical supplies to the impoverished Maasai communities in southern Kenya. Loita Hills Maasai and Shompole Group Ranch Maasai in Magadi all received much needed medical assistance. In addition, beginning in 2012, a nurse and clinical medical officer will be trained from each community which will enable them to receive improved medical care. Dr. Patel also performed impromptu medical camps and found the Maasai communi- ties are relatively healthy despite all the limitations. Donations included, malaria medicine, antibiotics, sanitary supplies, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, first aid kits and much more. Watch for our authentic Maasai jewelry store coming soon and help send their girls to school. MEDICAL SUPPORT MISSION TRIP 2011 “Our husbands have left us for jobs in Nairobi, leaving us women with noth- ing. Most of us (women) have not gone to school and we have to sit around all day watching our girls get married off at young ages. I was mar- ried to a 90 year old man when I was 14 and we had 3 kids and he died; now I am all along and I do not want this to happen to my girls. Thank you FICCS for supporting our dreams of sending our girls to school and giving them a better life than we had.” Nantunbula Hjuken, Women’s Group 10 scholarships were awarded for girls primary boarding school. Also, 1 nursing, 1 nutrition and 2 clinical medicine scholarships were awarded to provide future community medical workers. Dr. Parag V. Patel and Dr. Rupa Patel with the Ilirimoso Women’s Group in Magadi, Kenya. MAASAI SCHOLARSHIPS HELPING THE UNDERSERVED MAASAI COMMUNITIES Due to the drought, which has been ongoing for three years, most of the cattle have died in the Maasai communities and the water has dried up. This has caused an increase in food prices and subsequently, Maasai girls are taken out of school and being prepared for early marriage. Maasai girls are being married off as early as 13 simply for the bridal fee to take care of the other children, and this combined with multiple mar- riages by the men, has left the Maasai women with added burdens. However, a group of courageous women have embarked upon a project, with the support of FICCS, to sell authentic Maasai jewelry in America with the proceeds providing school fees, food and healthcare for the women and girls.
  5. 5. S P O R T S F O R S O C I A L C H A N G E Safe Spaces is a girls basketball program and Box Girls Kenya is a girls boxing program serving a combined 1200 girls in the slums of Nairobi. FICCS has partnered with these programs to provide healthcare training, medical and food support and basic day to day assistance. Each program provides the girls with not only sporting activities, which are essentially non existent for girls in the slums, they also provide life and job skills support. FICCS is also commit- ted to sending girls to nursing school so they can come back and be an asset to the communities they live in. “It is so good to have medical support be- cause the girls cannot afford treatment so hav- ing a nurse visit them is life changing. Even sim- ple things like sanitary pads are a blessing be- cause the girls use dirty rags, which often makes things worse and then they miss school for weeks at a time.” Penina Musiyma Director, Safe Spaces GIRLS PERSONAL HYGIENE KITS Sanitary Pads Deodorant Body Lotion Hand Lotion Antiseptic Cream Olive Oil Petroleum Jelly Toothpaste Toothbrush Band Aids Cotton Wool Gauze Ace Bandages Toilet Paper Antibacterial soap Shampoo MISSION TRIP 2011 Girls from Safe Spaces bas- ketball team receive personal hygiene kits from FICCS Chairman Dr. Patel. Students at Loita Hills primary school are happy to have a new soccer ball. WOMEN AND CHILDREN WWW.FICCS.NET “Girls in the slums mostly have no one to look after them and they are vulnerable to attack and molestation. This program gives them confidence in themselves and lets them know they can be somebody in this world.” Alfred “Priest” Analo, Director of Box Girls Kenya
  6. 6. W w w . F I C C S N E T CHARITY HEART SURGERIES Since 2003, Dr. Patel and FICCS have been performing charity heart surgeries for poor and needy Kenyans. The average Kenyan cannot afford medicine let alone surgery. To date, FICCS has provided over 50 surgeries, including donated pacemakers and state of the art equipment. In addition, state of the art medical equipment is donated to hospitals and clinics to provide better access to healthcare. CHILDREN Schools in the Kenya slums lack all the basic essentials including books and food. FICCS assists these children with medical and school supplies and scholarships to high school. In addition, FICCS has begun to implement a feeding program to ensure the children are thinking about studying rather than where their next meal will come from. RURAL COMMUNITIES The rural Maasai community is suffering from extreme drought, which leads to malnutrition and numerous medical problems. FICCS assists these communities with medicines and medical supplies as well as school supplies. FICCS is also supporting Maasai Women’s groups to ensure that the young girls have an opportunity for empowerment. Y O U N G W O M E N A N D G I R L S Young women and girls in Africa are often treated as second class citizens. FICCS, in conjunction with partners, has designed programs to help these girls in the slums overcome societal obstacles through healthcare and job skills training. FICCS has begun providing bachelor, diploma level and high school scholarships to ensure a brighter future for the young women and girls. OUR PROGRAMS IN KENYA M E D I C A L T R A I N I N G Due to the lack of training, many of the best African doctors move to the West for more lucrative positions. FICCS provides training for cardiologist, nurses and biomedical engineers to ensure East Africa has a sustainable healthcare system. Girls are given training in first aid, hygiene, nu- trition, disease prevention and much more as they are the future heads of households. Water is an obstacle for rural communities. Water is needed not only for drinking, but for bathing, cooking and watering their livestock.
  7. 7. b r e a k i n g t h e c y c l e o f p o v e r t y “ M o s t g i r l s a r e s o p o o r t h a t t h e y w i l l d o w i l d t h i n g s j u s t t o p r o v i d e t h e i r b a s i c n e e d s . N o w t h a t t h e y h a v e i t e m s s u c h a s s a n i t a r y p a d s , t h e i r M I N D I S S E T T L E D a n d t h e y c a n f o c u s o n i m p r o v i n g t h e m s e l v e s . ” Cecilia Nderitu, Staff at Hawkers Market Girls Center in the slums of Nairobi Living in the slums consists of extremely high crime rates, lack of power and clean water, and extreme congestion. Diseases flourish in these environments, many children die from easily preventable diseases, and disease prevention is either non existent or it is impossible to implement without clean water. Ramah is made of aged wood and could easily fall down with a large wind. There is no kitchen, library or in some cases there are not even enough desks and chairs for the students. Outside the school, the children suffer even greater consequences as school becomes their only sanctuary. About 70 years ago, before colonization, the Maasai controlled most of Kenya, grazing their cattle up and down the rift valley. The southern Kenya area, once teaming with wildlife and full of trees, has now been degraded to a point that the entire area has become desertified. Now this community has been completely devastated with droughts, dying wildlife and constant struggles with neighboring communities in Tanzania. One woman recently spent her savings on cattle, only to have them die of thirst. “With no water and no opportunities for work, the community is suffering. All the cattle are dying and there is not even medicine for the babies. What do we do because we are so far from Nairobi that no one comes to help us, but thanks to FICCS, someone is looking out for us. Peter Tingai, Shompole Group Ranch (Maasai) Elder, after receiving donations Maasai women and children live in environmentally degraded areas. They walk miles each day for water and lack all basic amenities including medicines and doctors. Most use community doctors who are untrained. WWW.FICCS.NET Raw sewage literally runs in front of homes and schools leading to many preventable diseases such as cholera.
  8. 8. W w w . F I C C S N E T C H A R I T Y B E G I N S AT H O M E C o r p o r a t e s p o n s o r D o n a t e s u p p l i e s S t a r t f u n d r a i s e r V o l u n t e e r S p o n s o r a g i r l T e l l y o u r f r i e n d s V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e G i r l S c o u t p r o j e c t Healthcare Problems in Kenya 3.8 million people in need of immedi- ate food relief 47.2 years is the life expectancy 33% of all Kenyans are malnourished Over 2 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS 180,000 people die of AIDS each year 1.4 million AIDS orphans 79 of 1,000 babies die at birth Thanks to the efforts of St Pius X School in Lombard, Illinois, 1500 uni- forms were donated to Ramah Care Center and other needy schools. Most kids in the slums are forced to live in substandard, at best conditions, lack- ing clean water, toilets and for many a simple meal each day. Even though there are free schools they often require a parent to purchase a uni- form and the basic supplies which immediately eliminates most families in the slums living off $1 per day. As a result, the new uniforms have made a dramatic impact not only on the schools, but also upon the entire community. The burden of finding resources to purchase a uniform has now brought smiles to all the mothers and caregivers, there are many AIDS orphans in the schools so they can use the money for other pending needs, such as food and shelter. “This is a day the children will never forget”, stated Ayub Shimaka, Director or Ramah Care Centre in Nairobi, “We now have children from other schools coming here, just because of the uniforms.” ST PIUS X It all began when Jen and Ken Law and their children Jenna, 6, and Emma, 3, who are students at St. Pius X decided to make a difference in someone’s life. Several months later, the stu- dents donated 1500 uniforms. A girl at Ramah Care Center in the slums of Nai- robi proudly dis- plays her new school uniform FICCS volunteers share a moment with the girls at Ramah Care Center posing with their new uniforms. These are the same uniforms that were packed in the photos at the top of the page. GET INVOLVED
  9. 9. a n n a b a n a n a d a n c e FUTURE MOTHERS One farmer from the country was faces with an extreme decision. His daughter was sick and needed sur- gery, yet his only option was to sell his cattle and is belonging to pay for the life saving surgery. Like in most cases, especially when it comes to girls, the farmer chose to let the girl die rather than sacrifice his belongings. In Africa, the typical rural household has 10 or more people and the mind set is that they can always make another girl, but they cannot replace their livestock. Hence, feed- ing the family is the priority over medical care. In the slums women make $1 per day and food costs have doubled since the financial crisis. With such low in- comes, women and children cannot afford medical care and often suffer from easily preventable diseases and many will miss school. Young women and girls bear the greatest burden in African society because they are expected to do so much. When they should be play- ing, they are working. When they should be in school, they are fetch- ing water. Yet, these are the future mothers who benefit the most from healthcare training. Now they can teach the next generation what their parents did not teach them. “When Anna (Baniak) arrived all the girls got excited. She danced the Banana Dance with the girls, she played football (soccer) and she made the girls feel so good about themselves. Because of Anna (and her dancing) this will be a day the girls never forget.” Head Teacher, Ramah Care Center Anna teaches the girls at Ramah Care Center how to dance American style. FOOD OR HEALTHCARE? Wildlife is the main source of income for the Maasai, but unfortunately, not many benefit from their beauty. These amazing animals literally live next door the rural communities we work in. WWW.FICCS.NET Anna and Khala play with the students at Ramah
  10. 10. s i m p l e c a r e s av e s l i v e s FGM At Hawkers Market Girls Center., each year up to 100 girls are provided with a secure place to learn, grow and find employment at girls centers in the slums of Nairobi. These girls are provided with lunch, computers and sewing machines all in a well supervised environment. If not for the programs, these girls would be subject to the daily rigors of life in the slums, which is unpleasant at best. The girls grow their own food, have eco friendly water systems and pro- vide an outlet for these young women to express their views and opinions. FICCS has been providing healthcare and Job raining, medical supplies, laptops and solar power and internet to help empower these young women to become the future leaders. In rural areas, girls are subject to FGM, female genital mutilation, which is not only extremely pain- ful, but it also causes health prob- lems. Most girls undergo this ritual at about 13 and are soon after mar- ried off. It is banned in urban areas but still continues in rural commu- nities. For women, it is viewed as a right of passage, for girls, it is the loss of their innocence. The program has boosted the girls self-esteem, made them feel good about themselves and the program has given them much needed healthcare assistance. Before the healthcare program many girls would leave the center due to their ailments. ”I wish you had come earlier because so many girls have left the program because of health problems.”, stated Esther Maina, 20 from Kibera The 15 week class covers the following topics: Physical Exam Breast Exam First Aid Breast Exam Caring for sick Personal Hygiene Disease Prevention STD’s HIV/AIDS/TB Counseling Sports Injuries Basic Life Support Mental Health Nutrition Medical Camp Rural areas suffer the most due to the lack of basic medicines, such as malaria and infant immunizations and often they have to walk miles in the hot sun to reach the nearest clinic HAWKERS MARKET GIRLS CENTER Girls from the Oloika Primary School in Magadi, Kenya are happy to receive medical supplies and a new soccer ball! WWW.FICCS.NET “I thought problems I was having with my body were normal because no one ever told me there was something wrong. Now I know to check myself often and see a doctor if something is wrong, but best of all, I have been able to teach others what I have learned about taking care of yourself.” Ann Waniru, 20, Kibera Ann Waniru and Esther Maina, both 20, receive healthcare awards
  11. 11. m e d i c a l c h a l l e n g e s LACK OF DOCTORS Most African doctors, nurses and biomedical engineers leave for the more lucrative obs in the West. This leaves a huge void in the healthcare system and often leads to patients seeking alternative sources of help, such as tribal eld- ers. As the population continues to On July 16, 2009, Elijah Moses Seka, 43, from Nairobi, Kenya, suffered a heart attack while at his job as a driver/clerk in the city of Nairobi. Worried about his wife Leah and his three girls, Norah, Gloria and Miriam, Elijah was concerned that he would never be able to provide for his family again. However, Elijah was granted a reprieve when FICCS and Founder, Dr. Parag V. Patel happened to be in town and performed angioplasty and stenting procedures which have enabled Elijah to lead a healthy and normal life. “Most people in Kenya die because they cannot afford medical care,” stated Elijah. With over 200,000 people in Kenya requiring heart procedures each year and only 3 heart surgeons there is a drastic need to improve Kenya’s surgical abilities. Most heart patients are relegated to a life of misery as they cannot work nor do their daily chores as they sit around and wait to die. Even worse, the surgical fees are simply too much for a person making only $1 per day. “If not for them (FICCS), my surgery would not have been possible”, stated Elijah, “I could not afford the cost of the surgery ($7,000) and with no money and no way to work I was lost. Many people in Kenya just die but I was given a miracle .” This elderly patient has had his life extended because of a donated pacemaker. Dr. Patel examines Maasai patients at the Loita Hills Dispensary NON COMMUNICABLE “Many people in Kenya just die because they cannot afford medical care, but I was given a miracle and I greatly appreciate it.” Eliah Seka, after having a heart attack Non Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respi- ratory diseases and diabetes represent a major threat to al- ready overburdened healthcare systems in the developing parts of the world. Since the majority of the world health initiatives focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB and other communicable diseases, these NCD’s are swiftly becom- ing the biggest healthcare prob- lem in low-income countries. Amazingly, 80% of all NCD’s are in low and middle income countries and it is estimated that over 30 million people will die from these NCD’s, nearly five times as many that will die from HIV/AIDS.
  12. 12. c o m m u n i t y c h a l l e n g e s CLEAN WATER Rivers of raw sewage, 10 foot high piles of trash, animals and children competing for food are only a few obstacles faces by low-income fami- lies in East Africa. The smell alone causes respiratory problems and the malnutrition and crime rates are ex- tremely high. Average Africans make between $1-$2 per day which leaves little room for anything other than food. With women carrying the burden of feed- ing the families, this often leads to deviant behaviors, such as drug abuse and prostitution. Children are most vulnerable as they are used as forced labor and are even sold as sex slaves. It is not uncom- mon for a mother to sell her girl into marriage as early as 11 simply to feed the rest of her children. Poverty can make good people make bad deci- sions which destroy lives. Clean water is a luxury for the ma- jority of Africans. Drought and poor planning have led many peo- ple to die due to poor quality drinking water. Many drink water from the same sources as the ani- mals and where they wash them- selves and their belonging. In some cases, it takes all day just to walk to the nearest water hole. Young women and girls are the last to be fed, leading to malnutrition and devel- opment related problems and they are often taken from school to care for their siblings and in extreme cases, and they are subject to FGM (female genital mu- tilation). All these factors, and more, combined with extreme poverty; leave these young women and girls with no access to healthcare or medical supplies. Girls in the slums miss school regularly due to the lack of simple sanitary pads. Thus, the healthcare issues for young women and girls in Kenya is more than a medical problem, it is a socioeconomic problem. 70% of the girls we work with have only reached the 8th grade. Many have only completed up to grade 3rd grade which poses a major problem in disease aware- ness. Young women and girls in Africa suffer disproportionately in both NCD’s (non communicable diseases) and communicable diseases due to a second class status for women in society. The burden is even greater for orphans who are girls and Kenya has an extremely large orphan population. Many young women and girls walk miles each day simply to fetch water. This tiresome chore leaves little time for school or play. EXTREME POVERTY The slums are littered with raw sewage which poses many health problems, especially for the young and those with weak immune systems. The toilets (behind girls) are merely holes dug in the ground by the community. WWW.FICCS.NET
  13. 13. o u r v o l u n t e e r s AQUALIA FOUNDATION Pam Knight, Medtronic Kenya, Khala Dean, Medtronic USA and Wendy Watton, Medtronic South Africa, all assisted Dr. Patel in 2010. Medtronic USA has been a long term partner with FICCS, having donated over 50 pacemakers to poor and disad- vantaged East Africans since 2003. The partnership has enabled FICCS to perform very costly procedures free of charge. In East Africa, most people cannot afford the cost of the surgery let alone the cost of the pacemakers. All patients have benefited from Med- tronic's state of the art equipment and highly trained volunteer personnel who travel with the volunteer doctors. In addition, Medtronic employees have assisted in training of African medical workers and have been a huge asset when working with the young women and children. Thanks for all the good work Medtronic! In 2010, the Aqualia Foundation, located in Bermuda, donated $50,000 USD to assist with the young women and girls programs. Thanks to their support, we are currently bringing healthcare, ob skills training and scholarships to hundreds of disadvantaged girls in the slums of Kenya. Thanks Aqualia, you are saving lives in Af- rica, one girl at a time! The First Annual “Changing Lives in Kenya” Fundraiser was held in Chicago, in September 2010, and was a great success thanks to partners such as St Jude Medical Foundation. MEDTRONIC Medtronic employees from around the world work with Dr. Patel and FICCS in Kenya From left to right, Pam Knight, Medtronic Kenya, Khala Dean, Medtronic USA and Wendy Watton, Medtronic South Africa 19 Charity Heart Surgeries in 2010
  14. 14. s p e c i a l t h a n k s NAIROBI X RAY Advocate Lutheran General Hospi- tal is a 645-bed teaching, research and referral hospital located in Park Ridge, Illinois. It has a level I trauma center and it is one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area. It also has the only Chil- dren’s hospital in the greater north and northwest suburban region of Chicago and a major regional refer- ral center for a broad range of in- fant and pediatric services. Lutheran General has been recog- nized ten times as one of the Top 100 Hospitals 15 Top major teach- ing hospitals in the country. Since, 1999, Lutheran General has been rated by US News & World Report as being one of America’s best hos- pitals and received “TOP 50 in the Nation” for medical excellence and advanced capabilities in many specialties. Nairobi X Ray, Meditec Systems and Fuji (Kenya) Ltd have been integral partners since 2003. These Kenyan companies provide logisti- cal support, communications sup- port and hands on training of bio- medical engineers. In addition, they provide all maintenance and installation of donated state of the art medical equipment. In short, they are invaluable to our mission. Meditec Systems biomedical engineers install donated medical equipment and train local Kenyan biomedical engineers. ADVOCATE MEDICAL GROUP State of the Art medical equipment on its way to East Africa thanks to our supporters and friends! WWW.FICCS.NET
  15. 15. Ww Hh Aa Tt ’ Ss Nn Ee Xx Tt ? OUR TEAM Provide state of the art medical equipment and training Provide school supplies and medi- cines for children Healthcare and women’s hygiene training and supplies Charity heart surgeries Training African cardiologists, nurses and biomedical engineers Pacemaker donations University scholarships High school scholarships Disease prevention programs Health awareness workshops USA medical volunteers Women’s Programs Dr. Parag V. Patel D.O./Chairman Stacy Harris/Managing Director Programs (Kenya) Karen Mulcahy/Managing Director Operations and Development Arvinder “Raju” Bharaj/Biomedical Engineer and Logistics Specialist Anna Baniak/Women and Children Khala Dean/Medical Jen Law/Women and Children Feeding program to help combat malnutrition Healthcare and First Aid training for over 2000 women and girls Disease prevention workshops and medical camps Nursing and Nutrition scholarships to provide access to care for the needy Teaching scholarships to promote a better educated community High School and Primary School scholarships for needy girls Community business development programs to empower women Water and sanitation projects to help prevent disease Charity Heart Surgeries and Training at Uganda Heart Institute TBD Due to government schools being located miles away, many rural Maasai children never get a chance to attend school. HOW WE DO IT? In remote areas such as Magadi and Loita Hills, transportation is a huge obstacle. These boys carry donated medical and school supplies back to their school. 2012 PROJECTS WWW.FICCS.NET
  16. 16. W W W . F I C C S . N E T CONTACTS FICCS (USA) FICCS (Kenya) 1010 Sheridan Road House of Vanguard Wilmette, IL 60091 PO Box 41669-00100 Nairobi Phone: 224-875-1631 Phone: 011-254-713-480-736 HOW TO DONATE Donate online by visiting our website at or make a check or money order payable to: FICCS Mail to: 1010 Sheridan Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091 US 501 (c ) (3) non profit organization OUR PARTNERS Aqualia Foundation Medtronic Nairobi X Ray Boston Scientific Fuji (Kenya) Meditec (Kenya ) Grand Worldwide Logistics Guidant Owens& Minor City of Rosemont (IL) Ecotech Map International St Jude Medical Foundation MERCK University of Nairobi Advocate Lutheran Hospital Shering-Plough The Karen Hospital Advocate Medical Group St Pius X Oloika Primary School Melchizedek Hospital Safe Spaces St Peter Parishes Under the Acacia Box Girls Ramah Care Center Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Gril Oloika School Shompole Lodge Southwest Airlines Magadi Soda Shompole Maasai Chicago White Sox Charities Loita Clinic Hawkers Market “Changing Lives in Kenya” 2nd Annual Fundraiser Date: Friday, October 28, 2011 Location: Stan Mansion, 2408 N. Kedzie, Chicago Time: 8 pm * Silent Auction * Live Entertainment * $50 in Advance $60 at the Door For more information contact Edited by Stacy Harris/FICCS