You know me from my work in ACENDIO, where I have served on the board for many years, as board member, Secretary and Vice-President. I have also run the Secretariat for some years. I am writing to you in a personal capacity now, with the permission of the ACENDIO President
In June of this year, I will be travelling to Malawi for 4 weeks as part of a Canadian-led participatory action project entitled Praxis Malawi (http://www.praxismalawi.com/home.html). The work is underpinned by the critical pedagogical approach described in Paolo Freire’s work. I am project coordinator for developing a ‘community health clinic’ action from concept to reality and will be working closely with locals in the Kasungu area of Malawi and international colleagues. Two intellectual disability nursing students are travelling with me in a volunteer capacity and we will be joined by a Canadian wound care nurse specialist and a biochemistry and international relations student from Mount Allison University in Canada.
Our first piece of work with the communities will focus on family health and child-health education and promotion as well as starting some initial work around disability. We aim to supply each family with a basic family health kit which will be easy and cheap to replenish from locally available resources. We are currently identifying these sources with local health personnel and we plan to purchase these requisites when we arrive in early June. Whilst my costs are being met in their entirety from a number of sources, I am currently trying to raise funds to bring over to meet the health requisite costs. We estimate that we currently have about €1000 between what has been raised in Canada and here but this and any extra money will be used to sustain our health actions and to expand the focus from family to village health. It will go directly to the people themselves and none will be used for administrative costs.
If you are in a position to help in any way, please consider donating something to my gofundme account: (http://www.gofundme.com/7wck9o).
Many thanks for reading this email. I hope you do not mind me sending it to you on this one occasion.
Dr. Fintan Sheerin