May 6th, 2015
IAS Denmark and their local partner Good Way Nepal continues to bring relief help to many needy people in Nepal. The work is focused to the outskirts of Katmandu, in the villages where help has no yet reached .
–According to our observations the small cities, towns and villages are more affected than big cities. Hundreds of villages are gone and it is very hard to find even single houses in some rural areas, says Shubhas Sharma, Chairman of Good Way Nepal.
Many children have become orphans
Many people have lost their families and a lot of children have become orphans. Shubhas Sharma fears that there is a great risk that these children will end up street children in Kathmandu or other cities.
– More than 30 000 people are injured and it looks like more than one million houses have been destroyed outside Kathmandu, says Shubhas Sharma.
Distributing relief help
With the help of local authorities IAS Denmark and Good Way Nepal distribute relief items to the villages, like rice, tents, noodles, biscuits, blanket and first aid kits.
– We are facing a lot challenges, its heavy raining and the roads have been damaged which has created a delay and a difficulty in supplying the items.
A couple of days ago they went to Sindupalchowk district with relief help, a place where 80 % of the houses have been destroyed.
– The situation is very bad and the people are so greatful to receive help. In this area only more then 3 000 people are dead and 6 000 have been injured. In remote areas where no aid has been given the data is still to come, says Shubhas Sharma.
If you want to support IAS and Good Way Nepals work in Nepal, please donate a gift.
You can also donate through our swish no. 123 900 0423.
Text: Rebecka Woods
Photo: IAS Denmark
April 27th, 2015
Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has left Kathmandu and rural areas in chaos. We support IAS Denmark and their partner Good Way Nepal in their work to help victims. You can help us help in this tragic situation by donating a gift. Mark your gift with ”Nepal”. Thank you for your support.
April 16th, 2015, Sweden
IAS is expanding and we are happy to welcome Desiree Lyckelind, our new Head of Administration at the Head office in Stockholm.
Desiree, please tell us a bit about yourself.
– I´m married to Natanael and we have two children. Since I was little I have had a heart for Africa. My parents were missionaries in Ethiopia so I lived there for six years.
For the last six years I have been in charge of the administration in a larger congregation in Uppsala, coordinating the administration and also pulling a few strings when it comes to the congregation´s international work.
You have also been working with IAS in the past?
Yes, I have. During the year 2 000 I worked as a volunteer for IAS in Garissa, Kenya and between 2004-2006 I worked as Senior Administrator in Khartoum, for IAS in Sudan. It feels great to be back with IAS and have the privilege to work at the Head Office.
What do you hope to contribute to IAS work?
-I hope to use my experience to strengthen the administrative part of the office and will give my best to support the Human Resources Department. I know from experience that people in IAS are driven by compassion and are prepared to walk that extra mile to make a difference in peoples lives and I want to be a part of it.
Text & photo: Rebecka Woods
January 12th, 2015, Kenya
A few months ago we wrote about the drought in the Horn of Africa and that IAS is on ground in Kenya to help. The short rains have stalled and the few farmers crops that had been planted are drying up because of the heat of the sun. Since most of the crops planted are dying due to the continuation of the drought, the work of distributing food and necessities continues. Below are some testimonies from those the intervention has helped.
We want to thank everyone for their support which have given these people hope for the future.
Ikoore Mitheega, Kathangachini – Tharaka-Kenya
-During the drought me and my family of seven people had no food. We did not know where or how we could get food because there was no rain and no harvests. We became very weak. Thanks to the food we received from IAS, we got our strength back.
M’Mbwera Ntende, Chiakariga Ward in Tharaka, Kenya.
Despite his age 94 year old M’Mbwera Ntende was determined to provide his team with food:
– I have received food distributions from IAS for a few months and I’ve always had a person who helped me to get the food. The food I get I always share with eight other people. But during the last food distribuition the food never came to me so I decided to go and bring it myself. I don’t want my group to be without food! The most important thing for me now is to bring the food back to my group so that they don’t have to be hungry. Thank you IAS for helping us!
Johanna Meeni 74 years, Tharaka, Kenya
– Me and my family of seven people are so happy and thankful for the food we have received from IAS. We used to go to bed hungry which we don’t have to anymore. My hope is that I eventually can start supporting my family again!
December 10th, 2014, Niger
A few weeks ago we wrote about our startup in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries. We are pleased to announce that the first waterwell is now drilled and another four will be drilled before the end of 2014.
With a short rainy season and very few year-round surface water sources, the daily search for water is a top priority for the predominantly rural population in Niger.
– Usually women and girls bear the heavy burden to to fetch water. They often have to walk long distances, which is both hard and time-consuming. It also reduces their participation in educational and income generating activities, says Rune Cederholm, IAS Programme Manager & Acting Head of Programme Department.
Often the water is contaminated, it can even be deadly. In these instances, the women face an impossible choice, a certain death without water or possible death from illness.
– By drilling waterwells we both provide clean healthy water to the communities and also prevent these girls and women from alienation, says Rune Cederholm
IAS work in Niger has been running since November. The focus is on long-term solutions, including waterwell drilling and hygiene and sanitation training. The first waterwell well was drilled to a depth of 60 meter, in Sidi Koura, a village south of the capital Niamey. Another four wells will be drilled by the end of 2014.
-We are really happy to be able to bring life to these rural communities. Our work will also include equipping communities to dig their own latrines and to provide hygiene education and sanitation to reduce diseases caused by poor sanitation, says Rune Cederholm.
Text: Rebecka Woods
November 26th, 2014, South Sudan
The peak season for malaria this year has been unusually long in South Sudan, says IAS staff in Nyinbuli who are concerned that the incidence rate has been increasing year after year.
– Children under five and pregnant women are the largest groups at risk, says Emmanuel Baraza, nurse at a health center supported by IAS in Nyinbuli, where IAS specifically work to treat and prevent malaria.
– The peak season for malaria is usually in July, August and September. This year however, high malaria cases has been seen into late October. It is worrying that the number of malaria cases seem to be increasing, says Emmanuel.
Women and children worst affected
Nyinbuli in Bahr El Ghazal is one of the most vulnerable areas when it comes to malaria and the disease has continued to be an endemic condition here despite efforts to curb its spread. The most vulnerable groups are children under five and pregnant women.
– For pregnant women we have a special antenatal care program, since the treatment options are limited. We also distribute Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets to children, men and women, says Emmanuel.
Creating awareness about malaria
– We have also created awareness in the local community. One of the things is to inform people that they need to seek health care as soon as symptoms appear. This is a challenge as many confuse malaria with ‘’Gargan’’-a local name for yellow fever which presents itself almost the same as malaria, says Emmanuel.
Some are also seeking medical help from local healers and only go to the health centers when the symptoms have become so severe that it is often too late. This has largely contributed to the increase of the mortality rate of malaria.
– IAS continually provides services here and we remain the only hope to the local community when it comes to health care provision, says Emmanuel.
Text: Rebecka Woods
October 29,1014, Horn of Africa
More than 13 million people so far have been affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa. IAS is on ground distributing water, food and other necessities to 30,000 people in Ethiopia and Kenya. Thanks to this, many lives have been saved. The work is however far from completed.
The rain in March did not come which had led to severe consequences: harvests was destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people now lack basic necessities such as food and water.
– When the rain didn’t occur both humans and animals lacked water, which has led to the death of people and animals because of dehydration. The situation is serious and especially for women, children and elderly, says Ketema Kinfe, Country Director for IAS in Ethiopia.
Challenges delay the implementation work
The IAS team focus on distributing water, food and other supplies to the villages where the need is the greatest. However, they face several challenges on a daily basis.
– A problem is that electricity is often lost and it can take several hours before returning. Since the distribution of water depend on electricity it creates delays and we can’t hand out the water as fast as we would like, says Ketema.
Another challenge is the distance. There is no gas station in the villages, instead the teams must often drive long detours to refuel, which also causes a delay in the distribution of water.
Breaking a vicious circle
Women are the most likely to be responsible of fetching water and the drought forces them to walk long distances to the nearest well. Since they lack food the women return home exhausted and as a result they are not able to care for their children and give them the food they need. Often children are forced to leave school because they are needed at home.
– It becomes a vicious spiral. But by providing families with food and water, kids also can continue school, says Ketema.
IAS ambition is to target help where it is most needed. In order to quickly meet people’s needs for water IAS transport water to schools and hospitals with trucks. Even food packages are distributed to the most vulnerable areas. IAS also drill several wells in order to contribute to long-term solutions.
– We are also working hard to educate and create awareness about hygiene and sanitation in the villages to prevent infections and diseases, says Ketema.
Your help is needed
The situation is very serious and people need your help. If you want to participate and contribute, you can donate a gift and mark it with the “Horn of Africa”.
Thank you for your gift!
Text: Rebecka Woods
Photo: Håkan Björk