5 million masks…
5 million blessings…
Waiting to be shipped to doctors, and to kids like Mishelle
We just received a gift of 5 million medical-grade adult and paediatric masks from a local partner in Canada!
When the staff at CANADAMASQ heard about the children Hope and Healing International serves — kids who are struggling to survive disabling conditions while living in profound poverty — they decided to pivot their operations and make 5 million masks to donate to Hope and Healing’s African partners. That’s a value of $7 million!
Canada Masq is committed to producing made-in-Canada high quality PPE and saving lives. COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and our commitment extends beyond the Canadian borders. We are honoured to have the opportunity of assisting and protecting some of the most underprivileged children in the world. This gives our products and our company a greater meaning. Truly, giving is receiving.
We cannot imagine a better way to make an impact and we look forward to the future this partnership will hold.
Anthony, CEO of CANADAMASQ
We met 7-year-old Mishelle a few months ago in Malawi, the day before her fourth surgery. Mishelle has a tumour on her right eye. So far, the tumour is benign, but our doctors are keeping a close watch for any sign of cancerous cell mutation.
You can see from the picture just how swollen Mishelle’s eye is. You can imagine how much pressure must be on the nerves in this little girl’s eye socket.
“Pain” is how Mishelle described her eye condition to us.
Her mom, Linda tells us, “Sometimes she complains. Sometimes it’s something mucus-like that’s coming out of [the eye].”
Linda loves her daughter deeply. She’s proud of her girl, who is determined to be a nurse when she grows up. Linda encourages her daughter’s dream, buying Mishelle a toy stethoscope, letting her listen to her little sister’s heartbeat.
We asked Linda if she is able to sustain the family and Linda simply said, “I’m trying. Struggles may be there, but still I’m trying.” And after a moment, she adds: “Before this eye problem, I’ve never encountered any problem, to be honest. My money was just enough… but after failing to get the proper help, we went to the private institution where it was so costly… that has indeed affected my financial level so I’m having difficulty.”
Linda is out of money to treat her daughter’s ongoing, potentially life-threatening eye issue.
This is where you and I come in. This is the practical medical work we support through our gifts. It’s helping hardworking, loving moms like Linda care for the needs of the child she loves with all her heart. It’s funding medical care… and it’s funding masks so Mishelle can have the surgeries she needs.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Nkhoma Hospital functions as a District Hospital with responsibilities for the preventive and curative health care of a rural, underserved population. The 250-bed hospital provides broad outpatient and inpatient services in surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics and adult medicine. Nkhoma’s Paediatric Eye Unit provides sight-protecting eye care and sight-giving eye surgeries for hundreds of children each year.
CHAZ is the largest non-government health provider in Zambia, with 151 member health institutions from both Catholic and Protestant denominations. The majority of these health institutions are based in rural, poverty areas. Together, these members account for over 50% of the country’s formal healthcare in rural areas and roughly 35% of healthcare nationally.
TLC provides 40 medical services at mobile hospital outreaches as part of a comprehensive healthcare platform. This patient-centred model seeks to destigmatize delivery of HIV/AIDS care, as well as provide disability-preventing healthcare, vision care, eyeglasses, hearing screening and other services. TLC also operates a fixed site “Miracle Campus” where they perform eye surgeries and other emergency care.
CBCHS is a non-profit, faith-based healthcare organization that offers holistic care to all as an expression of Christian love. Their team of almost 5,000 employees – Specialists, Doctors, Nurses, Administrators, Social Workers and other Support Staff – respond to the health needs of people in both urban and rural underserved communities daily.