Child surgical support
As part of MYCRO Health Network, we are pleased to be able to make Hawanatu’s life meaningful. During our sustainable project – called the livelihood program in Mamaka in 2011, the MYCRO team met Hawanatu whose life was in a dorm, left rejected by her very parents and community members who claim she is witchcraft and that she is responsible for the death of many of their family members. She was left isolated and neglected. From our findings, Hawanatu was born normal, but later got sick and her eyes got affected, maybe because of ignorance or illiteracy, Hawanatu’s parents were, first of all, using local herbs to cure her, until later when her eyes got rotten, they rushed to the government hospital, after days in the hospital, doctors confirm that her eyes were damaged and she couldn’t see or even if she makes it, it would be a partial eye seen. From these misfortunes, the community and parents rejected her base on their cultural beliefs. MYCRO Sierra Leone with the permission of the parents and community people took Hawanatu to Freetown, where she went through a successful surgery by the Sight Safer International and later got Educational sponsorship from MYCRO and enroll into the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown. Currently, Hawanatu has just been promoted to secondary (JHS 3) and we are still supporting her with love, care, and financial resources to make her life meaningful. Hawanatu’s dream is to become an educationist and return home to educate the less privileged in her village. We were able to help Hawanatu but there are many children in these serving communities with similar life-threatening problems. Currently, we have about 7 identified children who need an urgent medical assistant and we are raising funds to meet this demand.
Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and HIV/AIDS:
MYCRO promotes and/or delivers sexuality education that is comprehensive, increases knowledge, self-esteem, and skills, and is socially and culturally context-specific and tailored to people’s needs. We train in the following context:-
- Sexual and reproductive health
- What needs to change for good sexual and reproductive health
- Interventions to bring about change at different levels
- What are risk and vulnerability
- Who is at risk? Why are they vulnerable?
- We join up HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights
- What are the benefits
- What are the challenges