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With one room and a small storage area, with no electricity or running hot water,
and with only the most basic supplies and drugs, the clinic at Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care
has been providing first aid, treatment for minor ailments, and life-saving care
for HIV-positive children for years. Now, unless a new clinic can be built in another location
and be registered with the government, the clinic is in danger of losing AIDS medication
and other vital supplies provided by UNICEF.
The clinic is staffed by one nurse (Beauty) and one nurse aide (Florence) who work tirelessly to educate,
treat and refer patients, even making "house calls" to help ensure the health of their patients.
When more urgent care is needed, they transport the children many bumpy miles to the nearest hospital or clinic,
accompanying them and advocating for them as needed.
But without supplies from UNICEF these two dedicated women will be helpless in the
face of such overwhelming need.
The good news: HCOC has a new site and is ready to build when resources become available.
They have help from within the country of Zimbabwe and a Colorado architectural firm
is donating design and engineering services. It will take only $40,000 to build and equip
a simple, but adequate clinic which will meet all the requirements to register the clinic
and secure UNICEF deliveries. Will you help?