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"Saving and changing the lives of mothers and children." 
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Mabinty and Her Twins

Mabinty is one of the early success stories of the Madonna Project. She came to the hospital after our medical personnel made an outreach clinic visit to her village, several miles from Rotifunk. She was pregnant with twins, neither baby was in a favorable position for delivery and she was close to her due date.

Dr. Fidel Asante and staff successfully delivered her twins by C-Section and twins and mother were healthy and happy post delivery with no complications. “Thank you for helping me! I will never forget you are my friends,” she said.

Mabinty was so thankful she offered to name her beautiful baby girls after the team members Donna Hudson and Ginny Peterson, members of the December mission team. Mission of Hope: Rotifunk Is confident we will see many, many more success stories like Mabinty and her girls through the Madonna Project.

 

Madonna Project Aims to Save Lives

Not one loss. . . not one mother, not one child can be lost in childbirth. 

That is what the staff at Rotifunk Hospital along with MIssion of Hope Rotifunk hope to accomplish as they screen and track mothers who are at risk and enroll them in the Madonna Project.  The statistics for Sierra Leone are dismal, one in eight babies dies and one in 18 mothers dies. Average birthweight is a mere five pounds.

Risk factors may include breech presentation, hypertension, twins and other multiples, infection, malnutrition and active malaria. Hospital staff and mission teams travel to communities that are medically underserved to screen for health issues and provide awareness to pregnant women and their families about the Madonna Project.  By enrolling in this project, each expectant mother receives an ultrasound test, free pre-delivery services, hospital delivery at no cost, free meals while in the hospital, postpartum care and rice to take home.  All the services will be at no charge!

By identifying issues ahead of time, at-risk mothers can be admitted to the hospital before their delivery. When there is an issue at delivery, there is often not enough time to make it to the hospital, and getting there is also a problem. 

Heavy rains during the rainy season can make roads impassable and even during the drier months, the roads from surrounding villages are in disrepair, ferries are often disrupted and travel is difficult at best. 

Cars aren’t common, and motorcycles are the most common way of motor transportation. That’s not very conducive to someone about to give birth and experiencing complications. The hospital has an ambulance, however minutes can mean life and death.  That is if the hospital is even notified, with lack of phone service in this very poor region.

Thanks to our generous donors, The Madonna Project has begun and an estimated 35 mothers and their babies have been safely delivered at Rotifunk with more than 105 enrolled with the numbers increasing with the continuing outreach clinics. Through the Madonna Project, the mothers’ care is free, pre-delivery, delivery and post delivery. They are admitted to the hospital as necessary prior to delivery and fed nutritious meals.  After delivery, the mothers and babies are closely monitored in the hospital until they are ready to be sent home with a bag of rice and a scheduled date for a 6-week post-delivery check-up.    

As word of this amazing program spreads through villages in the region, the Board of Mission of Hope: Rotifunk Hospital asks for your financial support to save the lives of women and children in And around Rotifunk, Sierra Leone. The cost to provide these services is $90 per mom, per hospital stay. The program has been successful in saving lives and funding is critical. Your help is so appreciated and so needed. 

Want to help?

Please help us help them with a donation of any amount towards this worthy project.  Thank you so much!
 
Donations can be made to Mission of Hope on our website:
www.rotifunk.org
or by mail to:
Mission of Hope: Rotifunk Hospital
P.O. Box 11103
Wilmington, NC 28404.
 

YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES!!

God’s Grace Is for All

By Mathew Hale, December 2019 mission team member

There is an inequality in resources and opportunities, and likewise in the degree of poverty existing around the globe.  In Sierra Leone, poverty affects large segments. It is not limited to individuals or pockets but extends across the country.

It isn't low wages and meager earnings.  It is nwages, no jobs, no economy, no running water (sometimes no clean water), no electricity, no infrastructure, no toilets, malnutrition, sustenance-living, an at-risk food supply, high infant and mother mortality, malaria, infection, and other disease with limited healthcare resources. And the list goes on and on.

There is no inequality in God's grace and love.  He provides all that we need, day in and day out.  Despite stark poverty, the people in Sierra Leone know this and rejoice. People smile and are warm and welcoming.  Children run, play and laugh. There is daily prayer at the hospital where staff and patients come forworship in the morning, and on Sunday the church is filled with rejoicing.  Though so poor, Sierra Leonians know God, have faith, and trust in His provision.

I was blessed to travel with Mission of Hope and meet some of the people of Sierra Leone.  It is truly amazing to see God's love and the strength it brings.  The people are at peace and content in God's grace.  Mission of Hope, through the Madonna project, mission trips, and other initiatives, continues the work of healing, teaching, and spreading the good news.  As God's love and blessings flow fully around the world, so too can our gifts and talents be shared in the name of Jesus and spread to those with such great need.

 

A Tale of Three Villages

By Donna Hudson, December 2019 Team Leader and Board Treasurer

On a recent mission trip to Sierra Leone in December, 2019, our team of four ventured away from the Rotifunk Hospital to bring desperately needed health care screening to three remote villages.  In preparation for our trips, the local chief or village official was notified so that the residents could be made aware of our visit.

On our first trip, we left before daylight, accompanied by Dr. Asante, the surgeon at the Rotifunk Hospital; Ashmiru, the lab technician; Memsor, our interpreter and patient liaison; and our driver Abdul.  The Land Cruiser was loaded with thermometers, a blood pressure machine, stethoscopes, malaria test kits, a scale, layette kits lovingly made by members of First United Methodist Church of Clinton, NC, mosquito nets, malaria drugs and antibiotics.  Our destination was Mosengo, a bumpy 45 minute drive from Rotifunk.  As part of each visit, we began with prayer, song and a talk with the community about the purposes of our visit and the services provided by Rotifunk Hospital.  The villagers were patiently waiting for us, gathered at the local community hut, where tables and benches had been set.  As the word spread that we had arrived, more and more people appeared to receive care.  By the end of the day, 122 people were in attendance.  

On our second trip, we had planned to visit only one village, but made the decision to add a second village, Sewama to our journey.  A woman under the care of a local mid-wife had recently died giving birth in this community and Community Health Officer (CHO) Mohsen Lumeh, felt that it was important to educate the villagers on the benefits of giving birth at the Rotifunk Hospital under the care of medical professionals.  The cast of characters was the same, except that CHO Lumeh accompanied us, while Dr. Asante stayed behind at the hospital.  After seeing approximately 35 patients, we drove to the community hut in the village of Mokkebi, where approximately 39 individuals were patiently waiting for us.  After unpacking the vehicle, CHO Lumeh conducted triage to determine who was in need of immediate care. 

As a result of the three community outreach visits, we registered 10 pregnant women inthe Madonna Program and had 15 previously identified Madonna pregnant mothers come to Rotifunk Hospital for follow up testing.  Four pregnant women tested positive for malaria, 24 children under five tested positive for malaria, and three other adults tested positive for malaria (including the local chief of one of the villages).  All of these individuals were given anti-malaria drugs.  In addition, we referred seven children to Rotifunk Hospital and nine adults.  The child referrals included malnourished babies, a young girl with a large mass in her stomach, possibly sickle cell anemia, and a young man with a large hernia that impaired his ability to walk. We also provided transport and referral to the Lowell and Ruth Gess Eye Hospital in Kissy, Sierra Leone for a 16-year old boy with blurred vision.  The adult referrals included an elderly woman with a serious infection on her foot who had been carried on the back of one of her children to see our medical professionals, a woman who was taken to the Hospital via ambulance with extremely low blood pressure, hernias and other infections from various farming-related accidents.
 

The healthcare needs in Rotifunk and the surrounding villages are critical and significant.  With the help of the Rotifunk Hospital and the financial support provided by Mission of Hope, these needs are being addressed and the impact is being felt throughout the area.   The growing reputation of the hospital as a top-notch facility has been noticed in places far from Rotifink as patients are travelling long distances to be treated by our medial professionals.

 
Mission Of Hope 2020 Board Update
 

By Sam Spicer MD, Mission of Hope 2019 Board President

Making a difference in Rotifunk just became easier. As of October 2019, the Madonna program is available for treating expectant mothers. For example, take Mawasa. She is 36 years old and has six children. The children were all born at her home. But at an outreach visit by the Rotifunk team she was encouraged to have her baby at the Rotifunk hospital. There was a bag of rice as an incentive if she delivered at Rotifunk and as a Madonna patient her entire obstetric care was free.

Mawasa had a normal delivery of a healthy boy. It was the large amount of after delivery bleeding that placed her in deadly postpartum hemorrhagic shock. Three units of blood and IV medications did not stop it. Only with a surgical procedure was there control of the bleeding.

Mawasa is grateful that Rotifunk hospital can provide the care that was needed. “I would have lost my life if I hadn’t come [to Rotifunk].”

Behind the scenes there has been a lot of work to enable the hospital to provide advanced care. Here is the timeline for 2019.

January 23-25
A successful Partners’ Conference and Sierra Leone Annual Conference was held where it was agreed to:
- Insure two medical providers at each Methodist hospital
- Promote proper hygiene (WASH project)

- Increase hospital admissions by implementation of outreach clinics.

February 9-February 21 mission trip with four members


Spring 2019
- Cultivation of a 15-acre fruit orchard as a result of a $130,000 Rotary grant for a 15 acre orchard with proceeds of the sale of fruit contributing to self-sustainability of Rotifunk Hospital
- Annual Mission of Hope Yard Sale at Wrightsville United Methodist Church netting over $6,000
- Construction of Pharmacy
- Completion of blood bank project
- Funding for reconstruction of the physician’s residence (as a result of a fire) was obtained.
- Unqualified (Clean) Financial Audits for 2018 by a Certified Public Accountant

Fall 2019
- Surgical Physician Assistant, Mr. Tommy, hired at Rotifunk Hospital
- October 25 Introduction of Madonna project

Dec. 1-13 mission trip with four members


PS: Trips are currently planned this year for May 26 – June 4, September 29 – October 8, and November 12 – November 21. If you are interested go to our website, www.rotifunk.org, and complete an application or contact Dale Smith, missionrotifunk@gmail.com.

Rotifunk Mission Team helps host
Staff Christmas Party

With festive hearts, the hospital staff enjoyed a Christmas party with a barbecue feast, dancing, presentations and each employee received a small token of appreciation along with name badges. The fun and dancing lasted well into the night.
 

The Greatest Gift

By Pam Moffett, Mission of Hope Board Member
 
As a mother of two and a grandmother of five, I have often been surprised by the words and actions of my family members, sometimes pleasantly and sometimes disappointingly.

During Christmas week, our family of 11 gathered in the NC mountains for a week of “closeness”. On Christmas day many gifts were exchanged but perhaps the greatest gift came from my 17 year old granddaughter, Claire.

Claire is a wonderful, smart, fun-loving girl and a true “DIVA.”  She loves to follow the current fashions, is seeking a part-time job in a “boutique,” and has her hair and nails done on a regular basis. Claire would be the last person you would find camping, at a sad movie, or wearing camouflage.

For many years my family has heard me speak of Rotifunk, Sierra Leone and all the needs of the wonderful people there. They have listened as I promoted the recent Madonna Project and how dramatically it is saving the lives of mothers and their newborns. They know how close this project is to my heart.

As I read Claire’s card on Christmas day, I saw a new dimension to the wonderful young lady—she wrote the following of the Madonna Project: “The greatest gift you can give is the gift of life.” She promised all of the monies that she amassed over the holiday would help fund the Madonna Project.

WOW!!! This girl is no longer a child, she sees the real meaning of Christmas and giving. The pride I felt was beyond words. Now as I look at the beautiful faces of the babies of Rotifunk, I can see a little piece of Claire’s heart, and remember her words: “The greatest gift you can give is the gift of life.”

 

Vacation Bible School - Mission Component 

Are you already beginning to plan next summer’s VBS at your church?

Wrightsville UMC has compiled two 20 minute VBS mission segments supporting Mission of Hope in Sierra Leone. We have put together a group of African songs, dances, games, activities, and videos that bring to life the African culture as well as the life saving work being done at Rotifunk hospital for this impoverished area.

 

For more information contact: Donna Hudson

                                                 704-905-4458

                                                  cfhudjr@yahoo.com

 

THANK YOU! Here are two photos of a couple of the December deliveries at Rotifunk Hospital. The hospital continues to provide life-saving treatment regardless of income.

We are so thankful for your donations! Your support is making a difference in the lives of women and babies, as well as providing quality health care to all segments of the population in and around Rotifunk.
UNCW English Class Assisting with
Grant Writing

By Dale Smith, Executive Director

Dr. Sarah O. Hallenbeck, professor of English invited Mission of Hope to give students in her grant writing class an opportunity to research and prepare grant applications which support Rotifunk Hospital initiatives.

Tess Robinson and Kailey Aycock volunteered to work with us to prepare three excellent grant applications. Two are designed to support the Madonna Project and family planning and one to pay for the water bagging project.

Thank you to Dr. Hallenbeck, Kailey, and Tess.

A Year Worth Celebrating!

The successful completion of our 2019 Clinical Goals has greatly improved the operation of the Rotifunk Hospital and are worthy of celebration!

Here are a few of the projects that were completed in 2019.

- Substantially reducing mother, newborn and childhood mortality rates

- Maintaining a sustainable source of clean water and power for the hospital. 
Water tank repairs have been completed and an additional 80 solar panels were installed in December

- Providing Hepatitis B vaccines for 12 members of the Hospital clinical staff

- Hiring, training and maintaining the necessary hospital staff (Currently, the hospital employs a Medical Doctor, a Surgical Physician's Assistant and a Community Health Officer.)

- Designing and implementing programs to gain the support of the surrounding villages through Outreach programs and public announcements of the benefits of the Rotifunk Hospital

- Developing relationships with primary schools to support their needs and to promote hygiene, with the help of Paramount Chief Charles Caulker

- Increasing hospital admissions as a result of the Outreach Program and the Madonna Project

Hopefully, the goals we have set for 2020 will continue to improve patient care at Rotifunk Hospital!

Board Member Spotlight: Kip Robinson
 

Kip Robinson is a retired chief civil engineer at Dominion Energy nuclear division and a registered professional engineer in North Carolina. Kip’s experience also includes serving as a United Methodist missionary to Sierra Leone, West Africa. In addition, he is the former president of The Friends of Barnabas Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing basic health care to 27 remote villages in Honduras. 

 


2020 Board Members
                
Ivan White – President    
Lorraine Garrison — Secretary        
Mrs. Donna Hudson – Treasurer   
                    
Rev. Edie Gleaves - Emeritus              
Rev. Bill Haddock  
Tom Jaski                                           
Rev. Jane Leechford
Pam Moffett
Richard Morrison, PhD - Emeritus
Matthew Mylott
Kip Robinson
Amy Sessions
Dale Smith, Executive Director
Sam Spicer, MD
 


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