XSProject Receives an Extraordinary Donation
Last November, our friends at GlobalGiving let us know that XSProject had been selected by their Project-of-the-Month Club to receive their December donation. If you don’t know about the Project-of-the-Month Club, it is a group of GlobalGiving donors who pool their donations and each month select a project to donate all that month’s money to. You can learn more about this at www.globalgiving.org.
This community report is about the profound impact that pooled donations like this one have on non-profits like XSProject. We are immensely thankful for this $14,000 donation. In Indonesia, and especially at the trash picker communities, even $10.00 goes a very long way. But a big donation like this is a life changing event and can even be a lifesaving event.
The smoke from the fires at the Cirendeu garbage dump is toxic. Each inhale breath tastes like smoke. It burns the lungs and the eyes. You can’t see the methane produced by the rotting trash, but you know you’re breathing it. Sudden health expenses can be catastrophic for XSProject, and we never know when the health of a trash picker or a child can turn into an emergency trip to the hospital.
That is why for a long time, we have wanted to build a simple clinic at the dump. Nothing big or fancy but with the goal of preventing and/or monitoring some of the health conditions so common in trash picker communities. Having a nurse on site twice a week to monitor blood pressure and blood glucose, check heart rates, take temperatures, dispense aspirin, bandage skinned knees and know when an illness is serious enough that a trip to the doctor is required would be a true blessing. We also envision “our nurse” giving workshops to the women and young girls on diet, exercise, puberty, family planning, mother and infant health, and general guidelines for wellness.
Thanks to the donors of GlobalGiving’s Project-of-the-Month Club, planning has begun for the clinic. This donation will support the clinic for three years. XSProject will be able to fund the clinic on its own after that. Thanks to all of you who make the work we do possible by your donations. Please watch this newsletter for news about the grand opening of the XSProject Cirendeu Clinic!
Photos by Verena Radulovic