When you love someone, you can’t help but seek the best for them. When they have struggles, you want to walk with them through it. When their family is in crisis, you would do anything to help find solutions.
This is why everything we do starts with love.
Instead of going into communities asking around for a list of needs, our team goes in building relationships. We get to know people and become friends. It’s through these friendships that deeper needs begin to surface.
Over the years, this is what we’ve found… These people have been oppressed and exploited in all aspects of life. Their resources are scarce and opportunities even more so. Health is often neglected in the struggle to make ends meet. As we’ve seen minor wounds turn into serious health threats and preventable diseases wage war on families, it is obvious that health education is a desperate need in these impoverished areas.
Joy Blessed is a Burmese-Karen member of our team and for a year she’s been studying how to train vulnerable people how to care for their own medical needs. Now she’s fully equipped to teach about many health-related topics such as nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention and wound care. She’ll also teach people how to handle minor illnesses at home. During this process, she will seek to identify key people within the communities to serve as health ambassadors for their neighbors.