By Michael Matheke-Fischer, Director of Programs, RMF India
Sunday, November 20, 2011 was the first time I met Sonu. To me, he was a picture on a PowerPoint presentation, a picture that continues to shock me today. Sonu came into our program 15 months ago while I was in Delhi working on streamlining our administrative procedures and, more importantly, trying to raise more funds to help children like him. Fundraising and administrative work, while just as vital as the field work we engage in, is an ever present necessity shared by our small, but dedicated team.
Caitlin McQuilling told me about a case that had shocked even her. While sitting in Delhi, it was hard to hear the emotion in her voice. Days were spent monitoring his progress, coordinating with doctors, and attempting to diagnose exactly what was causing his dramatic wasting. All of this was terribly frustrating while sitting in meetings and pouring over budgets.
In recognition of our organization’s Malnutrition Eradication Project in India, we have been nominated as a “Charity of the Year” for the CLASSY Awards, sponsored by StayClassy organization. We need your help to vote for our organization so that we can progress from the list of 25 finalists to the final 10!
To vote for us, please visit this webpage: http://classyawards.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/voting , click on “Charity of the Year” and scroll down until you see Real Medicine Foundation and click on the “Vote” button. It also allows you to vote for charities in other categories as part of your ballot if you would like.
Real Medicine Foundation in collaboration with the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) established a primary health clinic in Gulbella, Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, aiming to provide free health services at the unit for the Pakistan flood affectees.
This clinic was established in a record short period of time – 7 days – and was formally inaugurated by Dr. Rubina Mumtaz, Country Director, RMF Pakistan, on December 19, 2010. People of the area consider the establishment of the BHU a noble act on the part of the RMF/APPNA since health has always been one of the basic and the most important issues of the region. The facility treats an average of around 50 patients a day.
If you were considering donating to a worthy cause in 2010 and taking advantage of the tax benefits of charitable donations, now is your last chance to contribute!
As we look towards new efforts and projects in 2011 it is only through your generous funding that we will be able to continue our long term development projects in some of the poorest areas on this planet.
Get to know the Athletes for Real Medicine through the “Passion and Purpose” interview series. Leading up the the L.A. Marathon, we will be posting monthly interviews as well as additional Athletes for RMF updates here on the Real Medicine Foundation blog. So, stay tuned…
Interview with Athletes for Real Medicine team member Brandi Howell:
Athletes for Real Medicine team member, Brandi Howell