During our visits to the Gambia, we witnessed many everyday health issues that were not being treated. Children suffered from infections and everyone endured pain without medication. A visit to the clinic costs money.
We thought we could help.
In 2018, we opened the "Boston Health Center". Binta Dambelle is available twice a week to offer medical advice, clean and dress wounds, help monitor diabetics, and dispense pain meds. When necessary, she refers patients to the larger local clinic. Local people have come to depend on this clinic for their everyday health needs.
Farato Health Clinic
This local clinic specializes in at risk births and early child care. Although the clinic is government supported, Dr. Kebba Kinteh and his staff struggle to meet patient's needs. Future for Farato helps with some building improvements, and also transports donated medical supplies from our supporters.
Dr. Kinteh (in white) and staff at the Farato Clinic
Visitors Dr. Raquel Pacheco and NP Karen Windle delivered this baby on the first day visiting the Farato clinic.
"Days for Girls"
Typically, African girls don't attend school during menstruation. Disposable supplies are far too expensive, so girls had to stay home to manage hygiene.
Enter the hero of the story, Days for Girls! Days for Girls is an international organization which has solved this problem. They designed a reusable "kit" so that girls can easily manage their periods while attending school. The kit is made from colorful, sturdy cotton and can be produced on a home sewing machine. Future for Farato supporters completed over 100 kits for our students. Now, all our girls can go to school every day, just like the boys.
Future for Farato has distributed over 220 kits to local girls.
At the Days for Girls Distribution, a Gambian policewoman informed women and girls of the Gambian laws prohibiting sexual abuse and domestic violence.