"Scholarships for Life"

In Iraq, Pakistan and many other countries, young children (from the age of 4) are working in slave conditions to support themselves and their families, and consequently missing out on the chance of a future life, through missing out on an education.

These children are collecting rags and other goods in rubbish dumps, working in garages and factories, picking coffee beans, rolling cigarettes, making carpets, or worse still, forced into slavery and prostitution.

They can also be malnourished, homeless, unloved, unsafe and in moral and physical danger. The youngest and most vulnerable humans should not be paying personally for adults' inability to create a just and safe world for them. They have lost their childhood and any chance of an improved life.

"Scholarships for Life" is a project to buy these children out of slavery, by paying the family the (usually small) amount the child earns annually and to provide the child with the means to gain an education.

$US2,400 per year will give a child back their life.

The "Scholarships for Life" project will be supervised and vetted by chosen family doctors in the participating countries, and detail of all projects and donations will be listed on the Child-Watch website. www.Child-Watch.org

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Pakistan

Project 1: Blind, institutionalised girls of Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Program Director: Mrs Rahila Manzoor

Overview: see www.Child-Watch.org\childatrisk.htm

Aspects of Mission:

Ongoing treatment of scabies and other skin infections and infestations
Provision of sewerage (septic tank) to overcome stench and health hazards due to lack of facilities.

Improved diet to prevent malnutrition, anaemia and avoidable health related illness.
Screening for TB, asthma, visual deficiencies, hearing deficiencies, iodine deficiency.
Provision of appropriate vaccination.

Provision of aids for improved learning and mental stimulation (audio books, Braille, music) Provision of personal supplies for improved health and personal dignity - soap, toothbrushes, sanitary items.

$US 150/month will provide ongoing treatment of skin infections and infestations, including treatment of clothing, beds, and the premises. This simple approach will restore health and dignity to the girls.

Capital works to provide sanitation for a healthier environment are being costed.
Family doctors will monitor the health needs.

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Iraq

Project 3: Iraqi families and infants, children with medical needs, orphans and children 'at risk'. There are an estimated 40,000 orphans/children at risk, in Iraq currently.

Overview: Iraq has many, many needs and we will provide an overview of the medical and social needs in the August issue of the MEJFM.

Mission:
Provision of milk formula to impoverished families with infants
Provision of vitamin supplements to all children
Provision of medical supplies to hospitals
Programs to cater to the many needs of orphans and endangered children

All countries with endangered children.

Contact:  
Lesley Pocock
medi+WORLD International
11 Colston Avenue
Sherbrooke 3789
Australia
Phone: +613 9755 2266;


Email:
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