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I am very pleased to tell you that the Bodo birthing rooms were completed while we were there . They will be a fantastic new facility putting to an end the dangerous home births onto mud floors. We appointed a nurse to oversee the births . She will also start a programme of health education classes for women and girls and focus on sexual health, contraception etc. She will also monitor the growth and development of new babies and their mothers. The Bodo clinic has also had a major upgrade with better lab facilities for detecting disease like malaria.

On a less positive note we were informed that our boat had serious structural problems that had led to cracking. This was caused by  manufacturing shortfalls which would not have been evident at the point of sale. As this is Africa a money back guarantee isn't really an option. So we have had to replace the boat Pic. But on a positive note we sourced one that had only been used for exhibitions and was actually cheaper than doing all the repairs. Also, we have managed to sell the old boat for 900 making the new boat a very good option. This is clearly an expense we didn't want at a time  when we are trying to raise funds for a replacement car and to take on the new challenges of the new nurse etc. However, it was a necessity. I have asked that the new boat be named The York Viking in recognition of your role in creating this water ambulance service. 

 

Along with the new library, the birthing rooms, the new nurse and big medical endeavours it has been another year of growth for the charity despite a hostile economic environment for charities.

 

We need to keep reminding ourselves how much we have achieved in just five years and all of it based on volunteering and the fantastic support of people like yourselves. Having a group which doesn't just make a one off gesture but understands the need to continue supporting small charities remains critical to us and to the poor and often desperate people we work with. So, thank you again and i hope you are encouraged by this news.

Ashley Peatfield   Notice Board Funzi Bodo Ambulance