“Are We Our Brothers’ (and Sisters’) Keepers?”
The Bible’s story of Cain and Abel drives an important part of the mission of Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. After Cain had murdered his brother Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Cain answered, “I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?”
Cain’s words have come to symbolize people’s unwillingness to accept responsibility for the welfare of their fellows — their “brothers” in the extended sense of the term. The Judeo-Christian tradition is that people do have this responsibility.
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation operates an extensive international aid program which provides treatment medications and medical supplies to clinics and doctors treating cancer patients in developing and impoverished countries. We also provide medicine and supplies to aid medical professionals in the treatment and prevention of the side effects of cancer including lymphedema and treatment-related infections.
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation has partnered with mission hospitals, medical clinics and healthcare providers in Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, the Philippines and Viet Nam. Without this important program, literally thousands of cancer patients would simply not be able to receive the medical attention that is required for survival. Indeed, we are proud to do our part in being our brothers’—and sisters’—keeper.
Our most recent shipments:
Donee: Spiritage Health/Southmed Chitungwiza Hospital
Time: November 2014
Donated Inventory: Cancer drugs, anti-bacterial medicines, anti-fungal medicines
About Spiritage Health/Southmed Chitungwiza Hospital:
The health systems in Zimbabwe suffer from shortages in human resources, health financing, medicines and equipment. In his August 20, 2014 letter of application for essential medications to Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, Dr Mathew Wazara states that, “While Zimbabwe has an elaborate network of clinics and hospitals, the current economic downturn has left many of them without basic medical essentials such as antibiotics, pain medicine, antiseptic solutions, dressings and bandages.” He adds that, “if we were able to secure such items and pass them on at no charge, they would go a long way towards enhancing access to healthcare for individuals who would have either no access at all or could not afford care in institutions that charge for these.”
Donee: Zion Ministries/San Felipe Hospital
Time: October 2014
Donated Inventory: Humanitarian aid of primarily cancer drugs and cancer-related medicines
About Zion Ministries/San Felipe Hospital:
San Felipe Hospital is the oldest hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras is the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti, with 44% of the population living on less than $2 a day and a life expectancy of 67 years. With only 330 beds, San Felipe Hospital is forced to tend to over 283,000 patients a year, including both admitted and outpatients. The hospital has had serious shortages of basic medicines. The medicine that Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation has recently donated to San Felipe Hospital could not have come at a more opportune time since the hospital’s pharmacy is operating at 35% of what it needs to be.
Donee: Fundacion Corazones de Vida
Location: El Salvador
Time: July 2014
Donated Inventory: Cancer medicines, Penicillin, and medical supplies
About Fundacion Corazones de Vida:
According to information provided by Pastor Luis Morales, who founded and runs Fundacion Corazones de Vida, the assistance provided by Fundacion Corazones de Vida to the hospital network of El Salvador is becoming important and essential because there are thousands of Salvadorans who are benefited with the delivery of medical supplies to different areas and medical centers.
- Pharmaceuticals were sent to Caritas Arqidocesana for child cancer patients in Guatemala. Sent October 2013
- Medicines were sent to Kenyatta National Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward and Nyumbani Village in Nairobi, Kenya. Sent September 2013
- Antibiotics and Cancer Treatment Drugs were sent to Nuevo Amanecer. Sent August 2013
- Penicillin and other antibacterial drugs were sent to Zion Ministries as we renewed our commitment for the children’s hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Sent December 2012
- Medical supplies and medicines to treat peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain, common side effects of chemotherapy were sent to Guatemala. Fundación Ayúdame a Vivir and the National Pediatric Oncology Unit, specializing in the treatment and cure of children with cancer were recipients of these items. Sent April 2012
- Penicillin and other antibacterial drugs were sent to Zion Ministries for the children’s hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Sent November 2011
Photos from Trip to Nyumbani Children’s Home
Photos taken by Joanna Kelley while conducting a field audit at the Nyumbani Children’s Home. Read Joanna’s full report!