I'll never forget the moment in a poor village in Cambodia when I stood with gloves on my hands holding a small tube of Cortizone cream with a line of women standing in front of me. They anxiously waited to tell and show me what was going on with their bodies and how they needed help. One after another came they came forward lifting up the sleeve of their shirt to show me red swollen spots covering their arms, legs & bodies. Here I was rubbing cream on them knowing this Cortizone cream would not cure their sickness.
Everything in me wanted to say, "I'm not a doctor. I'm so sorry. I can't help you."
You see, many of these women were suffering from skin rashes that occurred because they didn't have access to clean water to properly bathe themselves. It was numbing to realize that something as basic as clean water was causing such harm to their bodies. The reality is that skin rashes were the least of their problems. Many of them suffered internally from the lack of clean water and proper nutrition. Sadly, some of them had even lost children to disease and ultimately, a lack of medical care.
These villagers live on a former minefield in rural Cambodia. Access to medical treatment is basically nonexistant. Women are giving birth to babies on dirt floors with walls around them created from bamboo. Children who simply need an antibiotic for a fever are dieing because their parents cannot afford to travel and take them to a hospital. The elderly suffer through their pain, not being able to walk or get to a doctor who could help them.
We had to do something.
This past year, LightBridge International asked generous financial donors to help us care for these villagers by building a medical clinic in their village. In their village! A location where all can receive the medical attention they so desperately need. In June, our LightBridge mission teams made this dream come true by building the very first medical clinic in this village! We cannot wait for this project to be fully completed so that our villagers can receive the care they need, so that a simple skin rash doesn't turn into something more, so that a mother can safely deliver her baby in a bed with access to clean water.
We're almost finished with this project. The next step is to outfit the clinic. We need to purchase beds, medical supplies, shelves and more. We need to hire a doctor that can come see patients once or twice a week.
Many of us don't even think twice about heading to the doctor when we catch a cold. We want this same reality for our villagers and we'd like to invite you to help.
Would you pray for the completion of this project? Would you be willing to give financially toward the very first opportunity for health care in this village? If so, click "give" below to give directly towards this project.
We thank you for your partnership in such a life giving endeavor!
- Amreitha Jeevamanoharan