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    Helping one family through a difficult moment

    Day 330

    A Donkey for Adam

    Changemakers 365 is all about doing the doable. It’s about opening our eyes to the opportunities to make an impact in a person’s life with relatively few resources – and making change each and every day of the year.

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    Even before we arrived in Kalma Camp, we heard about Adam. A week or so before Changemakers 365 came to Kalma, Adam had lost his wife in childbirth at home. Once they had finally made it to our clinic it was sadly too late.

    The family was struggling. Adam was left with 7 older children AND a brand new baby. He didn’t know how he would care for them all or what he was going to do. He even asked our medical staff, “please, can I give the child to you. I have older children to feed, and I don’t have any milk to give this baby.”

    When Beatrice, our health coordinator for Sudan heard the story, she reached into her own pocket to buy Adam two goats. It was a sustainable source of milk that would give the baby the nutrition he needed. But we wanted to also help the whole family who’ve been through so much losing their mother.

    A donkey and cart are a versatile means to make a living. You can carry produce from the fields to the market for farmers, or transport people around Kalma or to the nearby towns. In addition to his work as a laborer and subsistence farming, a donkey would help Adam make ends meet.

    When we delivered a donkey and cart to Adam’s home, most of the family was there. They had named their baby boy Tahir. His health was good and his aunt had come to take care of him for a few weeks.

    “This will help my family so much,” Adam said of the donkey. “I’m thinking about all the ways I can use this to start additional businesses.”

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