I received the following letter from Beth Heckel, founder of Think Humanity, a non-profit that benefits refugees in underdeveloped parts of Africa. After a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo visited the classroom last spring, the children in the class were inspired by his presence and example in helping other refugees--especially children. So the homeroom organized a bake and book sale to purchase mosquito nets and then sorted and bagged thousands of vitamins.
Here are a few photos of us giving out vitamins to children at Moonlight. We had enough for 30 children under the age of 5 years old –each one year supply. We tried to take the largest ziplock that had 60 vitamins and add another 5 smaller bags of 60 vitamins inside; that way they would each have about 350 vitamins to make their year supply. We gave instructions to the parents and said that they must make sure only one vitamin a day. Some of them had the containers so we had to show them how to open the child proof lids. They had never seen anything like them before. We explained that they should keep them in an airtight container in a cool spot. (My biggest fear was rats getting into the vitamins – which means that the rats would be healthier than the children!!)
After we were done giving out vitamins to the 30 children, the line was a little longer. We got the names of 14 more children and promised to bring back vitamins for them. I left Uganda before that was done, but will see that they get them. Otherwise, the remaining vitamins went to the clinic near a refugee camp. We also talked about giving vitamins to children at another school called Asaba.
I believe we had enough for 80 children total.
Thank you again for all the work your students did in counting, labeling and packaging vitamins. I imagine somebody had to pay for the ziplock bags too, so thank you to whoever that was.