BIG STEP: Last month, little Yama became the first child in Kayiben ever to be immunised under the National Immunisation Program when Mallam gained permission for Red Cross-sponsored health workers to include Kayiben in their itinerary and organised their transport. More than 360 children in the area were immunised for measles and they expect to receive their first polio vaccinations in the near future.
BIG STEP: Last month, little Yama became the first child in Kayiben ever to be immunised under the National Immunisation Program when Mallam gained permission for Red Cross-sponsored health workers to include Kayiben in their itinerary and organised their transport. More than 360 children in the area were immunised for measles and they expect to receive their first polio vaccinations in the near future.

Gympie helps get remote Kayiben set for life

GYMPIE'S Set4Life Australia is on a roll with toilets last on the agenda before basic health services can officially begin for the people of remote Kayiben and surrounding communities in Sierra Leone.

Thanks to a Gympie Times story in April describing the development project and its Gympie connection, the warm response from the Gympie community and generous individuals has enormously boosted the project.

The Set4Life Team are very grateful for all the support.

Their Coffee for Concrete campaign has seen 161 40kg bags of the target 200 donated.

Lee and Steve of Epiphany Coffee instigated the brilliant Change4Change idea which has since been taken up by Pilko and the staff at Charlie's and Sherie and staff at A Beautiful You in Goldfields.

Mitre 10 have provided a venue for numerous sausage sizzles while raffles and $100 boards have been cheerfully supported.

Susan Cook pops her lucky number into the lucky bucket at Set4Life Australia's Mitre 10 sausage sizzle last Sunday to help to raise funds for toilets for the remote Sierra Leone village of Kayiben. With some numbers yet to sell, the lucky $100 prize (along with some lucky toilet paper) will be drawn at a Set4Life garage sale at 2 Centenary Close, Gympie tomorrow. Congratulations to Tracey Condon, the winner of last month's $100 draw and to all who are helping to bring basic health services and hope to disadvantaged communities in Sierra Leone.
SUPPORT: Susan Cook pops her lucky number into the lucky bucket at Set4Life Australia's Mitre 10 sausage sizzle last Sunday to help to raise funds for the VIP toilet for the remote Sierra Leone village of Kayiben. With some numbers yet to sell, the lucky $100 prize (along with some lucky toilet paper) will be drawn at a Set4Life garage sale in Centenary Close, Gympie tomorrow.

Fund raising is now buoyed by donations for a garage sale on Saturday, July 16 at 2 Centenary Close, Gympie.

Bravo Gympie – the town with the heart of gold!

Currently the clinic building in Kayiben is close to completion and materials for the toilet block are being brought in.

The planned Ventilation Improved Pit (VIP) composting toilet design is UNICEF-approved and the added value is that these toilets will provide a model for future community sanitation.

Set4Life Aust expects basic national-standard health services for Kayiben to begin before the end of the year, thanks to the tireless efforts of the project manager, Mallam, and the support of local chiefs and district health officials.

Project manager Mallam is preparing for the construction of the toilet block in remote Kayiben and surrounding communities in Sierra Leone.
TIRELESS: Project manager Mallam is preparing for the construction of the toilet block in remote Kayiben and surrounding communities in Sierra Leone.

For these communities, who have dreamed of a better life for their children, both through education and now healthcare, Mallam has been a champion and mentor.

With their own hard work and the funding support from Gympie, basic development that is everyone's right is coming to Kayiben.

In a struggling health system environment, Set4Life Australia wants to ensure that adequate health services can be delivered, in particular to pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five who have the highest mortality rate in the world.

S4LA is looking for dedicated regular contributors to help them provide ongoing support in connection with services from in-country NGOs.

The local charity has no overheads with all expenses paid by members or supporters, so every dollar donated goes directly to the project.

For more information visit Set4Life Australia's website at www.set4life.org.au or call Jude on 0488774950.

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