Pray. No, this isn't a cop-out option . . . the way I see it, my team and I couldn't make it here without prayer support from 'back home' (which, for our community, is literally around the globe). Please be praying for us!
Network. Know someone who might be interested in the work here at Galmi Hospital? Spread the word. It takes all kinds to keep our hospital going. We can use doctors of all specialties including optometrists, ophthalmologists, dentists . . . and we can use NON-doctors, such as contractors, masons, web-designers, electricians, tech-support guys, cooks for short-term trips, teachers, PT's and OT's, students on a gap-year, plumbers, welders, pastors . . . and even if a profession/hobby/skill set/area of service/whatever isn't listed, doesn't matter, we can use one. And no one's asking for a lifetime commitment . . . give us 10 days . . . give us a month . . . give us a year or two . . . WHATEVER! (Disclaimer: Short-termers have been known to come back again!)
Give. Interested in financially supporting the work here, visit www.sim.org for information on contributions to my work directly (Deborah Berruti) or to Galmi Hospital in general. Interested in donating goods such as (used, but in good condition) hospital equipment or (shameless therapy plug) splinting materials, contact the Hospital Director through galmi.org.
Fundraise. Want to blend networking with giving? Organize a fundraiser. Use your creative energies to put together an event or hold a campaign to contribute to a unique facet of our hospital. Some ideas include:
- A 24-hour fast for the CREN, our Nutritional Rehab Center for malnourished babies.
- Race For Legs: a road race to help with start-up costs for the prosthetics clinic we are in desperate need of.
- Ride For Wheels: a bike race to help supplement the fabrication costs of specialized wheelchairs.