Initiative Update

Back-To-School Routine Medicine Distribution To Sickle Cell Warriors

ARREY- ECHI
Posted October 19, 2020 from Cameroon
A group picture of warrior and their parents in the second group we reached.

After my last initiative, I wanted to do something else. Something that would give persons living with sickle cell skills to be self sufficient. Plans were under way but we had to halt them due to the political unrest in Bamenda where we planned to kick start it.

We had to rethink another thing and so, with back to school noise in the air, we decided to do a "back-to-school" medical kit for the warriors.

The hope was that we could help parents take off some of the stress of worrying about back to school by providing a selected number of warriors with routine daily medicines to last them for the whole term of three months.

A packet of folic acid containing 100 tablets was given to each warrior present and another packet of paracetamol, a mild pain reliever was added to it.

On Saturday the 17th Oct 2020, we reached out to 100 warriors across two sickle cell groups to give them the medicines. 3 other warriors had earlier benefitted from some financial assistance to help with medical bills.

This is the first time I am doing this back to school medical kit for warriors and I am hoping with enough support and planning it will be an initiative on it's own through which many warriors could benefit from in other parts of the country.

The power of technology could not be overemphasized here as many of those who supported this project did so because they came across some of my shared sickle cell related posts on Facebook and reached out to me.

I reminded the parents I also live with sickle cell and I started speaking out because of the desire to change the narrative and misconceptions around sickle cell. I also encouraged them to focus on taking care of their warrior children and try not to limit them, help them instead to live life to the fullest, reaching their full potentials.

Despite the rains later during the day, we successfully carried out the back to school medicine outreach. We targeted two groups starting at 8 am and by 12noon, we were finished.

The happy reactions from the parents and warriors alike made it all worthwhile.

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maeann
Oct 19
Oct 19

Helo Heloo Arrey :)

Amazing update. I am just wondering where you get the energy :) I am so amaze of your work. You have been a blessings :)

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 19
Oct 19

Dear Maeann,
Thank you so much. Thank you for reading through as always.
Sincerely, I don't know where the strength comes from. Maybe passion to do what little I can to improve on the lives of those who go through a health challenge I understand only too well gives me that drive.

Grateful to God for the opportunity.

Hope you are doing well.

Much love.

Nini Mappo
Oct 20
Oct 20

Hello Arrey:)
It's lovely to see the happy smiling faces of both parents and children! (Ok, most of the kids are camera shy, but I'm sure they're smile when they get home he hee). I love your innovative problem-solving so that if you can't do one thing, you found something else equally helpful to do.
Congratulations on your life-giving impact-literally. You are a blessing to all that know you, and I pray that many doors will be opened for you so that you can keep caring and looking after others to your heart's content.
Love and blessings:)

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 22
Oct 22

Dear Nini,
Thank you so much for the kind words. You are right, most of the kids were camera shy. Thank you. Yes, I always try to have a Plan B and C so that if A fails, at least two are left to fall back on.
Amen to the prayers and kind words. Very much appreciated.
With love always

Urmila Chanam
Oct 22
Oct 22

Dearest Arrey Echi,
I am so grateful to you for coming up with this brilliant idea to help students going back to school and the medications would make them confident to join amidst the pandemic. You are brilliant and the impact you have created and the sharing of the experience serves to trigger among us the need to help others.

Much love always,
Urmila Chanam

ARREY- ECHI
Nov 02
Nov 02

Dear Sis Urmi,
How are you doing today? It is so good to read your beautiful, encouraging words.
Thank you so much dear sis. You are right, the medications will be of great help to make them stay healthy and focused in school. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what would not only help, but make the warriors and their parents smile. I am glad this serves as a trigger to do more to help others too.
Much love to you always.

Hello, RED ROSE,

There's no stopping you at all! You are a wonder woman! Your ideas keep on coming, and I'm so proud of you as you keep touching more lives. Great job, dear. It's always inspiring and encouraging to read your updates. Congratulations!

ARREY- ECHI
Nov 02
Nov 02

My dear Sunflower,
Thank you so much dear sis. Sometimes, I am also surprised by the ideas and always grateful if I have a means to carry them through. Glad to know my updates encourage and inspire, dear sis. Thank you for always encouraging.
I hope you are doing well today.