Initiative Update

Routine Medicine OutReach and Picnics For People Living with Sickle Cell Anemia

ARREY- ECHI
Posted April 13, 2021 from Cameroon
A collage of the different activities during the picnic.

Hitting the big 4.0 means different things to different people. For me, it was a quiet, reflective time of deep gratitude. Gratitude because many didn't even believe I could survive 21, but here I was hitting 40, stronger and very much alive than I have ever been.

That was a few years ago. These days, there is so much plomb and fanfare when many reach 40. For my dear younger sister and sister- in- arms in sickle cell advocacy Anne Chantal, however, she traded all that and decided to have each of her ruby wishes exchanged  for 2.500Frs (about $5). Her reasons? So that sickle cell warriors in Cameroon could be able to afford an essential drug in the lives of persons living with sickle cell (SCD). In her own words, she was inspired by our previous medical drives to help us reach many more warriors.

This call for ruby wishes for medicines went on from October 24th  2020 to Jan 31St 2021 and on March 5th 2021,what we could gather was enough for us to reach 50 warriors with this essential drug to last them for 3.5 months and because SCD is a condition characterized by pain, I as the person on the ground co ordinating things and  the.distribution decided to include much needed packets of pain killers in the gift bags.

Our target this time was Ndop, a village in the troubled Anglophone region of Cameroon. The situation of the warriors there have been made extremely worst by the ongoing conflict. We were not able to reach all the 175 registered warrirors not only because the  money raised wasn't enough to reach all but also because many have been displaced by the ongoing war.

All the same, being able to reach 50 of these beautiful kids and making them and their families smile was well worth every ruby wish exchanged for 2.500Frs. Getting this essential drug which many have difficulties buying was so fulfilling and I am grateful Anne decided to use us at Joy2Endure to be the vessel of this noble gesture.

We also made sure they had water and some light refreshments. Those who couldn't attend either because they were in school or hospitalised had theirs collected by their parents.

The next day the 6th, we had a fun day out for warriors in Yaounde. Due to the COVID 19 restrictions in place, we had to try to limit our numbers and keep our activities short but entertaining and educating. The goal of the picnic was to help these amazing kids see the other side of life...that there is more to life than pain and hospital stays and in so doing, help increase their positive-o-metre.

We had fun starting at 9am and by 12noon, we were done. 65 people had amazing fun, 50 0f whom were warriors.

The medical outreach is the 4th we are doing and the picnic, the 2nd. My desire is to see these out reaches grow and benefit many more warriors across Cameroon. $5 each donated can make this possible. Support us if you can, as we try to plan our next activities and medical out reaches, thank you.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 14
Apr 14

Hello Lovely Arrey,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks so much for sharing your recent initiative. It's great that you were able to help 50 warriors, but sad that you weren't able to help all of them. How did you know which ones to choose from? How is Ann doing?

On a separate note, I can't wait to see how your meeting with Dear Regina goes;-) XX

ARREY- ECHI
Apr 14
Apr 14

Hello Sis Jill,
Thank you for always reading and for always having a kind and encouraging word.
Yes, it was sad that we couldn't reach everyone, however, with the help of the lead person on the ground who has been working with the warriors closely, we were able to do a random selection by choosing those who are hard pressed and more in need that period and inviting them to the out reach. This way, we got 50 people really in need and our hope is next time, we have enough to reach everyone.

Anne is doing well, busy but well. Thank you for checking.
Yes, looking forward to meeting Regina. We are still to confirm the program but I am looking forward to the meet.

I hope you are doing well today.

Jill Langhus
Apr 16
Apr 16

Hello Love,

How are you doing? I loved all your photos with you and Regina from yesterday:-) I'm looking forward to reading the post, too, about your first meeting!

You're welcome! Oh, that's a good idea, the random selection, I mean. Hard, though.

Glad to hear Anne is doing well. You bet.

Hope you have a good weekend. XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Apr 14
Apr 14

Hello Arrey dear, Good job on all the beautiful work you are doing out there . its so lovely for you to have distributed medications to these SCD warriors and also have a fun day out. I pray and hope more people could donate so you can reach out to many more people.
Can't wait to meet you tomorrow God willing dear Arrey.
Keep keeping up
Lots of love and hugs!!!!!
Regina

ARREY- ECHI
Jul 24
Jul 24

Dear Sis Regina,
I hope you are doing well.
Thank you so much for reading and for the encouraging words. Excuse my late response to this. I have been a little overwhelmed and so not been here for a while.
It was good to meet you too and yes, I am hoping more people will continue to support our outreach programs for the betterment of the lives of persons living with sickle cell.

Anne-Chantal
Jun 04
Jun 04

I could not have done it without you Manor( sister in English). THANK YOU! I dream of the day we do more and be able to travel together and see these kids. SO they see us and know even with Sickle Cell Disease, one can live a long life. As they say, seeing is believing, I am sure just by seeing us and hearing our ages, LoL, they will know that they too can. They too can grow this old or even older, finish school and have dreams, and have a full life, and more. The pains will be there but not always. They will learn that in the middle of darkness and pain, there can be rays of light that shine through.
Jill, sis, thank you for checking on me. I am ok. Busy with setting up life in a new country, raising a baby and trying to impact the lives of young people through mentoring and counselling and thinking of writing a book:-).
love you both
A-C

ARREY- ECHI
Jul 24
Jul 24

Thank you so much manor.
We are in this together for a long haul as God wills it and yes, it would certainly be a thrill to be able to travel together for this noble yet fulfilling work. Just seeing the smiles on their faces is enough.
I hope you are doing well today.
Much love from this end.