SHIPMENT FEEDBACK

For women in the Cambodian countryside and poor urban communities, there are many reasons not to seek medical help. Usually, there simply aren’t clinics and hospitals in their area with the specialised help they need, but they can also feel embarrassed or confused about what’s going wrong with their bodies. “Currently in Cambodia, less than 7% of the rural population has access to quality medical care,” wrote staff from our partner NGO.  “Additionally, up to 90% of the women in Cambodia are suffering from long term gynaecological infections of various kinds.”

Crossroads shipped to support their brand-new women’s hospital – the first of its kind in Cambodia – which is offering affordable care to any women in need. “This hospital aims to provide access to international-standard, effective and affordable gynecological and female-oncological health services that are commonly not available to the most vulnerable in our community,” they wrote.

Goods from the shipment have allowed the hospital to save an estimated US$30,00.

 

The health centre provides care for a local population of 12,000 people. The diagnostic supplies and furniture have helped us to improve the quality of care provided for all clients.” – NGO Staff

 

The women’s hospital received an ultrasound machine (above) as part of the shipment. Other goods included office furniture (below), computers and various medical equipment.

 

Some beds and mattresses were donated to student dorms in a Cambodian province, where young people from poor families can complete tertiary studies.

 

They told us that the goods allowed them to:

  • Set up 4 consultations, fully furnished with computers, patient chairs and various pieces of small medical equipment.
  • Equip a medical imaging room with a donated ultrasound machine.
  • Offer safe storage for patient belongings, with lockers from the shipment.
  • Set up IT infrastructure with donated computers, ensuring patient data is securely managed.
  • Set up administrative offices with desks, chairs, shelves and more.

 

The hospital, which opened in mid-2019, estimates that they can serve about 3,000 patients a month. It’s a literal lifeline for thousands of women in serious medical need. “Thank you for joining us on this journey,” they wrote. We are, likewise, hugely grateful to all who supported this shipment.


PICTURES OF GOODS IN USE

A Crossroads representative visiting the hospital identified refrigerators from Crossroads (above), vital for storing medications that need to be kept cool, and other appliances such as a projector (below) in use by hospital staff.

Several patient consulting rooms are furnished with goods from the shipment, such as chairs, desks, computers and more (above), while hospital beds from the shipment are in use in the emergency room (above). The hospital (below) is the first dedicated women’s hospital in the region.

Reference No. : S5089

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For women in the Cambodian countryside and poor urban communities, there are many reasons not to seek medical help. Usually, there simply aren’t clinics and hospitals in their area with the specialised help they need, but they can also feel embarrassed or confused about what’s going wrong with their bodies. “Currently in Cambodia, less than 7% of the rural population has access to quality medical care,” wrote staff from our partner NGO.  “Additionally, up to 90% of the women in Cambodia are suffering from long term gynaecological infections of various kinds.”

Crossroads shipped to support their brand-new women’s hospital – the first of its kind in Cambodia – which is offering affordable care to any women in need. “This hospital aims to provide access to international-standard, effective and affordable gynecological and female-oncological health services that are commonly not available to the most vulnerable in our community,” they wrote.

Goods from the shipment have allowed the hospital to save an estimated US$30,00.

 

The health centre provides care for a local population of 12,000 people. The diagnostic supplies and furniture have helped us to improve the quality of care provided for all clients.” – NGO Staff

 

The women’s hospital received an ultrasound machine (above) as part of the shipment. Other goods included office furniture (below), computers and various medical equipment.

 

Some beds and mattresses were donated to student dorms in a Cambodian province, where young people from poor families can complete tertiary studies.

 

They told us that the goods allowed them to:

  • Set up 4 consultations, fully furnished with computers, patient chairs and various pieces of small medical equipment.
  • Equip a medical imaging room with a donated ultrasound machine.
  • Offer safe storage for patient belongings, with lockers from the shipment.
  • Set up IT infrastructure with donated computers, ensuring patient data is securely managed.
  • Set up administrative offices with desks, chairs, shelves and more.

 

The hospital, which opened in mid-2019, estimates that they can serve about 3,000 patients a month. It’s a literal lifeline for thousands of women in serious medical need. “Thank you for joining us on this journey,” they wrote. We are, likewise, hugely grateful to all who supported this shipment.


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A Crossroads representative visiting the hospital identified refrigerators from Crossroads (above), vital for storing medications that need to be kept cool, and other appliances such as a projector (below) in use by hospital staff.

Several patient consulting rooms are furnished with goods from the shipment, such as chairs, desks, computers and more (above), while hospital beds from the shipment are in use in the emergency room (above). The hospital (below) is the first dedicated women’s hospital in the region.

Reference No. : S5089

Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

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The Western region of Cameroon is rural and isolated. The majority of its population are dependent on traditional agriculture for their food and livelihoods, but a lack of proper roads and modern communications mean that they can’t develop their trade and have little access to other opportunities.  An influx of displaced people from Cameroon’s civil conflict has put further strain on already struggling communities. Many are working to welcome displaced families and support them in their time of crisis, but it’s hard to do so with so little.

Our NGO partners on this shipment provide the tools and training people need to generate new jobs, they are supplying medical equipment to improve the lives of those with disabilities, and they are revitalising schools with new books, furniture and educational materials.

When they received Crossroads’ shipment, staff told us that it came at a time when they were seeing communities extra stretched with displaced people, their children needing schooling, and families needing extra health services. They were overjoyed to receive a large quantity of school supplies, computers for schools, books, office furniture, wheelchairs and crutches, educational toys and hygiene supplies.

 

“We are so grateful to the donors of the materials we have here – computers, plates, books, and more. These will go a long way to assisting children with their studies.” School teacher, rural Cameroon

 

Elementary children received hygiene supplies as well as benefiting from toys, books and other goods from Crossroads’ shipment. One school that received goods has more than 120 students displaced by violent conflict elsewhere in Cameroon.

Kerosene lanterns from Crossroads’ shipment were hugely useful to displaced students in one of the town’s regular power cuts.

The shipment included medical goods such as new wheelchairs, crutches, bandages and compression pads to help equip under-resourced rural clinics.

 

Teachers spoke warmly of the difference that practical resources will make on the education they can offer their students, particularly computers. “We hope now that these children will be as comfortable with computers as any children outside Cameroon,” said one. “Now our children can participate and be part of the global village.”

 

Others spoke of the challenges that displaced children have been dealing with. “I dare not talk about the conditions from which they came, because it’s very sorrowful,” said a teachers. “We have parents who come in crying, the children are crying.” Another said many children have walked for days to reach this district, escaping bloody violence in conflict areas. “We want them to have the opportunity to continue their education here. We’re just lucky we have teachers here. We are so grateful to the donors of the materials we have here,” she said, speaking of the goods from Crossroads’ shipment. “These will go a long way to assisting children with their studies.

Reference No. : S4936

Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

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Guinea has long struggled with instability and internal conflict, and this has slowed development. Despite Guinea’s vast natural resources, the people of Guinea are amongst the poorest in West Africa. Resources have been further strained in recent decades by the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Our local NGO partners in the region are running a number of projects to try and address the challenges faced by their people. They work with communities to provide healthcare and education in rural areas, to train young people with practical and vocational skills, and to run an orphanage providing care and support to children who have lost their parents.

 

“Before, we used to have to travel a long distance to do tests for our patients, but now we can perform the tests right in our hospital!” NGO Staff

Staff at this rural hospital work hard to do their best with limited resources. They were excited to receive a large quantity of furniture, office equipment, computers and medical equipment and supplies to help them do their job better. They can now offer new services to the local community that formerly were only available many hours away.

Children from impoverished families often drop out of school because they can’t afford stationery or decent clothes. Our partners told us that school stationery from Crossroads’ shipment helped supply exercise books and other items to many children whose families couldn’t afford school supplies.

Mr Bangoura  has been confined to a wheelchair since an accident in 2009 but his wheelchair was old and broken. He badly needed a new one. “It was affecting him so much, as he couldn’t move around,” said our partners. When Crossroads’ shipment arrived, their staff were able to provide Mr Bangoura with a new wheelchair, bringing the man’s father to tears. “He has been wondering how he could raise the money to buy a new wheelchair for his son,” said staff.

 

The impact of Crossroads’ shipment was remarkable, both at an administrative level, such as hospital equipment and supplies that will benefit many thousands, and on an individual level, such as people with disabilities who were in desperate need of wheelchairs and now have brand new wheelchairs from the shipment. Staff wrote, “When the ultrasound arrived at the hospital, there was a group of women from the community who broke into singing as joy filled their hearts. Why were they rejoicing? Because they no longer need to walk a long distance in search of a better hospital.” Other medical equipment included an oxygen monitor, microscope, IV poles and commode wheelchairs, all hugely valuable to the under-resourced hospital.

 

We are hugely grateful to all who contributed to this shipment for their investment in the lives of people in rural Guinea.

Reference No. : S4881

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Angel is a teenager in rural Zambia. His father died when he was young, and then, at the age of six, Angel stopped attending school and started hanging around market places, drinking alcohol with other children. Thankfully, at age 10 he was adopted into our partners’ programmes for vulnerable children and enrolled into grade three. Now, after counselling with voluntary health workers, and support to stay in school, Angel has turned his life around. He is fully committed to school and eager to graduate and train as a pilot!

Angel’s story exemplifies the impact that intervention can make in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in rural Zambia. The right support can be the difference between a life of destitution, crime and unemployment, and a healthy, thriving future. Our partners, who helped Angel find new hope, run projects for children and youth in health and education. They asked Crossroads for goods to equip and expand their programmes, including school furniture, medical equipment, bikes and educational toys.

 

“It was like a beacon of hope, restoring the school through Crossroads.” – NGO Staff

 

NGO staff visited this community to assess how goods from Crossroads could help them re-open the village school for orphans and vulnerable children. They helped the community establish an action plan to rejuvenate the school and helped some of the poorest families with goods from the shipment, like clothing and shoes.

Staff were shocked when they met Chewe, aged 16, and heard her story. Chewe (pictured above, holding a new pair of shoes from Crossroads’ shipment) has a disability, and at age 8 was forced to drop out of school. She was stigmatised and rejected by many in the community because of her disability.Villagers accused Chewe’s grandmother of performing witchcraft to cause the disability. NGO staff, after listening to people’s concerns, sat down with the family and villagers, and helped them work towards reconciliation, so that Chewe is now able to rejoin the school when it opens (filled with furniture from Crossroads!) in January. They have committed to supporting and following up on Chewe’s progress, along with other vulnerable children in the student body.

Staff are still in the process of allocating the goods from Crossroads’ shipment, but they were able to share feedback from one community that has already benefited. They visited a school for orphans in a rural village, which had sadly been shut down due to lack of management and resources. Staff met with the village leaders and helped map out a plan for re-opening the school, including the promise of goods from Crossroads’ shipment to make the school viable once more. Now, with a planned consignment of furniture and other goods form Crossroads, they are working to open in January, helping some of the community’s most vulnerable children access education that was formerly out of reach. Staff also distributed to clothing and other essentials from the shipment to families in need (above).

 

While we aren’t yet able to share many stories and photos of goods from this shipment in use, we were delighted to hear this initial report of how they have already begun to make a difference.

Reference No. : S4876

Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

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The Ukraine is one of Europe’s poorer nations, with 60% living below the poverty line, and has particularly struggled in recent years with a recession and conflict. When it comes to funding and upgrading hospitals and schools in Ukraine, the smaller towns and villages are often left behind.

Since 2013, Crossroads’ partners have been working with hospitals, schools, clinics and institutions in the Ukraine, particularly in rural areas that may be missing out on services and resources. We shipped to these partners in recent years, and were greatly encouraged by the photos and stories of how the goods have helped their work with schools and medical facilities.

When Crossroads received an offer from a Hong Kong hospital of a huge quantity of electric hospital beds, we asked our Ukraine partners if they could be useful in their work. They gratefully accepted the offer and we prepared a shipjment of hospital beds, mattresses and medical supplies that they have distributed to rural health clinics, many of which have not had updated facilities in decades.

 

“It is impossible to buy such good functional hospital beds in Ukraine. The money saved is approximately US$130,000; a huge amount for Ukraine.” – NGO Director

(Above) Clinics and hospitals which received beds from the shipment are now able to offer a higher level of comfort and care for their patients.

(Above) Doctors in this maternity ward were thrilled with the new, high quality beds.

(Above) Doctors and medical staff receive gloves and medical supplies at their clinic.

 

The goods that were sent in this shipment were predominantly for distribution to healthcare clinics and hospitals in Cherkasy, providing a vital update to the equipment and facilities in use before their arrival.

  • Modern hospital beds, replacing the 40 year old beds previously in use in a rural maternity ward
  • Gloves and medical supplies, providing the central Monastyrische Hospital with basic goods that patients had previously been required to pay for themselves
  • Mattresses, fitting the beds of the district hospital which serves over 2000 patients from the 25 surrounding villages every year

 

This shipment has already had a wide reaching impact for many patients. With the continued support of our partners, and the hard work of the medical staff in Cherkasy, the goods that were sent will continue to improve the lives of local people for many years to come.


FURTHER PHOTOS OF IMPACT

Reference No. : S4642A

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During the 1990s-2000s Liberia experienced two civil wars in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed and many thousands more became refugees. Although the country is now seeing renewed peace and stability, the effects of the conflict on the economy are still severe.

Crossroads’ partners on this shipment have been serving their local Liberian community for many years and felt despair at seeing so many young people turn to crime to survive. They knew that their local children and youth needed activities that would give them hope for the future. Younger kids needed help learning to read and getting excited about education. Older youth needed vocational training, sexual health education and mentorship. The projects they established are innovative and successful, including a street library for children from impoverished communities and a youth leadership academy, but they needed help equipping and furnishing them, so they turned to Crossroads for help.

“The kids are very happy, and our centre attendance has increased even within two days.” — Crossroads’ partner in Liberia

 

Computers from Crossroads’ shipment are helping establish an IT training lab at their youth centre, where young people can practice using computers, learn to use the internet and learn employable skills.

At the centre’s ‘street library’, children from the community who otherwise may not have access to books and learning support can enjoy a range of books, games and toys, sent in this shipment and Crossroads’ previous shipment, and sit on new carpet, included in our most recent shipment.

“Because of the amazing games we received from Crossroads Foundation, adolescents assemble in the space every day to play and learn together,” wrote staff.

 

Our most recent shipment of furniture, computer, toys and other goods was our second to this group, and it came at just the right time. “We received the donation at a time when we had to relaunch our Street Library and Computer Literacy programs,” they said. “With the help of [the shipment], our institution saved an estimated amount of US$30,000 from operational expenses.”

Goods sent included a huge amount of school and office furniture, enough computers and monitors to set up an IT centre, electrical appliances and equipment for education, such as projectors and speakers, carpet tiles to cover the concrete flooring and hundreds of toys and games for the street library.

“The learning environment for the Street Library was deplorable,” they wrote. “Students could not play educational games because of the roughness of the floor and leaking water.” After a huge effort from their staff, the centre is now fully renovated, filled with toys, books and games from Crossroads, with new carpet tiles covering the floor and a projector from the shipment that shows educational movies.

 

We are thrilled to be able to support their valuable work with at-risk children in Liberia, investing in lives and futures.


PHOTOS OF THE GOODS IN USE

A projector from Crossroads’ shipment is used to show educational films and other material at the street library, while new carpet tiles donated to Crossroads by a manufacturer in Hong Kong have covered the concrete floor, creating a much more comfortable environment for the children.  

Hundreds of toys from the shipment, including Lego, dolls, board games, hockey tables, soft toys and soccer balls, have made the centre hugely appealing for children from the surrounding area to come and access new educational experiences otherwise out of reach.

“The school goods have enabled us to increase our intake of kids in the street library program. These features provide a sense of comfort to children who now have the opportunity to use modern equipment.  This gives them a sense of hope that they too can have access to any opportunity in life.” 

 

 

“The computers, office chairs and desks [from the shipment] have improved our efficiency at our Youth Innovation Hub. Our increasing numbers of volunteers and interns now have access to computers.  This has increased productivity at our workplace and expanded our impact,” said NGO staff.

Hundreds of chairs, desks and office furniture have been installed at our partners’ professional skills and development complex, which will soon be fully operational, empowering women, children and youth through training and support.

Reference No. : S4381A

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Cameroon is ranked just 151 out of 189 on the Human Development Index and struggles with a number of challenges. Across the country there is limited access to healthcare and education facilities, particularly in rural areas. Economic development has been slow, and poor infrastructure prevents many communities from accessing the services that they need. Making the situation more difficult is the increasing tension and violence in Cameroon’s English speaking regions, where escalating conflict has led to the displacement of many thousands of people.

Our NGO partners in Cameroon work tirelessly across a number of fronts to help alleviate the difficulties faced by communities there. They run schooling projects including a computer training centre, support orphanages in the care of children, lead poverty reduction schemes in several areas, and work with women to empower them with the skills they need to find employment. The work that our partners carry out reaches many local communities in Cameroon, and they estimate that the goods they received in this shipment will directly benefit some 10,000 people in the coming years.

“Since we received these items, there has been a different atmosphere in our school. It has led to increased productivity and ensured we were awarded a high score in the First School Living Certificate” – Beneficiary School

(Above) New desks and chairs, donated from Hong Kong, have transformed teaching and learning for rural students.

(Above) Teachers’ offices were equipped with new computers and printers.

 

The goods sent in this shipment have been impactful in many ways, here are just a few key examples:

  • Hospital items were distributed to an undersupplied clinic, saving them around US$12,000
  • Chairs, desks, office supplies and canteen equipment were given to a local primary school, saving them roughly US$30,000 and allowing for the construction of two new classrooms
  • New computers allowed for the expansion of our partners training centre, increasing their intake from 700 to 1500 students

 

The goods that were received in this shipment will continue to have an impact on people’s lives for many years to come, and have proven even more vital in the context of Cameroon’s current tensions. We, our NGO partners, and the beneficiaries are all very grateful for your kind donations and support.


FURTHER PHOTOS OF IMPACT

 

 

 

 

“Over 1,600 pupils have benefited from the books and other school equipment in Yaounde and over 3,000 in the South West Region.”      NGO Director

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Benin, bordered by Togo and Nigeria in West Africa, is rich in natural beauty and cultural history, but is one of the world’s poorest nations. Benin’s 9.4 million people still lack access to basic social services and are dependent upon agriculture and farming crops like corn or soya, which is threatened by climate change, further endangering already fragile livelihoods.

Crossroads sent a shipment bound for a region of Benin where our NGO partners are addressing these needs through a carefully-structured system of women’s “micro companies”, where women who show motivation and a desire to change their circumstances attend evening training and educational sessions for 3 years.

“Since receiving the container there have been great changes in the lives of the population.”NGO staff

Sewing machines from Crossroads’ container are helping women in poor communities learn skills that are helping them start businesses and lift their families out of poverty.

Computers and furniture from the shipment have set up a community computer centre, where eager youth can now access the internet, use computers for their school work and engage with the wider world.

Crossroads volunteers loading the Benin container in Hong Kong

The shipment was a huge boost to our partners’ operations, with goods that not only helped their own offices and administration, but were a very real investment in their job creation and training projects.

Impact of Crossroads’ shipment so far:

  • Computers and furniture set up a new computer centre, now attended by 110 people per day. 20 youth have been formally trained in computer skills already, and 5 young people have been employed to manage the centre.
  • 30 young women are enrolled in dressmaking classes using sewing machines from the shipment, with several already having completed the training.
  • A care home for vulnerable children has increased its capacity from 30 to 60 children, thanks to furniture and household goods from the shipment.
  • 2,000 of the area’s most vulnerable, like orphans, widows and elderly, were reached with distribution of essentials from the shipment including clothing and mattresses.
  • An estimated 3,000 people were directly impacted by goods from the shipment, with a further 20,000 estimated to be indirectly impacted.

We’re grateful to all who contributed to this shipment, investing in the lives of the poor in Benin. Turn over for more stories of how the goods have touched people’s individual lives!

Madeleine is widowed, with three children to support. She’s thankful to be learning how to sew, thanks to the sewing machines from Crossroads, and hopes to use her newfound skills to earn an income.

Martine is a widow, and was unemployed, finding it very hard to climb out of poverty. Now that she’s learnt sewing skills using the equipment from Crossroads’ shipment, she’s been able to take on small jobs and can now afford to buy clothes for herself and her children, and feed them properly, as well as pay for their health and education.

Grace, in 3rd form, is a grateful recipient of a bicycle from Crossroad’s shipment. It was hard for her to get to school on time, traveling on foot, and she was often late for class even if she left home early. Having a bike has drastically reduced her commute and made it that much easier for her to stay in school and improve her future!

Jacques was born healthy, but suffered an illness that left him paralysed later in childhood. His mobility is severely limited, and he had no way to get around without the help of his mother. Now, with a wheelchair from Crossroads’ shipment, he’s proud and grateful to be able to control his own mobility and has renewed hope for the future.

“Our thanks to Crossroads Foundation of Hong-Kong and DHL for the sewing and embroidery machines,” said the women’s cooperative, in a joyful statement. “


“We are learning and working together for the good of our children and our homes.”

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Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

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