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Ongoing projects

2022 Fundraising Campaign

These projects were all carried out in response to requests from our African partner, the Association Saint-Camille-de-Lellis (“Saint-Camille”). They were selected after discussion among the leaders of our two NGOs and approval by the Board of Directors of “Les Amis”.

-The projects consist of construction, activities designed to promote vocational rehabilitation and financial self-sufficiency, training and agri-food development.
-For each of the projects we have requested funding from one of our partners.
-Our NGO is committed to supporting some of these projects for a total amount of $96,900.

1) In Adjarra, construction of a warehouse with 6 bedrooms for staff who work there (all recovered patients) at a cost of $61,500. Grégoire, leader of the Saint-Camille, has been requesting such a building for several years, in order to store various items that the St-Camille has been accumulating here and there. This will free space at the Adjarra Health
Centre that can be better used for hospitalized patients. Using one of the outside walls, six rooms will be built for administrative and clinical staff who work there. These individuals are currently occupying rooms that need to be freed for patient care. All patients in Benin’s psychiatric care centers can receive physical health care in Adjarra at no cost, while the local population also has access to it at reduced cost. This is another service that St. Camille offers to the poorest people who, for the most part, cannot access such services. The project is currently underway and should be finished at the end of December with funding from the Logos Foundation as well as the Transport Bourassa company.

2) In Adjarra, complete the interior finishing of the House for Volunteers at a cost of $40,800. The building is currently about 70 % completed. Located on the site of the Health Center, this building will house the medical staff during the periodic short bursts of medical care provided by professionals from abroad and from outside the regular staff. A Brazilian
mission (24 medical professionals) came in September 2021 and provided services at this location as well as in neighboring parishes (over 5,000 consultations). Delighted with the opportunities that the place affords, they have committed to deploy such missions monthly when all is completed.  Ongoing project funded by an anonymous religious community and contributions from our members; also scheduled for completion in December 2022.

3) In Tokan, complete the interior finishing of the Medical Clinic, at a cost of $37,000. The building is built within the walls of this psychiatric care center in Cotonou. The Saint Camille began to provide contemporary specialized services free of charge for patients treated at the centers and at reduced cost for the local population. The interior of the building has been completed, including tiling, plumbing, electricity and painting. Our NGO financed the costs through donations from our members.

4) Stays of three trainers (Solange, Suzanne and Martine) = +/- $20,000. These three Quebec professionals went to the Saint-Camille to provide support and training in governance. Their mandate was to improve the clinical organization of care, financial management, and secretarial services, with an evaluation of the managers’ training needs. Two of them received financial support from the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO).

5) Purchase of medical equipment for the Tokan Medical Clinic: ultrasound, colonoscopy, medical analysis laboratory ($36,000). This is to complement the recently opened clinic (see project 3). It already had digital radiology and a
dispensary. The equipment was paid by the Roncalli Foundation.

6) At the Psychiatric Care Center of Sokodé in Togo, installation of solar panels and purchase of a pump for the irrigation of the large vegetable garden and the cashew tree plantation = $25,000. This is the second part of a project started last year,
which is a cashew tree plantation of six hectares and a large vegetable garden. Three objectives: vocational rehabilitation activities, a contribution to the search for food autonomy and a financial contribution through the sale of the surplus of the harvest. Project financed by Mission Inclusion with Les Amis.

7) Training of 2 nurses in their 3rd year ($2,500 X 2) = $5,000.   Final phase of a project financed by the Rotary Clubs, who also made a significant contribution to the purchase of medicines and the construction of beds at the Tokan Center.

Nursing training

Five nursing students have been in training since October 2019 at the École Nationale de Santé Publique (National School of Public Health) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Three local Rotary Clubs teamed up with the Rotary Foundation to cover the tuition and living expenses (for three years) of two of them and the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie of Québec is paying for those of the three others. These five nursing students are all recovered patients who will enhance the treatment staff in the Saint-Camille centres. The cost of training for these five students is $37,500.