|2009 Annual Orphans' Safari
|During our annual Orphans' Safari we had the opportunity to see how the spirit and personality of one of our deaf and mute orphans has blossomed since her sponsorship began. GRA was first introduced to Gati in 2008.
She was very withdrawn and isolated due to her limited ability to communicate. Her family could not afford to pay for special education.
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|Buzz-Off Malaria Campaign
Help GRA protect 500 more families from malaria infection with 1,500 nets! Over the last five years, our first Buzz-Off Malaria campaign has provided over 1,500 families with 5,000 high quality mosquito nets. GRA has had many requests from orphanages and remote rural villages for more nets.
Sleeping under a mosquito net is one of the most effective ways to prevent malaria, yet only a small percentage - some estimates as low as 1% - of the children in Africa sleep under mosquito bed nets.
Your $15 donation provides a family of six with three nets plus a year's supply of homeopathic neem tincture to prevent malaria.
Well Drilling Project
2010 Goal: Drill 36 wells
Drilled So Far: 4
2,000 more people now have access to a clean source of water!
Funding Still Needed:
Kinesi Permaculture Garden Project2010 Goal: Develop 10 acres for the Kinesi community and 75 families caring for orphans
Developed So Far: 2.5 Acres
Hundreds of trees and veggies have been planted. Land is being sought to create a dry demonstration garden.
Funding Still Needed:
Buzz-Off Malaria Campaign Round 2 2010 Goal: Raise money to purchase 1,500 mosquito nets and provide anti-malaria supplements to 500 families by 2011.
Money Raised So Far: $0
Funding Still Needed:
Solar Cooking Workshops
2010 Goal: 50
Held So Far: 0
Our goal this year is to further integrate solar cooking into the homes of 600 workshop attendees by offering solar cookers and pots at a subsidized rate that is affordable to them - about $4 per kit.
Funding Still Needed:
Micro Lending Fund
Lent So Far:$87,000
Last year, our micro-lending fund increased by $20,000, greatly diminishing the waiting time for hundreds of eager borrowers to get a loan needed to start or expand their businesses.
Capital Still Needed: $13,000
|Solar Cook Kit
600 Solar Cookers & 600 Solar Cook Kits in 2010! 1.6 million people die each year from indoor smoke inhalation- 56% are children under five.The collection of wood for cooking and other basic energy needs is a big contributor to deforestation in developing countries.The purchase of wood or charcoal can consume up to 25% of a family's income. After the purchase of a solar cooker and pots, cooking is free, convenient and smoke free.
Your $20 donation provides tuition for one person to attend solar cooking workshops and makes available one subsidized solar cook kit (solar cooker + pot).
We have decided to dedicate each issue of the GRA newsletter to simple, effective and sustainable solutions to the challenges of humanity. Creative and resourceful people all over the world are strengthening their communities and finding ways to support each other even in the absence of large sums of money, sophisticated technology or advanced infrastructure.
Over the last eight years, GRA has pursued alternative approaches to addressing poverty, hunger and disease in the Lake Victoria Region of Tanzania through solutions that are ecological,
supportive of the human body's natural resilience, locally abundant,
low-cost and relatively low-tech. Our pursuit has shown us that effective and sustainable solutions can indeed be simple and affordable.
A good example is the topic of this newsletter - neem and Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS). These two natural substances have hundreds of practical and powerful applications and can treat many diseases, including malaria. They are relatively easy to obtain and cost only a few cents.
We hope the simple solutions offered in our newsletter will be of practical use to the people, communities or organizations you support.
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What is Neem?
The neem tree (Azadirachta indica), a member of the mahogany family, is a tropical evergreen that can grow up to 90 feet tall with a trunk 8 feet around and long leafy limbs that may span 60 feet. Neem trees have small, white blossoms with a honey-like scent that attract many bees and turn into yellow and greenish sweet fruit. Neem can withstand as little rainfall as 16 inches and temperatures above 122 degrees F (50 degrees C). Neem offers great potential for reforestation of dry, infertile land, because of its tolerance of such conditions and ease of establishment. Neem leaves are slightly alkaline (pH 8.2) and are good for neutralizing acidic soil. The neem tree is easily propagated, grows quickly and can be harvested for wood in 5-7 years.
Neem is known in India as the "village pharmacy." Records of its use in India's Ayurvedic medicine tradition date back as far as 4,500 years. Its leaves, bark, gum and especially the oil from its seed kernels are still widely used by millions of people for teeth cleaning, crop protection, insect repellent, fuel, birth control, treatment of various skin disorders as well as systemic bacterial, viral and fungal infections and for the prevention and treatment of malaria.
What is MMS?
MMS can be used to treat any disease caused by bacteria, viruses, mold,
yeast, parasites or any other pathogen. Jim Humble and many others have
been using MMS to treat people living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, herpes,
food poisoning, snake poisons, infected gums, eye infections, burns, Lyme disease, the flu, bronchitis, some types of cancers and many other
conditions with amazing results. Treatment for one
person costs only a few cents.
Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), developed by Jim Humble
, is composed of sodium chlorite, a highly alkaline mineral compound, that has been activated with citric acid, fresh lemon juice or vinegar to release chlorine dioxide. Chlorine dioxide is a well-known water purifier, a germicidal gas when used externally, a mineral supplement, and a detoxifying agent when used internally. It kills pathogens and cleans meat, fish and other foods. Chlorine dioxide gas (generated by MMS) destroys all kinds of bacteria, viruses, parasites, mould, yeast and blood-borne diseases, and oxidizes them while doing no harm to normal, living human cells. Chlorine dioxide also neutralizes poisons and heavy metals in the body. When oxidized, these poisons are neutralized and merely wash out of the body. The American Society of Analytical Chemists said in 1999 that chlorine dioxide is the most powerful pathogen killer that exists.
Facts About the Global Impact of Malaria
Facts from the World Health Organization and Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
- Malaria is a parasite spread through mosquitoes. It causes intense flu like symptoms and can cause death if not treated.
- It is a curable and preventable disease, yet every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria, most of them in Africa.
- One in five deaths of children under five in Africa are from malaria. African children have a malaria fever one to five times per year.
- Each year 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, and over one million people die, mainly children under five.
- Approximately half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries.
- In some heavy-burden countries, the disease accounts for up to 40% of public health expenditures, 30% to 50% of inpatient hospital admissions and up to 60% of outpatient health clinic visits.
- Malaria related illness and death cost the African economy USD 12 billion alone every year.
- Many people in developing countries cannot afford anti-malarial drugs and the disease goes untreated.
- Where anti-malarial drugs are widely used, the parasite can develop a resistance.
|Combating Malaria for $1 a Year
In addition to being natural, sustainable, effective against malaria, easily accessible and free of any dangerous side effects, neem (a tropical evergreen tree) and Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS, a blend of citric acid and sodium chlorite) are very inexpensive. Global Resource Alliance is promoting a malaria prevention and treatment protocol with neem and MMS in the Mara Region of Tanzania that costs only about $1 per person per year.
Where neem is locally available, it is generally free and abundant. It has been used traditionally for thousands of years in various ways to prevent and treat malaria, including ingesting the plant, burning the leaves and bark to smoke out mosquitoes, rubbing oil on the skin to repel mosquitoes and using neem oil or powder to kill mosquito larvae. GRA is promoting an ethanol based homeopathic neem tincture developed by the Abha Light Foundation
in Nairobi, Kenya to prevent and treat malaria. The tincture is produced locally by trained groups and costs only 40 cents for a six-month supply for one adult.
The ingredients of MMS, while just as affordable as neem, are less accessible in developing countries. For this reason, GRA's goal for 2010 is to make MMS more easily accessible in communities surrounding Musoma, Tanzania. We will do this by providing MMS for free and by training local groups and leaders to use it.
MMS can knock out the malaria parasite in as little as 20 hours. GRA and our community partners have had tremendous success in treating malaria with MMS. For example, we have seen in GRA's own director, Tara Blasco, and in two girls in remote rural villages, high malaria parasite counts in the blood clear up in less than 20 hours after taking MMS. Jim Humble has reported more than 75,000 cases where MMS has been used to cure malaria.
Multiple scientific studies have documented neem's ability to kill the human malaria parasite in a test tube, however, few studies have been done to prove neem's effectiveness in treating or preventing malaria in humans. To expand on the body of scientific evidence exploring neem's potential as an anti-malarial and to substantiate anecdotal data from thousands of satisfied patients, GRA is entering into a one-year trial research study on the effectiveness of our neem tincture. We are working with the National Institute for Medical Research in Mwanza, Tanzania and one of their senior researchers, Dr. Mashauri, as well as Dr. Makuke from Musoma, Tanzania.Read the GRA Malaria Prevention and Treatment ProtocolRead GRA's Initial Study on Neem for the Prevention of Malaria
Great Neem & MMS Resources
Neem Online Resources
Abha Light Foundation - Developers of GRA's neem tincture
UsingNeem.com - Website to share information on neem
Neem Foundation - "Greening India with Neem"
MMS Online Resources
Miracle Mineral Solution Information
Jim Humble MMS Homepage
Neem: A Tree for Solving Problems
, National Resource Council 2002Neem: The Ultimate Herb
, John ConrickArticles"Natural Ways to Prevent and Treat Common Tropical Diseases," by Tara Blasco, Ph.D."The effect of a homeopathic neem preparation for the prophylaxis of malaria - an exploratory trial in an at-home setting in Tanzania," N.M. Barlow-Benschop, MD, MScA, C.GambaB, S.P. Barlow, BScA, T. M. Blasco. Ph.D.
Global Resource Alliance (GRA-USA) is an all-volunteer US 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing hope, joy and abundance to communities in the Lake Victoria Region of Tanzania. By sharing ideas, volunteers and financial resources with local, community based organizations we seek to promote natural, holistic and sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and disease. We believe that empowering local communities to address pressing social, economic and environmental challenges according to their own vision and their own creative potential is the key to lasting solutions.
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