THE JOURNEY TO HELP END
HIV, TB, AND MALARIA

Giving a gift to a loved one is exciting and fulfilling. Now imagine giving a gift that reaches beyond oceans, cultures, and pandemics to change multiple lives – a gift that gives back, a gift with a cause, and a gift that helps the world by reaching those in need within it. We often get asked which of our ethical charity gifts are the best, but the truth is, every Gift of Hope has the power to change lives.

The end HIV, TB and malaria Gift of Hope is one of these precious opportunities. It aims to help end these often-fatal infections around the world by 2030. It works with local governments to engage communities with awareness, prevention, and treatment. Thanks to Gifts of Hope donors, we’re able to get these precious gifts to communities in the northwest and southwest regions of the Central African Republic, where roads are often non-existent, blocked by debris, or are inaccessible due to civil unrest.

This story is about how Canadians’ real gifts get delivered by local Plan International offices, at any safe lengths, to those who need them most in hard to reach communities.

 

TAKE A GIFTS OF HOPE DELIVERY TRIP WITH US THROUGH THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:

Last year, local Plan International staff delivered medication and key health services to the northwest and southwest regions of the Central African Republic that are most in need of HIV, TB and malaria support. Every step of the way, our dedicated team overcame barriers and trials like disappearing roads, floods, potholes and even armed roadblocks.

BOALI

The first leg of the trip started in Boali – a town located about 100 km northwest of the national capital Bangui. To get to Bossembele safely, the team had to make several deviations due to frequent accidents on the road. Unfortunately, many of these roads are very degraded.

Brdge over river in Boali

BOSSEMBELE

Once they finally reached Bossembele, the damage to the roads was severe due to the very heavy rainy season. The team often had to dig themselves out of potholes. These communities are normally difficult to reach, but when you add the rainy season to the equation, navigating these paths can be additionally treacherous and trying.

A man tries to get truck out of mud

YALOKE

At this point in the journey, the roads had started to disappear; there were no longer any vehicle tracks. To get to the villagers our team started using their motorcycles, which could more easily adapt to and overcome the new terrain.

Men packing goods onto motorbikes

BOSSEMTELE

Around 45 km from Bozoum, the road became trickier by motorcycle because of further flooding from the rainy season. When the parcel-packed bike became stuck in deep mud, it took a little help from some friends to get the team out.

Men crossing a river on motorbikes

BOZOUM

On the team’s way to Bouar they got stuck in a deep pothole. This delay just made them more determined. These travelling difficulties don’t just make our team’s job difficult, it makes life difficult for the communities who are most distant from available resources, affecting their ability to access rights like education and health care.

Men digs truck out of the mud

BOUAR

In Bouar, access to the health facility was very difficult because fallen trees were on the road, making the road impassable. At this stage, the team used three means of transport to get the medication packages to the villages: truck, canoe and motorcycle.

Trucks driving down muddy road

BABOUA

The final stretch of the journey to Abba was particularly challenging, due to bad roads, fallen trees, and the strong presence of armed groups. The experienced team who are well-trained to deal with such encounters, should they arise, stayed calm and collected throughout the journey, ensuring no situation escalated and all obstacles were safely overcome.

Trucks stopped by fallen tree

Our dedicated team remove a fallen tree!

ABBA

Despite everything, the teams are delighted with the successful supply mission and – difficult as it may be – the meaningful importance of their vital work. Regardless of the rainy season, the flooded roads and potential dangers, they managed to safely deliver 234 medicine packages sent from Canadians through their end HIV, TB and malaria Gifts of Hope. After this initial voyage, their expert knowledge and real experience of these new field area journey conditions, they believe that the next missions will be less arduous, especially since the rainy season will then have ceased.

Staff organize supplies

Thanks to kind and giving Canadians like you, communities in some of the most remote places in the world are filling with hope as they also fill with greater opportunities. Your committed and compassionate generosity means children and families are getting rightful chances and opportunities to grow and thrive – now, that’s a gift truly worth giving!

Thank you for choosing to help stop the setback caused by COVID-19 and drive even more global change by giving your very own Gifts of Hope!


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