INMED Partnerships for Children rescues children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect, violence or instability and prepares them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. INMED’s vision is to transform the future for generations of children by building continuity of support from infancy to adulthood.
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PUPILS at a Vaal Triangle school are among the first in the country to grow vegetables through aquaponics, which uses fish farming and gravel instead of soil.
The technique works in a closed system where nutrients from fish tanks feed gravel grow beds. The gravel also works as a filter for the water and clean oxygenated water is then pumped back to the fish tanks.
The system uses 80%-90% less water than traditional farming methods.
Through a partnership between Air Products, a supplier and distributor of specialty gases, and Inmed, an international, philanthropic, nonprofit organisation, Carel de Wet Technical High School in Vanderbijlpark says it is the first school in South Africa to operate the largest commercial aquaponics unit in the country.
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Did you know that every minute, at least one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth? In this blog on the Huffington Post, Linda Pfeiffer, INMED President and CEO, describes how INMED, in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, is saving the lives of women and babies in remote villages of Peru by training local volunteers to serve as health care workers. The program has made a significant difference to these remote communities where the women live many hours away from the nearest health facility.
“I thank God for this project because I learned a lot about the risks of pregnancy,” said one grateful mother after her healthy delivery.
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Wilson tends to the aquaponics unit that INMED installed for his community in Venda, South Africa.
Working for a living has not been possible for Wilson Mphaphuli. “People always opt to employ able bodied people,” he explains. Wilson was born with a deformed leg that limits his ability to walk and makes it difficult to stand for long durations. Living in the remote South African village of Mubvumoni near the Zimbabwean border, Wilson supports his wife and three young children with a disability grant he receives from the government, but it isn’t enough. “Children need to go to school, they need to eat, and clothing and many other things,” he says, “and with this grant there is no way I can afford all of this.”
Thanks to your support, Wilson’s children will no longer have to go without the simple necessities of life and Wilson will know the pride of working to earn money for his family. As a member of the Thabelo Disabled Persons South Africa Group, Wilson and his family now benefit from a recently installed commercial-scale INMED aquaponics system.
The system, comprising four fish tanks, which can hold 800 tilapia, and eight 24-foot vegetable beds, will produce enough food to feed the community and to sell the surplus for income.… Read the rest
Going through a divorce and finding herself a single mother of three young children, Michelle faced a number of financial challenges that threatened the security and welfare of her family. Fortunately she turned to INMED Partnerships for Children for help.
With no access to transportation, Michelle could only find a part time job in walking distance to her home. But it wasn’t enough to pay the bills and feed and clothe her family. Her INMED Case Manager connected her with a food bank and other resources to help her make ends meet. She also assisted Michelle in acquiring a car through Vehicles for Change, a local organization that fixes up used cars for needy families.
Michelle was so pleased with all the support she has received from INMED that she recently baked a cake and presented it with a thank you note to INMED staff. “You are my family that I never had,” she wrote in her card. INMED’s Case Manager noted that while she doesn’t wear a uniform for her position at INMED, she does put on a smile and a positive attitude for the children and parents she works with. “The best part of my home visits is that I leave a smile on all my families faces,” she says.… Read the rest