CHAGAS NO MORE
Doña Avelina (not pictured above) and her family of 7 lives in Mizque, Bolivia, engaged in agricultural work. Through a local church pastor, she learned about the dangers of Chagas disease, spread through the bite of the vinchuca insect which lives in adobe roofs and walls of typical Bolivian homes. The disease attacks a person’s internal organs, and eventually the heart. Through this pastor, Doña Avelina was able to receive help in the form of construction material (plaster & cement) to finally protect her house, as well as a group of volunteers from Sinahí Church in Cochabamba who helped to do the work for the family, something she would not have been able to accomplish on her own. She was so grateful and was encouraged to continue striving for her family
Being a widow for the past 10 years, Doña Avelina has been in charge of 12 children of whom remain with her four, along with two granddaughters. Her daughter, Liceria, has a disability which has prevented her from being able to enter school and to do many things, but all her children are able to study and try to finish high school with the help and support that is provided through CBM’s programs.
The Project for Prevention against Chagas is very important in preventing more people from getting infected with this disease, as education has helped in prevention and offering a cure for the illness which continues to hit the most vulnerable population, who cannot normally afford cement and brick homes.
Thank you for your continued support in bringing hope to the lives of so many in need.