Imagine being a patient who needs an operation, only to find a shortage of equipment and medicines to ensure a safe outcome? That’s the predicament Kids for World Health will be working to prevent at their World Health Fest on Sunday, May 23 from noon to 2:30 at Larchmont’s Constitution Park (next to the Larchmont Fire Department).
The grass-roots not-for-profit organization founded by Chatsworth Elementary School children is marking its tenth anniversary of service to individuals around the globe who suffer from neglected diseases.
The public is invited to learn more about KFWH and neglected diseases at educational exhibits and along a walk through the park. There will be Sengalese music and hand-made magazine beads from Uganda.
The event aims to raise funds for the construction of a KFWH operating room in the village of Lwala, Uganda. The Lwala clinic is the fifth built by the organization. The clinics have provided services for a total of over 1,000,000 villagers in the treatment of neglected diseases and life-saving care.
The goal is to raise sufficient donations on Sunday to match a resident donor’s contribution of $10,000.
In addition to raising funds for its African clinics, Kids for World Health has met with First Lady Laura Bush, lobbied Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and won the Larchmont Mamaroneck Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
Contributions to: Kids for World Health/PO Box 557/Larchmont, NY 10538
Kay Kobbe helped her third grade students start Kids for World Health in 2001 and has served as their advisor since then.