LilHelper Partnership with the University of Toronto ISL:HEART by lilHelper.ca Blog
LilHelper Partnership with the University of Toronto ISL:HEART
Hey Y’all! It’s Erin.
There have been lots of exciting things happening with LilHelper lately.
We have a new Lil Helper Partnership!
I’m honored to share the work that they are doing, tell you more about the organization itself, and how Lil Helper worked with them!
Who did we work with?
Lil Helper partnered with an incredible team of students from the University of Toronto participating with International Service Learning: Health Education and Resource Team (ISL: HEART.) These students range from undergraduate, master and Ph.D. levels mostly studying within the Health Sciences Field.
For the past 4 years, University of Toronto ISL: HEART has been traveling to Mangular, Dominican Republic.
Mangular is about a 30-minute drive from the capital city, Santo Domingo. The team describes the community as high energy, full of excitement to teach and learn!
The Mangular community is scarce in both educational opportunities and physical resources. Although there are schools, many children are unable to complete their education and must begin working to help support their families due to the extreme poverty.
This team provided health care, resources and most recently included a health education component to their work.
The team works with a Dominican doctor to treat and address immediate health concerns. An example of this would be treating a wound or infection.
The group travels to Mangular 1-2 times a year to ensure a continuity of care and education. They aim to educate and build awareness about illnesses and disease with a focus on prevention.
During their most recent trip to Mangular, the team continued and built on their hygiene kit initiative. They made kits for adults and for infants.
Participants in the education seminar received an adult kit. This allowed the group to provide education and training on how to use the items in the kits.
The adult kits included bandaids, alcohol swabs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and nail clippers.
The infant kits contained children’s vitamins, teething gel, thermometers, soothers, and nail clippers. These kits also included our very own Lil Helper Diapers!
Lil Helper provided a donation of over 250+ diapers and additional inserts for the kits! Pregnant or parenting mothers who visited the clinic were provided with an infant kit.
The team shares knowledge as well as resources.
In addition to the hygiene kits, the team also led an education seminar on wound and infection prevention.
Before or after patients were treated in the clinic, they received their kits in a separate space. Afterward, they were able to watch 4 videos in Spanish.
The topics were:
- What happens when germs get in our body
- How to prevent germs from getting into an open wound
- What to do when you’re at risk of getting sick from an open wound
- What to do when you get sick
Once they finished watching the videos, they participated in a break out session where they practiced taking care of a fake wound.
They used a sticker on their skin as a way to practice applying pressure to stop bleeding, cleaning the wound with an alcohol wipe and covering it with a band-aid.
Participants also learned that using an alcohol wipe might sting and learned how often to change their band-aids.
At the end of the seminar, participants were able to give feedback about what they learned and share their knowledge with the class.
They also share cloth diaper knowledge!
In addition to learning about health care, parents had the chance to learn about cloth diapers.
Cloth diapers are not common in Mangular. However, most families in the community are dealing with a diaper crisis.
A diaper crisis happens when parents don’t have enough diapers. Parents will reuse dirty diapers or will leave dirty diapers on for too long trying to extend the use of them. This leads to babies having rashes and infections.
Families don’t have enough diapers. Therefore, children are phased out of diapers early and are often naked.
Parents learned how to use cloth diapers with a demonstration when they received their kits. The kits also contained informational posters in Spanish that included lots of pictures.
We are so proud to have partnered with such an amazing group and honored to be able to spread the word about the work they are doing!
If you are interested in learning more about the work this team is doing or would like to get involved (physically or with donations), you can follow and/or message them on their Facebook page!
Would you like a LilHelper Partnership? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org!