How to help the Famine in Africa

As Kenyas famine worsens ICROSS continues its public health programmes.

As the drought worsens in Kenya ICROSS continues to work with communities hit by the water shortages across the savannah. Danny Ngwiri , ICROSS Country Director warned today that more children will become seriously malnourished without more resources soon.

Founder of ICROSS Mike Meegan says ” Each one of us can do something, we are all able to help no matter how small our contribution” Mike first experienced Famine in East Africa in 1984 and has been working in Africa eversince. http://www.icross-africa.net/#!__about You can help through http://www.icross-africa.net/#!childcare

GET INVOLVED

Touching people all around you

There are a thousand ideas of how you can touch and change things all around you wherever you are. “Changing the world, from the inside out” by Michael Meegan is available on amazon.co.uk or through eye-books.com.

You do not need to go to Africa to help people and you do not need to go very far in your own life to inspire or help someone. If you do want to help our work in Africa, there are a lot of things you can do.

ICROSS receives enquiries from volunteers/internships/positions/jobs from over 4,000 applicants annually. We reply to every enquiry. However, we only accepted 39 international volunteers in 2007, all of whom had professional skills.

* Medical/health professionals

* Management and business professionals

* Sabbatical professionals

* Legal and technical consultants

* University elected students

* Additionally, we have volunteers sent by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency

ICROSS is made up of 700 volunteers, the majority being trained up as community health workers or home based care workers, working in the communities we serve. Our international offices are likewise made up of volunteers and friends of ICROSS and they need your help. It does not matter if you are a student, a teacher, a mother or builder, you can organise a small group of friends and make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds – you can do that today. You can email us here in Africa or any of our offices in UK, Ireland and Canada, and we can share with you ideas that might suit your own interests.

Before you contact us, we would like you to consider the following questions:

* Why do you really want to come?

* Are you willing to learn from other cultures?

* Can you commit for a year? Internships are a minimum of one year, any less would be a brief visit to say hello

* How will you cope with disease and suffering around you?

* If you are still interested in getting involved and make a difference, please contact us directly

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Jennah Fundraising for ICROSS 2015

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/115002/blood-sweat-tears-campaign

My name is Jennah-Louise of ICROSS.

The longing, specifically a yearning desire, has captivated me from a young age to help those in unnecessary poverty amongst a world of wealth. Memories of restless nights being alleviated by the submission to the writing of inspiring humanitarians were replaced by personal volunteering both internationally and domestically. Essentially, I indeed was someone whom put thought into action.

Through these experiences I learnt what it meant to feel genuinely frustrated, hurt and indeed happy. I felt the aching of helplessness and I witnessed what the true meaning is of both human courage and strength.

My heart was captured in Kenya and there it remains. I have volunteered twice in the country, both times travelling there by myself with a mission to see, first hand, the consequences of ignorance and the productivity of being enlightened.

I have made a long term commitment to ICROSS (currently a board member) and particularly to a specific Masaii women’s group in the remote area of Ilkilorit. I listened to their aching needs, their desperation and their hope. I received a traditional beaded bracelet from each and everyone of those women, forming a lasting bond and a promise to myself that I shall do what I can to alleviate their families and their own starvation and suffering.

I have chosen to call my commitment to these women, the BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS CAMPAIGN. Because these three words are what essentially epitomise their everyday life. Walking hours, sometimes even days, to receive food, water and medical assistance.

I will be participating in various events and general challenges to fundraise $10,000. An upcoming event is on December 11 2015 where I will be for a straight 24 hours experiencing: no food, no sleep, physical and mental challenges that are taken from Commando Selection.

Please take the time to watch the ICROSS youtube video.
‘This is about people power. It is about us saying no to suffering. No to hunger. No to corruption. No to bullshit. No to cruelty. No to children not eating, because we don’t care. It is about us caring, and that is why we need you. ‘
-Dr. Mike Meegan, ICROSS founder and dear friend

I thank you for your support and your selflessness. Love to you xx

on on line here mentioning Jennah
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Interview with Mike Meegan, Author and Public Speaker

http://eye-books.com/author-interview-michael-meegan/

We will be publishing interviews with Eye authors, old and new, over the coming months. Today, we catch up with Michael Meegan who previously published two books with Eye, All will be well and Changing the world one step by step. He is currently working on a series of inspirational works with  eye-books including  “The Tribe of One”  as well as a Historical Novel and an updated  edition of Surprised by joy, his Autobiography.

Who are you?

Michael Meegan, eye books author

Where were you born?

Liverpool UK

How old are you?

56

Where do you live?

Ngong Hills, Rift Valley, Kenya

What was the first book you remember reading?

C.S. Lewis: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

What is your favourite food?

Raw eggs, avocado and fruit

What is your favourite country?

Visited 126 so far, all amazing in their own way, that’s like asking your favourite star in the cosmos, they all have magic.  Cambodia and Austria both have magic, Botswana has a stunning Silence, and Ethiopia has its epic vistas, so many gifts everywhere.

What is your Heaven travel story? 

The ecstasy of waking up every morning and experiencing all the surprises the “NOW” and the “HERE”  throw our way,  utterly unexpected , always illuminating , from tragedy and  illness to serenity and awe,  this  brief life is overwhelmingly  breath taking each moment.

What is your Hell travel story?

To  be on  a long haul flight stuck beside someone who  talks all the time moaning about  how awful everything is.

What did you want be when you grew up?

Perpetually amazed and  inspired….. happening so  far

IMG-20130629-WA0008-1What would be your desert island: Disk, Book, Drink, Food, and Friend?

Music by Mahler

Book:  Khalil Gibran, the Prophet

Jameson 20 yr. old Irish whiskey

Food:  the berries and fruit on the trees

Friend, I think  ones best friend should be oneself .  I dedicated my Autobiography to  Sharon Wilkinson who is one of those rare joys in life, always leave them  elated and enriched , renewed and  healed.

Who is your hero and why?

Dr Joe Barnes who created ICROSS with me, now  almost 101 years old, continues to be passionate, selfless, compassionate and graceful. Served the poor around the World most of his life. When I grow up  I would like to be  like him.

If you could make one law what would it be?

You can’t legislate to love or be compassionate, but to ban weapons, any  kind of weapon and forbid judging others, those who  did would be sentenced to go and live  with each other.

Tell us a little about your Eye books

You can find information about all of my books on my website and my youtube channel.

ALL WILL BE WELL, CHANGING THE WORLD and next, The Tribe of One . Hopefully my first  book  and SURPRISED BY  JOY will be re released through eye-books as well

I  lecture around the World , in part on International Health  but also  on spirituality and inspirational ideas that  awaken us. I  try  to encourage self wonder and inner stillness.  A path of contemplation in action.

Are you still writing and if so, have you published, or are you looking to publish, since your Eye book?

Two  books are on the launching pad with eye books,  THE TRIBE OF ONE and PRIMAL ACCORD.

Are you still involved with the subject of your book and could you summarise what’s happened since then?

The most detailed answer to that is to  look at what we are doing in Africa and  what  our work  focusus on in areas of extreme poverty. Please click here to see.

After 36 years, its just beginning…

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ICROSS creating awareness

ICROSS creating awareness in Europe

http://eye-books.com/author-interview-michael-meegan/

5 July 2015

ICROSS has been creating awareness in Europe with a series of presentations and lectures on the Rise of Poverty and the new challenges of women’s rights in Health care. The presentations focused mostly on Sub Saharan Africa and the wide range of projects and campaigns implemented by ICROSS and  our Partners.  Together with our friends and supporters we continue to  fight for the rights of women and children building a healthier future.

Seventy-five percent of the world’s poorest countries are located in Africa, including Zimbabwe, Liberia and Ethiopia. For the past two years, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s second largest country, has also been ranked the poorest in the world with a Gross Domestic Product (based on purchasing-power-parity) of $394.25 in 2013.

According to Gallup World, in 2013, the 10 countries with the highest proportion of residents living in extreme poverty were all in sub-Saharan Africa. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. In 2010, 414 million people were living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Bank, those living on $1.25-a-day accounted for 48.5 percent of the population in that region in 2010.

Why Africa ?

The  Lectures throughout April  and May shared some of the trends and concerns that face International Health in the coming decade. Dr Michael Meegan, International Director of ICROSS and eye-books author shared some of the dynamics and patterns facing the poorest communities. Among key messages were …

  •     60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
  •     50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in 240,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
  •     1 out of 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries.
  •     Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. That is 8,500      children per day.
  •     A third of all childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is caused by hunger.
  •     66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
  •     Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
  •     Approximately one in three people living in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimated that 239 million people (around 30 percent of the population) in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry in 2010. This is the highest percentage of any region in the world. In addition, the U.N. Millennium Project reported that over 40 percent of all Africans are unable to regularly obtain sufficient food.
  •     In sub-Saharan Africa, 589 million people live without electricity. As a result, a staggering 80 percent of the population relies on biomass products such as wood, charcoal and dung in order to cook.
  •     Of the 738 million people globally who lack access to clean water, 37 percent are living in sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty in Africa results in over 500 million people suffering from waterborne diseases. According to the U.N. Millennium Project, more than 50 percent of Africans have a water-related illness like cholera.
  •     Every year, sub-Saharan Africa loses $28.4 billion to water and sanitation problems. This amount accounts for approximately five percent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP)—exceeding the total amount of foreign aid sent to sub-Saharan Africa in 2003
  •     Thirty-eight percent of the world’s refugees are located in Africa. Due to continuing violence, conflict and widespread human rights abuses, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that 11 million people, including stateless people and returnees, exist in Africa.
  •     Fewer than 20 percent of African women have access to education. Uneducated African women are twice as likely to contract AIDS and 50 percent less likely to immunize their children. Meanwhile, the children of African women with at least five years of schooling have a 40 percent higher chance of survival.
  •     Women in sub-Saharan Africa are over 230 times more likely to die during childbirth or pregnancy than women in North America. Approximately one in 16 women living in sub-Saharan African will die during childbirth or pregnancy. Only one in 4,000 women in North America will.
  •     More than one million people, mostly children under the age of five, die every year from malaria. Malarial deaths in Africa alone account for 90 percent of all malaria deaths worldwide. Eighty percent of these victims are African children. The U.N. Millennium Project has calculated that a child in Africa dies from malaria every 30 seconds, or about 3,000 each day.

You can see more about what ICROSS is doing to fight poverty on Youtube

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Sharing best practice in Health Research Michael Meegan

The International community for relief of starvation and suffering has spent over three decades developing long term public health research monitoring and evaluation.

A large part of our international programme is lecturing globally on best practices in both the design and the implementation of comprehensive holistic health programming. One element of that strategy has been to encourage and welcome students from around the world to experience the daily life of rural health programmes in Africa. Another key element has been sustained and on-going public health research. Our key partners have included the Royal college of Surgeons in Ireland with whom we have published for over 25 years as well as The Institute of Child Health in London that helped design many of our child health programmes.

We continue to promote international child health around the world with ICROSS lecturing, consulting and advising in many countries every year. The ICROSS research programmes that have a long pedigree in international medical journals continue to inspire and encourage young scientists and researchers.

The International director Dr. Michael Meegan together with our international collaboration research programmes are currently working on core areas of neo natal mortality, nutrition and child morbidity.

Please check out our research section for more information for on our research over the coming 5 years, you can also donate to our medical research on child health and women’s health through this website

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Interview with Dr Michael Meegan Founder of ICROSS and Author

http://eye-books.com/author-interview-michael-meegan/

We will be publishing interviews with Eye authors, old and new, over the coming months. Today, we catch up with Michael Meegan who previously published two books with Eye, All will be well and Changing the world one step by step. He is currently working on a series of inspirational works with  eye-books including  “The Tribe of One”  as well as a Historical Novel and an updated  edition of Surprised by joy, his Autobiography.

Who are you?

Michael Meegan, eye books author

Where were you born?

Liverpool UK

How old are you?

56

Where do you live?

Ngong Hills, Rift Valley, Kenya

What was the first book you remember reading?

C.S. Lewis: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

What is your favourite food?

Raw eggs, avocado and fruit

What is your favourite country?

Visited 126 so far, all amazing in their own way, that’s like asking your favourite star in the cosmos, they all have magic.  Cambodia and Austria both have magic, Botswana has a stunning Silence, and Ethiopia has its epic vistas, so many gifts everywhere.

What is your Heaven travel story? 

The ecstasy of waking up every morning and experiencing all the surprises the “NOW” and the “HERE”  throw our way,  utterly unexpected , always illuminating , from tragedy and  illness to serenity and awe,  this  brief life is overwhelmingly  breath taking each moment.

What is your Hell travel story?

To  be on  a long haul flight stuck beside someone who  talks all the time moaning about  how awful everything is.

What did you want be when you grew up?

Perpetually amazed and  inspired….. happening so  far

IMG-20130629-WA0008-1What would be your desert island: Disk, Book, Drink, Food, and Friend?

Music by Mahler

Book:  Khalil Gibran, the Prophet

Jameson 20 yr. old Irish whiskey

Food:  the berries and fruit on the trees

Friend, I think  ones best friend should be oneself .  I dedicated my Autobiography to  Sharon Wilkinson who is one of those rare joys in life, always leave them  elated and enriched , renewed and  healed.

Who is your hero and why?

Dr Joe Barnes who created ICROSS with me, now  almost 101 years old, continues to be passionate, selfless, compassionate and graceful. Served the poor around the World most of his life. When I grow up  I would like to be  like him.

If you could make one law what would it be?

You can’t legislate to love or be compassionate, but to ban weapons, any  kind of weapon and forbid judging others, those who  did would be sentenced to go and live  with each other.

Tell us a little about your Eye books

You can find information about all of my books on my website and my youtube channel.

ALL WILL BE WELL, CHANGING THE WORLD and next, The Tribe of One . Hopefully my first  book  and SURPRISED BY  JOY will be re released through eye-books as well

I  lecture around the World , in part on International Health  but also  on spirituality and inspirational ideas that  awaken us. I  try  to encourage self wonder and inner stillness.  A path of contemplation in action.

Are you still writing and if so, have you published, or are you looking to publish, since your Eye book?

Two  books are on the launching pad with eye books,  THE TRIBE OF ONE and PRIMAL ACCORD.

Are you still involved with the subject of your book and could you summarise what’s happened since then?

The most detailed answer to that is to  look at what we are doing in Africa and  what  our work  focusus on in areas of extreme poverty. Please click here to see.

After 36 years, its just beginning…

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ICROSS Mother and child health July 2015

A woman dies of complications in childbirth every minute most of these women are in Africa. A woman in the sub-Saharan has a 1/16 dyeing during childbirth. A woman in the UK has 1 in 4000 death during childbirth. For over 30 years ICROSS has fought to improve obstetric care in rural areas. For the last 2 decades the chairman of the board of ICROSS is a gynecologist. Dr Evan Sequeira has promoted emergency obstetric care as an ICROSS priority. Over a 1/3 of reproductively active women do not have access to antenatal care. Over 20% of communities served by ICROSS have mothers suffering from Anemia (Iron deficiency).

Over 25% of babies born in rural sub-Saharan are below birth weight. These babies are 20 times more likely to die in infancy. ICROSS programmes continue to protect the long term futures of young mothers through comprehensive mother and child health care. We are committed to the UNICEF and WHO policies on mother and child health and we remain committed for over a third of a century to creating access to health care and improving maternal weight.

The maternal mortality rate remain serious in rural area in Kenya, ICROSS has at the center of its strategy sex education, reproductive health education and awareness, improved maternal health care, changing the patterns of low birth weight and child nutritional development. If you would like to support any of our programmes focused on reproductive health and women rights you can donate through our website http://icrossinternational.org/news.aspx?id=214

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Internships 2015-2016

INTRODUCTION
These guidelines are drafted as a general guide for those applying for intern and volunteer positions through ICROSS and with our partners in Africa. These guidelines are for general information as each particular individual internship will be designed for that person.
There are five categories of ICROSS interns/volunteers

1. Twelve month placements for qualified professionals on sabbaticals, post-graduates doing advanced research, College gap-year students and professionals with specific skills serving for one year periods.

2. University students affiliated to academic programs with specific University related placements, generally 3-6 months.

3. Short-term or part-time volunteers seeking field experience in Africa, generally 1-4 months

4. Students who have finished high school seeking experience that will help them determine their future career path / studies, generally 3-8 week placements.

5. Special project volunteers. These are individuals who wish to raise money for a specific project we are working on as part of our strategic plan. These are often not students but are interested in Africa, African communities and have raised or are raising funds to help local communities.

Costs There is an Internship cost which varies according to which programme, level of support, duration and personal requirements of each individual. The average cost is approx. £500 per month. This covers orientation, facilities, accommodation, costs incurred by the NGO and field transport costs, field supervision and on site training.

Selection process. If you are interested in an ICROSS internship programme you can contact us in French Swahili or English. We will ask you to complete our application form, submit a C.V and an email telling us why you would like to come. Within one week of acceptance we will schedule a face to face or Skype interview to discuss the possibilities and options for a placement. If this programme is appropriate for you we will send you an intern agreement form up on finalization of this process we will send you and orientation kit.

• Every intern is responsible for organizing their own flight and full medical insurance while we can offer advice it is the responsibility of every intern to organize their visas and international travel. -our medical team will advise on medical vaccination and requirements and will also advise on health insurance options from your country of application.

• We encourage every successful intern/ volunteer to communicate and chat to other recent interns who have just been in the projects, we find this is a more personalized and useful way for interns to get feedback to their questions rather than read an FAQ page. Usually prospective interns can phone or skype recent Interns to get current personal feedback direct from someone who has just experienced the programmes.

• Each intern will have a dedicated intern coordinate to help them prepare and answer practical questions including logistics and what to expect practicalities of communication and safety electrical equipment clothing etc.

• Your advisor will give you a recommended supply list and ethical behavior requirement guideline and a local advisory list the pre departure guidelines will include guideline on none project transport costs, basic communications and common expenditures none project transport including public transport and taxis, entertainment cost etc.

Arrival
Orientation will be given by an experienced member of the programme team, they will guide you through local logistics and practicalities, the team can provide daily classes on Swahili or local language. Your local coordinator will advise on communication and internet and supply you with a detailed list of your project teams and support group.

There is a 24/7 support network, all in country inquiries will be responded to the same day.

Responsibility
If your application is successful to be an intern / volunteer with ICROSS you will be asked to read the http://comhlamh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Good-Practice-Guidelines-for-Development-Education.pdf standards and best practices for overseas volunteers which range from to http://rmportal.net/library/content/tools/biodiversity-conservation-tools/putting-conservation-in-context-cd/socio-economic-assessments-and-alternative-livelihoods-resources/a-community-economic-development-ced-training-manual-for-peace-corps-volunteers as well as ICROSS duty of care compliance and good conduct regulations. Before signing an agreement of internship you will be asked to be aware of the International standards and code of conduct for overseas internships. This refers to our responsibility to you and your responsibility to the communities and local partners.

Application ICROSS Application form
If you have any questions about this form please contact us at info@icrossinternational.org

Application can be filed in French, English or Swahili.

1. Name
2. Date of birth
3. Country of residence
4. E-mail
5. Address
6. University/institution
7. Intended period of service (dates)
8. Are you coming through an academic programme/provide details
9. Did you plan any independent research/work during this period?
10. What is the highest qualification you have at present?
11. What is your primary area of study?
12. Which category of internship interests you the most?
13. Do you have any previous experience in Africa?
14. Do you have any illness or medical condition we should know about?
15. Do you have or will get full insurance and medical cover?

Please list your skill sets and interests’ e.g. photography, journalism, movie making, management, research, social media, translation or other skills.

Together with this application please send us your C.V and an email telling us why you would like to intern with us.

If your application is successful we will send you by email our terms and condition and regulations together with our orientation materials.

As part of our transparency and responsibility policy we have a comprehensive and detailed set of guidelines designed for the health safety and security of all interns, this include all costs considerations and facts that potential volunteers and interns should consider before applying for the programme.

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