- Feb. 2, 2018
-- The Pendsey Trust is a UK registered charity who fund life saving insulin for children in remote parts of India. Type 1 diabetes is not related to diet or lifestyle and there currently is no cure, with the user being dependent on insulin from diagnosis. Jo Fox, Trustee of The Pendsey Trust, visited India in August, with her family, including 10 year old Oliver, who was diagnosed with the condition at 6 years old. Jo & Oliver began sponsoring Ruchita, who's family were spending 70% of their income on insulin prior to the help they received from The Pendsey Trust. As well as meeting Ruchita, Jo & Oliver met many other children living with diabetes in India, Jo states:
"The conditions were terrible, we met children who live in mud huts, they store insulin in dirty muddy bricks, then have to inject this solution into themselves. In the Indian +45c heat, insulin goes off and it has no effect on the body, leaving the patient in the same situation of not having any. Without insulin, coma occurs within hours and death within days. We are all insulin dependent, but type 1 diabetics have to inject insulin many times a day to stay alive. The Pendsey Trust had previously funded some fridges to help our most needy families to keep insulin cool in the heat, but of course, it was only possible to provide these to families who live in accommodation that has an electrical supply. Many children live in camps or on slums at the side of the railroad and there is no way they can get electricity to their villages. Oliver has had a FRIO bag, which is specially designed to keep insulin cool in situations where refrigeration is not possible, these are simple to use because they are activated by a tiny amount of water, the children can obtain clean water supplies at school if needed. This seems like a simple sustainable solution to help. I approached FRIO UK, who have kindly pledged 200 FRIO bags for our most needy children."
The Pendsey Trust have now started a Crowdfunding campaign to raise £250 to get these bags to India before the temperature hots up. To donate to their project, use the crowdfunded link below.https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/send-cooler-bags-to-save-lives
To learn more about sponsoring a child, click here http://www.thependseytrust.org/sponsor-a-child/