Alice's Banana Plants Are Now Bigger Than Ever, and So Are Her Profits
You've helped Alice learn how to prevent pests and diseases on her coffee and banana plants and keep her livestock healthy, too!
Alice and her husband are Ugandan farmers and proud parents of two children. They own an acre of land where they raise animals and grow a variety of crops from bananas to eggplants and cabbage. Alice strongly believes that her children need an education and she would like to see them go further in school than she did.
Her farm, however, wasn't producing enough crops to allow her to save for their school tuition. One day Alice met Charles, her local Grameen Foundation Community Knowledge Worker (CKW), and everything started to change.
With the help of a specially-equipped mobile phone, Charles taught Alice how to control pests and diseases that had plagued her banana plants. Soon, Alice began to notice a difference. Not only was she growing more bananas, but the bananas were larger and higher quality as well! In the past, Alice fed her animals banana leaves, but they often got sick. At Charles' recommendation, Alice is now feeding them corn and bran – and they are rarely sick.
Many of the changes Alice made to her farm were inexpensive, but they have resulted in much higher profits for Alice and her family! Your support makes it possible for CKWs like Charles to help neighboring farmers like Alice earn more money from their farms.
Thanks to you, Alice and her family are now making enough money to save for their children's education. She even hopes that they will be able go to college one day and pursue any dream they might have.
Your compassion and generosity is helping so many poor women like Alice build a better life today and have hope for a brighter tomorrow. Thank you!
Farmer Mabel Empowers Her Neighbors to Improve Their Coffee Crops
Mabel is a hard-working mother of six in Colombia who spends each day farming coffee. Until a year ago, she and her family worked as coffee bean collectors on someone else's farm. But through a special loan, Mabel and her husband were thrilled to be able to purchase a small five-hectare farm (roughly 12 acres) of their own.
Mabel is committed to making her farm successful and with your support, she is helping others do the same. Mabel was elected by her neighbors to be a Grameen Foundation Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). As a CKW, she uses a specially-equipped mobile device to answer farming questions and help her neighbors increase the amount and quality of coffee they produce.
Since becoming a CKW 19 months ago, Mabel has been pleased to see improvements within her neighborhood, such as the switch to a safer and more environmentally friendly pesticide and better quality coffee harvests.
As a woman in a prominent leadership position, Mabel is a role model for other women in her community. Thanks to you, she feels empowered by the knowledge and leadership skills she has gained as a CKW and is inspired to help other women achieve their dreams.
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One day, Alex LeClair was on the field, blocking shots and making saves, MVP of her high school field hockey team. The next day, she was on the sidelines, told she might never play again. Doctors discovered she had glaucoma and complete loss of vision in her right eye.
Newly diagnosed patients like Alex come to Glaucoma Research Foundation every day. They come seeking information, compassion…and hope.
After 14 hours in the emergency room with specialists, Alex learned she had juvenile open angle glaucoma, a damaged optic nerve, and worse, there was no treatment available to restore vision in her right eye.
Doctors said it was possible she might never drive a car or play sports again. To a fifteen-year-old star goalie about to get her license, this was the worst possible news. "I was an emotional wreck," Alex says, recalling that day. "I get chills just thinking about it now."
At Glaucoma Research Foundation, we are working tirelessly to find treatments for vision loss and a cure for glaucoma. With support from donors, our researchers are hot on the trail of promising breakthroughs. Perhaps even a treatment that could someday help restore Alex's vision. "I'm waiting for the day when we have the technology to regenerate my optic nerve and restore my vision," Alex says.
Alex underwent four surgical procedures to maintain the vision in her left eye and reduce pressure in both. Two years after her diagnosis, doctors cleared her to begin training for her senior year as goalie. "The day I was cleared to play was one of the happiest in my life," Alex says.
Despite the intensive surgeries and considerable amount of time away from the sport, Alex came back full force and joined the team in what would be its best season ever. She and her team even held a fundraiser and donated the proceeds to Glaucoma Research Foundation. "After everything, my mom and I really wanted to give back," Alex says. "We were so grateful."
Marathon runner to crochet flowers to help raise Alzheimer’s disease awareness
David Babcock, a.k.a. “the knitting runner,” will crochet flowers while running the New York City Marathon Nov. 1 and hand them to race spectators to help raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Babcock hopes to finish 20 of the 6-inch flowers, symbolic to people impacted by Alzheimer’s. He raised almost $10,000 running the marathon last year while knitting a 6-foot scarf with the words “I’ll Remember For You.”
Alzheimer’s can’t keep a mother from imparting important life lessons
Christine Dileone’s mother has Alzheimer’s. An assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Dileone is learning that her mother can still teach life lessons while living with the disease.
“Self-absorbed” millennials are increasingly caring for their elders
Millennials, America’s youngest adults, are finding themselves increasingly called on to care for their aging parents and grandparents, including those with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Studies show that millennials are more willing to be caregivers than previous generations.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.