What's New With The Denan Project - Fall, 2016
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A report from Dick Young, President and Founder of The Denan Project
New Grant Awards and a New Partner for Burkina Faso

In our Denan hospital, construction of new facilities to meet ever-growing demand is already underway.

We are very pleased to report that two long-time funders – The Macauley Foundation and Friends of Children – have awarded TDP new grants this year totaling $55,000! This funding will be used to purchase badly needed medicines and supplies as well as to fund expansion of our hospital in Ethiopia. We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing support.

In early Fall of this year, TDP announced that our Burkina Faso site would change management and be run by TEEEM Inc., a private foundation affiliated with a longtime TDP supporter. We are pleased that TEEEM will be able to offer continuing and expanded services to the people of the Ouadaradouo region.

Site Updates 

Denan, Ethiopia

Interacting with local children is always one of the most rewarding parts of site visits -- this one taken last year.
  • In September, our health center saw 3,420 patients --  matching the highest total seen in any one month in the almost 13 years we have been in Denan!  
  • We are averaging between 2,000 and 3,000 patients each month, and as always, all patients are treated for free.  This success, however, has translated into a shortage of hospital beds and rooms. We are currently constructing and equipping 2 additional rooms at the hospital to better meet the needs of our patients and staff.
  • All micro-loans are on schedule to be repaid in full, and all of our 23 previous micro-loans were fully repaid – a great track record.
Uratari, Peru

A dentist in our Peru health clinic seeing a patient
  • Our free medical outreach program continues to be strong and we are currently seeing approximately 1,260 patients each month. As the only health center in this isolated mountain community, we are expanding the program to give a greater number of people access to healthcare, and through our recently purchased ambulance will be reaching additional neighboring High Andean villages.
  • All our micro-loan programs are going well and are expected to be repaid on time. We are also encouraging a new bee-keeping program and a program for the raising of cuyes (guinea pigs – a local favorite source of protein), in two additional remote villages.
  • We recently expanded our “Golden Condor Scholar Awards” to include the 8th grade. Now in its second year of operation, the program gives each of the top 3 students in the local high school grades a certificate and the rough equivalent of $50 each semester. The award creates an incentive for kids (and their parents), encouraging students to study and remain in school, in an area where many fail to finish high school.

Tariat, Mongolia

A home visit in Mongolia
  • Our hospital in Mongolia now offers care in cardiology, pediatrics and internal medicine, due largely to our program that pays tuition for doctors to further their education. Dental care will also soon be available, as the dental student we have been supporting will soon be coming to work. We are proud to report that she will be graduating at the top of her class!
  • The new ambulance purchased by The Denan Project has also improved emergency and outreach services, allowing us to reach additional groups of remote herder families year-round.
  • Our innovative student health club program is in full operation and has been well received, and provides important health education to high school students, who then go and speak to primary and middle school students to pass on what they have learned.
  • Due to our success in Tariat, we have been asked by the Director of Health of the local province to also begin working in the town of Erdenemandal, in a different district, to replicate what we have accomplished. We have just started supporting this area and are sending two doctors for advanced degrees in internal medicine and anesthesiology, as well as providing partial funding for badly needed x-ray equipment.
Chinle, Arizona

A local Navajo mother and child (Photo Credit: Ed Cunicelli)
  • In the Navajo Nation in Arizona, we continue to support the Family Spirit program in the 3 towns of Chinle, Tsaile and Pinon, where 43% of the population lives below the poverty line.
  • This culturally tailored home-visiting program is delivered by Native American paraprofessionals, and works to improve the health disparities that impact American Indian mothers and children.  
  • Working in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, last year we provided money to train 21 Health Team Members from the Public Health Nursing Department at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Arizona. The Health Technicians are currently delivering services to approximately to 97 Navajo families.
  • In the coming year we will be providing funds to develop new materials, conduct quality assurance visits and train additional Navajo staff members.

As always, thank you for your continued support of The Denan Project. If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at

Best regards,


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Alice Norwick

Alice Norwick is a Board member and volunteer who has been working with The Denan Project since 2007. She shared the following thoughts:

"My partner was part of the three-man group that made the initial visit to Denan more than 10 years ago. He told me first-hand about the devastation that he witnessed there, and I knew I wanted to help. Since then I've had the chance to make two site visits — the first in 2010 for the grand opening of our Uratari, Peru clinic; and the second in February 2016, to Denan, Ethiopia. The memories and images of the people I met on these trips will remain with me always. These experiences have made me more passionate and inspired to do as much as possible to raise money for The Denan Project, which is literally changing the world for the better — one community at a time."

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