Our coordinator from Argentina, Coty, keeps in touch
with several Latin American OI associations, which pass on the needs of
the children. I (María, from Spain) put potential sponsors in touch with
her, and she sends them information about the children. When the sponsor
decides to sponsor a child, I arrange for the most convenient way to send
the money with him. When the money arrives, the association informs both
the sponsor about its arrival, and the child’s family about the coming
treatment. When the treatment has been carried out, the association
notifies us and we inform the sponsor. In addition to this communication,
the sponsor and child correspond by mail or otherwise as they wish.
Sometimes treatment is no longer necessary (when the
patient’s bone density has reached a level considered normal, the
biphosphonate treatment is usually suspended). In those cases we’ll
propose another needy child to be sponsored. If at some time a sponsor is
unable or unwilling to contribute more money, we’ll look for another
sponsor for the child he was sponsoring.
We still have children that need sponsors to buy medicine, to get
physical therapy treatment and to purchase the equipment they need to move
around. We hope to get sponsors for all of them. We have also obtained one-time
donations that we’ll invest to cover the treatment needs of one child
for one year.