August 5, 2011
The Nurses of Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi
It is our very great pleasure to present you with the original artwork herewith enclosed, a gift of The Blossom Project.
The purpose of the Blossom Project is to inspire people to do their best to serve the needs of global community, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The enclosed watercolour painting is one of 19 we are sending out as gifts to individuals or groups able to bring about positive change in the world.
Each painting is a token of acknowledgement for work already done. Each is a gesture of encouragement for work that may yet be undertaken in the future.
Specifically, we wish to acknowledge your dedication to health care in the most difficult conditions. With incidence of HIV and many other serious illnesses among the highest in the world, and with health worker wages among the lowest, out-migration of qualified nurses from Malawi is a pressing problem.
We encourage you to continue your invaluable work on the wards, and in your efforts in conjunction with Oxfam to draw attention to shortage of professional staff in your area. More nurses are choosing to follow your example and remain in Malawi.
The enclosures provide background on The Blossom Project, the paintings, the recipients, the Millennium Development Goals, and ourselves.
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Marlene Yuzak and Allan Casey
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