Five Years

Hola Kristiina,

Five years passed since we last cheered together. Since we last felt the snow. Since we last planned. Since we last got our passports stamped.

Five years that have kept your vivid image in my retina.

Five years.

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Up Hill

Hola Kristiina,
I am so glad to report with a few lines from Tesfaye, how great Dani is doing. I am receiving as well other nice reports from Addis, that cheer me up. I hope these news make you as glad as I am.
November 15th,
Dani is doing fine. He is grown up and improving every day with his
functional activity and gross motor skills. His gait speed and his leg stride is improving.
He has been going to the special needs  school, with great interest as usual.
November 30th,
About Dani, he is doing very fine and his level of ambulation is
dramatically improving. He is now able to walk over 30 minute on different surfaces (slopes, down hill and on smooth surface).
And he is also attending his school with great motivation and interest.
December 10th,
Dani is doing fine and he has been following his regular physiotherapy

program with great motivation and interest as usual and he has been showing

improvement  in his gross and functional skills.

He will  follow up program with doctor Tim in Cure Hospital for the second
time after six months in December 21st to recheck his level of improvement after
he had had minor surgery one year ago.
Illona invited, Timo (physiotherapist), Sari(physiotherapist), and Tomi.

They were from Finland and spent some time with Dani.

The Third

The first year was the beginning of a beautiful project. Resilience channeled towards assistance.

The second year was fond memories. Assistance settled, provided continuity to the project, and hopefully Dani felt a glimpse of routine in his daily work.

The third year has being joy through inspiration. You keep strongly inspiring us.

Thank you Kristiina for the values left.

Thank you to those who directly and from the shadows keep believing in this project and in Dani.

A LIFE LOST, ANOTHER MUST BLOOM

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Kristiina Juutinen passed away on February 15, 2014 in a tragic accident in the Danakhil Depresion, Ethiopia. She was a brave and dedicated expectant mother who committed part of her life to help alleviate the suffering of those in need. She volunteered and worked in places like Namibia, Zambia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Nepal, Italy, and Finland. During her last period in Ethiopia she engaged in curing Daniel Abraham, an eight year old orphan at Sele Enat Mahiber affected by Dandy-Walker syndrome. She liaised with different doctors and aid workers to provide treatment and a potential surgery that would lead to Dani’s recovery.

The Juutinen Lisko and Santamarta Perez families are committed to continue her legacy setting the “Kristiina Juutinen Memorial Fund” in support for Daniel Abraham. They will not recover Kristiina to their lives physically, but wish to dedicate their energy to channel Dani into a healthy condition, from which he could grow and develop as a normal child.

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Daniel Abraham

The families humbly suggest to those who are willing to send flowers or condolence cards for Kristiina’s funeral to, instead, transfer its value into Kristiina Juutinen Memorial Fund. They would appreciate the support of any other donation for the same purpose. Donations can be transferred to:

We are grateful for the support received and will be implementing our project for the next few years.

For the moment we kindly ask to halt donations as the project is sufficiently funded. We will, therefore, concentrate in the implementation phase.

Dani’s health improvement is our utmost desire and focus.

 

Memorial Fund audit will be available to donors upon request.

Daniel Abraham’s surgical intervention and recovery process progress will be regularly posted in this blog, as well as operational requirements and request for potential support.