The chance to do something that you have always dreamed of doing doesn’t come along every day. I have always had a dream to go to Africa, particularly Kenya, not just to visit as a tourist, but to do something truly meaningful. When I was younger it didn’t seem possible because I didn’t have enough vision or confidence to really think it would happen. As I got older I knew there were ways that it seemed possible but didn’t seen the right time. Well, now the time and the belief in the possibility have come together and I am going!
Last year my brother-in-law, Mark Huber, went with his brother Tom and several other volunteers to build a medical clinic for the Maasai people of the Empopongi community in the Western part of Kenya. This year the mission is to build housing for the medical volunteers who come to work at the clinic. Without this clinic and medical staff the locals must travel over 90 miles to receive medical services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Kenya has just one doctor and only 12 nurses for every 10,000 people!! This clinic with medical staff will reach an estimated 4,000 people. Here are a few pictures that were taken from that trip.
(picture credit goes to Mark Huber and Christina Burcheci Borduz via Facebook)
Visiting the slums in Nairobi
Touring one of the slum areas in Nairobi, Mark made a lot of friends!
Mark and Vital Solutions founder Ben Sterciuc working on building the church.
Temporary clinic at the church
A temporary clinic was set up at the Elevation Church in Nairobi to provide much needed medical and dental care. Local doctors and volunteers treat patients, and the women pictured here are packaging pharmaceuticals.
On to the Village
After spending a few days in Nairobi the group traveled out to the village. It took several hours to get there with primitive roads and uncooperative waterways. In the village everyone helps do what they can while the elderly woman keeps an eye on things 😉 .
Local wildlife, up close and personal
Of course, I am also excited about going on safari and seeing the local wildlife. These are a few pictures taken last year. Mark says that they came upon the lion and he was about three feet away!
Now it’s my turn!
I am so excited to go on this adventure! The timing for me is very good, now that children are grown and living their own lives and me leaving the 9 to 5 work life over a year ago. It is also a good time for me to get away from the challenges that I have been dealing with in regards to my house in Shoreline that was recently broken into and ram-shacked. Having done what I can to keep the squatters out, other than camping out, i.e., moving in, and still sorting through years of stuff and memories it will be good to get away and do something for others in more dire need. Everyone says I will be affected forever. I’m sure that’s true.
Thanks to everyone who is supporting me in this, particularly my awesome hubby, Scott Cowan, who is footing the bill for my travel and accommodation expenses. I couldn’t have done it without him. I am still in need of funding donations to help build the housing. All of this money goes directly to the build. Thank you so much to those who have donated!! If each of my Facebook friends only donated $10 I would exceed my goal. With that in mind, any and all donations can truly help. For minimum donations I am giving free Mary Kay products (and yes we have things for men too!!). For any donation of $50 you will receive $10 in Mary Kay product, for $100 donations you get $25 in Mary Kay product, and for a $500 donation you get $150 in Mary Kay product! And everyone who donates will get entered into the drawing for a two night stay at my Ocean Shores house. Please go to https://www.youcaring.com/kenyamedicalstaffhousing to do what you can to make a difference in the lives of others.
I promise I will post pictures as I can along the way and definitely when I return.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!