Announcing…a new eye hospital in Congo (27/3/17)
Mar27

Announcing…a new eye hospital in Congo (27/3/17)

Keen readers of this blog and our Steeres in Kenya Facebook page may have noticed my being circumspect about a major project I’ve been privileged to support over the last year.  Often in the development of a major charitable project, until the project is ready to be ‘launched’ for fundraising it’s kept under wraps so that launching and fundraising occur simultaneously–no small task when you have donors...

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Pipes, muck and eager young minds (22/3/17)
Mar22

Pipes, muck and eager young minds (22/3/17)

In 2015 I was approached by the leadership of Rift Valley Academy to help solve their decades-old issues with insufficient water supply and contamination issues.  500 hundred students attend the school, representing 30 nationalities with their parents cross-cultural work spanning across all of Africa and the Middle East – providing a clean water system for this community has an impact that is difficult to overstate. I agreed,...

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Hope, Part 3 (28/2/17)
Feb28

Hope, Part 3 (28/2/17)

It has been a big week.  The nursing strike at Kijabe made it clear that a change in leadership was necessary – and the hospital’s Executive and Nursing Directors were replaced.  Our new interim Executive Director, one of Kijabe’s pediatric surgeons, navigated a compromise, and by day 6 our nurses were back at work, doors were opened, and the hospital is again full of patients.  We are back to where we were a week...

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Shutdown (20/2/17)
Feb20

Shutdown (20/2/17)

Last night at midnight, for the first time in its 101 year history, Kijabe Hospital closed its doors to all but emergency and critical/ICU patients.  Profoundly frustrated over many issues, including a multiple-year failure of the hospital executive leadership and board to address their very low salaries and long hours, our nurses walked out mid-shift.  Patients abandoned – doctors, clinical officers and a handful of...

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Farewell (8/2/17)
Feb08

Farewell (8/2/17)

Since we started working in Kenya 6 years ago, I’ve learned is that a crucial (and often-overlooked or postponed) part of working through grief and loss is honest processing of difficult situations.  Part of acknowledging the pain of the overwhelming number of sick and dying kids we are seeing during the doctors’ strike is being emotionally honest about the impact.  I find that writing helps me deal with the death and...

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