Our projects and work

We are passionate about loving, serving and equipping people in the resource-poor world.  Mardi, a pediatric emergency physician, serves primarily in three areas of focus:  clinical work amongst the poor and marginalised, training East African health care workers, and health leadership.  Andy, a civil engineer, project manager and theological educator, is passionate about seeing projects, teams and pastors in low resource settings succeed.  We live in Kijabe, Kenya.

Mardi was a volunteer[1] pediatrician at Kijabe Hospital between 2011-2017:  inpatient services for the pediatric ward, nursery and ICU, as well as oversight of the Maternal / Child Health outpatient clinic and children in the emergency department.  She led education for nurses and medical trainees in  pediatric assessment, resuscitation and intensive care, and has been a founding member of  PECC-Kenya to create East/Central/West Africa’s first pediatric emergency and critical care training program.

From 2013-2016, she was also the volunteer Medical Director of Kijabe Hospital, with oversight of inpatient services including >10,000 surgeries and over 2,000 newborn deliveries a year, as well as outpatient care to 130,000 adults and children per year, of whom >8,000 are HIV+ and around 1000 of whom are refugees. She is currently completing her MBA with a view to strengthening efficiencies, resource utilisation and creative solutions to healthcare provision in resource-limited environments.

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Andy splits his time between theological education / mentorship of pastors and leaders, and building project management and leadership capacity amongst those serving the poor.

21st century Africa is littered with good intentions but failed projects, and Andy is passionate about equipping leaders to reverse this trend. From 2011-2017 Andy provided project management support to local and regional leaders in developing and delivering projects, drawing on his experience in the military and private sector to support Kijabe Hospital and other organisations across East Africa as a consultant.

His focus has been providing engineering and commercial advice including strategic and operational planning; leadership and governance development; project management; procurement advice and transaction facilitation; team establishment and alignment; team and individual coaching and capability development; relationship transformation and conflict resolution and workshop facilitation. Recent and ongoing projects include master planning for New Sight Congo, training for eMi Uganda and institutional strengthening with African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

Above all, Andy’s heart lies in spiritual formation and equipping others to live their lives with purpose and passion, discovering the life of the ‘light and easy yoke’ (Matthew 11:30) that Jesus spoke about.  He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity with a view to further equipping pastors in East Africa.

Riley and Liam wildebeest-spotting at the Mara River

Riley and Liam wildebeest-spotting at the Mara River. December 2011

Riley (2007) and Liam (2008) enjoy learning Swahili, piano and drums, visiting sick children at the hospital and making trips to the local dukas (markets). They also like scaring away local baboons, baking cakes, making paper aeroplanes, reading and getting muddy during the long rains. They attend school at Rift Valley Academy, making friends from Africa and beyond.  Together we enjoy camping and hiking adventures with friends.

For more information on the breadth and scope of the hospital’s work, visit the Hospital’s webpage here.


[1] Are we “missionaries”?  Some might use this label, because we are followers of Jesus and have given up our comfortable jobs and lives in the West to serve in Africa.  But we don’t like the word “missionary” or “missions”, due to the history of paternalism and colonialism that is inseparable from it, including the colonial mindset of downreaching to those we consider less than ourselves because our ways are “better”.  No, we think of ourselves the same way we would think of anyone anywhere who is living a life as “…the cooperative friends of Jesus, leading consistent lives of creative goodness through the power of the Holy Spirit for the sake of others (Todd Hunter)”, asking ourselves, “what is God doing in this culture and with these people, and what is He asking me to do to help?”  However, we recognize that many would consider us “vocational missionaries”, in the sense of training and working cross-culturally, and relocating intentionally, and that’s fair enough.

 

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