New children’s wing! (6/3/16)

When we returned to Kijabe in June 2013 after our first home assignment, ground had been broken on the new Bethany Kids Children’s Center.  Three years later, this wonderful project has been completed – 76 beds for sick children, including 8 “high dependency / intensive care” beds for critical children who would have no way to survive without them.  This has been a labour of love – international donors making this USD$3m+ project possible, engineers volunteering for years away from the US to see this project from inception to delivery, suitcases of donated decals and lovingly handmade quilts couriered over by visitors.

It is a joy to have a facility that is bright and colourful and intentionally designed for the best patient care.  There are things still incomplete and imperfect – our new medical gas plant means that some beds can’t yet be opened, delayed cornicing means corner plaster is already being chipped, some bedding is delayed in transit – but this beautiful, imperfect, already-but-not-yet facility encapsulates for me the joy and messiness of working in an imperfect world in which God’s kingdom is still breaking through.   And I’m grateful for it.

The common areas have a theme of a "river of life" flowing through the building.

The common areas have a theme of a “river of life” flowing through the building.

Arianna and I put up fish decals on the wall donated by both of our churches in the US.

Arianna and I put up fish decals on the wall donated by both of our churches in the US.

Fish decals swimming in the river...

Fish decals swimming in the river…

The very first patients to arrive in the new wing.

The very first patients to arrive in the new wing.

Each of the ward rooms has the theme of an "Island of Hope" with a green and sand colour scheme.  Each named A through K with a word of encouragement - this is G, or Grace, ward.

Each of the ward rooms has the theme of an “Island of Hope” with a green and sand colour scheme. Each named A through K with a word of encouragement – this is G, or Grace, ward.

The 8-bed ward, each bed with handmade quilts.

The 8-bed ward, each bed with handmade quilts.

A patient warm and happy  in the new wing.

A patient warm and happy in the new wing.

Island bird and leaf decals.

Island bird and leaf decals.

Our new high dependency / intensive care unit, with Arianna and the nursing team.

Our new high dependency / intensive care unit, with Arianna and the nursing team.

Nurses at their new station.

Nurses at their new station.

Patients arriving on the ward on moving day.

Patients arriving on the ward on moving day.

Our HR director Charles leads with service to feed the troops on moving day.

Our HR director Charles leads with service to feed the troops on moving day.

Volunteer Susan O'Neill plays with some of our precious kids in the new play room.

Volunteer Susan O’Neill plays with some of our precious kids in the new play room.

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