Pastor Daniel Ntheeu is the most incredibly dedicated man to his people and to our cause. He has completed the required building works of the Dispensary meeting the requirements of the Kenyan government. He has engaged with the doctor, who is the District Health Officer, and she is writing a letter of recommendation to accompany Daniel’s application for registration of the Dispensary to obtain a licence from the Kenyan government to operate as a Medical Centre. On top of all this Daniel has engaged the services of a registered nurse to commence working in the Medical Centre in July. The nurse is fully qualified as I understand even to practice midwifery. This combined with Ruth Ntheeu’s first aid course with St John Ambulance, should make a great combined service to the people of Kanthi. All this without the aid of Hon. Rachael Nyamai……still silence from this government minister! Daniel is very impressed with the assistance from the District Health Officer.
What a life changing experience this is for the people of Kanthi. They have water ‘on tap’ in the village. A Greenhouse growing a tomato crop to help sustain the village. A Nursery school for their little ones and now this Medical Centre within their village.
A couple of more requirements I wish to meet are to supply the medical equipment to equip the Medical Centre and also raise some funds to pay for the nurse’s wages for about three months until their tomato crops are viable to sell at market and hence bring in income to support the Centre. Pastor Daniel has negotiated a monthly wage of Ksh 25,000.00 which is approximately A$333.00 depending on conversion rate. Patients also will be required to pay for services to maintain viability.
I am currently contacting medical suppliers to try to obtain equipment, as per the list published in Bulletin Update No. 58, hopefully being donated by a supplier otherwise at a discounted rate. Currently I have enough money to pay for the equipment listed if Daniel purchases it in Nairobi and another term’s food for the Nursery school children. However that leaves me short for the Nursery school children’s teacher’s wages and the wages for the nurse. The Nursery school teacher’s wage being paid by the village was dependant on the Greenhouse and when the water was cut off then the crop that they had sown failed without water.
So I am planning another ‘small’ fundraising event possibly a garage sale in Anglesea or a mini walkathon in Melbourne…….I shall keep you posted.
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