For a long time the cities, beaches and wilderness of Kenya have been identified as being some of the best in all of Africa. Many tourists have been deeply touched by the rich lands and outpouring of love from virtually every corner of Kenya. And the beauty of Kenya extends even out to the Villages.
Although they are the perfect places to get introduced to local culture and lifestyle, you also get to experience the reality of poverty, the ravages of AIDS , orphans, widows, and untreated sicknesses due to lack of medical treatment or high medical expenses. Infact, someone said, “In other Developed countries, you have everything (Advanced medical facilities money, food, clothing, shelter etc). In Africa when one gets sick, it’s believe God or die!”
Sicknesses such as malaria kill children and mothers before they even get bus fare to a hospital located hundreds of miles away from the villages.
Heart For the Land had a vision to build a Medical Centre in Musikoma Village, Bungoma, Kenya, to help alleviate these challenges for hundreds of thousands of poor people living in Bungoma.
With one of the highest rates of population growth in the world, 50% of the population living on less than a dollar a day and 700 people are dying daily from HIV/AIDS. Kenya needs all the help it can get.
In the summer of 2017, a team of 10 members from Worship Center church in Silver Valley Idaho came to do some work on building foundation of the Silver Valley Medical Center in Bungoma. During their free time they visited with orphan children at Compassion House , an orphanage in Bungoma also under the Heart for the land organization. They took walks with the kids in the community, gave gifts, and shared in communal dinners.
As indicated earlier on our posts, the decision to build a medical centre in Bungoma was based upon the dire need in Kenya for such facilities. Kenya has one of the highest population growth rates worldwide, combined with fifty percent of the population living below the poverty line and an HIV/AIDS pandemic that is decimating a whole generation.
Bungoma county alone has a population of over 1 Million people. This medical center. once completed, will serve several counties with hundreds of villages in Western Kenya.
According to a recent UNDP Human Development Index, which assesses standard of living, life expectancy and knowledge, Kenya ranks 153 out of 175 countries polled worldwide. HIV/AIDS and a lack of investment in education and healthcare are major contributory factors.
When it comes to trying to change the culture, bring enough support to fix the problems, or find solutions to very complex problems here, the needs feel overwhelming. Certainly, we are seeking God’s help in this work which we set our hands too, but if we think of it as serving the culture, saving lives, fulfilling our call, or doing our part, we are confident that we can and we do make a difference in this part of the world. We will continue to serve, providing the best support and guidance that we can.
It’s sometimes the hardest thing to endure seeing sick or wounded people in the back of a bicycle or in a wheelbarrow. If they’re bleeding they are literally pushed on the wheelbarrow, bicycles, or driven in motorbikes for 45 minutes or an hour to get to the nearest paved road — then flag down a bus “Matatu.” Sometimes, it would take two hours to get to the hospital. As long as we all open our hearts to stand with our people, we shall save many lives.
We have began this work by faith trusting that God will open more doors for the work to be completed.
Heart for the land is also grateful to Silver Valley Worship Center in Idaho for the partnership to build Silver Valley Medical Center in Bungoma, Kenya. The initial development of the project took place in December of 2011 with a desire to help meet the medical needs of children in Bungoma.
In 2017, amidst all struggles, we continue to trust God for funding to elevate the facility from foundation to completion. If you would like to make a donation today to the Medical Center, please visit our online giving partner ClearGive. Donations can be made to Heart For the Land and Memo “Silver Valley Medical Center.”
The projection for the first phase of the project is estimated to cost $40,000.00. The overall cost of the whole project will cost an estimated $140,000.00
Silver valley medical center project.
Contact person: Michael Bushebi Heartfortheland@gmail.com,
phone is 509-483-1130 (Fellowship Church office)
Heart for The land
2102 E. Everett Avenue
Spokane, Wa. 99207
Visit our sponsoring ministry, Fellowship Church, or make a donation today to Medical Center by visiting our online giving partner ClearGive. Donations can be made to Heart For the Land and Memo “Silver Valley Medical Center.”