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 VIDEO DIARY JULY 2010

Click on the link below to see Facebook photos of the latest project to help a hospital in The Gambia.

Due to the success of our Mount Elgon project, RSI will now be working in more African countries. The medical supplies in the Facebook link pictures below, total over 20,000, were shipped to The Gambia in October 2012.

Diana and Saidou Saine run 'The Big Smile Project Gambia'.

 

 

 

 

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die,

so that you may live as you wish."

Mother Teresa

28th. October 2011.Our first container clinic arrived at Embakasi International Freight Depot, Nairobi, Kenya.

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OUR FIRST CONTAINER CLINIC HAS NOW REACHED MOUNT ELGON.

Pic 1. is the container being loaded at Embakasi Container Depot. Pic 2. is the precarious drive up to Mount Elgon, and Pic 3. is Leon and Jimmy as the container is ready to be placed on the base.

    

 

FACEBOOK LINK TO CONTAINER ARRIVING IN KENYA

(Click the above link for Facebook pictures from Leon)

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THANKS LEON

A huge, great big thank you, to Leon Cross, for all his hard work in negotiating, and navigating, his way through all the paperwork in order to get the container from Nairobi up to Mount Elgon. We are hoping that Leon will join us on a more permanent basis. Well done mate, for services above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks also to Jimmy and Noah, for all their support.

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OUR FIRST GOVERNMENT CONTRACT

As of Friday 16th. March 2012, we have The Kenyan Ministry Of Health contract for all the local schools in the Mount Elgon area. We will be looking after the health of many hundreds of children in that area. The Local Area Health Authority, are supplying us with the medicines to administer the treatment of Jiggers, Ringworm and all the associated ailments among the children of that area. This is indeed very good news.

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OUR FIRST SOLO PROJECT

We shall be instigating projects in the Mount Elgon area of Kenya, from October 2011. Our first clinic is sited on the foothills of Elgon at Kamukata, near Kimilili, utilizing a shipping container .  It is sited on land owned by Noah Omonya, the chairman of Wekhoyela Alakara, the CBO that is managing the clinic. It will be staffed by three local, trained nurses that are members of the Wekhoyela Alakara group.

There are six main medical problems that the clinics will have to deal with: Malaria, AIDS, Cholera, Typhoid, Ringworm & Jiggers. Jiggers are tiny parasitic sand flies that thrive in poor hygiene, and breed in the human body. They can cause deformities, even death. It takes two weeks of treatment, and it is estimated that ten million Kenyans are at risk. There is also much social stigma associated with Jiggers.

 Malaria is now a bigger killer in Kenya than AIDS. The reason for this is that most Malaria drugs in Kenya are generic, which means they come from India and China. They are virtually useless. We are hoping to secure efficient Malaria drugs. The under five year old mortality rate is very high. Social awareness is another huge problem, and we aim to run community awareness programmes to address this. We will be sending out European, and American, nurses to help with the programme, and to train local nurses.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO, IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER

RSI client information / RSI Health Tips / RSI Kenya Check List 2012 /  RSI Volunteer Application

RSI Volunteer medical document /  RSI volunteer programme agreement

CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINKS

COMMUNITY AWARENESS PROJECTS IN THE UK

We will be  projects in the Newhaven, East Sussex area of the UK. They will be set up to inform the local community, especially the underprivileged, and disabled, of Kenyan ways and customs, and to use exchange visits, to make our communities aware of how each other live. We will be training UK volunteers in First Aid and medical programmes to go to Africa, on a sponsored programme to help with the sick, poor and needy, and impart this knowledge using our classes in Newhaven. Likewise, we will be giving Kenyan volunteers the chance to see how we live in the UK, and to take this knowledge back with them for reciprocal programmes. We will achieve this by using theatre, art, music, dance, and lecture programmes in both countries. The programmes will start in early 2012. They will be for people of all ages, religions and races. These projects will not only be for volunteers to go overseas, but to help local people follow their passions, and to integrate people back into society.

A big thanks goes to Jim at Haven-Trading, who not only be servicing and renovating PC's and Laptops, for our courses, but he will be involved in the community awareness programmes in Newhaven.

Another huge thank you to the energy and enthusiasm of Nicki Day, from Newhaven, who is putting on events for the charity.  Nicki is now an RSI Committee Member, and she will be running the dance and theatre courses at our soon to be decided premises, in Newhaven .

 

Due to the land disputes between 2006 and 2008, over one thousand people were killed in the Mount Elgon district. This has led to many orphans living on their own, or with siblings, without proper education, or hygiene. Many turn to robbery, violence, and drugs. There are also many widows due to the conflict, and due to AIDS. There is also much child prostitution, which aggravates the spread of HIV/AIDS, as many children find it the only way feed, and clothe, their families.

If you would like to work on a project, contact me: rick@ricksharpe.co.uk

 

Below are photos of the Wekhoyela Alakara Community based Organization treating patients. The now have forty case files with two hundred clients on their books. As yet they have nowhere to operate from. Our first clinic will be in place in November 2011.

Family infected with jiggers being attended to.Members tending a client.

Members on the site administering treatment.These children are all orphans.

Alakara/Wekhoyela member spraying a clients' house

 

Below are pictures of where the clinic will be situated, on the lower slopes of Mt. Elgon. We will be using a storage container like the one below as a medical clinic. The beauty of these is that they are cheap, robust, and you can add to them, sideways, or even on top. They measure 20'x 8'x8'. It costs  2,000 to send this container, fully loaded with supplies, to Kenya. We already have a plot to put it on, and   ALLSOLAR , solar power, have supplied the solar power unit, for lighting, equipment, and refrigeration for medicines, for 500 Thanks so much to COLIN at ALLSOLAR for his very kind offer.

click to enlarge location of clinic

Take a look at the link below, to see the road widening, brick making for the latrines, and site clearance for our first container clinic.

FACEBOOK LINK TO CONTAINER CLINIC PREPARATIONS

 

DR. KARAMBU RINGERA

INTERNATIONAL PEACE INITIATIVE founder and Kenyan women's rights activist DR. KARAMBU RINGERA, and RSI will be joining forces on projects in Kenya later on in 2012

Take a look at the link below

http://www.ipeacei.org/

 

RICK IN CONVERSATION WITH PETE COGLE ABOUT KARAMBU'S VISIT

 

 

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