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'.
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 Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital Gambia in October 2012. Computers and printers have gone to a school in Gambia. RSI have joined forces with 'THE BIG SMILE PROJECT-GAMBIA' to build a community centre, a recording studio, & a maternity unit, on the North Bank of The Gambia River.
We travelled to The Gambia on the 4th. January, 2013 to get the project started.
Click on the link below to see Facebook photos of our latest project to help a hospital in The Gambia.
(Click the above link for Facebook pictures from 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.
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.
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
There are six main medical problems
that the clinics will have to deal with: Malaria, AIDS, Cholera, Typhoid,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.