It has been a monumental effort in the last weeks and months to find things arrived at this place. Through the tireless and unwavering dedication of our Kenyan director, Jack Mila, and the many other partners, supporters, and other amazing folks Community Health Concern is on the verge of an official opening!
Jack has done some amazing things to overcome many of the challenges that have faced this project from lack of funding to loss of buildings to insufficient supplies and has carried this clinic on his shoulders to where we are now. Over the past months Jack has readied this building to begin receiving and treating patients as soon as this week. All the remains is an inspection by the Minestry of Health and the stamp of approval to begin officially operating as Community Health Concern.
This exciting and unbelievable news still comes with some trepidation. You see, funding for the first full year of the clinic’s operation has yet to be raised and without continued support from people just like you, this clinic’s opening might be short-lived. We are still in need of roughly $19,000 to have complete funding for the first year of operation, a number that seems astronomical, but one that must be reached. As always you can visit our Donate page and make a donation to the clinic by selecting “Special Projects” in the Donate To dropdown and typing Clinic in the provided box. This ensures your donation goes where you want it used.
CELEBRATING WITH THE COMMUNITY
To commemorate the pending official opening of Community Health Concern, Unboxed Lives in accordance with Jack and many local medical professionals in the Kisumu area held a free medical camp for the Nyalenda area.
The free camp was held on October 5th and was staffed by 3 doctors, 2 nurses, 1 assistant, and 5 Unboxed Lives Team Members from the US. All the medical professionals working in this camp were from the local area and have been serving people in Kisumu and around the city their whole lives. In one day these folks saw 380 patients with ailments ranging from colds to flu to malaria and strep throat. There were so many cases of malaria the clinic actually ran out of medicine and had to start turning people away. This is how great the need is in the area and another reason why this clinic needs to be open and stay open.
There were so many people who needed care that though this free camp was just Saturday, people showed up Sunday as well hoping to be seen. The healthcare need in Nyalenda and Kisumu as a whole is without measure.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It is evident from the turnout at the grand opening free medical camp that the number of people without access to proper health care in the Nyalenda slum and Kisumu as a whole is staggering. The Community Health Concern Medical Center exists to try to begin to meet this need, though we will most likely fall short. It’s success and the wellbeing of those in need comes down to us. You. Me. Everyone. We all must come together and make sure this clinic is funded and sustained for the first year so that Jack and his local leaders can build a solid foundation and continue running the clinic from then on.
We are calling on your support, your backing, your partnership to make this happen. Please find it in your heart to support this effort and give live saving care to those who can’t otherwise afford it. Together we can make this happen!
Big shout out to the Unboxed Lives volunteer team who has been in Kenya the last week helping prepare the clinic to open and assisting Jack and his group ready the clinic for inspection. Our team members serve with their hands and their feet and have become partners with those doing real work and helping real people. It’s not always clean or easy work, but our teams do what needs to be done and they deserve a big thanks!