January 2019 Dental Trip to Kenya

January 22, 2019

We completed our work in Oloolaumutia after a successful morning in which we treated approximately 20 people. At least one of them hadn’t slept last night due to tooth pain; he was most grateful for our help and thought he’d be able to sleep tonight and be back at work tomorrow. The highlight of the day for Candace and Codrina was going to the weekly livestock auction, within eyesight of the church, to purchase a goat. They negotiated a good deal for a nice milker whom they named Charlie. We each contributed $5.60 to the cause and asked Juma to give the goat to a family in need. Teale apparently had a hard time saying goodbye.

January 21, 2019

We weren’t too concerned about the rain that fell again through the night because we knew we had only a five-minute drive to our clinic site at the Deliverance Church in Oloolaimutia. The worst case scenario would have been to walk there from our lodge. This was the third time that we have operated at this site and were blessed again with the privilege of serving these happy people. Lenni has the triage process refined to avoid crowds congesting the entrance to the operating area. We will return in the morning.

January 20, 2019

Our drivers were awake for much of the night trying to solve the dilemma of how to get the team to today’s clinic in Naikarra. The problem began with a thunderstorm shortly after we had checked into Enkorok Mara Camp last evening, with rain that continued through much of the night. They knew that their vans could not make the 1.5 hour drive through the inevitable mud along the road, although they had planned ahead enough to send our equipment van straight to Naikarra yesterday. Beginning their attempts at 4:00 a.m. they were eventually able to hire two Land Cruisers with local drivers ready for our planned 6:30 a.m. departure.

January 19, 2019

Today was a travel day as we left the tea-growing district around Kericho and moved on to Oloolaimutia on the southeast corner of the Mara National Reserve. The highlight of the day was a stop for lunch at Olarro Resort with its grand view over the Mara.

January 18, 2019

Our second day at Momoniat Health Centre was much the same as the first, except this time we packed everything up in the late afternoon. Around mid-day we had to troubleshoot a technical problem with one of the suction lines but were back up to full speed after an hour or so. You can see how organized the dental assistants are!

January 17, 2019

A Better World Canada can be proud of its dental team! Today was the first of two at the government-owned Momoniat Health Centre, in the district of the Honorable MP Joseph Limo and his wife Beatrice, friends of A Better World. We are grateful for their support in organizing this clinic and for Beatrice’s presence to translate when needed during the day. We saw many dental issues, one of them pictured to the left.

January 16, 2019

Today we traveled from Gilgil to Kericho. After a pleasant stay in the Jacaranda Hotel, we “escaped” to have lunch at a beautiful arboretum. We also had a tour of the Toror Tea Factory – now, we can truly appreciate the work that goes into preparing a cup of tea! We’re planning on an early start tomorrow so we can get set up at Momoniat Health Centre for our next clinic. We’re looking forward to helping as many community members as possible.

January 15, 2019

Today is our first clinic at Gilgil Township School. The new generator is working well and there have been no mechanical issues with anything today. 36 children were treated. We had a local dentist observing and participating. The team is working hard and is starting to gel – we packed up in under an hour today!

January 14, 2019

We’ve just finished breakfast on the veranda at Lake Elementatia Lodge. All is well. We had no issues getting our baggage through customs.

We drove to Naivasha yesterday for a good lunch. Lenni and Kelvin went ahead after lunch to scout out the clinic space at the school while the others enjoyed a boat safari. That seemed very positive for them all. We got set up fairly well at the school and are trying to get there by 8:00 this morning. Eva and Dr. Omurawa should be there. The Head Teacher was very helpful yesterday, and we left all in the charge of two armed guards.