Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Traveled miles through the jungles…

Today was a scoping day for me – looking for clinics to build and train local workers, places for our medical team to work in the fall, and look for hotels near our work site.  It was a very long day; I had no idea how much jungle there is around here.  We visited the Olkoroi clinic.  No one would know that there was a clinic in this jungle!!  The clinic serves 10,000 people. Some walk from as far away as 12 KM to get here.

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The next clinic is Oloolaimuta in the heart of Sopa Centre.  Juma volunteers here.  This was unbelievable.  A pregnant lady had traveled 70 KM on a motorbike from Tanzania.  This clinic is the only clinic for at least 15,000 people and today it was packed with moms and babies. This is run by a local church.  They saw the need in the community and put up the building.

The building is now crumbling and it has no delivery room – In fact there are only 2 rooms.

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I also saw a very nice dental clinic founded by Dr. Domaso of Loma Linda University. He pioneered this work. There is a dentist  from the USA year-round so this is permanently open. Today I met up with Dr. Mark Porco from Sacramento, CA.  He is here with his family for two weeks.  This is in a beautiful facility with the latest equipment and, yes, in the middle of the jungle.

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I traveled through a lot of jungle with virtually no road.  It was an exciting day.

Keith visited two more schools today in Kericho.  He reported that Ringa, the first school we built, ranked # 1 this year in the region. I will share his full report tomorrow.