Projects

Timeline of Projects:

2009201020112012
  • Built a 20,000-liter cistern to collect clean drinking water.
  • Replaced thatched roofs with sheet metal.
  • Constructed 14 wooden bed frames for the Bethlehem Home elders and orphans who had been sleeping on dirt floors at home.
  • Provided healthcare for 800 people living on the Nyakach Plateau (including the orphans and elders of Bethlehem Home) in the 2-week period.
  • Installed 25 rain gutter systems and tanks at homes of the orphans and elders to harvest rainwater for drinking.
  • Planted >1000 fruit trees at the homes of the orphans and elders.
  • Purchased goats (1 male, 5 females) to provide milk for drinking and for sale and to provide nutrient-rich fertilizer for the fruit and vegetable gardens.
  • Constructed a swing-set for the orphans. The swing-set was quite popular. Indeed, the local gatherings gave birth to our new school (grades 1-5), which began October of 2010.
  • We were the first in Kenya to pilot the use of adjustable glasses for people with poor vision through Global Vision 2020.
  • Treated approximately 700 people including the orphans and elders of Bethlehem Home. Cases similar to 2009 were reported; however, word of our free clinic spread and we encountered more serious ailments.
  • Conducted a medical laboratory to test blood samples for malaria, anemia, and diabetes. Our lab utilized advanced, hand-held technology to establish severity of sickness, including C-reactive protein readings and iStat blood chemistry panels.  In our building with no electricity and no water, our instruments were powered by AA batteries!
  • Two doctors (Dr. Lisa Baker & Dr. Bob Dimski) saw over 800 patients in our temporary clinic.
  • 2 business professors joined us for 3 days and hosted business seminars on the plateau.
  • Many more water tanks and gutter systems were installed, and Biff Patton skillfully instructed 3 locals on water tank and gutter installation and managment.  Water purification systems were added for 25 homes, thanks to Biff and Texas Baptist Men.
  • Clinical research was conducted in asthmatic patients, patients with high blood-lead levels, anemic patients and hypertensive patients.
  • Students trained 9 local women, one from each village, as “Village Mothers”. These women received training in reproductive health issues and now lead village discussion groups twice per month.
  • 66 students, physicians (Dr. Lisa Baker, Dr. Bob Dimksi & Dr. Ted Dyer) and other professionals traveled to Kenya on May 13th and returned May 31st, 2012.
  • The temporary clinic and lab allowed for over 800 patients to be seen by the doctors and receive medication.
  • 8 more milk goats were purchased and found new homes with the orphans and elders.
  • Our school, Bethlehem Kouko Academy, has now built one permanent building that houses 3 classrooms.  The first books ever used in the school were purchased.
  • A computer was purchased for the school, and another for Bethlehem Home administration.
  • 2 business professors joined us for the trip. One is an expert in micro-finance, and the other business professor also happens to have expertise in raising goats. She began to train the orphans and elders who care for these fine animals.
  • Many students collected data for various clinical research projects that will further refine and focus our work on the plateau.
  • Students worked with the orphans to plow and plant a school garden and began teaching the school children how to cultivate it, care for it and raise food.
  • 35 additional water purification systems were installed, along with more rain-harvesting systems.
  • 6 students remained in Kenya for 7 weeks, conducting various research studies pertaining to malaria and sustainable farming on the plateau.
  • We continued to invest in the Village Mothers program and researched barriers to prenatal care access for women on the Nyakach Plateau.
  • Several of us attended the Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale in April. Dr. Lisa Baker, Shannon Wood, Danny Nassar, Jake Abell & Andy Waller presented papers, posters and proposals on their work in Kenya!