Urgent Medical Needs Are Met!

To our Amazing Donors...a special “Thank You” goes out to you for supporting Olalo of Hope-Kenya’s Urgent Medical Care project.

In just the last month, there were 14 babies, kids and adults recovering from a multitude of illnesses and injuries because You cared enough to support Olalo in our efforts to provide the means to get the urgent medical treatment needed. 

Whether it was surgery following a miscarriage, covering the cost of medications, dealing with stomach ulcers, malaria, typhoid, loss of eye sight due to infection, x-rays for a stabbing victim or a child with a growth on his foot, each one got the urgent care they needed and are on the road to recovery!

One very recent case really stands out and I’d like to share it with you. 

While out visiting a friend in a town 5 hours away, Sonko, one of our amazing Kenyan volunteers, noticed a child on the side of the road. Her legs were scabbed, crusted and turning colors. Upon further investigation, he finds she is two-and-a-half-year-old Shantel and she is no longer able to walk due to the condition of her legs. Shantel was abandoned by her mother when she was just 6 months old and no one knows who her father is. A neighbor has been looking after her since she was abandoned.

We got her into a local hospital where she was evaluated and kept for several days while they attended to her legs. To avoid any possibility of her catching something from the other children in the hospital she was sent home with medications and instructions on how to care for her. It was determined an infection had gotten deep within her leg bone which was causing all the issues and rendering her unable to walk.

After just a few days it was reported that our little Shantel was healing and she was even trying to walk again. What an amazing fete and journey this young child has already been through at just 2.5 years old! The doctors are confident that due to her young age and getting treatment when she did, she will make a full recovery.

Thank You on behalf of this young child who may now grow up and have the use of her legs. 

And on behalf of Olalo of Hope-Kenya, thank you for supporting us in this area of Urgent Medical Care. 

You are making an impact on many lives…. saving lives and changing lives!

Thank you!
Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

Van Update #2

Inching Along to Getting Our Van….

Many thanks to every one of you who have caught the vision with Olalo and know that providing a van for transportation is vital and essential to getting people to the hospitals for urgent medical care, kids safely to school, and for the delivery of food and other life basics to those in desperate need in Oyugis, Kenya.

In just the last three weeks a cab was hired and cars rented to transport very ill children to hospitals two and five hours away…they were necessary distances to get them the kind of help they needed. Thanks to you, our Van donors, we know that in time Olalo will have the necessary funds to purchase a van to make these types of trips and save the money for medical care rather than it being spent on hiring cars/cabs. (You can read more about one baby we got into the hospital in our latest report under our Urgent  Medical Care Project.)

Drought conditions in the area are making it difficult to provide food for families.  In the last month Olalo was able to deliver food to several families.

The van can also be used to transport others who need to go into the city. Passengers would be charged a fee which will help to maintain the van. 

One of the recipients of Olalo’s medical fund will travel six times to Nairobi for surgery and follow-up care. Due to the nature of his disease he is not able to work and has no way to travel there except for going by bus. Those are 6 trips which could be made to Nairobi with paying passenger riding along with him in our van. As you can see, a van would certainly be a benefit in a variety of ways.

So even though we are only inching toward our goal of purchasing a van, we are so very thankful for your continued support and encouragement! 

Thank you for standing with us…thank you for supporting our efforts in Oyugis, Kenya!

With Much Appreciation
Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

Graduation!

As we step into the new year, 13 of our Secondary School students won’t be returning to school in 2017.  

Why? They Graduated in December!

Following four years of long hours, hard work and much studying they have achieved the next step to leaving behind a life of poverty.  

They should be proud of their accomplishment, and YOU -Awesome Donor- should be proud of yourself for being the person who helped make that possible. Your support of our students gave them the opportunity to change their lives and the lives of their family and the community. Thank You!  

As our remaining sponsored students begin returning to school to start the new year, there are still many kids waiting to see if they will get the opportunity to continue with their education past the 8th grade.  

Richard was attending school until his father died. A relative picked up the school payments until he landed in the hospital and could no longer pay. Richard has taken to washing cars so he can eat.  

Nancy was in her last year of Secondary School when her father died. She had to withdraw with only one year left to go since there was no one to pay the school fees.  

Calvince fishes in Lake Victoria whenever he has a break from school to raise the funds to put himself through school. Last year he didn’t catch enough to sell, so he didn’t return to school.  There are kids we know who leave school because they don’t have money to attend. That doesn’t stop them! They show up each day and listen outside the classroom to learn what they can…without getting any credit.  

Most students attend school 6 days a week, beginning at 7am and ending at 6 pm. Many walk 40 minutes to and 40 minutes home from school. At the end of the day, they get home and still have chores, dinner and homework.  

These are just a few of the stories of the kids that have asked Olalo of Hope-Kenya for help with their school fees. They are motivated and want to learn, to succeed!  

Education is Key to breaking the cycle of poverty. The kids Olalo helps with your donations are working their way out of that cycle.  

We hope you will share with your friends, your family and your coworkers that YOU have changed loves. You have helped pave the way to a new life of hope for the orphans and poor of Oyugis, Kenya. What an accomplishment!  

Thank You!

Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

An Amazing Week In Health

It’s been an amazing time in the lives of many of the poor and sick in Oyugis in the last few months, in the last few weeks! And what has made it so amazing? 

YOU! 

It was your support to our medical fund that made it all possible. Thank You!!!

It was just a few weeks ago when Sonko, our amazing volunteer in Kenya was at the hospital with a person suffering with pneumonia when he overheard the nurses talking about three-year-old Joram.

Joram had been left at the hospital 5 days earlier. Her father had abandoned her, her mother rarely visited and no one was treating the large open wound on her thigh because there was no money to pay. It also meant she hadn’t eaten for awhile. Sonko bought food for the child and paid to cover her medical expenses from Olalo's Medical program and Community Support for her food and water. 

While he was still there, Sonko met a young mother of 3-month-old twin boys who were both admitted into the hospital, but again, no money, so they weren’t being treated. Just the week before, this mother had lost another child although we don’t know why. One of the twins, Denis, was suffering with malaria, the other, Evance severe malnutrition. Sonko immediately paid for the twins’ care, but sadly it ended up being too late for Evance who died later that day. Denis is recovering and getting stronger.

And then there is 17-year-old Alex. Alex was brought to the hospital by a person who saw him get run over by a passing motorcycle while walking to school. He broke off a tooth and was having pain in his chest area. He had no money so he didn’t want to go, but the person who rescued him insisted on dropping him at the hospital. When they discovered he had no money, they would not treat him. Sonko heard about him and immediately paid for his medical care out of Olalo's Medical funds.

These are just three stories and there are more…all within hours and within days. Injuries, disease, accidents and illness – all with one thing in common…they received urgent medical care because YOU cared enough to give to our Urgent Medical Needs Project. 

On behalf of Olalo of Hope-Kenya and all the family and loved ones of our patients, and future patients because of your continued support, I thank you!  Your generosity is saving lives.

We can't do it without you!

Nyasaye Ogwedhi!
Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

Getting a Ride to Health & Life

I want to personally thank everyone who has joined with Olalo to purchase transportation for our Medical program in Oyugis. 

We still have a long way to go and we will continue to raise the necessary funds to purchase a van. It may not be a glamorous or exciting project, but we continue because it is a noble cause. 

In just the last four months, 35% of our medical costs have paid for car/van rentals to get those in need of urgent medical care to the hospital for treatment. Thirty five percent…money that could have been used to cover the medical or medication costs of an additional 18-25 people.

A recent video from Kenya highlights the transportation need to get people to medical help. Olalo volunteer, Sonko, has traveled 3 hours away to check on a mother and son who have been ill for quite awhile.  The mother is having chest pain and the son is having vision problems and cannot see well.

The vehicles Olalo has access to rent aren’t always the most reliable or in good mechanical order. The car in the video doesn’t have lights that work well and they are in doubt of even making the three-hour drive back home to Oyugis that evening. 

On occasion, people we help are referred to Kisumu or Nairobi for more specialized treatment. During trips into the cities, the van would be used to transport other paying passengers who need to travel there for other purposes. It is a much-needed service and would help to offset costs of running the van.

We certainly appreciate your continued support of our efforts. Thank you all for sticking with us.

Coming up in just a few weeks the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for #GivingTuesday on Global Giving!

  • The 2016 #GivingTuesday campaign will begin November 29th, 2016, at 00:00:01 EST and end at 23:59:59 EST on November 29th, 2016. (For us west coast folks, that is 9:00:01PM on 11/28 and ending at 8:59:59 on 11/28.)
  • The campaign will run on GlobalGiving.org  Our Van project is located here
  • There will be $500,000 USD in matching funds on #GivingTuesday, applied at 50% to all donations of up to $1,000 USD per unique donor per organization to eligible projects while funds last.
  • The previous 50% match bonus day for $110,000 ran out in the first few minutes…so if you plan to donate, then it’s best to do it right at 9:00:01 PM on November 28 for us on the west coast.

Your generous contributions are bringing so many people to better health and saving lives!

With Much Appreciation,
Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya