While reading through the Rift Valley Academy’s weekly announcements we had a smile when we came to the lost and found.
Lost ‘n’ Found
Found – Come and claim at main office if yours: an NIV English-Korean Study Bible in a very nice reddish brown leather case with the engraving of a tree on the front.
Found: Some amount of money at AC building on the stairs come to the Main Office and claim it.
Lost: A throwing star last thrown next to a skinny tree outside the right gym door. If found return to Peter Caire.
Found: A watch at the gym. Come to the Main Office and claim it.
You need to understand that Peter is crazy about throwing weapons. He has made several metal throwing stars and knives. He is getting pretty good! You can check out some of his “craftsmanship” at the Instagram page “weapons.diy“
At Rift Valley Academy there are special weekends when the crowds swell with parents of boarding students visiting their kids and rival schools invading to compete in sporting events. On these weekends we have the awesome “Senior Store”. Senior Store is awesome because it starts with donuts delivered to your house on Friday evening. The Seniors are selling the donuts to raise money for their senior trip. Then during the Saturday festivities the Seniors sell breakfast and lunch to earn more money. The campus is full of people watching basketball or soccer or rugby. Local women come and sell their handicrafts, and we all load up on future birthday presents for friends and family. It is not quite a fair, but it sort of feels like one. You see your friends, you shake hands and give hugs. You get to laugh, eat in the shade, and cheer on the home team. This happens about 3 times a term. I hope my kids know how sweet it is!
Soccer on the upper field
Sarah shows her school pride
I spent Tuesday about one hour from Kijabe Mission Hospital at the Naivasha Medical Clinic branch of Kijabe Mission Hospital. I am so impressed by the doctor there. I met Dr. Lilian who gave me a brief tour of the clinic . She is a medical officer who did her internship at Kijabe Mission Hospital. She is equivalent to a physician in the United States who has just completed their intern year of residency. She is managing the clinic, delivering babies, doing cesarean sections, managing sick newborns including getting all of their IV lines inserted (super hard for me to do). She will do post deliver tubal ligations and emergency room stabilization . . . she does a lot for a person with only one year of post medical school training. It was great to talk to her and about her plans for the future. I was also impressed by the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Kenya while helping out at the clinic. At Kijabe Hospital the HIV patients are managed in a clinic which is separate from the hospital, and I do not work in that department. However at Naivasha, they are treated within the main clinic building, so I was able to see the emphasis on treatment and control of this disease. Dr. Lilian felt like 1 out of every 3 patients is HIV positive in the clinic. I hope that we can show compassionate care to all these men and women who have to deal with the repercussions of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Every Friday morning at Kijabe Mission Hospital we have an audit. The medical staff gets together and goes over the outcomes (successes and failures) of all the different departments of the hospital. This is a time for reflection (what could we have done better) as well as congratulations (look how things have improved). Mostly it is a commitment to do the best for our patients, the poor and under-served of east Africa. Pray that God will give us insight and wisdom as we consider the work he has given us to do.
It is so sad to see someone come in with their feet looking like this. This can be the result of many different issues, but the most common in all the world is someone with advanced diabetes who does not take care of themselves. Unfortunately this gentleman is going to likely end up with an amputation. His problem may have been due to a failure to follow instructions, but also it could be due to an inability to get good care at a good price. We hope to make a difference.
I meant to post this at the end of the last year. Please click the logo below to read the end of the year newsletter and to learn about some of the work being done by our mission agency.