News from Ashley Peatfield:
“Today we picked up the tailor Mr Shee from his house at 6 am. A day of hospital tests lay ahead aimed at determining whether he has diabetes and what can be done to heal his open wound on his leg. He was very positive but it was the look on his wife’s face which struck me. She radiated a mixture of relief, joy and excitement. We have a wonderful relationship with Doctor Ibrahim at the hospital since he started working at Funzi clinic once a month. He helps us get the attention needed for Mr Shee. We left them at the hospital to head for Mombasa.
Today we took delivery of our new vehicle which will mean we have a road ambulance makng it possible for us to rush patients from the isolated villages to the hospital. It can mean the difference between life and death. It was one of those moments when a little bit of pride seemed alright. It is a silver Toyota Noah. It feels like an appropriate name for a vehicle which will help people surrounded by water reach a place of safety in their moment of peril.
Today we also took another important step forward. We met with a lawyer who will help register us as a charity in Kenya as well as in the UK .
We are also in the process of getting a radio control centre set up in the clinic so that we can summon our ” water ambulance ” when needed . After a long day sorting all of these things we picked up Mr Shee . It appears his blood sugar levels are high. We have been asked to take him. Back tomorrow at 6 am. For more tests. A plan of action will then be worked out. Tomorrow we also have talks with villagers about the future of the cllinics. And our work. But a very good and positive day. Hard work in the heat but it felt good on so many fronts.”