We are heading for Funzi Island and the village of Bodo on the mainland of Kenya- not far from the Tanzanian border.
There has been cholera in the village of Bodo and the two clinics run by our charity have been helping to combat this potentially fatal disease.
The medical team have been supporting officials from the Government’s health service. We’ve also been trying to educate people on ways to avoid getting the disease. It’s a difficult message in communities where sanitation is the key to avoiding the illness but there are no toilets. In Funzi there is currently only open bore hole and no clean water to drink . People are having to wait for small quantities of water brought to the island by boat and by car. We are looking at how this might be resolved. But we need more funds and we don’t want to rush to a solution which isn’t the best in the long term.
The trip will also bring all the usual dilemas. We will be approached on numerous occasions for help with complex medical cases- beyond the scope of our two clinics. Again, we don’t have the funding for these but it is virtually impossible to say no when confronted by people suffering pain and discomfort. I have little doubt that whatever money we take will disappear as it always does. All of this means we must find a sponsor and people who will give small monthly amounts in the year ahead. An army of these sort of gifts can transform what we do.
We are looking forward to seeing old friends and being a part of the community on Funzi. This is what all our endeavours are about – people. When you see real people in flesh and blood how can you say no to helping them. That’s only possible when it’s yet another faceless statistic. There is o way can we ignore this need.
We will keep everyone in touch as the trip continues and stories become more evident.