Kenya Hospital Project
STAR OF THE SEA HOSPITAL PROJECT IN KENYA, AFRICA
Kitengela Star of the Sea Medical Services in Kenya
Fr. Mathias Wambua, our Kenyan priest, has started a little clinic on the outskirts of Nairobi, where he grew up. The clinic opened its doors two years ago, and has largely been funded by our parish, and now sees an average of 28 outpatient visits every day. Because of the need of medical services in the area, Fr. Mathias has started a new project: to build a seven-story, 80-bed hospital!
The clinic is situated on the outskirts of Kitengela town, which is part of the larger Kajiado county in Kenya. Kajiado county is one of the 47 counties in Kenya in the former Rift Valley province. It has a population of 687,312 (50.2% male, 49.8% female) and an area of 21,292.2 km2, according to the 2009 Population Census. The county borders Nairobi, the capital city, and extends to the Tanzanian border further south. The county capital is Kajiado, but the largest town is Ngong. Its main tourist attraction is wildlife.
There are several hospitals and health centers in Kajiado county, but the state of healthcare in the rural areas is in deplorable shape, and residents walk for long distances to access medical facilities. Many are not able to afford any health care!
A group of civil engineers and volunteers, working in the land where Fr. Mathias Wambua is planning to build a five-story, 30-bed hospital. He has formed a parish-based committee who is working on the beginning stages of this wonderful project.
We need to raise funds for the building of the Hospital in kenya!
Fr. Joseph Illo said: “Imagine a parish building an entire hospital in Africa! I hope our parish medical mission will bring our community even closer together as we share our American abundance with the really poor on another continent.” Photo: Fr. Joseph Illo and Fr. Mathias Wambua.
How much do we need to build the hospital?
A team of professionals and volunteers are working in Kenya, and here in San Francisco, under the direction of Fr. Mathias Wambua, planning a fundraising, construction plans, and a budget for projected expenses for the building of the hospital. We soon will give updates of the cost of this project. At present, we need to raise $40,000 to pay for the land where the hospital will be constructed.
Make a difference in people’s life! Help a child, a brother or a sister in Kenya, have access to essential medical services!
If you would like to GIVE to our Kenya Hospital Project, Please choose one of the options below:
Issue a check to Star of the Sea Church (Memo: Kenya Hospital Project).
Cash donations, please use our offertory envelopes located in the church or call the office to get one! Please bring or mail your donations to Star of the Sea, 4420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118. For information call (415) 751-0450.
Donate online, use a Credit Card, click HERE.
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MATTHEW 25: 34-40
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’