Helping Halima

22 OCT 2010

Eric Musse states: 'We use MAF because you save time, allowing people to stay and work in areas for longer.'

Eric was assisting a Baptist team from Canada investigating ways to further support work in Garissa, a garrison town in north eastern Kenya.

Previous help
The team's church previously donated funds to build a healthcare centre in Garissa, where Oasis of Friends provide medical and spiritual care in a predominantly Muslim area. The clinic is on the outskirts of town and the only one accessible to people in the bush – Somalis, living in make-shift shelters.

The Clinic

The Somali population were originally opposed to the building of a Christian healthcare clinic. They were however the first to attend once it opened. Now it is generally only Somali’s that attend, particularly mothers and children under 12. The clinic sees between 30 to 40 patients a day, including Sundays. When schools are closed attendance doubles.

A solar panel, funded by the same church, provides electricity to the clinic. It is therefore possible to have a refrigerator to store vital vaccines. Mothers are aware of the importance of vaccines, often requesting them.

Job, a specialist nurse from Garissa hospital, advises the clinic concerning the HIV/AIDS cases they receive. Halima Yasin is one of the people they support.

Case study

Halima lives in a tiny one-roomed backstreet dwelling in a nearby village. She is Somali and has been HIV positive for five years. She was abandoned by her family when they found out. Halima was treated by Job in hospital and has regained her mobility with the aid of a walking frame. Oasis of Friends found and pay the rent for her accommodation. Her neighbours have come to accept her and help with food and water. She has nobody else to care for her.

Further investment

The visiting team are looking to fund further projects to empower people. One such project is the planting of mulberry trees for silk worms, so that the community can produce silk at minimal cost, but with a high return. Their research suggests this is possible in the harsh climate at Garissa.

One among many

Oasis of Friends are just one group among many, including churches, working in Garissa seeking to build schools, empower people, and assist agriculturalists.

Halima, GarissaWaiting at clinic, GarissaToronto ministry team, Garissa

As Eric states, the time MAF saves fundraisers and organisations in the field enables their greater efficiency, releasing more resources to help people like Halima.

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