On behalf of our Friends of Kijabe board, Kijabe Hospital leadership, staff, missionaries, patients, and students, thank you!

For your faithfulness and generosity. . .for the seeds you have planted and watered. . .for the investment of your time, talent, and treasure. . .for your sacrifice on behalf of the poor. . .for commitment to providing world-class medical education and patient care. . .for loving across oceans, languages, cultures. . .for your commitment to changing the world by contributing to one small hospital on a mountainside in Kenya.

We are thankful you are a Friend of Kijabe!

In Season and Out

Does something ever look just a little bit off? I was walking through an oddly quiet Kijabe this morning, and the post office boxes illustrated exactly how I felt. Why are the numbers running right to left instead of the way we would normally read?
Kijabe and much of Kenya feels amiss, on the day votes are recast after the first election in September was ruled unconstitutional.
Nothing wrong, but not right. Too quiet, too calm. Too few vehicles, too many shops closed. No imminent danger, but the present threat.
The hospital continues to operate with essential services and would be calm, excepting that many staff have traveled to hometowns around the country for voting. For the remaining workers, the load is heavy and hands are few.
For 102 years patient care has continued at Kijabe, and I trust completely that it will carry on tomorrow. Just as the exhortation to Timothy commanded, “preach the word, in season and out of season,” so may AIC Kijabe Hospital continue to preach the good news of the true healer through compassionate healthcare regardless the external circumstances in the country. In season and out of season.
So on a day that is tempting to despair, I think it is good to celebrate recent victories that have happened as we continued to serve during the election times.

Dr. Amon and Dr. Alain, newest pediatric surgery trainees at AIC Kijabe Bethany Kids Children’s Center.

Dr. Tim Berg with a patient ready for discharge after a whipple procedure – a very complex surgery to remove a pancreatic tumor.

 Twins born at 27 weeks this summer are finally ready to go home!


Dr. Nathalie is studying to be the first pediatric anesthesiologist in her home country of Democratic Republic of Congo. She is at Kijabe on a three month rotation in partnership with the University of Nairobi. 

 Histologists prepare slides in the pathology lab. A new tissue processor is fully funded thanks to your generosity and will greatly aid this process.

Boaz, one of 5 Kijabe College of Health Sciences students whose loans are fully funded!

Dr. Nthumba performing burn contracture surgery on Blessing Ann, who fell into a fire. She is healing nicely as you can see below, and fundraising is ongoing at

New class of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Clinical Officers with Dr. Matson and Dr. Halestrap. 

Occupational Therapist Luke Mcauley, working with a special needs child.

Dr. Steve Yeh, short-term ENT, with a patient who can now speak again after six months of silence following a total laryngectomy. 

James, a patient who suffered a femur fracture during chaos of the last election, has now returned home thanks to your help.  

Blessing Ann

If you spend time on the Bethany Kids Pediatric Ward at Kijabe Hospital, you will notice unusual names such as Victor, Blessing, Hope, Mercy, Angel.

These names are the prayers of parents and caregivers who are desperate for hope.  The name is a testament to the struggle these children have passed through – the name is a symbol and a memorial.

Blessing Ann, pictured above, is one such patient. She is an orphan, who had already endured much hardship before she placed her hands on cooking ashes.  She was brought to Kijabe by her orphanage, desperate to find the blessing of healing.

I absolutely love watching surgery. Seeing Dr. Bird operate is like watching an artist at work. Even watching Dr. Nthumba perform skin grafts is amazing.

But I cried all the way through Blessing Ann’s surgery. Slits were cut in the burned skin between each of her fingers, and pins placed to stretch them out of her tight fists.

Maybe it’s imagining my own daughters in such a state, or realizing the pain she must endure in the coming months to regain her mobility. It just broke my heart.

But she can and will be healed, just like the little Somali boy I saw last week. This little boy was in the ICU two years ago with severe burns covering 80% of his body. He returned for follow-up, and though he has scars, he looks like any other boy – it is amazing!

So here’s what I need you to do. Click below and either make a donation or share her donation page through social media/email.

Her bill will be less than $2000 and we already have $650 donated, so this is completely achievable.

Hand before surgery, unable to open.

Dr. Nthumba releasing her burn contractures.


Recovery and waiting for a followup visit to the operating theatre.


A New Voice

Have you ever been in a new country where you couldn’t speak the language? Remember the struggle to communicate, the gestures and pantomime needed to find a bus or buy food at a restaurant?  
What if that feeling was permanent?  
Imagine hearing that live you need a laryngectomy, but the procedure would render you unable to speak.
Then imagine if your doctor told you there was hope, a way to restore your voice!  
Visiting ENT Dr. Steve Yeh and Dr. Chege Macharia recently restored the voice of patient James.
“This patient and another earlier this year at Kijabe are likely according to Dr. Macheria among the first in Kenya to have their voices restored after total laryngectomy by a surgically created passage between the windpipe and the esophagus within which a prosthetic one-way valve is placed to prevent saliva leakage back into the airway. Dr. Mark Singer, the co-inventer of the Blom-Singer method of voice restoration and I were fellow ENT residents working on different ideas for surgical prosthetic voice restoration, Shortly after we both finished our training, Dr. Singer hit on the present idea that really worked. Kijabe Hospital received a few samples of the device courtesy of Dr. Singer that we are putting them to good use.”  Dr. Steve Yeh
*We have learned that a team from Vanderbilt performed 9 of these procedures last year on the coast.