Because so many people from around the world gave so generously, needs were met for initial supplies, and all staff were paid full salaries during this period. This is a massive achievement!
Now we are in a period I would call the new normal, in which uncommon instability has become commonplace.
Kenya has experienced a severe economic downturn, like much of the world, which makes the affordability of healthcare a severe challenge for many patients.
What does it take to meet this need? $30,000/month.
Seems huge, right?
How do we achieve this? Kidogo na kidogo – little by little.
In May 2016, one person signed up to make a monthly gift of $50.
Four years later, 50 Friends of Kijabe from around the world give $15,000 each month, from $10 to $4000.
The goal, today, is to complete the Mt. Kenya challenge, reaching $17,052 in gifts – $1 for every foot elevation of Mt. Kenya.
Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter or making an immediate gift?
I promise, joining in this work will become one of the greatest stories of your life.
– David, ED Friends of Kijabe
Where you are born should not determine the quality of health care you receive.
Understand the Need
30 consultant physicians
25 medical interns
20 surgery residents/fellows
300 Kijabe College of Health Sciences students
150 annual international visitors
50% of patients have national health insurance (NHIF), which usually covers 80% of hospitalization.
15% – NHIF disbursements for maternity services do not fully subsidize the cost, Kijabe loses 15% on each delivery.
0% – By AIC church regulations, Kijabe Hospital is not allowed to take out loans for capital projects.
Hospitals throughout the world allocate 5% or more to vulnerable patients. The Friends of Kijabe goal for 2020 is to contribute $250,000 toward this purpose, serving 250 individuals.
Average assistance is $1000/patient, in addition to national insurance and patient harambee fundraising.
The difference between Kenya and America, in Kenya a gift goes 50-100x farther!
You can make a huge difference.
Current Project: Operating Theatre Expansion
Why is Safe Surgery a Priority?
With 50 surgeons sharing 8 operating theaters and a waiting list of up to a year for orthopedic and plastic surgery, Kijabe desperately needs to expand theatre capacity. 7 additional operating theaters, educational and storage space will be added with a build-time of two years. Read more about the project details and how this fits into the Kijabe strategic plan through the link below.
Why Friends of Kijabe?
Helping the patients is good, but getting to know the people working at Kijabe has become opportunity to support not only the hospital, but our friends and colleagues in the medical community.
Looking at the history of what Kijabe has been and where it is today, the places it’s been through, and what has been happening at the hospital in the few years I have been here, one thing is apparent, Kijabe must have been set up with God’s mission at the purpose at the center of it.
Every day, there are patients whose lives are permanently changed because of what we do, and somehow it seems this happens in spite of us! We look at the big picture and see that God is still at work, his work will still go on. People are coming, needy patients are coming, people in distress from physical or spiritual conditions. Our job as physicians is to look at this and choose to be a part of this.
I see and experience God in real, tangible ways here. I don’t think I had to leave the US to experience that, but it is making an intentional choice to follow where you think God is leading.
Seeing what He is doing in Kijabe. Hearing the stories of where this hospital started over a hundred years ago, the improbabilities of it being what it is today, seeing so many of my colleagues, what they are doing. . .witnessing these miraculous outcomes.
Even yesterday I was giving exposure to an orthopaedic surgeon and neurosurgeon to the top of the spine through the mouth. The patient comes in barely able to move and he’s going to leave being able to walk. To me that’s just miraculous.
Being part of that is really, really fun. It’s really compelling. It’s what draws me in and keeps me here.
How Much Change Can You Make?
- Great goal amount for college or med-student.
- Receive stories and content about the people you help.
Young ProfessionalMonthly Gift
- Life is busy, but giving is a priority.
- Your gift is leveraged to make an impact.
Generous LeaderMonthly Gift
- You have had great success in your career and feel blessed to be a blessing.
- Your gift is a catalyst to major projects and funding campaigns.