I don’t really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me.~Waangari Maathai
Unite first visited Berega Hospital in 2008. We returned in 2009 with a generator to enable surgeries after dark (~6:00 pm all year long in this equatorial setting), water purification systems to generate more potable safe drinking water for patients and staff, and clothing for the Berega Orphanage, a temporary home to the many infants whose mothers die in childbirth.
The Berega Hospital and its adjoining orphanage, which cares for the babies until they are about 3 years old — at which point they are generally hardier and easier for extended family members to care for and keep healthy — was featured in a series of articles by Denise Grady in the New York Times. Read the articles HERE & HERE.
With the launch of the Foundation, we are working more closely with Rev. Isaac Y. Mgego, an Anglican priest and the hospital’s director, to be of greater service to this 120-bed hospital that, with only 1 fully trained doctor, serves a catchment area of more than 200,000 people. Specifically we are working in partnership with the UK-based charity BREAD (Berega Relief Equipment & Development Trust) to create more income-generating programs for the hospital and to raise the funds to purchase a vehicle to transport patients and essential supplies.
On December 1, 2014 the bridge that connects the hospital to the surrounding communities, and the main road, collapsed rendering it impossible for essential supplies, medicines, medical staff and patients to go to or from the hospital. This is a critical situation and Unite is responding as best we can. To help, please call Anne at 314.239.3997.
Top photograph by Francesco Pierre-Nina.