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2nd Annual RHCI Bowling Event

Proceeds go towards helping to build the new Birth Waiting Center. So get those team names and costumes together, and get ready for an evening of fun, laughs, and a good cause! Even if you have never bowled (last year was Alice Karpeh’s first time!), you can participate. Awards will be given to highest scoring team and the team that does the best fundraising for the event.

Summer Update: A Year of Progress and Hope

The Rural Health Care Initiative Board and volunteer staff are pleased to report significant progress during the fiscal year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 both in Sierra Leone and Minnesota.  Major accomplishments include:

Solar Suitcase

The Fall Wine Dinner provided funding to purchase the Solar Suitcase (pictured), which has made the first leg of its journey to Sierra Leone by arriving in Minnesota in April.

Sierra Leone Cultural and Fundraising Event

First Notice! We are having an RHCI/MOMS (Midwives on Missions of Service) Fundraising Event on Friday, May 16th at Totino Grace High School in Fridley. 
You are invited to a fun and interesting evening, when we will raise the money needed for the training of 30 Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko Chiefdom to become Community Health Workers this August. This is a collaborative effort of RHCI and MOMS, with MOMS in charge of the training. See for more information.

Ishmael Beah

RHCI Board Chair Alice Karpeh is pictured with Sierra Leonean author Ishmael Beah, at the U of MN bookstore on March 12. Ishmael's first book, "A Long Way Gone," published in 2007, was about the Sierra Leone Civil War and the fate of child soldiers. His latest book, "Radiance of Tomorrow," is a novel about post-war life in his home country.

Looking Back on 2013 & Forward to 2014

2013 RHCI Spring Trip Accomplishments:

Between April and June 2013, seven volunteers from Minnesota visit Tikonko.  Team members included RHCI founder Alice Karpeh, Vicki Lee, Fran Daniels, Emily Foecke, Ashley Mitchell, Anoushka Millear and Carol Nelson.  Our volunteers made great strides toward many of our goals.  Accomplishments include:

Portraits from Tikonko - Photography Exhibit

Join us, Wednesday, Nov. 20 for a special photography exhibit and reception at the University of Minnesota. "Portraits from Tikonko" features photographic art by Gary Johnson that vividly captures RHCI's 2012 visit to Tikonko, Sierra Leone. The reception will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service, Roen Room, 5-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

The photo exhibit will run until December 31, 2013.
Photography by Gary B. Johnson MD, MPH, FACOEM


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