Rural Health Care Initiative
  • Partnering with Sierra Leone to save lives

Taste of Africa II Draws Large Crowd

The Taste of Africa II was well attended on March 26, 2017 with over 200 people enjoying the food from the following African restaurants or vendors:  Afro Deli, Flamingo Restaurant, Dichi’s  Kitchen, and Kumba Senesie catering.

Over $20,000 was successfully raised which will fund the completion of the Birth Waiting Home, the government-required triage building and the garage for RHCI’s vehicle.  Thanks to everyone bought event tickets, attended, bid on the silent auction, bought tickets for the wine drawing and especially to those who made those who made a donation.

Gauri Kelkar, architect designer of the Birth Waiting Home, was honored with the Tikonko All-star Award.  First Presbyterian Church of White Bear Lake presented a large donation, and Ron Lattin was thanked for his leadership as the first executive director of RHCI.  The Goboi traditional Mende Men’s society dancer performed.

RHCI cannot do its important maternal and child health work in Sierra Leone without all of our supporters. Because of you, RHCI will be making much progress over the next several months.


Carol Nelson

Board Chair

Carol Nelson MD is a retired physician from the U of MN Boynton Health Women's Clinic and St. Paul Primary Care Clinic with 38 years of primary care experience. In 2013, 2015 and December 2016-January 2017, she traveled to Tikonko in Sierra Leone. During the recent trip, she facilitated a Helping Babies Breathe training session for the Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko Chiefdom. Dr. Nelson is currently pursuing her Master's of Public Health at the U of MN School of Public Health, with a focus on Global Health.

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