Over the past three years, Minnesota women, from the Presbyterian and Methodist churches have created baby kits and post-partum kits to ship to Tikonko Chiefdom in Sierra Leone. More than 300 kits have been shipped by barrels to be distributed at three Maternal health posts in Tikonko, Kassama and
RHCI’s Outreach Coordinator, Mohammed Kabba, participated in the Sierra Leone Country-wide campaign using the RHCI Motorbike to distribute bed nets, plus albendazole for deworming and Vitamin A to prevent blindness to every family in the Tikonko Catchment area.
The campaign lasted from May 26 to June 10th. Mr.
PICS Bags and a Groundnut Grinder were two new improvements introduced to the Tikonko farmers by Dr. Gary Johnson while he was still living in Tikonko in early 2017.
The PICS Bags, or Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags, were suggested by agronomist Steve Clarke, retired from U of MN. These
Under the direction of Mr. Sonny Vandi, a huge vegetable garden has been planted on the RHCI land next to the Birth Waiting Home. In addition, fruit trees, including mango, orange, banana, plantain and coconut trees have been planted and will provide healthy food in several years.
The long term
As of June 4, 2017, the Birth Waiting Home (BWH) complex in Tikonko, Sierra Leone is in its final stages of construction. Currently the construction team, under contractor Sampson Tommy, is building the latrine, water tower and triage building.
Meanwhile, back in Minnesota, the BWH committee is working