Walking for miles with a sick child to reach health care is the reality for families in rural Sierra Leone. Since October 2015, RHCI has partnered with the local Tikonko Community Health Center to bring health care to villages in the Tikonko Chiefdom each Friday. During each outreach clinic, 30
Stitching up serious lacerations, caring for a man with a bad dog bite to the foot, treating a woman with a breast abscess, cleaning and dressing wounds and ulcers…..these are the types of health problems presenting to Dr. Johnson in Tikonko. Working with his wife Sandra assisting, he provides much
Over 1000 children’s books were donated by generous RHCI supporters in early 2016, then shipped by container in March, arriving in late May in Sierra Leone. The books were distributed to three schools in Tikonko by RHCI Founder and Board member Alice Karpeh, Board Member Dr. Gary Johnson and his
Ant’s Construction workers are busily at work building the foundation and walls of the long-anticipated Birth Waiting Home. Saving the lives of pregnant women by bringing them close to health care is the goal of the project. Designed by Gauri Kelkar, Masters of Architecture at the U of MN, as
A Toyota Hilux truck was purchased by RHCI, funded by two generous donors. This vehicle was shipped from Gibraltar Toyota, arriving in Freetown in mid May. Future uses include RHCI related purposes such as transportation for staff and volunteers, delivery of construction items and agricultural products, and as an ambulance
Signing of the contract for the Birth Waiting Home: Gary and Sandra Johnson in the back, contractor Samson Tommy on left, and RHCI Founder Alice Karpeh on the right.
The long-awaited ground breaking for the Birth Waiting Home in Tikonko took place on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. Participating in the ceremony were officials from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation; the Tikonko Paramount Chief Macavorie; RHCI in-country director, Manley Jongopie; along with RHCI Board Members Alice Karpeh,
Gary and Sandra Johnson arrived in Sierra Leone at the end of April and will be living in Tikonko as they work to advance RHCI’s projects. Gary will be doing medical training at Mercy Hospital/Helping Children Worldwide in Bo, and Sandra will be volunteering with the children there. Pictured above:
Two new board members were welcomed at the April RHCI meeting: Carrie Vogelsang and Ibrahim Seisay. Thank you to outgoing board member Megan Williams for her time serving on the board.
Back in Minnesota, the first “Taste of Africa” was a huge success, with four African chefs providing amazing food. Honorees at the event included the Osborne family [pictured above: Maria (left) and Victoria Osborne (right) receiving the Tikonko All-star award from Jonathan Rose (center)], and the Boynton primary care nurses