Rural Health Care Initiative
  • Partnering with Sierra Leone to save lives
Outreach Motorbike Clinic Brings Health Care to Villages

Outreach Motorbike Clinic Brings Health Care to Villages

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

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Gary and Sandra Johnson Providing Care in Tikonko

Gary and Sandra Johnson Providing Care in Tikonko

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

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Children of Tikonko are Happy to Receive Books

Children of Tikonko are Happy to Receive Books

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

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The Walls of the Birth Waiting Home are Coming Up!!!

The Walls of the Birth Waiting Home are Coming Up!!!

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

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Arrival of Truck/Ambulance

Arrival of Truck/Ambulance

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

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Birth Waiting Home Contract Signing

Birth Waiting Home Contract Signing

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.

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Birth Waiting Home Groundbreaking

Birth Waiting Home Groundbreaking

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,

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Gary and Sandra Johnson, RHCI volunteers, arrive in Tikonko

Gary and Sandra Johnson, RHCI volunteers, arrive in Tikonko

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:

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Welcome New Board Members

Welcome New Board Members

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.

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Taste of Africa

Taste of Africa

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

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