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
Alice arrived in Sierra Leone in early March 2016. She spent several weeks in Freetown working on administrative details for clearance of the 40 foot container of donated supplies from the port in Freetown to its permanent location on RHCI land in Tikonko. Additionally she has been in