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5th Annual Boynton Bowling for RHCI

5th Annual Boynton Bowling for RHCI

On a hot summer night in August 2017, more than 50 people gathered at Elsie’s Bowling in NE Minneapolis to have fun and bowl to support RHCI. With scores ranging from very low to quite respectably high, the bowlers were organized in teams and many wore costumes or

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Dr. Johnson’s work in Sierra Leone

Dr. Johnson’s work in Sierra Leone

This post provides additional information from Dr. Gary Johnson  regarding his experiences in Tikonko during his extended stay, living there in 2016-17. See his bio on the Our Team page.
While in Tikonko last year, Gary was able to follow the building of RHCI’s birth waiting home (BWH) from

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Infant kits donated by Presbyterian and Methodist Women in Minnesota

Infant kits donated by Presbyterian and Methodist Women in Minnesota

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

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RHCI assists huge bed net campaign in Sierra Leone

RHCI assists huge bed net campaign in Sierra Leone

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.

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New Technology Introduced to Tikonko Farmers

New Technology Introduced to Tikonko Farmers

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

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Vegetables and Fruit Trees on RHCI’s land

Vegetables and Fruit Trees on RHCI’s land

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

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Nearing completion of Birth Waiting Home

Nearing completion of Birth Waiting Home

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

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‘We Have to Try’

‘We Have to Try’

Dr. Gary Johnson shares one of many stories from his recent work in Tikonko, Sierra Leone.
So, I get a call one morning while I’m still living in Tikonko from our new friend, Anita, a Maternal Child Health Aide in the remote village of Kassama. There is a woman with

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Outreach Clinics in Rural Tikonko Chiefdom

Outreach Clinics in Rural Tikonko Chiefdom

From Dr. Gary Johnson
Every Friday for the past two yeasr, RHCI has partnered with the Tikonko CHC to operate outreach clinics in rural Tikonko Chiefdom.
We serve the communities of Sunga, Lembema, Dodo, and Gbalihun. These communities were strategically selected to be gateways to even more remote villages, thereby

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Dr. Gary Johnson (“Joe Tikonko”) returns to Minnesota

Dr. Gary Johnson (“Joe Tikonko”) returns to Minnesota

Dr. Gary Johnson, known locally in Tikonko as “Joe Tikonko” has returned to Minnesota after living most of the past year in Tikonko.  RHCI appreciates all the work he and his wife Sandra have done to help the people of Tikonko, including medical care, relationship building, developing RHCI’s programs, and

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