Monday, March 28, 2011


Okay let's face it, Monday is not most people's favorite day of the week. But this morning I woke up very much on the right side of the bed. Spring is here in Chebaiywa and everything is turning from brown to green. I can feel life in the air. I just wanted to share a few pictures from my morning.

These ladies are neighbors who come to get clean water from our home every day. We are blessed to be able to share disease-free water for them to use in their homes.

My friend Victoria stopped by the clinic with the two youngest charges from our neighboring ministry, the Living Room. Victoria is pictured holding Chepchumba. Purity and I are in the next two pictures. She is four years old. A while back I referred her to the Living Room for severe malnourishment. She is really starting to thrive as she loves to laugh and play!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Helping Hand

Just over two years ago MIT Sloan School of Management sent a team of grad-students out to our clinic to do an assessment. They were working in partnership with the Global Health Delivery Project. They did an assessment of the clinic and helped with ideas on how to improve customer service. At that time they also made some reccomendations in regards to strategies that the clinic could implement to increase our self-sustainability. (In layman's terms they gave us ideas of how we could generate more money for the clinic and become less dependent on donors from the west.)

This week we were blessed with a follow-up visit from a student who is about to graduate from the program. Her name is Lillian and she has been a joy to have around. I have to confess that I was a little nervous about the follow-up visit. Would there be a noticeable difference from early 2009 to now?

We reviewed the report from two years ago and then evaluated the differences between now and then. I was blown away by how far we have come. Maybe because I'm here on a day-to-day basis I don't always see the changes as big. I'm also not a big numbers/stats person. So I do what needs to get done but don't dwell on it. But as we began to crunch numbers we found that the clinic is now 53% less dependent on outside funding than we were two years ago. And not only that, but we have added 4 staff members to our clinic since the initial survey! So we are now employing more Kenyan health providers, at the same time as we are requiring less in donations from the USA to keep the clinic running. It was a very exciting discovery!

We were also able to look at some areas that the clinic can continue to improve. Things like how to best utilize our staff during the down-seasons when we have a slower patient flow. As she made some recommendations I felt my creative juices starting to flow.

As Lillian and I sat in my office she asked me to share some of my dreams and visions for the clinic. We talked about how to use business strategies to continue to improve quality of care. She is planning to advocate for a future team or possibly even an intern to come and spend some more time in our clinic. Very exciting!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Picture Update

Jambo! Sorry I've been absent from the blog lately. Sometimes life just gets so incredibly busy. Add that to the fact that we are expecting and I'm battling pregnancy nausea and fatigue. Anyway, enough with the excuses! Here are some pictures of what I've been up to.

Our last sewing meeting was held on Saturday. We had a guest speaker come and talk about what it means to run a business. We had over 150 ladies and ran out of chairs for them all!

I've been putting my new ultrasounds skills into practice. And hopefully further developing them as I practice. I realized it was time to start passing the knowledge along. One of the nurses has been shadowing me whenever I scan patients. So this week I had her put her hands on the scanner and try a few herself. It reminded me of the old saying "See one, do one, teach one!"