The remote location and pervasive poverty of the Benedictine Sisters of Imiliwaha (Tanzania) make even the most basichealth care services scarce, to the point of life-threatening. Friends of Imiliwaha NFP committed to improving health care for the Benedictine Sisters in Imiliwaha and for the surrounding villagers. Without this facility, villagers must travel, often by foot, on 40+ miles of rugged dirt roads to get to the nearest medical facility in Njombe.
In 2018, the Sisters were given a government mandate to upgrade their clinic to include 2surgery rooms. If they don't succeed, their facility will be downgraded to a dispensary with no inpatient care. FOI has committed to raising a substantial part of this project's needed funds.
A delegation from FOI met with the Sisters last August to help them plan for this significant upgrade. Plans have been drawn up. Construction began in December 2018.
And as of May 2019, the exterior of the building has been finished. Now the insides--interior construction and then equipping this facility.
- INTERIOR - an estimated $52,000 USD
- EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES - estimated $48,000
- GENERATOR/SOLAR - TBD
FOI Board has explored ways to get equipment and supplies for the clinic. A delegation toured the Project C.U.R.E. facility in nearby Woodridge. It seems like a viable choice. For approximately $40,000, a 40' shipping container will be filled with medical supplies (valued at $300-500,000) and delivered to Imiliwaha. "Buy" a cubic foot for $1200.
The interior construction will begin mid-2019. FOI needs significant support--individuals, service organizations, corporations, foundations, religious groups, etc. If you can connect us to any possible support, please contact us.
FOI is committed to this challenge!
FOI continues to support Sister-Doctor Beatrice Kayombo in her medical studies. She is currently in the midst of her residency at the National Hospital in Dar Es Salaam, focused on oncology. She hopes to graduate in 2020. You may donate $10 a day for her expenses.
Donations for specific medical causes can be made by indicating your wishes in the COMMENTS section of our donation form.