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Mission Trip Report

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This is a report of the 2012 Medical Mission trip to Kenya.

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Mission Trip Report

  1. 1.   FICCS  (Foundation  for  International  Cardiac  &  Children’s  Services)   CHANGING  LIVES  IN  KENYA    2012  Mission  Report   Private  vs.  Public  Hospitals  in  Kenya   12  Charity  Heart  Surgeries  and  Cardiac  Training  in  2012   Although   the   FICCS   team,   led   by   Dr.   Patel,   was   able   to   perform   12   successful   cardiovascular  procedures  in  2012,  the  difference  between  the  public  and  private  sector   hospitals  was  startling.  After  spending  the  last  2  years  in  private  hospitals  in  Nairobi,  the   team  performed  their  first  surgeries  at  public  hospitals  in  Nairobi  since  2003.   The  private  hospital  was  loaded  with  state  of  the  art  equipment,  well  skilled  technicians   and  a  plethora  of  medicine  and  medical  supplies.  The  facility  included  a  million  dollar  Cath   Lab  exactly  like  the  one  used  by  Dr.  Patel  at  Advocate  Lutheran  General  Hospital  in  Illinois.   On   the   other   hand,   the   public   hospital,   Kenyatta   National   Hospital   was   the   direct   opposite.    There  was  no  state  of  the  art  equipment,  only  a  black  and  white  X  ray  machine   rather  than  a  cath  lab.  Patients  had  no  numbing  medication  and  even  gowns  and  scrubs   were  in  short  supply.    The  theatre  was  small  and  cramped,  but  it  got  the  job  done.   However,  the  dedication  of  the  cardiologist  at  the  public  hospital  was  simply  amazing  as   regardless  of  the  lack  of  equipment,  they  proved  more  devoted  to  serving  their  patients.   Our  Team   Dr.  Parag  V.  Patel,  Chairman   Stacy  Harris,  Managing  Director  (Nairobi)     Karen  Mulcahy,  Managing  Director  (USA)   Cynthia  Coredo,  Program  Assistant   Millicent  Ila,  Health  Coordinator   Peter  Tingai,  Rural  Communities     Effects  of  Early  Marriage   “My   dad   came   into   the   house   nearly   midnight   and   woke   me   and   my  mum  up  and  said,  tomorrow  get   ready  to  move  into  your  house  and   become   a   woman,   someone   is   picking  you  and  he  has  already  paid   your   dowry.   In   fact,   I   have   just   finished   drinking   his   last   beer.”     I   was  only  15  years  old.   I   got   married   as   a   second   wife   to   my   dad’s  friend  who  was  45.  I  had  my  first   child  at  16  and  it  was  a  very  painful  and   difficult  birth.  I  finally  went  back  home   but  was  received  with  a  lot  of  hostility,   but  since  I  was  sick,  my  dad  let  me  in.         Written  by  Asnas  (Safe  Spaces)   FGM  Destroys  Families   She   was   only   six   years   old   when   it   happened.   She   had   cried   for   her   mother  for  the  rite  not  to  be  performed   to  her  but  the  mother  had  no  say  in  the   matter.   She   went   through   it   FGM   (Female  Genital  Mutilation  and  now  at   26  years  old  she  blames  her  father  for   her  misery.   Married  now  for  seven  years  she  has  no   child.   The   first   died   during   birth   and   three  miscarriages  followed.  The  doctor   confirmed  there  is  no  hope  for  a  baby.   Written  by  Prexedes  Mumbua  (HMGC)    
  2. 2.                                FICCS  SPONSORED  EVENT  IS  A  SUCCESS         Girls  Showcase  their  Talents  through  Sports  and  Fashion   Escaping  Early  Marriage   My   best   friend   and   I   were   like   twin   sisters  for  the  last  five  years.  We  were   inseparable  in  our  village;  we  even  did   our   chores   together.   My   parents   tried   to  separate  us,  but  it  could  not  be  done   because   Wangechi   and   I   were   best   friends.   One   day   while   in   school,   Wangeci’s   parents  tried  to  sell  her  to  an  old  man   who   was   very   rich.   Unfortunately,   she   knew   nothing  about   the  plan   that   had   already   been   decided.   Wangeci’s   parents   told   her   to   pack   her   bags   because   she   was   going   on   a   trip.   She   did   as   she   was   instructed   and   packed   her  bags.     After  a  long  journey  she  was  taken  to  a   room   and   locked   inside   so   she   could   not  escape.  She  did  not  know  that  her   parents   were   at   a   separate   house   dining   with   the   old   man   as   they   were   preparing  to  execute  the  plan.  The  girls   fate  was  determined  over  a  cup  of  tea.   Something   miraculous   appeared   in   Wangeci’s   mind   and   told   her   that   something  was  happening  between  her   parents  and  herself.  Five  seconds  later,   she   heard   some   boys   talking   around   the   house.     WOW!   That   lady   in   the   house   is   the   future   wife   of   Kigagi.     Wangeci   was   shocked   as   she   said   to   herself,   “No,   this   cannot   happen   to   me.”   The   girl   started   to   look   around   and   wonder   how   she   could   escape.     There   was   only   a   small   window,   which   was   very  high  up.  She  stood  on  a  stool  and   struggled   to   open   the   window,   but   as   soon  as  it  opened,  she  ran  towards  the   forest  and  disappeared.  She  had  finally   escaped  her  problem.   Later  on,  her  parents  were  arrested  for   taking   money   in   exchange   for   their   daughter.  The  old  man  was  not  charged   because  he  did  not  get  the  girl  offered   to  him.  She  escaped!    Written  by  Anne  Chege,  HMGC   1 On   Saturday,   September   1 st ,   2012,   FICCS   hosted   its   Second   Annual,   “Empowering   Women   in   Kenya”   day.     Over   300   people   attended   and   watched   the   girls   as   they   displayed  their  talents.   The  event  was  highlighted  by  Box  Girls  Coach,   Sarah  Achieng,  who  defended  her  East-­‐Central   Africa   Professional   Women’s   Featherweight   Title  at  the  prestigious  Galleria  Mall  in  Nairobi.     Sarah  won  in  a  7 th  round  TKO  after  the  referee   had  to  stop  the  fight.   “Thanks   to   FICCS   for   giving   me   the   opportunity   to   showcase  my   skill.    It   is   hard   to   get   people   to   support   women  boxers  in  Kenya.”   Sarah  Achieng,  Box  Girls  Kenya  Coach   Aside   from   the   three   professional   fights   organized  by  Box  Girls,  there  was  also  a  youth   boxing   tournament   featuring   the   team   from   Kibera.  Kenya’s  first  female  Olympic  Boxer  and   also  a  Box  Girl  Kenya  coach,  was  the  referee.   Hawkers  Market  Girls  Center  (pictured  above)   wowed  the  crowd  with  a  spectacular  fashion   show.     All   items   were   made   by   the   girls   through   their   “Earn   and   Learn”   program   where   girls   learn   sewing   and   tailoring   skills   which  they  can  use  to  make  a  living.   2                     “it  was  the  best  event  we  have  ever   been   a   part   of.   It   gave   our   girls   a   chance   to   showcase   their   talents   and  promote  our  programs.  The  girls   ate,  they  boxed,  they  danced  and  it   will  be  a  day  they  will  never  forget.   Cynthia  Coredo,  Box  Girls  Kenya  Director   Special  thanks  to  Galleria  Shopping  Mall  for   donating   the   space   and   for   all   the   vendors   who  supported  the  girls,  including  Nairobi’s   own  KFC.   It  was  truly  a  day  the  girls  will  never  forget.     When  I  saw  the  smiles  and  the  roaring  of  the   crowd   as   the   girls   presented   their   own   fashion   styles.    I  realized  something   at  that   point.  The  smiles,  the  joy,  the  cheering  was   all   building   these   girls   confidence   and   boosting   their   self-­‐esteem.   Never   had   they   been   in  such  a   glorious  situation   and   never   have  I  been  so  proud  of  these  100  girls  who   participated.   “I   have   never   felt   this   good   in   my   life.   I   created   my   own   dress,   I   walked  the  runway  and  I  feel  like  a   new  woman  today.”   Prexedes  Mumbua,  HMGC  
  3. 3.           Maasai  Girls  Responsibilities  and  Hardships   Health  Training  for  Girls   In  Kenya,   many  women   and  children  die   from   easily   preventable   diseases.     Small   infections  routinely  treated  by  a  hospital   become   complicated   for   those   living   in   the  slums.   To   combat   this   personal   health   issue,   FICCS   provides   over   100   girls   each   year   with   healthcare   training,   medical   check   ups   and   nursing   scholarships   for   top   students.   Not   only   do   the   girls   learn   how   to   take   care   of   their   own   personal   health   and   hygiene,  they  also  receive  skills  which  can   be  used  and  shared  in  the  communities  in   which  they  live.   Mosquito  Nets  Save  Lives   200  mosquito  nets  were  donated  to  rural   Maasai   communities   in   Loita   Hills   and   Magadi,   Kenya.     Due   to   increased   rains,   which   are   much   needed,   there   was   also   an  increase  in  mosquitoes   This   has   a   devastating   effect   on   rural   communities,  which  live  side  by  side  with   their  animals.    In  addition,  FICCS  supports   these   communities   with   malaria   medicines,   school   supplies   and   other   assorted  medical  supplies.   “Due  to  the  rains,  the  mosquitoes   have  been  bringing  a  lot  of   malaria.  The  children  suffer  the   most  because  we  do  not  have   nets  or  medicines.  Many  times   they  just  die.”                                                                                   Peter  Tingai,  Maasai  Elder     1 The  Maasai  girl  compared  to  the  boy  has  a  lot  of  responsibilities  to  attend  at  home  due  to  the   fact  that  though  she  is  born  into  that  family,   she   is   being   prepared,  tortured,  trained  and   made   both   physically   and   psychologically   to   become   a   wife   in   her   future   home.   These   hardships  are  making  Maasai  girls  an  endangered  species.    Some  of  these  problems  go  to  the   extent  of  violating  the  girls’  rights  and  need  to  be  solved  if  the  communities  are  to  enjoy  the   service  of  the  Maasai  girl.    These  responsibilities  limit  their  ability  to  attend  school.   1. Fetching  water  and  firewood  –  They  begin  at  age  7  and  walk  up  to  10  miles  per  day   2. Cooking  food  for  the  family  –  Being  prepared  to  be  a  wife  she  cooks  for  the  entire   family  and  does  not  even  get  to  eat  the  food  she  prepares.  This  is  tradition.   3. Keeping  the  house  –  Domestic  chores  cannot  be  performed  by  boys   4. Cleaning/washing  –  With  many  pots  and  utensils  this  can  take  all  day   5. Taking  care  of  younger  siblings  –  In  absence  of  mother  the  girls  do  everything   6. Newborns-­‐  Learn  to  take  care  of  the  babies  to  prepare  for  their  own  children   7. Entertaining  morans  –A  moran  is  a  carefree  young  man  waiting  to  be  an  adult  and   warrior.  This  spreads  HIV  as  the  girls  look  up  to  the  morans  and  often  get  pregnant.   8. Washing  all  clothes  and  baby  items   9. Herding   10. Milking  the  animals   HARDSHIPS  include  the  following:   1. Early  Marriages   2. Denial  to  chose  husband   3. Discomfort  in  house   4. Load  of  domestic  chores   5. Not  allowed  to  inherit  family  items   2                   Sanitary  Pads  Improve  School  Attendance   “Most  girls  use  old  rags  or  other  unsanitary  measures  and  are  forced  to   miss  weeks  of  school  each  semester”  Peninah  Musyimi,  Safe  Spaces   Of  all  the  surprises  in  2012  it  has  easily  been  the  introduction  of  our  Sanitary  Pad  program.    Girls   in  the  programs  lack  such  basic  essentials,  which  often  cause  them  to  miss  weeks  of  school  and   force  them  to  leave  their  jobs.   This  also  forces  girls  to  use  unsanitary  rags,  which  lead  to  further  infections  and  complications.   Combined  with  a  lack  of  clean  water  and  ignorance  among  male  community  members,  girls  are   often  discriminated  against  and  suffer  unjustly  during  this  time  of  month.   There   is   no   sympathy   for   the   girls   and   the   though   of   spending   money   on   pads   for   a   father   is   unthinkable.    This  leaves  the  girls  in  precarious  situations  whereas  their  health  is  in  jeopardy.   Thanks  for  FICCS  and  their  Sanitary  Pad  support,  many  of  these  girls  now  go  to  school  or  work   freely  not  worrying  about  their  menstruation  cycle  for  the  first  time  in  their  lives.  
  4. 4.           2012  Achievements  and  Impact   Health  Training   40  girls  completed  healthcare  and  hygiene  training                                                                                                                                   130  girls  to  date  have  completed  15  week  health  training  class                                                                                         Families  and  communities  have  benefited  from  girls  sharing  new  knowledge                                               Decrease  in  minor  wounds  and  injuries   Feeding  Program   Over  1000  children  receiving  direct  food  support            Increase  in  school  attendance   Increase  in  program  attendance                                                                      Boost  morale  and  improve  self-­‐esteem   Scholarships   Two  Teaching  Scholarship  begin  in  January  2013                  Three  Nursing  scholarships  begin  in   March  2013          One  high  school  scholarship  begins  in  January  2013   UPCOMING  EVENTS   March  2013  –  Chicago  Fundraiser  –  Changing  Lives  in  Kenya     Olympic  Dreams  Come  True   Elizabeth  Andiego      (blue  trunks)                                   Box  Girls  Kenya  Coach                                     First  Kenyan  Female  Olympic  Boxer      Sponsors  and  Partners   Metronic  *  St.  Jude  Medical  *   Nairobi  X  Ray  *  Meditec   Systems  *  Fuji  Film  Kenya  *   Aqualia  Foundation  *  Hawkers   Market  Girls  Center  *  Box  Girls   Kenya  *  Safe  Spaces  *  Ramah   Care  Center  *  Shompole  Group   Ranch  Maasai  *  Loita  Hills   Group  Ranch  Maasai  *  Karen   Hospital  *  Melchizedek  Hospital   *  Advocate  Medical  Group  *   Advocate  Lutheran  General   Hospital  *      St  Pius  X  *  Grand   World  Wide  Logistics  *  Under   the  Acacia*  Kenyatta  Hospital   FICCS  (Foundation  for  International  Cardiac  &  Children’s  Services)   1010  Sheridan  Road   Wilmette,  IL    60091   1-­‐224-­‐875-­‐1631   info@ficcs.net   www.ficcs.net       Special  Thanks  to  the  Affinati  Family  from  Chicago  

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