Wheelbarrows, Motorbikes, Backs: Bringing Care Closer to Those We Love

Betsy StewartBlog

There is a story that’s told about a woman who came to one of Alabaster’s first clinics in Endonyolasho. She was so old and frail that she was unable to walk from her boma (homestead) to the school, where the clinic was held. So, men from the community lifted her into a wheelbarrow and carried her there. She was cared for that day by Alabaster’s team of doctors and nurses.

Though Alabaster’s outreach had brought medical care much, much closer than the closest dispensary 15 kilometers away, the woman still needed help. Her community provided it.

Now, you – Endonyolasho’s extended community of supporters – have provided another way for patients to be seen closer to where they live. You helped to purchase a motorbike, which will allow a local health officer to visit the community on a weekly basis.

Wheelbarrow, motorbikes, carrying young children on their backs – you and the people of Endonyo value medical care and make sure all among them find a way to it.

The bike was delivered during a special ceremony last week, organized in coordination with Girl Child Network and the local community. Members of the county Ministry of Health attended as special guests. For some of them, this was their first time to visit the Endonyolasho Clinic.

The sun rose early and shined bright, not unusual for this area of the country. Still, its strength seems to convey the growing brightness in the smiles, hearts and dignity of this community. Students cleaned the clinic and set up tents and chairs for guests early in the day. Committed teachers helped to organize the program. Community members also donated and roasted goat – a gift of much value and meaning – for guests.

Stanley, the health officer stationed at the nearest dispensary in a town called Shompole, will use the motorbike to travel the 15 kilometers each Thursday to care for people and teach vital health prevention. This ride typically costs him 600 shillings -- a heavy cost compared to the around 50 shillings some Kenyans pay for their commute.

More exciting things are happening with the clinic in Endonyolasho as we plan for Alabaster’s trip in July. We’ll share with you as plans take shape.