The highpoint of our trip to Tanzania was our visit to the Katandala Maternity Ward a short walk from the orphanage. A recently delivered container of medical equipment from Project C.U.R.E. had arrived as a result of the Spring Lake Rotary grant in partnership with St. Martin's Kids and St. Mary's Church.
This equipment has provided the capacity for this facility to perform safe birth practices including c-sections and other surgeries. Since the equipments installation at the end of July, there has been 47 surgeries and 34 births, including a set of twins and triplets...And the best part--NO MATERNAL DEATHS!!
What an impact this facility will have on the region!
Our time at St. Martin's allowed the opportunity to review the updates that have been accomplished since our last visit in 2013; the biogas system, improved crop production, livestock program, and pre-school initiative. Enjoy this short video of the kids singing their ABC's. So cute!!
Pictures of our welcome back to St. Martin's.
We received gifts of absolutely delicious roasted peanuts and a cake that complimented our breakfast perfectly!!
On Tuesday, August 28th, our team flew from Chicago to begin our trip to Sumbawanga, Tanzania. Three flights later we landed in Mbeya, Tanzania ready for our 6 hour drive to our final destination. Despite a flat tire during our drive, we arrived and were warmly greeted by Sr. Helena Katebera and members of her office. That evening we enjoyed dinner at the Bishop's residence while renewing acquaintances and meeting new friends.
When the container of medical equipment was opened in Dar es Salaam, this note was found from Project CU.R.E.
This afternoon our team of St. Martin's Kids, Spring Lake Rotary and Grace Ministries International will be leaving for Sumbawanga to visit the orphanage and the Katandala Maternity Ward where the medical equipment has already made a difference.
We feel so blessed to have been a part of this wonderful improvement in maternal health!!
Thank You to everyone of St. Mary's who made this dream a reality for the women of the Rukwa Region!!
There is a saying, "A picture speaks a thousand words". So true as a nurse gazes at pieces of the medical equipment delivered to the Katandala Maternity Ward in Sumbawanaga.
At the end of August a mission team from St. Martin's Kids from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rotary of Spring Lake, Michigan, and Grace Community Development & Education will tour the maternity ward as well as visit the orphanage.
We are very excited in the improvement that this facility will provide in maternal health for the Rukwa region.
St. Martin's Kids collaborated with Rotary of Spring Lake, Michigan in a grant underwritten by Spring Lake Rotary and District 6290 to provide one 40ft container of medical equipment, valued at $400,000USD for the Katandala Maternity Ward.
The equipment was provided by Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical equipment to developing countries in the world.
The maternity ward will now be able to perform C-Section surgeries as well as best practices for safe maternal delivery of babies.
This grant has been in the works for four years and is almost complete!!
Here are pictures of the equipment being loaded into the truck in Dar es Salaam as it gets ready for the trip to Sumbawanga. Safe travels!!
A necessary repair of the biogas system caused it to be out of service for a bit. But now, it is up and running better than ever!! Lots of fresh bread. Yum!!
The weekend of February 24-25, Fr. Dave was kind enough to give St. Martin's Kids a few minutes at the end of Mass to present a short summary of all of the improvements at the orphanage. There was also a bulletin insert highlighting these successes.
Now that the Biogas System is providing a clean energy source for meal preparation, time for a kitchen spruce up!! Removal of old wood stoves, repair work, new tiles, and a coat of fresh paint!
Ann English - St. Martin's Kids