We haven’t had an update from Kenya for a little while so Maria was able to connect with Paddy Taylor to ask for information as to what has been happening. Paddy writes:
My role over the last few years has been to keep people informed of events and the development of the projects that Daniel and Fennih and churches oversee. The updates are not just about the clinic, but also the school, the sponsorship scheme (previously feeding programme), emergency situations that require our prayer and support, Daniel’s wider involvement in the church and political developments where they relate to Daniel.
We are just in the process of moving the administration of Daniel’s projects by the Great Commission Trust in London, to a new charity (“The Great Mission for Kenya”, GMK), which has recently managed to register with the Charity Commission. The GMK will be solely dedicated to Daniel and Fennih’s ministry and projects in Kenya (which the GCT is not) and hopes to bring all the work of raising donations and giving grants under one authority, allowing for more clarity and financial transparency. The trustees of the GMK will be myself, Sue Korda, Louise Taylor and Dick Shepley. Sue and Louise have known Daniel since the mid 1980’s and myself and Dick since about 1994 and although the work of supporting Daniel’s ministry will gradually come to us, we are in close contact with those supporters who have been there from the early days, such as Jonathan Wardell and David Hurst and they will continue to support Daniel through us.
Paddy last visited Kenya in 2019 and observed the following:
The Dundori Medical Centre is in need now more than ever of our continued support in these times, which are particularly hard in Kenya, but there is a feeling that a curve has been turned and that the clinic is getting on its feet again.
- Joseph is now more in charge of managing the clinic than Gideon (Joseph, like Gideon is a pastor at the Dundori church, just up the road from the clinic) as Gideon’s work for his own medical centre in Nakuru has taken much of his time.
- There is a management committee who meet regularly – this consists of Joseph, Gideon, Daniel and Isaac Ngetich (who is a surgeon at a Nakuru hospital and part of the Nakuru Worship Centre church).
- There have been some difficulties, e.g. competition from a government run hospital in Dundori and the state offering more free services (e.g. maternity services), which mean the clinic has struggled to keep up its footfall. They have struggled to keep staff – especially a Medical Officer as they have not been able to afford the going rate for this post. The national health initiative (NHIF – National Hospital Insurance Fund) has led to the clinic doing a lot of work on the basis that the NHIF (government) would reimburse them as the scheme claims, only to find that they are not fully reimbursed for these services due to corruption in the system. As you know, if someone is unable to pay they will not be denied treatment at the clinic and under Covid there is a real down turn in the economy.
- The incinerator initiative never really got off the ground – they would have needed over £20,000 to purchase the incinerator.
- Having said that, they still offer full facilities for maternity, screening (including blood analysis – we sent out a blood analyse with Geoff Felton in July 2019), dentistry (a dentist’s chair was sent out in 2017 and they have had several visits from the charity Dentaid since then).
- They have full-time staff: a nurse, a dentist, a medical officer, a lab technician and a secretary.
- They have also been pro-active in advertising their services in the local community including taking their services on the road to this end.
- The government doctors and nurses have been on strike for months now and the clinic has therefore benefitted from this recently. In the recent past they have had very many births at the clinic (I will try and get you the exact numbers).
- The management of the clinic have realised that there are problems and are working hard to rectify these. Daniel assures me there is slow and steady progress there.
We are grateful for Paddy’s information and are looking forward to receiving the latest news from Joseph.
Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Kenya.