was absolutely thrilled to see all the equipment that
arrived and how it was all distributed. It was such
an incredible feat that the whole community of Bura
had gotten together to do this. Mary Kilei is to be
commended for all her organization and coordination
in getting these diverse
groups of people together to accomplish this. The
people in Bura who worked on this were just wonderful!!
school had children greeting us, singing, and showing
off their new libraries made with the books we sent.
It was such a joy that I wish all of GNBA could have
been there—this is what sister villages are
all about--.The ceremony was so much fun and everyone
was so thankful…and there were several requests
The Greater Newburyport-Bura Alliance has coordinated
a project to equip several clinics in the Bura, Taita
will provide 4 clinics in the Bura area with much needed equipment:
patient beds and exam tables, lights, desks, medicine cabinets,
crutches, wheelchairs, supplies, medical books and laboratory
equipment. The clinics receiving equipmant are Bura Mission
Clinic, Bura Station Clinic, Saighaihu Clinic and Mwatate
Clinic. The medical equipment was cleaned, fixed, and palletized
and wrapped for shipping by our group and was loaded on a
forty foot container with the donated books from the book
project and sent by sea to the port of Mombasa,
Kenya. The container has cleared customs and is now en route
to Taita, for distribution to the facilities in Bura. The
people of Bura are anxiously awaiting this and it will improve
the quality of health care for our sisters and brothers there.
of the GNBA have also traveled to Bura to help build two new
clinics. Along with residents and members of the Mwengere
group in Bura, we formed bricks, passed stones and helped
build the walls of the future clinics. It was a wonderful
community event in which Americans from our group and Kenyans
from Bura all worked together singing and becoming friends.
In the future, when these clinics are built, we hope to do
from the GNBA has also volunteer regularly with IMEC sorting,
cleaning, and packaging medical supplies, loading pallets
and shrink wrapping to help complete projects for other developing
countries in Asia, Central America and Europe.
are interested in joining us for a volunteer “packing
day”, contact our IMEC liaison, Sue Crawford.