In February/March of 2016 we started work on a large general clinic which will be split up into a HIV/Aids Pre-natal Care Unit, Eye Clinic, Surgery, Counselling/Family Planning Education, Treatment Ward and Pre-natal Nutrition Information Centre.
We also sent a shipping container of donated and purchased medical supplies out to Likoni in order to have the clinic fully furnished and up & running by the time the project is complete. Work will continue on this project from Mid-February 2018. We will also be doing considerable refurbishment at School for Visually Impaired in Likoni along with repairs at the Polytechnic.
This is on-going, so if you have anything you wish to send/purchase for the container or would like to Volunteer your skills & time, please contact us directly.
Our “Building of Hope” volunteers travelled to Mombasa to continue their mission at the School for the Blind, in Likoni. Two years ago over 200 volunteers constructed a Residential Home which can house between 320 and 400 blind, special needs children and orphans.
Some of these children have multiple disabilities, so on this occasion the volunteers re-constructed two old buildings into a state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy Clinic and also reconstructed five old classrooms.
The equipment for the clinic, including a new deluxe Vestibulator II which is used to accommodate a wide range of Therapy Modules for Vestibular, Neurodevelopmental and Sensory Integration Therapy, was purchased in Ireland. We also received donations of various medical supplies from Murray’s Medical Company based in Dublin and a local Medical Supply Company who would prefer to stay anonymous.
After a generous & sizable donation received at the end of 2013 we were able to commission a 20ft container to ship all donated & purchased equipment out to Kenya. Once we had the funds secure, we launched an appeal for donated items on our Facebook Page and were overwhelmed by people’s generosity. We received numerous boxes of clothes, books & toys, a ball pool, keyboards & monitors, to name but a few. The excitement when the container arrived on-site, on the very last day of our trip, after a 6 week journey, was indescribable; picture over 200 children plus many adults enjoying their first Christmas and that’s how special the moment felt!
In 2012 the school had 185 children enrolled with one form or other disability and there were 23 children with various disabilities including bad vision, physical & mental problems. Fast forward to 2014 and there are now over 50 children enrolled who have multiple disabilities. Thus the need for Workshops & Technical Training Facilities is apparent. We are already preparing for our next project to the School for the Blind and surrounding village in January and February of 2016. If the funds are available, we wish to help improve the people’s lives in the nearby village with a new project.
Many of the Volunteers visited this School in 2010 while they were building the Polytechnic. They were upset at the conditions the Children were living in. The sleeping areas were run down and there was no segregation of male and female children/young adults. We vowed to come back and build accommodation for the children and also a Special Unit for Children with Physical Disability and Special Needs.
In October & November of 2011, Jim Lynch travelled to supervise the demolition of the old dorm buildings (the children lived in temporary accommodation in the meantime). Then in January and February of 2012, 200 Volunteers from all over Ireland travelled to build a 16,000 sq. ft. set of buildings.
In 2008 Fr. Martin Keane of the Holy Ghost Fathers, approached the “Building of Hope”, asking if we could build a Third Level Technical Institution (Polytechnic) in the Parish of Migombani in Mombasa, Kenya.
Jim Lynch, Architect and Project Manager, designed a 14,000 sq. ft. set of Buildings. In January 2010, 185 Volunteers travelled and the building was completed including outside landscaping and paving all around. There are now 150 students attending various courses in Information Technology, Hairdressing and Hotel Management. All courses are state recognised with a qualification that is fully accredited. Mr Robert K. Opemi is the Principal at Holy Ghost Fathers Technical Institute and has done huge work marketing the College and at present it is self-sufficient.
200 volunteers constructed a polytechnic and feeding centre in the Parish of Migombani in just 28 days. The centre will give training to teenagers in carpentry, electrical, cooking, dressmaking and many other educational skills which will enable them to get out of the poverty trap and empower them to secure Sustainable Employment. Fr. Martin Keane is having the building registered with the Education Dept. and it will be fully operational as a Training Centre with the first intake of students commencing their first term in September, 2010.
In January 2008, 165 Volunteers, from Clare and all around Ireland, travelled to Missionvale to construct a HIV/AIDS Centre. Sr. Ethel Normoyle, who is the inspirational force for good in Missionvale, spoke to the “Building of Hope” of the extreme poverty and living conditions of the people. She wanted to build a place where people could come to and would be treated with respect whilst being assisted with a programme of medication to improve the quality of their lives. 100,000 bricks were laid and the building was officially opened on the 14th February, 2008.
167 Volunteers constructed a HIV/AIDS Centre in a township in Port Elizabeth. This was constructed in 28 working days. As this was the “Building of Hope’s” first venture, this was a huge learning curve and valuable experience was gained by the Team for future projects.