Leaving Kenya today, waking up at 5:30am, saying goodbye to Calvin Eaton (whom we have spent everyday with for the last 10days). Ed and Beth are off on their own again heading back to Jiko, Niarobi's airport AGAIN (the hub for the African leg of our journey). Leaving great memories of rest, calm, order and the peace felt in Kenya - heading towards Burundi - another unknown on this adventure, other than the normal 'encouraged avoidence' on the FCO website.
Jiko was busy for 6:30 in the morning and we cleared checkin and security in 1hr30, just in time to make the noted boarding time, but with just enough time for a sneaky caffine fix. Only to board the plane to be told there was a fault on the plane, that took an hour to fix before we could take off.
Our destination today is Burundi, meeting some Pastors that Beth's parents knew from Bible School in the UK, whom all speak very fondly of.
As we touch down on the tarmac in Bujumbura, we're grateful to see a new looking aiport terminal, with an ordered immigration system and baggage belt (after some of our previous experiences), along with a friendly looking face that comes with the name - 'Dr Elodge', who kindly picked us up from the airport and took us to our new accomodation and then showed us the work of the charity. Edmond and Faith Kivuye run the NGO that comes under the name African Revival Ministries (ARM) www.africanrevivalministries.com doing much work in the community running a medical centre, school, a couple of orphanage homes etc. They also run a large church called Elgise Vivante de Jesus Christ, which has numerous plants in Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and beyond.
On day one, we visited the church and medical centre. The work here is much needed as many locals cannot afford medical care, which ARM can provide cheaply (in a means checked manner) to those that require it.
- The GP will do about 20 check ups a day
- The Surgeons will do around 2/3 operations a day
- They can accommodate around 40 (from what we recall) people in 2 shared rooms and 5 in 'private rooms'
The aim is to get the private rooms (available to those who can afford it) to be able to support those who cannot pay - making the hospital work self sustaining. In order to do this they would need to build 20 more private rooms costing $5K per room.
The great need for support is obvious. Despite being recognised internationally by governments and charities in the past, now that the country is considered 'post war and crisis' the majority of external funding has now been removed (similar to the removal of support currently taking place in the 'post war and crisis' areas of South Sudan).
ARM would also be keen for any Surgeons or a Dentist or secondary school teachers to come and support on a short term (1-3months) or a long term (6months plus) basis. There is currently no dentist working at the site despite being equipped with facilities for a dentist.
In total there are around 5 other dentists in the nation (population of 9 million people), to give you a picture of the need here...