Sponsored by Addis South Africa....

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Thu, 07 Oct 2010 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Sustainable development is a very in vogue concept. What is the point in building a lovely hospital in the rural Uganda, if in a few years time it has fallen down, or is non functional. It’s a good point, and there are many such hospitals, schools, churches, dotted across Uganda and Africa. CMS Ireland has at times been criticised by some for developing projects slowly, but many of those ‘slow’ projects are ‘owned’ by local communities and will outlast all of us.

So why is Kiwoko hospital here? The income we can generate from patient fees covers less than a 1/3 of our costs. How can this possibly be sustainable? Quite simply at present we can’t be.

For the foreseeable future our people will not be able to afford the level of care and professionalism they find here. But I don’t think that that is a reason for despondency. I don’t think we should just lock the gates and go home. Most of the large global economies have borrowed massive amounts of money in recent years because they could not balance their books either.

It is foolish to take God’s involvement and provision for granted, but it is certainly appropriate to note that if he was left out of the economics of Kiwoko we would be in trouble indeed. Despite being astonishingly short of cash at times we always manage to pay our staff and provide drugs and care to our patients. God has seen us out of some tight situations. But it’s also worth noting that God works through people. There are many, many good individuals and organisations throughout the world who stand in partnership with us in many ways so we can continue to care for those in need. From the title of today’s inscription you can see that we recent received a complementary replacement plastic cap for my jerry can for the car. I was quite prepared to pay for one to be posted up from where they are produced in South Africa, but instead they were very helpful in having a complimentary one sent up by courier such that I received it just before our trip to Kijjangi which I mentioned last time I wrote. A fuel cap is a lot smaller than many of our donations, but it made me reflect again that many people do indeed want to help other people. When Jesus noted that it was more blessed to give than to receive, it wasn’t so much an exhortation to get money out people’s pockets as much as a sagely comment on how life works. Even here, Denise + I find ourselves at times helping others with our own meagre resources – and we get blessed by it. Kiwoko is a sound investment for those who wish to give to a worthy cause. Ken and his team ensure that systems are largely accountable and what we say with donated money or goods, takes place.

I’m not writing this (for once?!) in a plea for more finance, but just reflecting on how these things work. If you are reading this, then you are probably one of the folk who does help us with financial support. If so, I hope that such giving does encourage and bless you. Sorry that you can’t easily see the outworking of your support, but believe me, in whichever form it comes it makes a real difference to people who need it. I am here to be encouraged by witnessing the healthy baby delivered by caesarean section for which the mother pays ¼ and donated money allows us to fill the gaps. I see the boy with tetanus go home healthy after a skirmish with death which he certainly would have lost in any other local health unit.

Thank you for enabling us to keep doing this.

May God bless you.

Rory

Comments

Nabitaka Kezia said Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:55AM
i require some sponsership in the May intake at your nursing school

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