Whats been going on....

Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Sun, 07 Nov 2010 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Here are a few of the events that have been happening in the life of Kiwoko in the past few months:

The Kiwoko Chase

On the 25th September we held our 5th Annual Kiwoko Chase. This is a running and walking race over 16.5km , followed by an afternoon of fun and games at our Training School grounds. It has become a major focal point in the annual calendar of the hospital with much training and anticipation leading to the big day. This year proved to be again a big success and we were very glad to have Dr Steve Bennett with us as our Guest of Honour this year. Steve has worked as a surgeon at the hospital and although now a consultant in Dunfermline in Scotland remains a close friend to Kiwoko Hospital and the community here.

Summer Visitors

In the summer two teams were hosted at Kiwoko. The first from St Patrick’s Coleraine in Northern Ireland. They came as a group of builders working alongside our own builders in the building of our new Antenatal block which they had also raised the funds for. The Antenatal block is now almost complete and will provide a much improved working environment for the staff as well as better facilities for the mothers to be.

The second team was the CMS Ireland Ekisa (Grace) team which came for two weeks of intensive childrens work with staff children and also children on the hospital HIV programme. This programme has been running for a few years now and is much anticipated by all the kids here in Kiwoko. For us it was also an added joy that 7 of the team came from 3 of our link churches namely: Knockbreda, Seapatrick and Broomhedge.

Radio Kiwoko

As a spin off from the Ekisa team and fundraising that had gone on beforehand by one of the team members a very generous donation has allowed us to introduce “Radio Kiwoko”. We now have broadcasts onto the wards! From christian music and prayers to some inspirational words from our Chaplain and others we hope that this will be a huge boost in ministering to patients and bringing Christ to many.

Farwells

The end of June saw us saying good -bye to Dr Raul, Christiane and their sons Lars and Joshua. This was a sad time as they had arrived at Kiwoko just a month after ourselves in February 2006 and so had been very much part of Kiwoko life for all that time. Schooling needs for Lars meant that this was the time for them to go back to Germany. They are greatly missed and remain very much in our prayers as they settle into life there.

One of Christianes’ roles here was working in the hospital craft project where some of our ladies from the HIV clinic make crafts such as necklaces and baskets in order for them to earn an income. Crafts are then sold through the hospital to people visiting or by shipping overseas. Christiane did a great job in developing this work and supporting the ladies involved. Judith has now taken on that role and finding it very fulfilling. The interaction with the ladies is a great incentive to keep pushing on with learning Luganda…even five years on …

Weekends away

On a personal note we have been enjoying the benefits of getting away from our workplace more frequently over the last few months. It has been most refreshing and we are grateful for the opportunities to do so.

Ken and Judith Finch

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Comments

Maureen Watt said Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:29PM
Hi Ken and Judith just a few words to say how much I enjoyed being on the Ekisa team this year, you both made me feel so welcome. When I left for home I left part of my heart there. Kiwoko will always be special to me. Take care and God Bless x
Millie Moore said Mon, 13 Dec 2010 09:36AM
Catching up on news around Kiwoko. Delighted to read an update on Radio Kiwoko and pray it will be of much benefit to patients. Yesterday in church Martin showed a video reminding us of what Christmas is really about. In the video were some images of African children and my three year old granddaughter said "that's where you went Nana wasn't it? Passing the Message on is so important - may we be given the grace to do so. Millie x

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