KSJHF News, February 2019

Many thanks for your recent contributions to Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. The year-end contributions were the best since we started this charity three years ago.

We are publishing our financial data below for the year 2018 in hopes that this will attract more donors. The data has also been sent to Charity Navigator (CN), a firm that rates charitable organizations on how donations are put to use. Well over 95% of the undesignated donations that we receive go directly to pay for orthopaedic care for the patients or to purchase artificial limbs for amputees.

Charity Navigator (CN) is regarded by many as the most reputable organization in rating charities. We are seeking the approval of CN for our organization. Accounting of our income and expenses has been sent to CN and follows below. Obtaining a favorable rating from CN will increase our donations.

*Aines: tuition for one year at a private school to help make up lost time following four operations due to burns.

**Godfrey: long standing staff to be trained as a pharmacy technician provided by direct funding from a designated donor.

***Stella serves house guests to help improve her English.

Upcoming Expenditures

We had a balance of more than $5,000 at years end.

Some special projects are funded by specific donors with their permission. Currently we are purchasing more than $4,700 worth of implants including plates and pins, and orthopedic instruments from Jani Bone Care in Kampala, Uganda. The purchase list was developed Dr. Inyas Lawrence, our pediatric orthopedic surgeon, with the help of our staff. The items should be enough to treat trauma victims for all of 2019. We also funded the repair of a power saw, power drill and batteries. These purchases were funded by one of our board members. Unless designated, your funds will always go directly to patient care and prosthetics.

Dr. Lawrence is a subspecialist in children’s orthopaedics. He has his own charity to hold week-long clinics and to do surgery at several different hospitals in Northern Tanzania.  Dr. Lawrence was trained in subspecialty in Malawi and is a native Tanzanian. His clinic at St. Joseph Hospital is held once every month.

Care for Albino Children

Our ongoing care for albino children at the local school for the disabled has been improved considerably by the purchase of liquid nitrogen. The pictures included here show children with precancerous actinic keratosis from overexposure to the sun. We cannot get them safely to their homes but at the very least we are meeting their medical needs to cure them of the actinic keratosis. It took nine years to find the liquid nitrogen.

Health Volunteers Overseas

Orthopaedics Overseas (OO) is the largest division of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) and is the largest volunteer organization available to American orthopaedic surgeons. From 1993 through 2005 we had a very active OO program. The staff at the Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza petitioned HVO to re-establish this program and we were approved in late 2018. American orthopaedic surgeons will now be able to serve as instructors at BMC and St. Joseph Hospital to teach orthopaedic knowledge to the growing staff of surgeons and residents.

Stephen Bannar, KSJHF Board Member, Deceased

Our organization suffered a great loss when Dr. Stephen Bannar passed away in December of 2018. He was one of two orthopaedic surgeons on our 501(c)(3) board and it will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones.

How to Donate

Donations should be made out to Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and sent to me at P O Box 6374, incline Village, NV 89450. Donations can also be sent to treasurer, Jim O’Brien at 886 Tyner Way, Incline Village, NV 89451.

We also encourage all donors to sign on to “Amazon Smile” so that when you make an on-line purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our charity. Our last donation from Amazon Smile was over $30. You can find Amazon Smile by doing a search for it and then you will be directed to find your charity. Our employer Identification Number (EIN) will help in the search and is 47-3590633.

Sincerely,

Wend Schaefer, M.D.

President, Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

KSJHF News, December 2018

Dear friends of Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital,

This has been a year of great accomplishments for our Foundation.

1. We have installed voltage surge protection for the entire hospital.

2. We have air conditioned the main operating room.

3. We have instituted repairs to the hospital electrical system.

4. We have continued to fund patients with orthopaedic conditions, victims of trauma and amputees in need of prosthetics.

5. After nine years of searching we have obtained a container of liquid nitrogen (LN) to treat the actinic keratosis of the albino children held for protection at a nearby school for the handicapped. The children are held at the school to protect them from witch doctors who hunt and butcher them for body parts, which are then sold to bring “good luck” to the purchaser.

The actinic keratosis lesions are pre-cancerous and are caused by exposure to sunlight, and treatment is almost painless and well tolerated by the children. We held our first clinic with LN held last month. It was a success and we have since offered to make the LN available to the general public at the Kagera Regional Hospital, free of charge.

6. We are funding the education of one of our staff for training to become a pharmacy technician.

Our hospital now has orthopaedic surgeons from nearby Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza spending two weeks a month at the hospital where they evaluate patients and perform corrective surgery. Dr. Inyas Lawrence, subspecialist in children’s orthopaedics, is one of these surgeons, and he has designated our hospital as a one of the sites for his Tanzanian charity, “Saving the Children, One Child At a Time”. His program will eventually expand to cover the entire country. We fund his evaluations and corrective surgeries at St. Joseph Hospital for many handicapped children.

Jim O’Brien, our treasurer, and his wife Phoebe (Fi) have made two trips to East Africa with me where they both taught in the public school systems in Kenya. In October of this year Jim and Fi spent five days at St. Joseph Hospital getting to know the staff and evaluating current and future projects. Jim and Fi understand the poverty and problems of East Africa and have a great passion to serve these less fortunate people.

Jim has lived and interesting life. After graduation from UC Berkley with a BS in Business Administration he started an appraisal and consulting business. He then went into commercial real estate development and eventually into investing and managing commercial real estate. In Rotary International he has served as club president and as assistant district governor and currently is International and Foundation Chairman for his club.

Funding all of these projects is becoming more difficult with each passing year. Most of the money comes from my own resources and from a few large donors and a growing number of smaller donors, all who are greatly appreciated. The donations affirm the faith these individuals have in our organization. If you have not made a donation this year, please consider a donation before year’s end. Remember the parable from Jesus of the poor woman who gave her only coin from her poverty to the temple and how this in the eyes of God was worth more than those who gave from their wealth.

Donations should be made out to Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundationand sent to me at P O Box 6374, incline Village, NV 89450. Donations can also be sent to treasurer, Jim O’Brien at 886 Tyner Way, Incline Village, NV 89451.

We also encourage all donors to sign on to “Amazon Smile”so that when you make an on-line purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our charity. Our last donation from Amazon Smile was over $30. You can find Amazon Smile by doing a search for it and then you will be directed to find your charity. Our employer Identification Number (EIN) will help in the search and is 47-3590633.

We wish all of you a very joyous Christmas season and a prosperous new year.

Wend Schaefer, M.D.

President, Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

KSJHF News-September 2017

The construction of our rainwater collection system began in April. This project to build 13 water storage tanks is supported by a grant from Rotary International for $96,000. The thick concrete bases were completed in June and the first construction team began to manufacture the interlocking soil blocks as soon as the dry season began. Subsoil is mixed dry with cement and then water is added to create the blocks that are then compressed and left to dry in the sun. No fossil fuel is needed for this project.

The second crew of masons constructed the tanks using standard masonry techniques. A wire mesh was applied inside the tanks followed by the application of waterproof cement over the mesh.

Above, a concrete base, workers compressing the blocks, crew building the tank with the blocks and the completed tank. 

Left, the Rotary Club of Bukoba sponsored a dedication of the construction site blessed by Bishop Rwoma following completion of the tank.

The electrical supply of the hospital often is lost for hours and even days at a time. This often happens during surgical procedures. When the power comes back on there are electrical surges that can rise from the normal 210 volts to 360 volts. These surges have caused minor damage to our digital x-ray system and to our electrical surgical equipment. The hospital needs surge protection that will cost roughly $8,200 from the only supplier in Tanzania. Additionally, the hospital generator needs some repairs which will cost $1,500. Tom Bormes of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo is searching for a Rotary Club grant to fund this project.

Other projects for the future are an air conditioner for the main surgical room and satellite internet connection. The protection from electrical surges is a priority and necessary prior to instalation of additional electrical devices.

Fellow KSJHF board member Ellen Murphy, RN, LLD and I will be traveling to St. Joseph Hospital in November to conduct clinics, perform surgery and instruct the nursing staff in proper ward care. Ellen and I travel at our own expense, as do all of our volunteers. We are very much in need of funds to pay for the hosital services that wil be provided for the patients undergoing surgery. This year we have sent more than $20,000 to the hospital for patient care and the fitting of prosthetics for our amputees. Donations both large and small are vey much appreciated by our organization and the people of Tanzania. This is a great opportunity for our donors to serve the needs of God’s poorest of the poor and to know that nearly 100% of the money goes directly for the care we provide.

Donations can be sent to me at P.O. Box 6374, Incline Village, NV 89450. All donations are tax deductible and should be made payable to Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

Be sure to visit our website at www.ksjhf.org.

Sincerely,

Wend Schaefer, M. D.

President, Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation