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.
Wend Schaefer, M. D.
President, Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation