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.


Wend Schaefer, M.D.

President, Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

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