1. Instituted St. John Fisher Scholarships
Established a scholarship to educate Kenyan priests in the
United States and to expose them to a working democracy. The
goal was to educate and empower priests with leadership capabilities
to make a difference in Kenya when they returned. As a result
of the generosity of St. John Fisher College, Their influence
has spread over much of Eastern Africa. Six of the graduates
have become bishops.
2. Completed School Book Projects
The initial project sent several pallets of books collected
and organized by Mary Clare Lyons and her daughters. Initially
over 5000 textbooks were collected, sorted by class, grade
level and subject, and sent to Kenyan schools.
3. Nakuru: Built a Small Church for Father Stephen
Father Steven Mbugua attended St. John Fisher College and
R.I.T in the 1990s. The church that he grew up in as a child
in Bahati, Kenya was a dilapidated, mud-walled, thatched-roof
structure. Despite its crumbling structure, members still
went to Mass there. We built a new church to replace it in
4. Bahati: Converted an English Farmhouse into St.
An old one-story English farm home of about 10,000 sq. ft.
was given to Father Stephenís parish on condition that
he could convert it into a hospital to support the community.
We financed the conversion; and after it was completed, a
40 foot container of medical equipment to fully equip the
hospital. It included a birthing center, an operating room,
and a ward for women and children. Recent statistics showed
that the child mortality rate in the area decreased 80% since
the hospital was built. These results were achieved primarily
because of the sterile birthing center facilities, and the
decrease of deaths was due to procedures for treating simple
infections and dysentery.
5. Equipped Tea Plantation Owned by Archdiocese of Nairobi
A tractor and irrigation equipment was furnished to revitalize
a tea plantation owned by the Diocese of Nairobi. The project
was planned and managed by Archbishop Rapheal Ndgni , a St.
John Fisher Graduate. The plantation currently employs 150
people and has expanded to include a dairy farm and vegetable
fields, which furnish food for the local community. The surplus
products are sold to the finest restaurants in Nairobi. This
supplies the Diocese with much-needed funds for other projects.
6. Boguma: Expanded a Hospital Run by the Little Sisters of
St. Francis in Boguma, Kenya
After the hospital was finished, we sent two containers of
medical equipment to fully equip the hospital.
7. Rebuilt St. Paulís Hospital in Homa Bay,
St. Paulís Hospital was built in Homa Bay. The hospital
staff primarily cares for women and children who suffer from
HIV and AIDS. It is estimated that fifty percent of the population
in this area of Homa Bay are HIV positive or suffer from AIDS.
Again, a container of medical equipment was sent to furnish
8. Industrial Chicken Coop
An industrial chicken coop was built for the Sisters of Saint
Francis Novitiate. The eggs and milk help feed 60 Novices
who live there, and they sell the surplus for cash to support
9. Egerton University Multi-purpose Building
A multi-purpose building was constructed next to the university
to house a kindergarten, small clinic, and a Neuman Center
10. Hospital Revitalizations: Reequip Approximately 20 Hospitals.
About 20 hospitals were reequipped and updated with needed
supplies and equipment. First professionals ascertained what
equipment the hospitals required. Volunteers like Dr. Susan
Crawford and Nurse Sarah Brewin played key roles in completing
needs analyses and inspecting the facilities prior to shipping
containers of equipment.
The equipment was shipped as complete rooms, which included
operating rooms, dental departments, libraries, birthing centers,
waiting rooms, etc. In total, over sixty different departments
were shipped. A not-for-profit organization in North Andover,
Massachusetts named International Medical Equipment Cooperative
(I.M.E.C.) collects and refurbishes used medical equipment.
We purchased 20 containers from them and sent them to 20 hospitals
in Kenya. The organization was founded and managed by Tom
11. Established Distribution Warehouse to Provide Consumable
A warehouse outside of Nairobi,
Kenya was leased. Each month a container of consumable medical
supplies was sent to the
warehouse. Most of the containers were purchased in Rochester,
N.Y. from an organization named Intervol, which is owned and
managed by Dr. Ralph Penino. Various hospitals and clinics
in Kenya could then place orders at the warehouse
via the Internet and then pick them up at no charge.
In all 80 hospitals and health care facilities were supplied
through the warehouse.
12. Orphanage for Handicapped Children
A home for handicapped children
was built to house 100 children. The home is dedicated to
Sarah Ryan, deceased daughter-in-law
of Jim Ryan Sr. and wife of Jim Ryan Jr. Separate buildings
were built to house a kitchen and a laundry. During the recent
political unrest, the site became a refuge for over a thousand
people who fled to the site of the orphanage. Tents, fences,
blankets, food, and other essentials were purchased to supply
them for a period of about 14 months until it was safe to
return home. The home was funded by the Ryan family, the Dorothea
Haus Ross Foundation of Rochester, N.Y., John Anderson
and Jack O'Leary.
13. St. John the Baptist Church Is Constructed
The Church is large enough to accommodate 2000 parishioners
at a time, is dedicated to the former President of St. John
Fisher College, Katherine Kehoe.
14. Williamsburg, Virginia: Helped Finance Two Homes for Handicapped
The facilities are managed by Sister Agnes, a Little Sister
of St. Francis, from Uganda. Her order lives western border
of Kenya. Any excess profits from her business ventures are
sent to sisters to support the work of their mission.
15. Nurses from St. John Fisher College Volunteer at Hospitals
For more information on Wegmans
School of Nursingís
program in Kenya, contact Dr. Nancy Wilk and Dr. Marilyn Dollinger
at St. John Fisher College. The nurses volunteer in Kenya
and visit some of the hospitals and clinics that we supplied
or built. They provide screenings and basic medical support
to women, children and others in need of healthcare or assistance
16. Orphanages for Children of Kenya
Homes for orphaned children architectural plans completed.
Fundraising efforts underway 2011.