Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gabon Shipping Container Update

September 2017 Update:

The June container has arrived and has been processed!  Thank you for your help on this!

Our next container will likely be sent in late February 2018.  More updates to follow.

March 2017 Update:

Gabon teammates work to unload the November '16 container at Bongolo.
In 2017, there will only be one Container sent to Gabon.  It will be packed up on or near June 1st.

If you have something to send, please do not send it until April 1st.  How to send?  Read below.

If you are sending medical items, Coleen L. is coordinating that, so please email her to verify what you are sending or if you have questions about what is needed.  Her email is:  coliemark@gmail.com.

Here is the current NEEDS list for Bongolo Hospital:

A.  VITAMINS:  Centrum (or similar with all the trace minerals) multivitamins for children especially, but also for adults. Please don’t send the round, gumball like Centrum children, but the chewable ones

B.  Artificial Tears like Systane or generic                                                                                                             
C.  Delivery table and OR table covers made out of flat sheets (see instructions below)**

D.  *sterilization wraps

E.  EYE GLASSES & CASES:  new reading glasses, glass cases (homemade or bought), good used eye glass frames (either you or they will remove the present glass), disposable pen lights for eye clinic. Look for ideas on making glass cases on  the Internet. 

F.  TOYS:  Small toys or stickers for kids who come to the eye clinic.

G. (for those who can get medical supplie) Interosseus Needles, and chest tubes sizes 10-16 and adult 30-40, and chest tube draining systems. Spinal Needs #22 & #25, and triple lumen central line catheters for children and adults.  (NOTE:  there are organizations that will donate some of these items, but you need to pay the shipping.  If  you are interested in helping send these needed items, let Coleen L. know)

H. long white lab coats;  new or slightly used scrubs sizes small to medium (right now there are enough of the larger)

I. children’s patient gowns (see patterns on Internet)

J. inexpensive “sippy cups” and "baby spoons"

K. reusable underpads (34” x 36”) See web sites like www.allegromedical.com

L.  OTHER ITEMS:  If you have items you think might be useful, but are not on the list, please e-mail Coleen (coliemark@gmail.com) or call her at 218-245-2706. Please let other churches know about the shipment.  Once again, that you for  your generous giving!

* Instructions for sterilization wraps: finished sizes needed  are 12” x 12”, 24” x 24”, 36” x 36”. 48” x 48”.  You can make them out of gently used cotton and cotton/polyester material or  sheets or old cloth tablecloths. Don’s use flannel as it is too loose a weave.  Preferred colors are blue, green or white solid (others accepted though).  To make them, cut the material 1/2” larger than the size wanted.  They are to be double thickness, with the seams on the inside.  After sewing the two pieces of material, turn it inside right, then sew a seam about 1/2” around the entire square and then an “X” from corner to corner.  this way, when they are washed, they will stay in place.  Questions?  Call me at 218-245-2706.

**Instructions for delivery table sheets: use flat sheets twin or full size, any color, out of cotton or cotton/polyester. Fold sheet in half so it is 48” x 66” (twin) or 48”x 81” (full).  Sew or Zig-zag around the entire doubled sheet, including the folded side, close to the edge.   Then measure half way down (33” or 40.1”) and sew across the sheet. 


Thanks for your Partnership and Teamwork!


Jan 2017 Update:

The Gabon team may only have one shipping container this year, perhaps sometime between April and June.  The decision should be made sometime this week.

No empty pill bottles will be needed for the time being- there is a current surplus... thanks for all your hard work!  A list of critical needs will be posted soon.

Note:  You can now use "www.gaboncontainer.org" if that helps to remember where to get up to date info. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Help Bongolo Hospital Electrical Grid Upgrade

Project info:
Ok- the situation isn't this bad at Bongolo, but you get the picture!

Total cost of the project:

Describe the project briefly:
This project will upgrade the existing three phase electrical supply and associated equipment in order to bring adequate and consistent electricity to the Bongolo Hospital. This upgrade will not only provide needed increase of electrical power to existing hospital structures but will also supply electricity to the mission station and to the new Eye Center currently under construction.

Tell why this project is needed and what will happen as a result of the successful implementation of this project?
The current electrical supply lines and accompanying equipment are not adequate for the electrical demands of the hospital. The three phase supply lines can become overheated and catch fire under current situations. The addition of the new Eye Center will put additional electrical demands on the supply which the current installation will not be able to handle.

What will be the consequences if this project is NOT completed/implemented?
The hospital will continue to have electrical outages due to inadequate wiring, money will have to be invested in replacing wires and electrical equipment that burns up, and the new Eye Center building will not be able to be used.  Also, the hospital will not have the electrical capacity to expand in any other way.

What specific group(s) of people will benefit from this project, and approximately how many people will be impacted by your ministry each year?
All staff and patients at the hospital will be helped by this project. Work and care will be positively impacted as adequate and consistent electricity is supplied to the hospital campus. There are currently 125 staff members and yearly about 40,000 patients are treated at the hospital.

Instructions for giving:
If you would like to give with a debit/credit card, you can give funds online using the following instructions:
Go to https://secure.cmalliance.org/give/, put in the amount you want to give under "Give to International Workers and Special Projects", and then in the box below that, enter "Bongolo Electrical System Upgrade".  Then click on the Give Now button (if needed) and complete the payment info on the page.

If giving by check, please make the check out to "The Alliance", and indicate that this is for account 43-40-09087 – Bongolo Electrical System. Please send it to:
The Alliance c/o Finance Dept.,
8595 Explorer Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80920