Category Archives : Medical

Boda Boda Emergency January 24, 2019

Sitting on the back of a “boda boda” (a motorcycle taxi), Joanitah thought this was a day like any other.

Joanitah is a high school student who lives in Uganda. After a mid-year break at home with her aunt, she was looking forward to getting back to her boarding school and seeing all her friends. She was also looking forward to starting classes again, and everything she’d learn in the coming months.

She’d traveled this road many times before, often on the back of a motorcycle. (more…)

Fighting Worms November 14, 2017

A few weeks ago, little Vaishnavi was sitting in her Life Center class thinking about how much her stomach hurt. You see, Vaishnavi had stomach worms.

These nasty parasites were attacking her intestine, causing pain, nausea and diarrhea. Worse, Vaishnavi had been infected for so long that her body was getting weaker and weaker. Because of the worms, she wasn’t absorbing nutrients the way she needed to.

A doctor in a white coat uses a stethoscope to listen to a little girls heartbeat.

The doctor knew just how to help Vaishnavi!


From the darkness of fear to the light of hope September 8, 2016

Imagine you are a young girl, just 17 years old. You live in a remote area of Kenya that is often impassable to vehicles. Sometimes, in the quiet of the evening, you dream about your future… a husband, children, and a good vegetable garden just outside your house. Or if you do well in school, maybe a career.


Then one day, everything changes. And your dreams lie shattered like broken glass on the floor.


A trip to the dentist May 19, 2016

This is the next blog in our #GoBeyondHope Series, featuring on-the-ground updates from Annette and Nathan as they visit our ministry locations in Kenya and Uganda.

Elizabeth's mud house in Kenya

Elizabeth, at her home in Kenya

How many times have you been to the dentist? From the time our first tooth broke through, most have us have had our teeth incredibly well taken care of. We have dental insurance. We get our reminder post card in the mail every six months, and our dental hygienists find any problems before they even start to hurt us. We take our great teeth for granted. But not everyone is so lucky. (more…)

Go away, you’re bugging me! March 10, 2014

What if every time you ate something you had such severe stomach pains, you ended up cramped-up on the floor? You were hungry, but knew what was coming after you ate lunch.  Pain.  You wanted to go to the doctor, but you said to yourself, “I’m poor, I know I can’t afford it.” Unfortunately, this is the harsh reality for many adults and children living in India.

7-year-old Mani arrived at our Medical Camp complaining of severe stomach pains. The faces of his parents looked tired and worn out, but there was still a small spark of hope in their eyes. They had tried everything – even going to a hospital, but since it was very far away and the medicine expensive, they had to abandon this plan. Mani’s mother also tried herbal remedies that several of her well-meaning friends had suggested for stomach problems. Nothing worked.  So here they were, standing in line waiting to see the doctor. It was their last hope.

SarisColorful saris like beautiful flower petals line the way into our clinic.

They had arrived in the late morning and it was now almost noon. Almost their turn. It was hot and dusty and Mani’s mother brushed some dirt from her colorful sari and smoothed back some stray locks from her face. Her husband interrupted her grooming and said “Finally, we are next!”  Shuttling their young son ahead of them, they came in to the examining room and met the doctor and his assistants. Everyone seemed helpful and friendly, and they felt relieved to finally be getting treatment for their son, and hopeful for a good outcome. (more…)