I would have loved to see the sweet beginning of Saline’s much anticipated smile which also marks the end of the journey we have traveled for the last four years on a very rough and painful road,i have to leave since it is unavoidable . Out of nothing and without any ray of hope,we started and stumbled.Little did we know that at some point God would bond us with selfless,loving and generous people who have now seen us this far.
There was a meeting of the electricity committee on 9/26/13. The goal is to purchase lighting for some of the children’s homes so that they can finish their schoolwork in the evening without using kerosene, which is both dangerous and expensive. The solar battery life is about five years. Several committee members had information about different lights available, but of special interest is one company which is located in Nairobi. This company would deliver the lights to the village. The cost will be between $10 and $13 for each light. Several different lights will be purchased before the next meeting so convenience, cost and brightness can be compared.
The first goal will be between 25 and 50d lights depending on cost. Duncan will determine how the lights are distributed. He may take 10 of 50 and donate them to families that have the most need. Perhaps he will charge a $5 fee for the other lights so the monies can be used to purchase more lights.
Next meeting October 25th at the Emma Clarke Library – purchased lights will be compared at that time. Duncan will attend.
1) Saline has been undergoing a series of fluid injections in order to expand her skin in anticipation of her next surgery which has been scheduled for Monday, September 16. Dr. Alex Dagum will perform an extensive series of procedures to close her facial defect with two grafts as well as create a nose using a rib graft. The surgery will take place at Stony Book Hospital and take approximately 4-5 hours. There will be two additional surgeries before she can return home.
2) Duncan has been excused from his teaching responsibilities by the Kenyan government for a three month period of time in order to accompany Saline. In order to keep his job, he will have to return home at the end of September or early October. Unfortunately, due to the number of surgeries and the anticipated healing time, Dr. Dagum does not feel that Saline can return home until sometime in November. This creates three dilemmas. First, in order to legally operate on Saline, we need a local guardian. Second, we need someone to accompany Saline back to Nairobi and the adult that travels with her may need to be her guardian. Finally, we need a host family that is willing to supervise her recovery. Volunteers and suggestions are welcome.
3) I would like to schedule a meeting to discuss our findings before Duncan returns home. Save the date: Friday October 25, 7:00 pm, Emma Clark Library. I realize that everyone may not be available, however it is important to have representation from each committee so we can move forward.
Once again, your participation is greatly appreciated.
Three Village meets God Ong’eche Village
Helping an African Community Improve Health and Education
Mr. Duncan Owange, a respected teacher from a remote Kenyan village, is partnering with local orthodontist and philanthropist Dr. Leon Klempner to lead a discussion about creating a partnership to improve health and education in his village. Mr. Owange is on Long Island to accompany Saline, a 12-year-old girl undergoing facial reconstructive surgery at Stony Brook Hospital, sponsored by the non-profit Smile Rescue Fund for Kids.
Join them, along with Dr. Jonathan Epstein, global health and infectious disease expert at EcoHealth Alliance, to help create a sustainable action plan for improving the lives of children in God Ong’eche, Kenya.
August 16, 2013 at 7:00pm
Emma S. Clark Library – Community Room
Everyone is welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr. Leon Klempner
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