Tomorrow, the St. John’s based NGO, MaterCare International, will open a maternity hospital in Isiolo, Kenya. This miraculous achievement is no small feat for a number of reasons.
The first being it is completely funded by contributions from private organizations and everyday citizens, the majority of which are Canadian. The second, is that this maternity hospital does not offer abortion or medical contraceptives (it does however promote natural family planning). The third, is that the people of Isiolo were employed to build and staff the facility. They marched and petitioned to maintain the roads to the hospital, they have had a hand in its inception since the first stone was laid and the first midwife was trained. The president of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, will attend the opening.
“It is our sincere hope that the presence of President Kibaki at the opening of the Isiolo hospital will illustrate to the international community that projects like these are what the people of Kenya want. The hospital was built by Canadian citizens giving private donations, without the help of government funding, because Canada’s federal government isn’t acting on behalf of the Canadian people as both countries would like them to,” said MaterCare founder, Dr. Robert Walley.by