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Dr. Martin Graber and his wife Hollee Graber are medical missionaries in Kenya, Africa

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

After retirement from World Gospel Mission, leaving Kenya and returning to the States, Marty and Hollee were invited by the leaders of Ngoswani to come and help them with development.

The people requested a school, clean water and a medical facility.

By Shortly After 2014

8 permanent classrooms were completed in Ngoswani with the help of donors. The Rotary club of South Haven, Michigan provided funds for 5 classrooms. The Soroptimist Club in Las Vegas, Nevada provided funds for 2 classrooms.

Ngoswani has a large active church which is also used as a community meeting building.

William Luka, a Maasai, has worked with Marty since January 1996. He assisted in the development of Ngoswani. Most notably – a bore hole providing clean water for the community. William is the assistant pastor of the African Gospel Church of Ngoswani.

The village now has hundreds of buildings, mostly smaller, as opposed to the dozen or so in 2004. The year of the original Baseline study of the area.

Marty and Hollee continue their mission work with the Maasai Tribe in Narok County, Kenya with the new Maternal and Children’s hospital. They’re located about a mile West of Ngoswani Village in Southwestern Kenya, (near the Tanzanian border), along the main road just 25 miles from Masai Mara Game Park.

Maasai Mara

Phase II for the hospital facility was fully completed in 2018. Unfortunately the hospital is located near an electrical grid that is not dependable. So, a large solar system was installed in December 2018. All the hospital’s energy will be provided and it will be adequate to power the hospital until significant future expansion. The solar system was provided by Cap in Nairobi, at a cost of over $35,000. The fact that there will be no monthly electric bills or water bills will aid in making the hospital self-sustainable in the near future. Using a non-dependable electric grid for power, the hospital would have needed to purchase a large diesel generator with a fuel cost of over $4.00 per gallon.

The hospital’s solar power is totally carbon free and ‘off the grid’. An amazing feat for any building providing critical services, especially a 24/7 Hospital.

This is a very high acuity hospital that has surgery suites and the equipment needed for a well operated small hospital whose focus is on maternal medicine and surgery, as well as pediatrics or children’s medical care (the hospital will also take in 24/7 emergency room type TRAUMA patients). The hospital is ready for opening and is working on the final permitting.

The hospital now includes a pharmacy extension, a laboratory, five patient rooms, two surgery suites, x-ray, laundry, sterilization area, mechanical area, storage room and doctor/consult/communications area. This Phase II portion of the building attaches to Phase I using a large 10’ wide corridor where wheelchairs and gurneys will be kept.

With the expansion of the main building it is now a full hospital, rather than just maternal childcare, serving a greater population of 350,000 Maasai.

The hospital is designed to be a self sustaining facility after its first 3 months of operation.

Before the hospital opens we are working to raise funds for the following:

Staff salaries for three months ———————– $36,050.00
Medicine for the first three months ———————————– $24,450.00
Digital Reader for X-Ray ———————————————- $13,000.00
Medical Laboratory Equipment ———————————————— $11,500.00
600,000 Liter Underground Water Storage Tank (Matching Grant) ——- $15,000.00

TOTAL ———————————————- $100.000.00

Endowment + expansion for Hospital (under Board direction)……$100,000.00+

More than a Hospital

Progress we’ve made lately:

  • Additional water catches off roofs of buildings providing water in dry seasons.
  • Two milk cows purchased for breeding and milk production.
  • The greenhouse nursery is growing tomatoes and nursery plants to be sold for profit.
  • Trees, shrubs and flowers planted.
  • Permanent housing for guests completed, inclusive of a bath house.
  • The garden areas extended using some of the latest agro-technology: Drip irrigation.