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Intro


Welcome.

We were honored this past year to have the missionaries stationed in Sierra Leone, Dr. Scott Gardner and his wife Bekki, RN, come speak to us about their work. In speaking with them, we were able to find a project that not only fit our criteria and scope, but also spoke to our hearts—helping to further develop the infrastructure of Waterloo Hospital in Sierra Leone. We hope that as you read more about the project on this website that you, too, will be inspired. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about how you can help us support this mission.

Sincerely,

The Loma Linda School of Medicine Class of 2019

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Intro


Welcome.

We were honored this past year to have the missionaries stationed in Sierra Leone, Dr. Scott Gardner and his wife Bekki, RN, come speak to us about their work. In speaking with them, we were able to find a project that not only fit our criteria and scope, but also spoke to our hearts—helping to further develop the infrastructure of Waterloo Hospital in Sierra Leone. We hope that as you read more about the project on this website that you, too, will be inspired. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about how you can help us support this mission.

Sincerely,

The Loma Linda School of Medicine Class of 2019

 

The Projects

Our passion for fundraising for the Waterloo Hospital stems from their inspiring story. While many medical centers made the decision to close during the height of the Ebola crisis that struck West Africa in 2014, the Adventist staff at the hospital made the choice to sacrifice their safety and to continue to serve their community. The cost of this choice was grave—three staff members contracted the disease and sadly, only one survived. Many of those same staff members who worked during the Ebola crisis are still there now, continuing their efforts to spread the gospel through the ministry of healing.

 
 

Project 1 : Consistent Access to Water

Estimated Cost:  $5-10,000

In the hottest and driest months of the year, the wells on the hospital campus run dry and the staff have to leave the hospital grounds in order to hand pump water into buckets and carry it back to the campus. Water is not only used for drinking or cleaning surfaces and equipment, but is an essential component to the process of scrubbing in for a surgery. By renovating the hospital's solar-powered well, we can ensure that fresh water will be available on the hospital grounds during the dry season.

 

Project 2: Electricity for Lab & Pharmacy

Estimated Cost: $10,000

The current system for blood donation requires foresight and planning. Without refrigeration, blood has to be donated and transfused within a very short time period. Donated blood is transferred from donor to a transfusion bag and then immediately transfused to the patient. While this may be sufficient for non-emergent settings, blood is simply unavailable for anything unexpected, including traumas. In addition, certain reagents required for lab tests require refrigeration and thus the hospital is currently unable to perform these essential tests. With solar power and a battery bank, we can ensure that blood will be available to patients who desperately need it and that the lab can perform necessary tests.

 

Project 3: Hospital Chapel

Estimated Cost: $15,000

The Waterloo Hospital's staff believe that they are not simply medical professionals, but missionaries to their community, seeking to provide spiritual healing in addition to physical healing.  Currently, morning worship is held in a small outpatient building without room for patients and families. The Adventist church meets in a school that is off-campus, making it difficult for working staff members, patients, and patients' families to attend.  The foundation for this building has already been poured, and the local Adventist community has begun work on building pews. With a chapel on the hospital campus, we can provide hospital staff and community members a place for worship, prayer, and fellowship.

 
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Clinic Photos


Clinic Photos


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The Missionaries


The Missionaries


 

The Missionaries

This hospital and project would not be possible without the missionaries on the ground.

Dr. Scott Gardner and his wife Bekki Gardner, RN, were asked by Adventist Health International to work at the Waterloo Adventist Hospital in Sierra Leone.

 
 

The Gardner’s aren’t the only missionaries working in Sierra Leone, however. The hospital is staffed by indigenous Adventist health professionals who view themselves as missionaries to their local community. This isn’t simply a job for them—it’s a calling.

 
 

Waterloo Hospital has a vision of spreading high-quality, mission focused health care.

Our fundraising goals will further support them in their mission and provision of health and spiritual well-being to the people of Sierra Leone.

If you are interested in learning more about the mission in Sierra Leone,  follow the Gardners’ blog:

https://gardners2koza.wordpress.com
 
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Area Photos


Area Photos


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The Class


The Class


 

The Class

The Class of 2019 is blessed and privileged to study as student physicians at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine. The opportunity to learn how to make man whole is a fulfillment of a lifelong dream for many of us. While we look forward to when we will serve as physicians, we do not want to defer this divine calling until that day.

 
 

It is an honored tradition for each medical school class to pick a mission project which lasts for the duration of their time at Loma Linda. Our class considered several projects, but the one that resonated with us the most was the Waterloo Adventist Hospital in Sierra Leone, Africa. 

 

Beyond the obvious benefits of these fundraising efforts for the people of Waterloo, our class chose this project as something that we can become personally involved with. In fact, one of our classmates was able to go as a missionary to Waterloo this past summer. We are also planning on it being a fourth-year elective rotation for our class as well as future classes. This would provide an incredible hands-on opportunity  to serve and practice medicine while furthering the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

 
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Hike


Hike


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Donate


Donate


 

Donate

 

We hope that the people of Sierra Leone have inspired you as they have us. With your help, we will reach our goals and enable the Waterloo hospital to serve the surrounding community more effectively.

Donations are made through the multinational, nonprofit organization Adventist Health International (AHI), headquartered here in Loma Linda, CA. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online using PayPal, by mail, and over the phone.

If you are donating through PayPal, please choose to share your address as this will allow AHI to send you a letter of acknowledgment for tax purposes.

If you wish for your donation to go to one of the specific projects mentioned, please email btresenriter@llu.edu after donating and specify which project you wish to support.

 
 

If you choose to donate by mail or over the phone, please be sure to indicate that you are donating to: “SM 2019 project”.

Adventist Health International

11060 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-5610
Fax: (909) 558-0242
E-mail: ahi@llu.edu

 

Thank you for your support as we enable the Waterloo hospital to serve the people of Sierra Leone.

Sincerely,

Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Class of 2019