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.