The work of Nebobongo Hospital in the DRC continues to carry on, providing critical healthcare and the hope of Jesus to an impoverished and remote population. Here are a few milestones to celebrate together:
The new primary school has a roof and may be ready for classes come September. The building is not 100% finished but it is structurally completed and ready enough to begin classes while the finishing work is completed as the school year progresses. The last obstacle facing the school moving into the new building is new desks for each classroom.
The malnutrition program is now sourcing all of its food locally. The mill we bought for the program has been installed and is producing all of the peanut powder, soybean flour and corn meal needed to run the program, meaning that 100% of the funds sent to Nebobongo for this lifesaving program also stays in the local economy.
The first ever orthopedic surgery performed in the Isiro province was completed at Nebobongo on July 18, 2017. The surgery team lead by Dr. Jean Claude used training and implants provided by SIGN Fracture Care International to surgically repair the broken leg of a motorbike taxi driver who was involved in an accident. Without this surgery, the leg would heal on its own causing a deformity and become a potentially crippling injury. With the surgery he will be back on his feet in as little as two weeks.
Animals of Opportunity
Animals of Opportunity is moving into a new stage. Feed crops are in the ground, pig pens are being constructed and and the farmer training has begun. Plans have now been made to buy the first stock of pigs in the fall of 2017. Since this project was originally conceived the need for it has only increased. The local economy has continued to decline while malnutrition rates stay high.
Since the beginning of 2017, the Congolese economy has been suffering from rampant inflation due to the political issues of far away Kinshasa. The Congolese currency is worth half of what it was in relation to foreign currencies a year ago. This makes our subsidy for the hospital, which normally makes up about 10% of their operating budget, even more crucial. Our support stays in American currency, protecting it from the currency devaluation gripping their economy. The price of all imported goods like medicine and fuel are skyrocketing in the local currency. Using our support to pay these expenses in American currency is sparing them from some of the extreme effects of inflation. To give toward this general hospital support account go to : www.nebobongohospital.org