Kenya clinic now complete with Nevada's help

March 17, 2004

A project to build a clinic for a Kenyan village that began with contributions at the Diocese of Nevada’s convention in 2001 is now complete, according to Ron Peterson of International Development Missions (IDM).

The Mua Hills Medical Clinic in Machakos, Kenya--which will provide basic medical services for the village--was built in less time than anticipated, and for about 15 percent under budget, Peterson said.

The clinic broke ground on February 21, 2002 and construction began that April, said the Rev. Britt Olson of St. Paul’s Church, Sparks, Nevada. The building was blessed by Nevada’s bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, during her visit there.

The bishop of that diocese, the Rt. Rev. Joseph Kanuku, was guest preacher at Nevada’s October convention and it was there that support of the Millennium Fund was endorsed, committing 0.7 percent of its budget for international development.

The clinic for Machakos contains 10 examining rooms in 1,800 square feet and was built at a cost of $32,000, including some lab equipment. It will be dedicated on June 5, said Peterson.

The Diocese of Nevada was the major contributor for the clinic, said Peterson, a member of St. Paul’s who serves as chairman of IDM. Its volunteer board contains several members of Nevada Episcopal churches.

The project is “incredibly exciting, a real partnership in mission,” said Olson. She noted the current differences between the Episcopal Church and Kenyan Church, and said the building of the clinic crossed “theological lines, and that’s pretty exciting.”

Olson added that the project came about as the dream of Muthoka Mutua, a native of Machakos who now resides in Sparks. Mutua and Peterson met through a mutual friend, and both the project and the start of IDM were borne from the visit.

(More information about the Mua Hills project is available at )

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