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The Rhein-Valley Hospital Project

In June 2000 the organization Rhein-Valley Hospital was founded with the goal of building a hospital in Kenya. With gratitude we look back at ten moving years. We are thankful primarily because that goal was successfully realized. Like many other projects we started in 2000 with much enthusiasm and the first few donation successes. The beginnings were difficult and the project progressed only slowly. None of us had any experience in development aid and dangers lured everywhere. At first, however, we were not aware of that. The initial plans for the hospital project were too demanding. The aim was to build a simple and effective rural hospital with 154 beds. The total costs were estimated to amount to CHF 1,800,000, which was unrealistically high and made moving forward impossible. A new solution had to be found and financial options were being researched. That led to the idea of a day clinic (similar to a general practice) but with 12 beds and a childbirth section. Before long, in 2001, we broke ground. However, the path to a fully functioning clinic still proved to be difficult and lengthy. It took until May 2004 until the hospital became operational. The total costs to build the hospital as well as a 160 meter drinking water well came to only CHF 400,000.

Aus Erfahrung wird man klug

Experience Makes Smart

At first we were convinced that we had found the right key people to successfully execute our project. We had lined up partners that we believed the health and well being of Kenya's population was as important to them as it was to us. Unfortunately we had to learn that that particular partnership wasn't possible due to different interests. But such experience serves as a valuable lesson. Only our own people, on location, can guarantee the most appropriate implementation of 100% of our funds to help the world's poorest people.

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Local Hospital Leadership

Much of the success is due to - besides many people's great ideas and material support - hospital director Ruth Schaefer. She is not only a board member but also lives on location and guarantees hospital operations run smoothly every day.

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Step By Step Success

2001 we broke ground. May 1 2004 we opened the emergency room and in September 2005 the infirmary and the childbirth department. By now the organization has ownership of the ground the hospital sits on as well as the NGO certification. Until the unrest in December 2007 we treated roughly 15,000 patients annually and provided the population with 2 million liters of drinking water.

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Looking Back

Terrible hygienic conditions and a lackluster medical treatment are common in Kenya. Which means non-life-threatening illnesses often lead to death because hospitals are not accessible, unaffordable or overcrowded. The organization Rhein-Valley Hospital, founded in June 2000 and headquartered in Altstatten in the St. Gallen Rheintal, aims to build a hospital in Kasambara Gilgil (roughly 150 kilometers northwest of Nairobi).

Blick nach vorne

Looking Ahead

The organization has achieved great success in the supply of health care and drinking water as well as in aid during crisis situations. This success was enabled by the permanent presence of Ruth Schaefer (Mama Matata), her tireless fight against corruption and injustice, and the support of dedicated and strong partners. Therefore vaccinations, the fight against cholera, and food supply during tough times is guaranteed.

The expansion of medical treatments and supplies is planned for the near future, which will enable us to offer dental and ocular treatments. First, however, we have to secure the funds necessary for such an expansion.

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Gratitude and Hope

Every face one looks at on a visit to Kasambara-Gilgil expresses great gratitude. Gratitude that this one child and innumerable others have not yet been forgotten by the rest of the world.

 

 

Chronology

Founding of the Rhein-Valley Hospital

Stephen Holder Egger, Aneli Chan, Peter Kuehnis, Lothar Ruetzler, Ruth Schaefer and many others were on board. Annelies Chan was the first president, but resigned after a short time. Erich Kuehnis took over the presidency.

Ground-breaking ceremony

Paloma Wuerth made with Miss Kenia und Josef Muya the first cut. Also there in Kenia were Ruth Schaefer, Stephan Holderegger and Erich Kuehnis v

Creating the building plans and procurement of necessary papers

Architectural firm Haltinner located in Buchs drew the plans for free.

Construction of the infrastructure without interior, 160m deep borehole water well

Ruth Schaefer and Joseph Muya, hotelier from Kenya supervised the construction and controlled the investments. Drilling of a 160m deep Groundwater well Borehole.

topping-out ceremony

Big party with Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, Bishop of Nakuru, Paloma Wuerth,and Saentisfeger Bazzaschuettler Eichberg. President Erich Kuehnis kept the opening speech and thanked all those involved.

Interior finishing and construction of hospital infrastructure

Ruth Schaefer led the construction. Joseph Muya resigned as a consultant due to diverging interests.

Opening of the hospital

Ruth Schaefer, Stephan Holderegger und Erich Kuehnis opened the hospital in pouring rain. Several thousand people came from near and far.

first treatments

In the initial phase of approximately 20 people per day were treated. The operating budget amounted to about 80,000 francs per year.

Delivery of safe drinking water

Free distribution of clean drinking water to the population.

Drilling of a 190m deep Groundwater well Borehole

In the area of Thugunui, about 2 hours walk from the hospital, a 190m Groundwater Borhole was drilled. The water is pumped into a reservoir. Now a few thousand people will benefit from clean drinking water on their doorstep. The project was supported by the Austrian partner organization "Shilling for Shilling" funded under the presidency of Eddie Kroll. Ruth Schaefer led the construction on site.

Beginning of unrest after elections in Kenya

After the previously incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the election, the big protest arose from the opposition party (ODM candidate Raila Odinga). The election result was also immediately challenged by a number of international election observers. When the riots began 1,500 people were killed and some 600,000 displaced in other parts of the country.

A stream of refugees reached our hospital

Establishment of a tent city for the refugees on the hospital grounds. Up to 780 people, mainly women and children were sheltered and fed. In addition, approximately 4,000 meals were delivered. The hospital also conducted thousands of treatments.

Begin Media Coverage by:  Beobachter, Migros Magazin und Tele Zürich

Well known swiss media report on poverty in Kenya and about the Rhein Valley Hospital and Ruth Schaefer. Solidarity is great and the additional required funds can be raised.

Kilimanjaro Expediton with Amanda Ammann and Nicolas Senn

First Kilimanjaro Fundraising Expedition for the Rhein-Valley Hospital. 50'000 swiss francs were raised. Amanda Ammann, Nicolas Senn and 17 other members of the expedition reached on February 22 2010, Africa's highest peak (5895 m). Nicolas Senn played on his special dulcimer music and handed out some Appenzeller cheese.

The second Kilimanjaro Expedition

The second foundraising Kilimanjaro Expedition for the Rhein-Valley Hospitals raised 100'000 Swiss Francs. On Februar 6. 2011 the two swiss wrestler Noeldi Forrer und Michael Bless reached together with many other the peak.

Thanks to the many activities the Rhein-Valley Hospital is financially healthy. The operating budget is approximately CHF 250,000 / year. This means that around 40,000 and 50,000 treatments can be performed. Also many vaccinations are conducted primarily for children. The delivery of clean drinking water also contributes to a healthy population.

Hochhinaus 2012 with Daniel Bösch

At the end of march 2012 the third "Hochhinaus" Expedition startet to rais money for the Rhein-Valley Hospital in Kenya.

 

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Rhein-Valley - Hospital of Hope

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Founding of the Rhein-Valley Hospital

Stephen Holder Egger, Aneli Chan, Peter Kuehnis, Lothar Ruetzler, Ruth Schaefer and many others were on board. Annelies Chan was the first president, but resigned after a short time. Erich Kuehnis took over the presidency.

Ground-breaking ceremony

Paloma Wuerth made with Miss Kenia und Josef Muya the first cut. Also there in Kenia were Ruth Schaefer, Stephan Holderegger and Erich Kuehnis v

Creating the building plans and procurement of necessary papers

Architectural firm Haltinner located in Buchs drew the plans for free.

Construction of the infrastructure without interior, 160m deep borehole water well

Ruth Schaefer and Joseph Muya, hotelier from Kenya supervised the construction and controlled the investments. Drilling of a 160m deep Groundwater well Borehole.

topping-out ceremony

Big party with Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, Bishop of Nakuru, Paloma Wuerth,and Saentisfeger Bazzaschuettler Eichberg. President Erich Kuehnis kept the opening speech and thanked all those involved.

Interior finishing and construction of hospital infrastructure

Ruth Schaefer led the construction. Joseph Muya resigned as a consultant due to diverging interests.

Opening of the hospital

Ruth Schaefer, Stephan Holderegger und Erich Kuehnis opened the hospital in pouring rain. Several thousand people came from near and far.

first treatments

In the initial phase of approximately 20 people per day were treated. The operating budget amounted to about 80,000 francs per year.

Delivery of safe drinking water

Free distribution of clean drinking water to the population.

Drilling of a 190m deep Groundwater well Borehole

In the area of Thugunui, about 2 hours walk from the hospital, a 190m Groundwater Borhole was drilled. The water is pumped into a reservoir. Now a few thousand people will benefit from clean drinking water on their doorstep. The project was supported by the Austrian partner organization "Shilling for Shilling" funded under the presidency of Eddie Kroll. Ruth Schaefer led the construction on site.

Beginning of unrest after elections in Kenya

After the previously incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the election, the big protest arose from the opposition party (ODM candidate Raila Odinga). The election result was also immediately challenged by a number of international election observers. When the riots began 1,500 people were killed and some 600,000 displaced in other parts of the country.

A stream of refugees reached our hospital

Establishment of a tent city for the refugees on the hospital grounds. Up to 780 people, mainly women and children were sheltered and fed. In addition, approximately 4,000 meals were delivered. The hospital also conducted thousands of treatments.

Begin Media Coverage by:  Beobachter, Migros Magazin und Tele Zürich

Well known swiss media report on poverty in Kenya and about the Rhein Valley Hospital and Ruth Schaefer. Solidarity is great and the additional required funds can be raised.

Kilimanjaro Expediton with Amanda Ammann and Nicolas Senn

First Kilimanjaro Fundraising Expedition for the Rhein-Valley Hospital. 50'000 swiss francs were raised. Amanda Ammann, Nicolas Senn and 17 other members of the expedition reached on February 22 2010, Africa's highest peak (5895 m). Nicolas Senn played on his special dulcimer music and handed out some Appenzeller cheese.

The second Kilimanjaro Expedition

The second foundraising Kilimanjaro Expedition for the Rhein-Valley Hospitals raised 100'000 Swiss Francs. On Februar 6. 2011 the two swiss wrestler Noeldi Forrer und Michael Bless reached together with many other the peak.

Thanks to the many activities the Rhein-Valley Hospital is financially healthy. The operating budget is approximately CHF 250,000 / year. This means that around 40,000 and 50,000 treatments can be performed. Also many vaccinations are conducted primarily for children. The delivery of clean drinking water also contributes to a healthy population.

Hochhinaus 2012 with Daniel Bösch

At the end of march 2012 the third "Hochhinaus" Expedition startet to rais money for the Rhein-Valley Hospital in Kenya.