The Village Experience has partnered with Kenyan NGO, Safari Doctors, for the past 5 years on providing access to healthcare in the most remote parts of Lamu, on the Kenyan Coast. Safari Doctors' mission is to provide innovative, community-driven healthcare solutions that promote well being for marginalized communities in Lamu. Two of these communities are the indigenous Aweer and Bajuni communities which number approximately 20,000 people. These communities live within the Lamu Island Archipelago and near the border with Somali. Neglect and insecurity continue to impede their access to healthcare. "The same thing that makes Lamu beautiful, isolated and pristine, is the same thing that presents the challenges for access to healthcare." - Umra Omar, Safari Doctors founder, CNN Hero, and UN Person of the Year.
For just $5,000, the Safari Doctors team is able to travel via boat and vehicle to 12 villages throughout the Lamu Island Archipelago and provide healthcare to over 800 people and hundreds of animals as part of their ONE HEALTH program. This covers the required medicines, the medical team room and board, health coordinator stipends, boat and road transportation costs, data collection, and provides compensation to the essential staff needed on each sail: Kahlo the Nurse, Fahmi the Boat Captain, and Miriam the Outreach Coordinator. These mobile medical clinics happen every month to ensure continued care throughout the region.
We have been on these sails ourselves and seen firsthand the impact consistent and reliable healthcare can have on a community. We are thrilled that Rachael Eckles and Mohamed Omar from Bristol-Myers Squibb have committed to raising funds for the January 2020 sail and will be onsite in Lamu to see this project in action. We hope that you will support their efforts to fund the January 2020 medical sail and bring healthcare to hundreds of people in need.
*Please note that Bristol-Myers Squibb employees can request a gift match through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Employee Giving Program.