A Van for Health, Education and Life in Kenya!

by Olalo of Hope - Kenya
A Van for Health, Education and Life in Kenya!

It is with great satisfaction and excitement that we can close this project on Global Giving because Olalo of Hope-Kenya has successfully purchased a vehicle!

With the great support we received from you through Global Giving, plus some outside sponsors, we were able to reach an amount that allowed the purchase of a mini-van for medical and community support purposes.

The purchase came late last month and within days was put into life-saving action. Already it has been used multiple times to transport people from Oyugis to receive medical evaluations, surgery and treatments into both neighboring cities of Kisii and Kisumu. It has also been used to deliver food products to several families in need of basic support.

We are so very thankful and grateful for your support through this project. The money that has already been saved by not having the need to hire a taxi or renting a vehicle to transport urgent medical care patients has been left in our Urgent Medical Care Fund to help others in need.

When you supported us in the project to purchase a van, you didn’t realize it, but you joined with us to help others receive urgent medical care and much needed food basics. One good thing leads to another.

Thank you for being part of the Olalo family, and for making a difference in the lives of those in Oyugis, Kenya!

Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

Heading to the City for Medical
Heading to the City for Medical
Out to Deliver Food
Out to Deliver Food
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Inching Along to Getting Our Van….

Many thanks to every one of you who have caught the vision with Olalo and know that providing a van for transportation is vital and essential to getting people to the hospitals for urgent medical care, kids safely to school, and for the delivery of food and other life basics to those in desperate need in Oyugis, Kenya.

In just the last three weeks a cab was hired and cars rented to transport very ill children to hospitals two and five hours away…they were necessary distances to get them the kind of help they needed. Thanks to you, our Van donors, we know that in time Olalo will have the necessary funds to purchase a van to make these types of trips and save the money for medical care rather than it being spent on hiring cars/cabs. (You can read more about one baby we got into the hospital in our latest report under our Urgent  Medical Care Project.)

Drought conditions in the area are making it difficult to provide food for families.  In the last month Olalo was able to deliver food to several families.

The van can also be used to transport others who need to go into the city. Passengers would be charged a fee which will help to maintain the van.

One of the recipients of Olalo’s medical fund will travel six times to Nairobi for surgery and follow-up care. Due to the nature of his disease he is not able to work and has no way to travel there except for going by bus. Those are 6 trips which could be made to Nairobi with paying passenger riding along with him in our van. As you can see, a van would certainly be a benefit in a variety of ways.

So even though we are only inching toward our goal of purchasing a van, we are so very thankful for your continued support and encouragement!

Thank you for standing with us…thank you for supporting our efforts in Oyugis, Kenya!

With Much Appreciation –
Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

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I want to personally thank everyone who has joined with Olalo to purchase transportation for our Medical program in Oyugis.

We still have a long way to go and we will continue to raise the necessary funds to purchase a van. It may not be a glamorous or exciting project, but we continue because it is a noble cause.

In just the last four months, 35% of our medical costs have paid for car/van rentals to get those in need of urgent medical care to the hospital for treatment. Thirty five percent…money that could have been used to cover the medical or medication costs of an additional 18-25 people.

A recent video from Kenya highlights the transportation need to get people to medical help. Olalo volunteer, Sonko, has traveled 3 hours away to check on a mother and son who have been ill for quite awhile.  The mother is having chest pain and the son is having vision problems and cannot see well.

The vehicles Olalo has access to rent aren’t always the most reliable or in good mechanical order. The car in the video doesn’t have lights that work well and they are in doubt of even making the three-hour drive back home to Oyugis that evening.

On occasion, people we help are referred to Kisumu or Nairobi for more specialized treatment. During trips into the cities, the van would be used to transport other paying passengers who need to travel there for other purposes. It is a much-needed service and would help to offset costs of running the van.

We certainly appreciate your continued support of our efforts. Thank you all for sticking with us.

Coming up in just a few weeks the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for #GivingTuesday on Global Giving!

• The 2016 #GivingTuesday campaign will begin November 29th, 2016, at 00:00:01 EST and end at 23:59:59 EST on November 29th, 2016. (For us west coast folks, that is 9:00:01PM on 11/28 and ending at 8:59:59 on 11/28.)

• The campaign will run on GlobalGiving.org       Our Van project is located at    https://goto.gg/23032

• There will be $500,000 USD in matching funds on #GivingTuesday, applied at 50% to all donations of up to $1,000 USD per unique donor per organization to eligible projects while funds last.

• The previous 50% match bonus day for $110,000 ran out in the first few minutes…so if you plan to donate, then it’s best to do it right at 9:00:01 PM on November 28 for us on the west coast.

Your generous contributions are bringing so many people to better health and saving lives!

With Much Appreciation,
Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya


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Olalo Van….

Hello Olalo Van Supporters!

We are making progress on getting the funds for an Olalo Van for Oyugis and we have YOU  to thank for supporting us!

Though making headway has stalled a bit, we are still forging ahead to purchase an Olalo Van which will be used for saving the lives of the sick. Our Kenyan volunteers are still paying transportation costs to get the sick to the hospital for medical care. Through just six weeks this summer, Olalo covered the hospital/medication bills for 10 people and also paid and extra $200 in transportation costs to get four of them to the hospital. (Ambulances don’t exist)

An Olalo Van can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to our medical program. One of those is to offer transportation twice a week to nearby cities. In Kenya, Matatus (vans) are used to provide public transportation to nearby cities. There are many services that aren’t available in Oyugis town, so citizens regularly travel to neighboring small cities for many purposes.

Using the Olalo van for this purpose just twice a week will not only save the money we spend for taxis, it will also provide funds for medical needs, van gas/upkeep and other basic needs for the people of Oyugis.  The need for reliable transportation is huge and we don’t anticipate any lack of need for this additional service.

On an average week, using the van twice a week for travelers would raise enough profit to cover:
280 tests for malaria,
10 days of antibiotics for 94 people,
23 x-rays or
140 doctor consult fees.
A little goes such a l-o-n-g way!

Your past support for the Olalo Van is very much appreciated! Thank you! Thank you!

If you would like to continue to support our campaign for the Olalo Van, there is an upcoming opportunity to increase any donation by 30% when given on September 21 through GlobalGiving, who is sponsoring the bonus day. Here’s how it works:

“Online donations of up to $1,000 per unique donor are eligible to be matched at 30%, while funds last. The $60,000 available in matching funds will be divided into two equal pots. Those pots — of $30,000 each — will be available as matching funds beginning at 03:00:01 am Pacific Time and 9:00:01 am Pacific Time respectively. Having two release times will allow GlobalGiving to accommodate our nonprofit partners in different time zones. All matching will end at 23:59:59 EDT on September 21st, or when funds run out.”

Thank you for considering continued support for the Olalo Van. Matching funds do run out quickly, so if you plan to make a donation, do so at either of the two times listed above.

Whether you choose to make another donation or not, please know you are highly valued by Olalo of Hope-Kenya and You are making a difference in the lives of the poor in Africa! We couldn't do it without YOU! Thank you!

Merry Broughal, Project Leader
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

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Two weeks and 3 cabs!  Taking away medical money!
Two weeks and 3 cabs! Taking away medical money!

A Van Can Save Lives…

We’ve got quite a way to go….and it may take us some time…but thanks to you, we are one step closer to acquiring a van for Olalo of Hope-Kenya. Your support is so very much appreciated and we thank you for helping to make life better for the poorest of the poor.

Our goal to purchase a van is to help offset our costs of providing medical and educational services to the poor of Oyugis, Kenya.

The largest need is to be able to transport those who are ill or injured to local hospitals for help. Olalo covers the medical costs of those who don’t seek medical care due to their poverty, and for the most part, their need is immediate or critical. There are many times when people are too sick or too far out of the area to get to the hospital. In those cases, Olalo pays for cabs to get them there, plus their medical costs. Sometimes the cost of the cab is more than the medical treatment!

Just a few weeks ago, a woman grasping for breath, ran into a pharmacy and pleaded for medication to help her breathe. She was told to see a doctor first and then come back. Between breaths she struggled to tell him she had no money to see a doctor. One of our volunteers was there and got her in a cab and took her to the hospital. She was having a severe asthma attack and was desperate for help. Olalo covered the cost of the cab, medication and the hospital.

The next week, a paralyzed woman needed medical attention. Again a cab was necessary to get her to the hospital for examination where it was determined she had diabetes.

In fact, there were three cases in just 2 weeks’ time this May where providing transportation was necessary in order to get the sick to the hospital. At a cost of 3,000 Kenyan Schillings each time – or about $30 each trip, that was $90 used for transportation costs that could have been used for several more people to see a doctor for immediate needs.

We sincerely thank you for seeing the vision along with us as we attempt to keep those secondary costs down and work to impact lives. And thank you for partnering with Olalo of Hope-Kenya to help purchase a van to help save lives!

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Olalo of Hope - Kenya

Location: Gladstone, OR - USA
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Twitter: @merry_olalo
Project Leader:
Merry Broughal
Clackamas, OR United States

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