The Arthur and Esther Bradley Memorial Anglican Hosptial; Our Newest Clinic In Gidan Waya is Open For Business !!!
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, we dedicated our newest clinic in Gidan Waya (Diocese of Kafanchan) Nigeria. This new clinic is the fruit of five years of planning, praying, fund-raising, designing and constructing. It is a labor of love which will, we hope and pray, be the source of love and healing for generations to come.
The official name of the new clinic is The Arthur and Esther Bradley Memorial Anglican Hospital. Both Arthur and Esther were long-time members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville, Connecticut. Shortly before his death in 2011, Arthur informed the pastor of Trinity, Rev. Tom Furrer, that he would be leaving a substantial bequest to Kateri Medical Services in his will. He asked that the funds be used to build and facilitate new medical clinics in underserved areas in Nigeria. This new clnic in Goidan Waya is the first (but not the last) clinic to be funded by the generous gift from Arthur and Esther Bradley.
On Monday, April 16, 2018, the new clinic opened for business. As part of the grand opening, Kateri Medical Services, in partnership with the Diocese of Kafanchan, conducted a full week of free medical care to residents of Gidan Waya and the surrounding nearby rural villages.
We opened the new clinic for business at 9:00 AM. A very large crowd of approximately 1,000 people waited to receive medical care.
Three hours and fifteen minutes after we opened the new clinic, our first baby was born. A little boy whose mother came here from one of the nearby rural villages. The Bishop of Kafanchan, Markus Dogo, declared that the baby boy should be named Arthur, in honor of Mr. Bradley. (It is not yet known if the parents followed the Bishop’s declaration, but we hope they did ! ).
By the end of the first week, we had served 2,240 people at The Arthur and Esther Bradley Memorial Anglican Hospital. We hope and pray that many thousands more will be served n the first year, and many thousands more thereafter.