Dear Friends and Supporters, The last two years have been a challenge for Kateri Medical Services and our ix partner clinics on many levels. In addition to the ravages of COVID, our clinics have also faced increased poverty, hunger, banditry, kidnapping, violent clashes between cattle herders and farmers, and a rapid increase in the number of homeless internal refugees.
And yet, in spite of all of these challenges and more, our clinics have not missed one day of helping the rural and urban poor people we serve. In fact, we are serving more people than ever. Our board of directors in the United States has had the challenge of not being able to travel to our partner clinics because of all the problems mentioned above. For the first time since we began 18 years ago, we have not been able to do our annual medical outreach missions. And yet, despite these challenges, we are moving ahead in some exciting and challenging new ventures. We are completing an expansion
of our hospital in Gidan Waya which was needed due to increased patient loads. In the next 24 months, we will build and equip four new clinics. All of these clinics have already been funded by generous donors.
Beginning in January 2022, we will be training existing staff in three of our new clinics and educating several young people to work in our clinics. We are increasing our focus on “human infrastructure.” (More details on this in the Spring 2022 newsletter.) In February of 2022, we will be conducting our first medical outreach in two years with a small team from the United States and a larger team of local volunteers from all over Nigeria. In summary, the COVID crisis has not slowed us down. In fact, we are moving ahead with greater momentum and
determination than ever. We are helping thousands of hurting people every year. All of this is made possible by your generous donations. Please don’t stop! We need your help! More than ever!
The Rev. Tom Furrer