In December of 2017, Kateri Medical Services launched our “New Horizons” Fund Appeal. Over the past four years, we have embarked on a plan to expand our clinics. Our vision is to have ten clinics built, funded and self-sufficient by 2025.
From 2003 until 2016, we ran Kateri Clinic, in partnership with the Diocese of Kaduna. From 2013 to 2016, we constructed a new clinic in Iburu (also in Kaduna Diocese). Iburu Clinic opened in July 2016 and is now running full time. Due to the gift of one generous donor, we have full funding for one doctor and two nurses for Iburu for the first five years of operation.
In 2018, we will open two new clinics – one in Kafanchan Diocese (April) and one in Gusau Diocese (October). We have raised the full funding for construction of these clinics. And we have raised some funds for equipping these two clinics. And we have raised funding for one doctor and two nurses for each of these two clinics for the first year.
But we still needed funding for one doctor and two nurses for the subsequent four years after the first year of operation. Hence, the New Horizons fund appeal.
We need to raise $20,000 per year for four years for two clinics ($20,000 x 2 x 4) for a total of $ 160,000. We began our appeal on December 1, 2017. By January 15, 2018, we had exceeded our goal and raised $ 180,000 in gifts and pledges over four years.
We are very grateful to all of our loyal donors who gave so generously. Donors to the New Horizons fund come from seven states in the US and from England.
Assuming our new clinics will serve about 5,000 people per year for the next five years, what the New Horizons fund makes possible is simple, decent and affordable health care for 50,000 people who wouldn’t have it otherwise.