|The new beds are a much-needed addition to the hospital in Bibiani.|
March 12, 2009. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Catholic World Mission and the dedication of HELPING
HANDS Medical Missions volunteers, the Norvant Hospital in Charlotte, NC
was able to donate 25 electronic beds worth $75,000 to
the Bibiani Government Hospital in Ghana, Africa.
The beds had
been donated earlier this year, but the $11,000
expense of transporting them overseas had been a significant obstacle.
Thanks to the generosity of many benefactors, Catholic World Mission
was able to raise the necessary funds to send the
beds by the February 20 deadline.
An article about the donation
appeared in a national online newspaper called GhanaHomePage.
(To read the article, click here.)
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Last April, the first group of medical missionaries traveled to
Ghana to begin caring for the needs of the poorest
of the poor. One of the missionaries, a family practitioner
from Concord, NC named Dr Harrison, found out that Norvant
Hospital in Charlotte, NC was about to discard 25 hospital
beds to make way for new state-of-the-art beds. From his
past trip to Ghana in April, he knew how much
the local Bibiani hospital needed beds.
|The entrance to the clinic in Bibiani.|
Transporting those beds required
a total of $11,000. Catholic World Mission, which fundraises for
humanitarian projects like schools and missions, came to the rescue
and the beds were sent off to Africa on time.
When the second medical missions trip to Ghana takes place
this April, the missionaries will see their patients resting in
real beds, not on the floor.
Lupita Assad, the International Missions
Coordinator for HELPING HANDS Medical Missions, said, “It is amazing
how things connect and we are able to be instruments
for the people of Bibiana to receive this donation through
the contact of HELPING HANDS.”
Ryan Flood, Executive Director of Catholic
World Mission, commented on the generosity of the donors in
these difficult economic times. “It’s even more heroic when people
continue giving now,” he said. “It’s thanks to their sacrificial
giving that we were able to raise those funds in
On the horizon
Catholic World Mission will also be fundraising
the upcoming medical missions trip to Ghana this April. Interested
donors may click here for more information.
will work through a medical clinic at the St John
of God Catholic Hospital in the city of Asafo while
traveling teams of doctors and nurses visit nearby villages to
offer free medical care. Find out more by visiting the
HELPING HANDS Medical Missions web site at www.hhmm.org.
HANDS Medical Missions also has a You Tube site with
videos from past missions. To watch a video of the
last medical missions to Ghana, click here.