HERI Hospital, crucial help

Heri Hospital is located in the Northwestern corner of Tanzania a few km from the border of Burundi, and is driven by Adventistkirken from volounteer donations only, they treat all patients with an acute need/disorder - no matter ethnic origin, economic ability, skin color or religion.

The primary power supply is an elderly hydro power plant app. 6 km from the hospitalet, and is in a dire state. The entire control to maintain a stable frequency/voltage is out of service, and instead a local sits next to the govenor and tries to adjust the waterflow to fit the power consumption needs, with the catastrofic variations this causes. It is an impossible and unsatisfying task.

30139544_15273366810_r.jpeg(here you see how the hydraulic piston for waterflow is bypassed by a stick, where small pieces of wood are inserted or taken out underneath, by a local sitting at the plant all day long).

Half of the funding to implement a modern and dureable electronic control of the plant is already in place, but we lack the remainder half (which is actually 75.000DKK, but more about that later), and we therefore need your help as soon as possible, because we must have it done this summer (otherwise we may risk loosing the first funding also).

Moreover, as the capacity of the plant is limited, the project also consists of implementing an advanced power management system, which automatically turns off electric water heaters througout the entire compound area, whenever power is needed at more crucial equipment like X-ray etc. This is done utilising modern Wifi remote controlled powerswitches to avoid the need and cost of digging new powercables into the ground.
The result thereof will ensure operations can be performed without the lights fluctuating and vital hospital equipment can work 100% stable again, and that the doctors will no longer need worrying about expensive equipment breaking down due to dramatic variations in the power supply.

The goal was to raise the last 75.000DKK missing to complete the project, but due to Dansih very complex and harsh legislation regarding collecting money in public, we have had to reduce our goal to only 50.000DKK to avoid excessive overhead costs for administration and registration fees. Luckily however, we have just received an additional 40.000Dkk from another fond, so we are in the clear with only 35.000DKK rasied here.

All funds are used stricly and directly for this purpose ONLY with no administrational overhead (except for what GoFundMe charges).  Moreover all purchases are carefully scrutinized to ensure affordable and cost effective solutions are chosen everywhere.

Every donation be it big or small will be received with great gratitude and thankfulness.

With your help we can ensure assistance is given to the most needy and poor individuals with a decease, disorder, dental problem or just giving birth to new life in up to 250km radius around the hospital, where there in some cases are next to no other real alternatives (see more below).

Donations go directly to a bank account set up and belonging to the HERI Hospital association, and is marked for this purpose solely. Only the accountant in association with the Manager can release funds from this account after double checking each bill. They work for the association as charity at no pay. For more information about the HERI hospital association please visit www.heri-hospital.dk  (unfortunately not yet in english (my appologies).

Please note:
We had some difficulties with the Stripe system used by Gofundme with dansih ZIP codes etc., but they have been resolved. You can still however also use my paypal account steenmosehansen at gmail.com, and if you live in Denmark it is also possible to donate using mobilepay to 28733887. 

Meanwhile let me show you some of what the hospital does:

The HERI hospital is renowned for it's expertise in orthopedic surgery amongst other things.

Last year far from the hospital a little girl about 3yo called Rhoda caught a bad case of gangrene in her feet, which if not treated properly would have killed her. Unfortunately it was not taken proper care of (maybe due to lack of knowledge, lack of facilities, or lack of money, we don't know).

Luckily her grandmother lived not far from HERI hospital, and arranged for her grandchild to come to her, and brought her to the hospital, where she was then treated.

Unfortunately it was not possible to save both her legs, as the condition had turned quite severe by then, so one leg had to be amputated, but the other foot was treated with the right medicine and was rescued.

30139544_15280273210_r.jpegAs you can see on this picture, there was no chance of saving the left foot.

30139544_15280274740_r.jpegBut now after the operation, she can play again, and soon will be able to get the bandages off.
Isn't she just adorable

30139544_15280276360_r.jpegHere you have her with family, some time after the operation still using crutches made for her.

I have more stories from the hospital, but I believe you have already gotten the general picture by now, and understand the importance of what we try to achieve here.

Obviously these operations and medicine costs money, and this was covered by the Danish HERI Hospital association in Denmark, through the yearly donations from Danish members of the association. 

Unfortunately these funds only suffice covering the daily expences running the hospital, which is why we need YOUR support for the extra funding to get the hydro power plant in good shape again. Without sufficent power the hospital can't survive.

Please, if you are not in a position to make any donations yourself, we understand, but then help spread the word, we can all only do so much, but spreading the word is also helpful. Thank you in advance for your time.

Regarding fund raising in Denmark

There are very strict legislation regarding fund raising in the public forum, this is because of previous too week legislation used by some individuals for personal gain or even whitewashing of dirty money.

But to avoid the rather extreme additional costs of authorised auditing, which would easily cost half of the sum we are missing to complete the project, we have had to opt for a lower fundraising of only 50.000DKK, as this does not require such heavy administrational overhead, and also has a 66% lower processing fee with the Danish authorities.

Only members of the association are allowed to give additional donations to their personal liking, but for non members the fundraising closes when the remainder 35.000DKK is reached. Sorry about that, but this is the only way we can handle it, to ensure as much as possible goes to the project and not to administrational overhead.

Steen Hansen on behalf of
HERI Hospital association 
in Denmark.

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