Arrival of container evokes Christmas feelings at 45 degrees Celsius

by Simone Winneg,  2010/05/12

“Is it already Christmas today?” This is about what we thought today here in Kollo (Niger). Early this morning, the container from Kaufbeuren has arrived in Kollo after a journey of two months. It is 40 feet long, weighs 13.5 tons and has a value of more than 135,000 euros.

Everyone works together and by means of our joint forces we manage to unload the container: cleaning staff, nurses, drivers, guards, administrators – everyone helps to drag cardboard box by cardboard box out off the large container and into the rooms used by us as makeshift warehouse.

The task of unloading the barrels of paint was completed successfully by means of creative ideas and methods. Photo: humedica/Simone Winneg

Unloading has partly been a difficult business: in particular unloading the 200-kilo barrels of paint have demanded a substantial degree of bodily strength and skill, considering the temperatures of more than 45 degrees Celsius, the burning sun and the fact that no fork lift truck or any other useful machines had been available.

Nevertheless, we had completed the task three hours later and we are very proud of the results: seven children’s beds, four baby cots and six infant beds have been set up completely in the rooms of the new ward and are awaiting their first occupants.

Furthermore, by means of the aid shipment, one room has been equipped with bandages and drugs, another with disinfectants, scrubs, diapers, wet wipes, soap and other important equipment for future every-day use at the hospital.

What made people particularly happy, were the sandals which had been included in the aid shipment. Each of the ladies wanted to the first to try them on. “Is there also a pair in size 5,5?” Of course there was and hence, every employee at our hospital has received a new pair of shoes. However, what impressed us most, were the small beds. Most of the people here have never before seen such fine materials and our cleaning lady therefore had to “test” the beds immediately.

The actual inauguration of the new hospital ward is approaching rapidly. After finishing the building, we have now been able to equip and furnish it by means of the container shipment. At the moment we are recruiting new employees, job vacancies have been published and appointments for the first job interviews have already been made. We are aware of the new challenge we are facing, but still we are looking ahead confidently to the next few months and the planned inauguration of the new ward.

There is, however, still one problem: we had to use two of the six bedrooms temporarily in order to store all the goods we have received. But what will we do when we want to inaugurate the ward? Where are we to store the drugs, the gloves and bandages and high-quality material and equipment which will last the hospital for about one year?

The quality of the beds for our little patients has been tested extensively. Photo: humedica/Simone Winneg

Storing room is needed – and not simply any room, but since high temperatures are prevailing, in particular the drugs need to be kept cool in order for them to remain effective.

This is why we need your support! The costs of modifying an existing warehouse would be relatively low, but meet the hospital’s need for storage room and would furthermore help us to keep the much-travelled materials and equipment save.

By means of a targeted donation you would enable us to make a sustainable investment which will be useful for our hospital not only now, but also in the decades to come.
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference "Hospital Niger"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Thank you very much for your support in this matter! Please also support us by means of an online donation.

Thank you very much and God’s blessing from Kollo,

Yours sincerely,
Simone Winneg

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