Friends of Tenwek is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization dedicated to developing key relationships and resources that can help Tenwek Hospital fulfill its mission. Through this web site and our newsletter, we are offering physicians who have served at Tenwek Hospital the opportunity to reconnect with the people and mission of Tenwek Hospital. We want you to be informed about and involved with what’s happening at Tenwek today.



Since the evening of February 9 – when a fire at Tenwek Hospital disrupted operations and threatened lives – your support has been a source of encouragement and joy for everyone engaged with FOT and ministering at Tenwek.

The fire, which began around 8 p.m., engulfed the building at Tenwek that housed the Wound Ward, kitchen and canteen, laundry and sterilization facilities, and several critical support offices. While some witness reports suggested the fire started in the hospital kitchen area, the exact cause remains under investigation.

By the grace of God, all patients were safely evacuated and the fire was contained to that building.

Read more of the letter from FOT President J. David Hoover here.


A VideoThank You from FOT President Dr. David Hoover

During a recent visit to Tenwek Hospital, Dr. David Hoover, president of Friends of Tenwek, reflected on all that has been accomplished since FOT’s founding. Over the last five years, FOT supporters have helped Tenwek Hospital meet numerous mission-critical needs, including medical priorities, chaplaincy and nursing school programs, community health initiatives, and missionary needs.

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Dr. Russell White Receives $500,000 Award in Recognition of His Work at Tenwek

Russell E. White, MD, FACS, MPH, chief of surgery and surgery residency director at Tenwek Hospital, has been named the recipient of The L’Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service. The $500,000 award funds will be used at Tenwek to train cardiac surgeons in heart valve repairs and for the treatment of esophageal cancer, tuberculosis, and other …

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Giving in Secret: The Example of Solomon Rop

Dylan Nugent is one of the long-term orthopaedic surgeons at Tenwek. He is helping physical therapist Solomon Rop with oversight and development of his ministry to the children of Bomet county that have special needs of various kinds. Dylan recently sent this message to the FOT Board.
I would like to say thank you for all the work …

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