Posted on Sep 3, 2014 · Posted in News

Umoja-OPTMoved by the love and care being provided to Kenyan children through a network of five orphanages near Tenwek Hospital, an anonymous donor approached FOT with an idea. The donor proposed establishing a fund that will be used to pay for the medical care of orphanage children who are treated at Tenwek.

This creative and generous gift – called the Mercy Fund – helps in diverse ways. The availability of third-party funds to pay children’s medical bills relieves their relatives (often grandparents) from the burden of having to pay hospital bills from their own limited resources.

With a new source of funds for medical care available, the orphanage will not have to pay the child’s hospital bill from its general funds; this makes the funds available for other purposes. And Tenwek will not have to pay the bill from its own emergency fund for the poor, thus leaving more money available for the care of other patients who cannot pay.

Best of all, the children have access to the best available care from skilled and compassionate medical staff. The Mercy Fund creates a “win-win” for everyone involved!

The founding gift of $10,000 was directed by FOT to a dedicated fund and is dispersed to Tenwek as needed, at the request of the Mercy Fund Committee which is chaired by Amy Bemm, the missionary director of the five orphanages. As the fund is drawn down, FOT will replenish it with new gifts from donors.

To make a secure, online gift to the Mercy Fund here.

Checks also can be mailed to:
Friends of Tenwek, Inc.
6277-600 Carolina Commons Drive
Box 191
Indian Land, SC 29707
All gifts are tax-deductible.

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