A Special Message About COVID-19 from FOT President David Hoover, M.D.

Dear Friend of Tenwek,
In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are experiencing a Kairos moment – a singular and opportune time to decide and act in ways that fulfill the purposes of God. Surrounded by a heartbreaking loss of human life and economic turbulence worldwide, God’s people choose to declare, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

In that spirit, FOT’s Board of Directors – most of whom are front-line physicians – has decided to act without delay to provide Tenwek Hospital with the critical resources it needs to be a beacon of hope and healing for the over one million people living in the greater South Rift region.

As of this writing, while more than 50 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kenya, none have been diagnosed in Tenwek Hospital’s Bomet County. However, given the pace at which the virus is spreading worldwide, some epidemiology models have estimated that Bomet County eventually could see over 300 COVID-19 new admissions per day, with about 85 of those patients needing ICU resources each day.

In recent weeks, Tenwek has moved swiftly to prepare for this new potential challenge. (You can read more about their actions here.) The costs to prepare the dedicated COVID-19 holding and care units and secure the needed Personal Protective Equipment far exceed the hospital’s budget resources. The most significant expense is related to acquiring and installing a new Oxygen Generator that will double the existing capacity of oxygen supply.

FOT has committed to raise $250,000 USD to support Tenwek’s COVID-19 response. In faith, we are advancing $110,000 in funds for the immediate purchase of the one large Oxygen Generator still currently available in Kenya.

This will urgently assist in COVID-19 patient care and it will remain as a needed provision for Tenwek’s service for years to come. In this Kairos moment, please consider a gift that will bless, encourage, and equip the Tenwek Hospital community as they face an unprecedented challenge.

Over the years, we have watched with awe and gratitude as faithful Friends of Tenwek generously support the urgent needs at Tenwek Hospital. At a time when so many are in need worldwide, we deeply appreciate your prayers and any gift you are able to make.

With gratitude,
J. David Hoover, M.D.
President, Friends of Tenwek