New Priority Projects for Funding

In collaboration with Tenwek Hospital leaders, the Board of Directors of FOT has identified three new priorities for funding. These projects address specific medical, spiritual, and academic aspects of Tenwek Hospital that will improve patient care, enhance the academic environment for students in the Hospital’s College of Health Sciences, and prepare future chaplains.

Renal & Oncology Unit

There is an increasing demand for oncology and dialysis care at Tenwek Hospital. The establishment of a dedicated unit, with more treatment rooms and new equipment, will allow Tenwek to retain its designation as a teaching and referral hospital at the highest level.  The expansion is strengthened by two other initiatives: Kenya’s National Insurance Fund covers the cost for twice-weekly dialysis treatment, and training for personnel to deliver these medical services is available within Kenya.

At Left: Plans for the Renal & Oncology Unit in the former chaplain students’ hostel.

Phase 1 projected total cost: $181,955
FOT Fundraising Goal: $91,000 (50% of cost in partnership with Tenwek Hospital)

International School of Chaplaincy

Tenwek has offered chaplaincy training since 1991, educating more than 200 students from 11 African countries. The curriculum was restructured in 2016-17 to include higher-level academic and practical training, consistent with the specialized chaplaincy requirements at an international level. Training equips graduates for ministry in healthcare, military, police, prison, education, refugee, disaster relief, corporate, and sports settings. Current classroom and housing facilities for students and staff are inadequate for an accredited program. New construction on land adjacent to the hospital campus will address administrative, classroom, and residence needs for 100 students and lay a strong foundation for future growth.
At Left: Campus concept drawing
Projected total cost: $2,800,000
FOT’s Director of Development will take the lead in soliciting and coordinating support for this project from various funding organizations, churches, and individual donors, including FOT members.

 College of Health Sciences Library

Tenwek’s College of Health Sciences (formerly the Nursing School) has grown dramatically since its founding in 1987. Forty new nurse trainees now enroll annually. In September 2018, 13 students began training as Clinical Officers (equivalent to Physician Assistant) and the College is increasing its capacity by 77%. The current library can accommodate only 36 students studying print materials and 15 students using computers.  The existing building that houses the library and classrooms will be renovated and expanded to incorporate a new, modern library, additional classroom space, a computer lab, and small group study rooms.
At Left: site for the library at the end of the building
Projected total cost: $182,666
FOT Fundraising Goal: $137,000 (75% of cost in partnership with Tenwek Hospital)

These are admittedly ambitious fundraising goals. But each need reflects Tenwek’s steadfast commitment to fulfill its unique healing, teaching, and spiritual mission. We see this as an opportunity to broaden and deepen FOT’s partnership with Tenwek by providing meaningful support for these essential initiatives. We are deeply grateful for your past gifts and prayers and hope we can count on your continuing support.

Additional details and updates will be provided as the projects unfold next year. To make a year-end gift to one of these projects, please  use this secure online form where you can direct your donation. Thank You!