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2010 Project: A New Roof for Mugonero Hospital

2010 was our first year as a foundation. With so many needs in so many places we were not sure what our first project would be. We spread the news about Interra by word of mouth, uploaded a grant application and waited to see who would be the first to approach us. It was Dr. Silas Gomes, Chief Medical Officer at Mugonero Hospital. Established in 1931, the Mugonero Hospital is the oldest general hospital in the country. The 104-bed mission hospital in nestled in Western Rwanda on a mountain that overlooks Lake Kivu. For the local community of 80,000 people and the other communities in the area, this hospital is the only place to receive healthcare. There are many needs in the hospital. Even the basic essentials are lacking at Mugonero--washing machines, x-ray and ultrasound machines and even sutures. But their most immediate and crucial need was to fix the leaky roof and replace the ceiling tiles. The condition was so bad that the water-stained ceilings had gaping holes larger than a fist. During the monsoons, rain water dripped straight into the patient wards. Buckets in different colors and shapes were strategically placed in hospital rooms to catch the rain water that poured down the cracks in the roof and holes in the ceiling. Patient beds were crowded together in the dry areas to keep the water off the patients. The estimated cost of the repairs was $1000, and the work took place in the summer of 2010. Interra Board Director Linda Harrison, who was on an independent volunteer mission trip to Mugonero, was able to see firsthand the roof fixed and the ceiling tiles replaced.

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