Why Dr. Scott Smith? with the Teachable Spirit

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Why Dr. Scott Smith? with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit knows that sometimes progress comes with a lot of elbow grease. If you believe in something, making it happen often means applying your shoulder to the wheel and doing it yourself.

Growing up I witnessed this firsthand as my parents had ideas about how to improve their property, and then set about doing it themselves. Perhaps it comes from their experience of farm life; there was no one else to do it, so you just did it yourself.

Dr. Scott Smith in Kenya, 2012.

Dr. Scott Smith in Kenya, 2012.

Dr. Scott Smith is no different.

He had no intention of building a hospital, but traveling to a variety of third world countries since 1999 providing emergency medical health care has given him the perspective to realize that in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya,

 “They are living at the edge of the world.” –Dr. Scott Smith

Meaning that the nearest private health care system is four hours away and public health care is virtually non-existent, so that the residents of the Kimana Rift Valley in Kenya have no resource for the ravages of living in a caustic environment.

In some cases, the simple lack of adequate antibiotics or other medication is the determinant in life and death. Many suffer with debilitating pain and chronic disease including HIV, arthritis, gout, diabetes, and a host of other conditions. Lack of adequate clean water, healthy food, and poor living conditions are strong contributors to the condition of many people. –Dr. Scott Smith

If the Maasai do make it to the nearest hospital, it is so foreign in nature to their way of life, it seems more frightening than helpful.

Vision of the finished Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital.

Vision of the finished Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital.

Therefore, the hospital’s design will mimic the round huts with low roofs typical of the area. A deep well has been dug on the property since the beginning of the year, and two septic tanks were installed. The next step is to build a bathroom with showers and living quarters to house the volunteers who provide services, whether medical or construction. “The building will be cement with the waiting room in the center,” Smith said. “The waiting room will be covered but open. Around the waiting room (built as spokes off it) will be doctors’ offices, a pharmacy and X-ray facilities.” Smith estimates the waiting room portion of the hospital will cost $20,000.

Dr. Scott Smith is chipping away at the hospital “one project at a time.” Currently, he has just completed the boma, or hut, which will house the electrical power center of the entire hospital. Fascinating that when God gives us a project, He also gives us the skills to do it. Here is a short video highlighting the construction of the boma. As you can see, Dr. Scott Smith is very involved in its creation:

Believing in a project, as the teachable spirit knows, often comes with the willingness to “get your hands dirty” in the process of making something come to fruition. Finding satisfaction in being involved in every aspect of the project helps to allay the impatience at seeing the project finished. Dr. Scott Smith understands this aspect of making progress very well.

Dr. Scott Smith with Morgan Galante, one of the medical team from Colorado, December 2013.

Dr. Scott Smith with Morgan Galante, one of the medical team from Colorado, December 2013.

“This is God’s project,” he said. “I’m not in charge. I’m just the tool.” –Dr. Scott Smith

Join Dr. Scott Smith today in helping the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital come to fruition. For further information on how you can make an incredible impact on the Maasai in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya by contributing to the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International.

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