The Least of These provides medical outreach in rural northern Kenya, within the Samburu tribe and surrounding Kurungu village. These nomadic people often have no other access to medical care. With emphasis on assisting the most vulnerable- widows, orphans, children and the medically fragile, the goal is to improve mortality and morbidity rates.
The Least of These also provides care for tuberculosis positive patients and their families as well as those at risk for TB, through education, medical tests, health surveillance, food, and medicine supplements.
Now in its 5th year, the project has assisted countless patients with prosthetic limbs and fitted shoes, famine relief for widows and orphans, as well as sending patients to hospitals for surgical interventions for cleft palates, shunt insertions for hydrocephalus and burn injuries.
Follow up care is provided by a part time local community health worker who visits, encourages and cares for the needs of patients. It was founded while living in Kenya by Nurse Practitioner Laura Callahan, and is overseen by her from Canada.
Weekly requests for assistance are received. The funds raised through Ride for Refuge will enable even more needy people receive the care they desperately need. Pictured here are Samburu people who have been touched through this project – the ‘medically fragile’ or ‘the least of these’.
The Ride for Refuge takes place across Canada and is a bike and walking fund raiser to assist those who need it the most. Africa Inland Mission has participating teams in Montreal, Cambridge, Sarnia, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
The Callaghan Family serve with Africa Inland mission, with a focus on Ministry to Africans in Canada, (working with African University students, and running camps and clubs for Africans and African refugees). The Callaghans served with AIM in Africa and were involved in this project; because of tribal conflict in the area they lived, they returned to Canada. They continue to oversee the Least of These health outreach projects in northern Kenya which focuses on meeting health needs for the most vulnerable Samburu nomads, including widows, orphans and the medically fragile.
In 2018, we raised $10,000 for Ben & Deana Fairburn and their three little children (pictured below). Ben has recently completed all the licencing necessary to be a pilot and a pilot mechanic in Nairobi, Kenya. The Fairburns are scheduled to be in Kenya, Africa in October 2019! Their funds are all raised and the last details are being taken care of.
Ride for Refuge
This fundraiser takes place on Sat., Oct 5 in different locations across Canada. In fact you can cycle or walk “anywhere” in Canada to raise funds for AIM. You can participate “anywhere” and even on a day of your own choosing.We need your help! We need team captains! Would you do it? It’s easy and fun!
To register to be a captain – https://rideforrefuge.org/register
a. Find a location close to you or create your own location
b. Gather some friends to be part of your team, ask them to register
c. Fundraise for “Least of These” – through the website or in person https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/aimcanada
d. Participate- cycle or walk – 5, 10, 25 or 50 km