Chaaria è un sogno da realizzare giorno per giorno.

Un luogo in cui vorrei che tutti i poveri e gli ammalati venissero accolti e curati.

Vorrei poter fare di più per questa gente, che non ha nulla e soffre per malattie facilmente curabili, se solo ci fossero i mezzi.

Vorrei smetterla di dire “vai altrove, perché non possiamo curarti”.

Anche perché andare altrove, qui, vuol dire aggiungere altra fatica, altro sudore, altro dolore, per uomini, donne e bambini che hanno già camminato per giorni interi.

E poi, andare dove?

Gli ospedali pubblici hanno poche medicine, quelli privati sono troppo costosi.

Ecco perché penso, ostinatamente, che il nostro ospedale sia un segno di speranza per questa gente. Non ci sarà tutto, ma facciamo il possibile. Anzi, l’impossibile.

Quello che mi muove, che ci muove, è la carità verso l’altro, verso tutti. Nessuno escluso.

Gesù ci ha detto di essere presenti nel più piccolo e nel più diseredato.

Questo è quello che facciamo, ogni giorno.


Fratel Beppe Gaido


mercoledì 21 maggio 2014

Doctor Albert Obiri

With this post I simply wish to express my deep sorrow for the sudden and unfortunate death of Dr Obiri, senior surgeon at Meru Level 5 Hospital and Chairman of the Kenya Medical Association-Meru Division.

Dr Obiri has been killed 2 nights ago by unknown people who have kidnapped him while going home in the evening. 
He has been slashed many times with panga, and his body has been abandoned in a forest near Meru at about 1 km from his car.
All the medical fraternity of Meru is shocked by what has happened to a friend and colleague. He leaves his wife and children in great shock and pain.
Very often I have got the opportunity to appreciate the humble personality of Dr Obiri and in more than one occasion he has been of great help also to Chaaria: I remember a case in which he operated on a patient for me when I was not able to continue with the procedure.
He did it with professionality and humility without making me feel bad for what I had not been able to do.
Dr Obiri has also been an active cooperator of the "Operation Smile" in Kenya, Ethiopia and DRC: he has operated so many children affected by cleft palate or lip. For the last few years he has also facilitated the free medical camps in Mikinduri, in collaboration with the "Mikinduri Children of Hope" canadian organization.



This year I have got the honour of being elected as a member of the council of the Kenya Mediacal Association-Meru, and this has given me many opportunity to meet and to work with Dr Obiri, always appreciating his humble and polite heart.
Dr Obiri has defended me and Chaaria in more than one occasion, and I will never forget that.
Now he is dead.
I think the way the killers have maimed him with panga must have caused him a lot of pain before his demise. I feel so strongly and my heart is full of tears.
May God accept his soul in Paradise and grant consolation to the afflicted family.

Bro Dr Giuseppe Gaido

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