Old dispensary buillding
Inadequate old building that was in need of replacement in 2004. The Rabondo Community Project-USA, a 501(c)3 organization (RCPUSA), solicited funds from the MAO to construct a new clinic building.
Construction began in 2005
Walls went up
Supports for work bench
Front porch partially completed
Partially completed building 2009
The Rabondo Community Project USA president Timon Bondo showing MAO members the building which remained unfinished in 2009. RCPUSA was unable to provide an accurate accounting for how the appropriated funds, which should have been sufficient, were spent and why the building remained unfinished.
Erosion of hillside into clinic rear
Interior view of encroaching hill
Exterior view of building 2009
Community meeting 2010
Newly elected Rabondo Dispensary Committee assumes control of clinic building. Community is challenged by MAO to excavate rear patio and build a retaining wall.
Excavation begun in 2010
Community without financial support from MAO excavated the hillside.
Retaining wall in 2011
Community built the retaining wall
Retaining wall improved in 2012
Community increased the height of the retaining wall to better prevent erosion.
Construction completed in 2013
After community efforts to stabilize the hillside were successful, MAO funded the completion of the building with a different contractor. The Rabondo Dispensary Committee provided a receipt for every expense so that the distribution of all funds were properly documented.
Revanda serves as a waiting room
Work bench with sink
New gate with fence 2015
Funds from Migori County government fenced the property and built the security gate.
Dedication to Donald R Burns 2015
A donation from the Burns family paid for a major portion of the construction
Maternity wing is dedicated to honor the memory of Ross Tappan.
Currently the clinic depends on a rainwater catchment tank for water. This is not sufficient to provide the running water needed by the clinic. The deep well on the grounds of the adjacent St Timon's Secondary School is controlled by Timon Bondo and the RCPUSA. They refuse to allow water to be pumped to the clinic.
Water tank on the hillside
Tank on hillside is will gravity feed running water to the clinic. Funds are being raised to drill a deep well on the clinic grounds which will provide running water to the clinic and clean drinking water for the surrounding homes.
The Story of the Donald R. Burns Clinic
The building of this clinic has been a long and tortuous journey. The people of Rabondo showed their commitment through their sweat equity. MAO Kenya dealt with financial mismanagement by the first contractor, persisted through difficult negotiations and finally severed a working relationship with an untrustworthy organization before moving forward to fund the completion of the structure. Developing an ample and reliable source for the provision running water remains a problem. Rainwater catchment is a stop-gap measure. Funds are being raised to drill a deep well. Collaboration with the Migori County government is in progress so that money for staff housing and a hospital grade incinerator can be appropriated.
Development work is often beset with serious roadblocks. Patience, determination, and a sense of humor are necessary for the ultimate success of any endeavor.