When Jan Rayner visited Kenya for the first time in January 2009, she little realised what a central part of her life it would become. 12 months later Jan’s husband Ted died suddenly and his many cricketing and golfing friends showed their appreciation of his life with great generosity. Jan wanted a practical permanent memorial to Ted and the question was asked of the Project Managers in Kenya what their priority was. The idea of a clinic was born.
Working through Amani UK, it was agreed that there was a real need for a clinic in the Kirongo Project area, a very rural district some 15kms from Oyugis, with no other medical facilities in the district. In spite of the initial generosity of Ted’s friends there was still the need to raise significant money to turn the idea into reality, but now thanks to Jan we have in 2013 the Ted Rayner Memorial Clinic. The clinic has been built in the secure compound of the Kirongo Project:
Kirongo already has an Early Childhood Development School of 170 children. The Clinic is now registered with the Medical Authority, under the supervision of the District Hospital in Oyugis. This is following the model of the very successful Assisi Clinic, situated in another of the Amani UK supported projects. Assisi staff are making their experience available to ensure the most rapid and effective development of the Ted Rayner Clinic.
The Clinic is still in the early stages of development, with only basic equipment and much still needed. It has the services of two nurses supported by CHWs (Community Health Workers) and, with registration, the expectation of regular scheduled visits from the District Hospital.