North Platte Two members of North Platte's Rotary Club recently returned from their trip to Kenya.
Local Rotarians return from 'life-changing' mission trip to Kenya. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)
The trip included a team of 15 people, including four eye doctors.
Dr. Kim Baxter was one of four optometrists who provided eye care and glasses to more than 1,000 patients, which included children and orphans.
Upcoming District Governor for the North Platte Rotary Bob Mayber says with the partnership of the North Platte Sunrise Club, rotary clubs and districts they were able to secure a $136,000 grant to expand maternity and neonatal services to a local hospital.
"They had one incubator, if you can imagine for two million people," Mayber said. "So thanks to Dr. Baxter's project, we ended up donating nine incubators. Plus, partnering with John Hopkins Hospital they had training, equipment and ultimately the neonatal wing of this hospital was remodeled. It's beautiful, it's clean, it's sanitary and the immortality rate is dropping."
Dr. Baxter says students at McDaid Elementary raised an additional $2,000 with the help from parishioners at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church to buy a water pump for an orphanage.
"We also provided new mattresses, blankets and sheets for orphans in the village where we did the eye care," said Dr. Baxter. I've never, ever felt better about a trip than I did after this one. It's inspiring, it really is."
Rotarians say they hope to return to Kenya in the next year or two.
Sheri Bourne and her team at Gateway Realty also donated frisbees for the children.