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Mike with heart patient
The MEAK shall inherit the earth
by Evadney Campbell, Croydon Reporter
A local charity whose work has saved thousands of lives in Kenya says the fighting in the country is hampering their work.
Kenley based MEAK [Medical & Educational Aid to Kenya] have had to cancel two missions since fighting broke out by rival political groups in the African country.
Formed by husband and wife team Mike and Dee Belliere in 1994, the charity has giving thousands of people back their sight and performed hundreds of life saving heart operation on children.
“It started in a very small way taking out odd bits and pieces and giving it away over there …. We, now have literally thousands of people coming to our surgery who without surgery would have no future”, says Mike
MEAK meical team
MEAK with its team of doctors and medical staff – most from Guys and St Thomas hospital, carry out several heart and eye missions to some of the most rural parts of Kenya each year.
bartering saves lives
“For the last five years we have been doing eye surgeries in Turkana which is right on the Sudanese border 700-800 kilometres from Nairobi and people will walk for seven days to come and see us and have their sight return”, continues Mike
Its known Mike has been seen pushing some very unusual pieces of luggage through airport terminals.
“I actually once pushed a delivery couch through Gatwick airport”.
The charity donates an enormous amount of equipment to hospitals and clinics in Kenya.
Last year alone, they shipped thirteen sea container loads. These enable them to barter for services, donating equipment in exchange for life saving heart operations or eye surgery for people who otherwise would not be able to have these operations.
Sadly, as a result of fighting in the country, MEAK had to postpone two eye missions which were planned for this year. Mike is still very confident however, that they will be able to reschedule these missions later in the year.
All of MEAK’s work is carried out thanks to donations from their supporters as well as from Mike and Dee’s personal business. Thankfully for them, all volunteers give their time freely.
Dee in Kenya
If you would like to find out more about MEAK or how you can help, log onto their website top right hand of the page.
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last updated: 08/02/2008 at 09:17