KBNF Team Mission Update

Dear KBNF Family & Friends,

We are in Ghana! Our team started off with air travel, where they met up with me, Marj, in Amsterdam for the final leg to Ghana! Dell Wergeland, President of the Compassionate Resource Warehouse joined us for this trip, to assess where our hard earned donation dollars have gone, and how the places we’ve sent container shipments of medical supplies to have used our gifts. More from Dell later.
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We hit the ground running with a tour of the Accra School of Medicine, where team members Danny Moe and I (and others in the future) are to be teaching medical students in this brand new private medical school for Ghana. IMG_9049IMG_9058

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The Accra School of Medicine is a privately owned institution built by incredible champions and doctors, the Hesse’s. A Heart Power institution, it teaches compassionate care alongside medicine.

That’s all for now, time to get back to the Mission!

Marj


KBNF is now a Member of the G4 Alliance

It is with the utmost pride and honour that Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation announces our membership with the G4 Alliance, which is “dedicated to building political priority for surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care as part of the global development agenda” (www.theg4alliance.org for more information).

We are thrilled to connect, and even more thrilled with our upcoming Medical Mission to Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia & Sierra Leone leaving May 2016.

Cheers, all!
Marj

Support Neurosurgery in West Africa

Regardless of geographical location & financial status, everyone worldwide should have access to medical care. Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation is determined to foster Neurosurgery in West Africa, for all who have need.


Spring Medical Mission Announced

Hello Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation friends and family,

It is with great pleasure we announce our 2016 Spring Medical Mission is going to be in West Africa May – June 2016. We’ll be in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone to continue our mission of enhancing neurological medical care in the West African region.

Keep following us on Twitter and Facebook for up to date details and to see where your donation dollars go.

Help Make the Mission a Success

Our medical missions are a vital part of our existence as a charity. Your donation dollars help us give the best care possible overseas.


KBNF 2016 AGM Notice

Dear KBNF Family,

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th. Members can attend in person or by conference call (marjorie.ratel on Skype).

All are welcome to attend. Only paid members are entitled to vote. Payment can be made by mail: 9131 207B Street, Langley, BC V1M 2P5; or online @ www.kbnf.org, via PayPal.

Hope to see you there,

Jocelyne Lapointe, MD
Secretary
Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation


Container Sent! Tetteh Quarshie is getting a Palliative Care Unit!

We are over the moon about our last container shipment which was packed and ready to go February 11th 2016, from our Delta barn. Supplies and equipment to support a Palliative Care Unit are en route for the Tetteh Quarshie region of Ghana, thanks to our donors, sponsors and volunteers.

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We had a wonderful, special time loading from Delta with members of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Team, Ghanaian Community, Church Communities, Compassionate Resource Warehouse & Diamond Delivery volunteers there to help us through.

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What a blessing!

Want to donate? Lend a hand? Join KBNF!


Celebrating the Life of James Yanzu Ackah

James Yanzu Ackah 1946 – 2015
KBNF Celebrating the life of James Ackah

Dear KBNF family and friends,

Life is precious and ever so much more when a dear member of our family departs.

With sadness, we have learned that James Ackah, a longtime resident of Vancouver and cherished member of the Ghanaian community, passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2015.

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James has been a stalwart supporter of KBNF since our first meeting, going back well over a decade.

His desire to support his homeland and the people of West Africa was unswerving.

Each year we could count on James and Beatrice and family actively supporting KBNF while faithfully attending various events, including our Walk for the Bu. Brenda Macleod recalls what a blessing he and his wife were. Walking the track 5 Kilometers in support of KBNF was wholly embraced, come rain or shine.

Walk for the Bu, where James was a constant supporter.

His wife and family write:

“Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on December 27, 2015.

The funeral service for James will take place on January 15th at 10:30 am at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church located at 480 East 47th Avenue in Vancouver, BC. An evening prayer service will be held at the same location on January 14th at 8 pm.

We thank you for your prayers and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (link: KBNF) and the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver.”

Beatrice, Evelyn and Audrey Ackah

Beatrice, Evelyn, and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Loss of a loved one is the most difficult part of life to live. It requires courage and the assurance that while we might not understand the timing, we do know that he is basking in the presence of His Lord.

May you be comforted by knowing that his life and memories are dearly embraced and the legacy that James has built will continue to bestow blessings upon his family, his friends, and his native and present homeland for years to come.

On behalf of the KBNF Board of Directors, family, and friends,
Love,

Marj


6 Days Till Walk for the Bu

Six days from today (that’s October 3rd, dudes), we’re throwing our 5th annual Walk for the Bu 5K Walk/Run/Roll-A-Thon in Bear Creek Park, Surrey, BC. Come by and register in person for 10:00 am and chill with the KBNF Team for the walk at 11:00 am.

Download the Sponsorship Brochure & Get Fundraising!

Stay after your 5k for a barbecue sponsored by Charlie Lee, owner/operator of Walnut Grove’s Marketplace IGA!

Walk for the Bu

Sponsor KBNF President Marj Ratel in her Walk for the Bu by donating today and helping Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation improve the lives of West Africans dealing with medical issues of the brain and spine. Thanks, all!


KBNF in Local Langley News

Hello, Friends!

The Langley Times featured an article on KBNF’s work in Liberia to help the Liberian Medical System defeat the Ebola Crisis and rebuild. We’ve been working with Dr. Francis Kateh since 2014, and have sent over six containers of medical supplies, beds and humanitarian aid to Liberia. Click the link below to read it online.

Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation was in the Langley Times! Read the article online.

Donate To Help Liberia

Six containers have gone to Liberia to help solve their medical crisis and there are more to go. A donation to KBNF helps get these desperately needed beds, medical supplies and aid directly where they’re needed most.