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Solar Suitcase

The Fall Wine Dinner provided funding to purchase the Solar Suitcase (pictured), which has made the first leg of its journey to Sierra Leone by arriving in Minnesota in April.

Sierra Leone Cultural and Fundraising Event

First Notice! We are having an RHCI/MOMS (Midwives on Missions of Service) Fundraising Event on Friday, May 16th at Totino Grace High School in Fridley. 
You are invited to a fun and interesting evening, when we will raise the money needed for the training of 30 Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko Chiefdom to become Community Health Workers this August. This is a collaborative effort of RHCI and MOMS, with MOMS in charge of the training. See for more information.

Ishmael Beah

RHCI Board Chair Alice Karpeh is pictured with Sierra Leonean author Ishmael Beah, at the U of MN bookstore on March 12. Ishmael's first book, "A Long Way Gone," published in 2007, was about the Sierra Leone Civil War and the fate of child soldiers. His latest book, "Radiance of Tomorrow," is a novel about post-war life in his home country.

Looking Back on 2013 & Forward to 2014

2013 RHCI Spring Trip Accomplishments:

Between April and June 2013, seven volunteers from Minnesota visit Tikonko.  Team members included RHCI founder Alice Karpeh, Vicki Lee, Fran Daniels, Emily Foecke, Ashley Mitchell, Anoushka Millear and Carol Nelson.  Our volunteers made great strides toward many of our goals.  Accomplishments include:

Portraits from Tikonko - Photography Exhibit

Join us, Wednesday, Nov. 20 for a special photography exhibit and reception at the University of Minnesota. "Portraits from Tikonko" features photographic art by Gary Johnson that vividly captures RHCI's 2012 visit to Tikonko, Sierra Leone. The reception will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service, Roen Room, 5-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

The photo exhibit will run until December 31, 2013.
Photography by Gary B. Johnson MD, MPH, FACOEM

Our Recent Accomplishments in Tikonko

In the spring of 2013, several RHCI board members and volunteers traveled to Tikonko to further our health care initiatives in the chiefdom. During this latest trip, we made great strides in laying the foundation for achieving several of our long-term goals. Everyone returned feeling energized by the progress and eager to revisit. A few of our major successes include:

Wine Tasting Dinner at Stella’s Fish Cafe - October 3rd

Enjoy a five-course dinner complete with wine pairings as you learn more from RHCI board members and volunteers about our recent work and future plans in rural Sierra Leone. The proceeds from this dinner will help fund our health initiatives in Tikonko. Among our goals for the evening, we aim to raise enough funds for a portable power unit, called a Solar Suitcase, for the community health center. The Solar Suitcase will mean fewer women in the village will have to deliver their babies in the dark of night.

More Land Purchased in Tikonko

On December 29, RHCI in-country coordinator Musu Glory-Yaema Jaiah traveled to Tikonko to complete the purchase of 4 additional acres of land for RHCI. The land will be used with our existing 1 acre to provide sustainable agriculture and agricultural training to the community.

RHCI Interviewed About Eat For Equity Benefit Dinner

RHCI's fundraising dinner with Eat for Equity was recently highlighted by The Line and MinnPost. Executive Director, Catherine Osborne, was interviewed and spoke about the momentum and support created for RHCI. The event raised more than $2,000, which will go toward purchase of land for a clinic building, a birth waiting home, and staff quarters. To learn more and read about RHCI's benefit dinner, visit MinnPost.

How You Can Help

Every little bit helps. Make a tax exempt donation today, either online or by mail.

Donations are possible online through the donation form or through our parent organization Sierra Leone Community in Minnesota

By mail, please send to:
Center for Families
Attn: RHCI c/o SLCM
3333 N 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55412

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