This is Our Story
One man, one promise!
From the Beginning
In 1995, a group of thirteen medical students from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) and Ohio State University, traveled to western Kenya as part of the SHARE (Student Health Assistance Rural Experience) Kenya program.
The program was started by Dr. Bonyo Bonyo, who was a medical student at the time. Dr. Bonyo was later joined in 1997 by his then attending, Dr. Daniel Marazon. Spine surgeon, Dr. Barry Greenberg, also an attending for Dr. Bonyo while he was a resident physician at Summa Health System, joined the team in 2003 and lead the group with Dr. Bonyo until 2014.
They shared a common dream: to improve the health care for those in need – specifically in the poverty stricken area near Wanjaya, where Dr. Bonyo grew up.
For more than 20 years, Bonyo’s Kenya Mission has provided medical treatment to thousands of patients in this underserved area where 70% of the population lacks access to health care. The spirit of the journey lives on as the need for health care continues to grow. Chronic malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, parasitic illness, and other tropical diseases are just a few of the many life threatening diseases experienced by the residents of Wanjaya.
Up until 2006, patients were seen in make shift clinics with supplies being trucked in daily. In 2005, through private donations, construction of a clinic was started and a clean water well was dug for the village and surrounding areas. The 6,000 sq. ft facility opened in 2006. That same year by-laws were written by five founding members and Care Kenya was formed as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In 2011, we changed our name to Bonyo’s Kenya Mission.
At least three times a year, Dr. Bonyo leads a team of medical students from Kansas City University Medical School, volunteers from Ohio, Colorado and all over the United States. Students and volunteers provide medical services and resources to the people of Wanjaya Village.
The volunteers collect and donate medical supplies, medications, clothing, school supplies, sunglasses, prescription glasses, sanitary napkins, soccer shoes and also monetary donations.
Medical volunteers provide treatment through the Mama Pilista Health Centre. The health centre is a registered HIV and TB treatement center and is currently open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
There are currently 284 HIV patients registered at the clinic and they receive their HIV meds and participate in an on going HIV support group that meets weekly at the clinic.
Bonyo’s Kenya Mission also assists orphans and vulnerable children of the village with education fees through our child sponsorship program. The child sponsorship program has helped hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children continue with their education. Dr. Sandra Deveny, Molly Garland and Maggie Deveny took over the child sponsorship committee in 2008 and continue to attract volunteers to assist with monetary donations to help children with educational cost until they complete secondary school, college or trade school.