Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and Bob Maher
Bob Maher, PGK of Council 11475, watches as Archbishop Lwanga cuts the ribbon
Construction of the new clinic began in early 2013
The new clinic is the first medical facility in the entire region
On a visit in January 2013, council members found that villagers had begun making bricks for the new clinic
The area around Kitakyusa is so poor that they would never have had a medical clinic if the Knights of Columbus had not taken on the project
Knights Bob Maher and Dave Kimbell pose for a photo with Archbishop Lwonga and other Catholic priests and brothers in Uganda
Bob Maher presented a plaque dedicatied to the people of Kitakyusa, which Archbishop Lwonga read to the crowd which turned out for the occasion
February 9, 2014 - In the culmination of a council project that lasted two years, Knights from Saints Peter and Paul Council 11475 participated in the dedication of a new medical clinic in Kitakyusa, Uganda. They raised money to build the clinic from parishioners from the churches of Saints Peter and Paul, and St. Joseph.
The project won the Virginia Council Activity Award of the Year in 2013. Past Grand Knight Bob Maher and fellow Knight Dave Kimbell traveled to Uganda for the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by the Archbishop of Kampala, Most. Rev. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. Also present were Fr. Remigius Ssemuju, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Kitakyusa, and Fr. Gerald Musuubire, Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Palmyra, Virginia, along with many other local priests and villagers.
During a Mass after the dedication, Archbishop Kwanga said that the Knights of Columbus had "brought peace to the people of Kitakyusa," and Fr. Remigius said that the area is so poor that the people there "would never have had a clinic without the help of the Knights and the good people of America."
When it was his turn to speak, Bob Maher assured the villagers that "we are all united more than you realize - the last three letters of Kitakyusa are USA!"
So far, Council 11475 has collected $36,000 for construction of the clinic. There is still a need to equip the clinic with more beds and basic equipment such as desks, chairs and shelving. If you'd like to help, mail your contribution to:
Knights of Columbus Council 11475
Saints Peter & Paul Church
4309 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy.
Palmyra, VA 22963
The clinic will be staffed by two nuns who are nurses and the doctor who will come at least once a week from Kampala.
Read a story about the dedication in Uganda's New Vision newspaper HERE.
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