New medical clinic is dedicated in Uganda,

thanks to the Knights of Council 11475

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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