February 2008

Dear all,

I am really pleased to be able to send you some photos of the initial work in building the operating room in Beni, DRC.

These photos have come through in the last couple of weeks since the construction began at the beginning of December.

The first photo shows the foundations. The second the progress after one week and the third in the third week of December.

A fixed price construction contract has now been signed for $42,000 to build the room. Since we raised in excess of £25,000, we will be able to contribute to the costs of the second building - an Intensive Care Unit- which CME want to build to build alongside the operating room.

Thank you again for helping to raising the funds necessary. These pictures have certainly encouraged me and I hope you feel a sense of achievement and hope too for the people of north east DRC as we start 2008. There are still around 1,000 dying each day in this region mainly through lack of medical care as the continuing aftermath of the years of civil war.

Kind regards,


P.S. Please note these photographs now include images from May 2008.

For more information about the opperating theatre see: