We began Day 2 with a tour of the CLI project site given by founder Jeff Rogers. Y'all - this place is absolutely mind blowing!!
There is a huge garden where they use sustainable practices and zero pesticides to produce food for the site and have some to sell to the local community. They are getting ready to install two large greenhouses that will quadruple their food production! They have many types of fruit bearing trees, including mango, papaya, banana, and avocado.
There are five fish ponds (plus two more currently being installed) that are used for the raising and breeding of tilapia. They use a hydroponic system to raise the "fingerlings" (aka: babies). Seven jersey cows provide milk, hundreds of chickens provide eggs, and to round out the livestock there are also goats, geese, ducks, and turkeys. Our meals have been incredible – 100% organic, home-grown ingredients right from their own garden (I may eat better here than I do in my own home, haha).
After touring the grounds, Jeff took us to tour the hospital. The entire facility is amazing. It has just about everything our hospitals have, including an ophthalmology exam room, a lab room with state-of-the-art Tuberculosis testing machinery, a blood bank is in the process of being installed, a medicinal warehouse, and two incredibly advanced operating rooms (one for surgeries and the other for eye surgeries). Jeff is adamant about quality and told us he wanted this hospital to be of such caliber that he would have surgery there himself - mission accomplished!
Next to the hospital is the maternity ward. It is outfitted with delivery rooms, prenatal rooms, postnatal rooms, and a baby room complete with two warmers and an incubator. As of September 2015, there have been 321 births without a single infant or maternal mortality. Another section of the ward is about to be opened with identical rooms that will double its occupancy abilities. A labor and delivery building is in the process of being built that will be a little more advanced and have the capabilities to care for high risk pregnancies and complicated deliveries.
CLI's latest endeavor is creating a center for innovation, education, and training. The main purpose of the center will be to train and educate midwives and nurses on the latest in maternal care, surgeries, and practices. Women from around the country of Malawi will have the opportunity to learn from leading doctors in the States through CLI's partnership with Ohio State University.
Did I mention that all of this is possible through solar and wind power? The project site does not run on traditional electricity, which is notorious for having many outages in Malawi, and instead is powered by two powerhouses that store the solar and energy that is collected throughout the day.
In the afternoon we went to the unopened section of the maternity ward to put together medical equipment - scales, bedside tables, baby holders, and over the bed tables. That section is now one big step closer to being ready to serve patients.
CLI is committed to serving their community through innovative and sustainable solutions, building up the nation through education and dignified practices, and creating positive change with lasting impact. I am so honored to be able to share their story with you and so proud that CP partners with and supports such an outstanding ministry. God is doing a mighty work here in Malawi, and the story has just begun.
Day 2 has been amazing and inspiring, and tomorrow is shaping up to be the same - can't wait to share it with you!
– Nicole Cox, Malawi Team 2016