In Sept 2016, Angelo Deng enrolled in Kenya Methodist University to pursue a bachelors degree in medicine and surgery to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. Angelo grew up feeling the pain that can result from a lack of skilled medical care. Angelo and his four siblings were sadly orphaned at a very young age. His parents lives were claimed by illnesses that were treatable but a lack of available medicine and skilled care prevented their recovery. This loss was a deep source of pain for Angelo throughout his life but it also grew within him a desire to try to prevent this pain from affecting others.
Angelo was the first recipient to receive funding from our Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program. This program seeks to invest in the education of talented youngsters who are lacking the financial means to pursue University level education. Scholarships that are awarded are given with the condition that the recipients must give back to their community with the skills and talents that they have acquired.
In anticipation of Angelo’s graduation from medical school and return to Lietnhom, the members of Solidarity Ministries Africa prayed for clarity around what it would be like for him to serve his community with his new skills and abilities.
Little did we know what would happen next…
In February 2021, Cheryl Noe, a board member of SMARD, asked the Board, “Have you ever heard of Project C.U.R.E.?” Cheryl went on to explain how Project C.U.R.E. is the world largest distributor of donated medical equipment and supplies to resource limited communities across the globe. She said that if Solidarity Ministries Africa was to submit an application to Project C.U.R.E., we could be eligible to receive a 40-foot cargo container filled with medical equipment and supplies to help outfit Angelo and the community of Lietnhom.
An application was submitted and after a needs assessment of the region was completed, we were approved. A 40 foot container filled top to bottom with medical supplies and equipment was going to be packed and sent to Lietnhom to help outfit our future medical clinic with much needed resources. This gift from Project C.U.R.E. was valued at $400,000 – $500,000 and would travel by train from Nashville to Charleston SC, by ship from Charleston to Mombasa Kenya and then finally by flatbed truck from Mombasa to Lietnhom, South Sudan. As a board, we were blown away by this gift, but now we needed a functional space to operate as a clinic where all of these supplies could be deployed and patients could come to receive treatment.