Uganda-bound – Massive donations ready to go to Nevada County missionaries |

Uganda-bound – Massive donations ready to go to Nevada County missionaries

At least three dozen hand prints decorate the inside walls of a shipping container that is being prepped for its overseas voyage to a rural medical clinic in Uganda next month.

The hand prints belong to those who have given money, and in some cases, time, to build and pack this container, which houses an entirely self-sufficient X-ray room. Its destination is the clinic that Nevada County residents and missionaries, Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermann, founded four years ago to serve the impoverished Batwa Pygmies in the southwestern part of the country.

The hand prints are filled with caring and hopeful words – “God bless you” and ” We look forward to working with you in June” are some of the phrases scribbled by members of the county’s five Rotary groups that have collectively raised more than $46,000.

This money then almost doubled because of Rotary’s “matching grant” program and went to build the X-ray room, which will be the only such facility within a four-hour drive of the Pygmies’ settlement and will be a crucial tool for diagnosing patients.

Don Fultz, a Rotarian who has coordinated the efforts to put the container together, said most people are shocked when they actually see it for themselves. He said he anticipates a similar reaction from the Pygmies, many of whom are currently forced to live in caves or small huts because of extreme poverty.

“They are going to be amazed,” Fultz said.

The container itself is stark and nondescript when viewed from the outside, but inside it houses an entirely self-sufficient X-ray room. The walls have been drywalled and painted white.

There is a small control room that is surrounded on one side by a wall made entirely of lead. A window allows the technician to view the patient while the patient is getting X-rayed. There is even a small darkroom to develop the X-rays.

Besides the equipment needed for X-raying, the container will be filled with two motorcycles, two dentist chairs, a washing machine, two generators, a refrigerator, two dozen pillows, and many other items needed at the clinic.

All of it has been donated, including the labor, and Fultz said the only two items still needed are medical carts and an autoclave, which is used for sterilizing medical instruments.

How to help

Send cash donations to The Kellermann Foundation, c/o Donald Fultz, P.O. Box 477, Nevada City 95959. All donations go directly to aiding the Pygmies.

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