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Successful Operation

Office of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V., Germany. Updated version. Original English version first published September 30, 2009.

THE SOCIETY SPONSORED the successful operation on a Kenyan child from the rural Tana River district. Additonal medical check-ups are planned.

During our January 2009 visit to Kenya, Hermann S was introduced to us, a child born as a Siamese twin in 2002. After his birth, the separation of the twins unfortunately did not succeed with parts of the deceased twin's limbs remaining grown together with Hermann's body (left image). His parents being poor, the necessary medical examinations could not be financed by his family, a situation that got worse when his father died in 2008. For this reason, our society decided to pay for his operation in Mombasa, including the pre-operative examinations and follow-ups. We started a money-raising campaign for this operation that was also covered by the local press. The condition after the operation that took place at the end of July 2009 is depicted in the right image.

We thank all donors, and we do wish Hermann all the best for his future!

Condition before the operation. Several body parts and a limb of Hermann's Siamese twin unfortunately still present.
Condition before the operation. Several body parts and a limb of Hermann's Siamese twin unfortunately still present.
Condition after the operation. The leg and other body parts of the Siamese twin have been removed. Additional medical treatment and checkups will be necessary.
Condition after the operation. The leg and other body parts of the Siamese twin have been removed. Additional medical treatment and checkups will be necessary.
Hermann's mother together with her son in August 2009, after the operation.
Hermann's mother together with her son in August 2009, after the operation.
Hermann after the operation.
Hermann after the operation.

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Our Participation in the Freudenstadt Africa Festival 2009

Office of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V., Germany. Updated version. Original English version first published September 30, 2009.

THIS YEAR'S OPENING CEREMONY of the Freudenstadt Africa Festival took place June 27, 2009 with the participation of Bishop Zachariah Kahuthu, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC), who had been invited by Foerderkreis Kenia e.V. Our society participated in the festival by presenting information on our work in Kenya. To this end, we set up several information billboards and pitched up our café tent in front of the town church, selling coffee and cake in order to support our work. Bishop Kahuthu held the evening service in the evangelical town church with part of the program being performed by other African guests. The following images were all taken on this day.

Bishop Kahuthu signed the visitors' book of the city of Freudenstadt (in the background from left to right: Retired School Dean Dietrich Elsner (Honorary Chairman of Foerderkreis Kenia e.V.), Dean Harald Stumpf, Mayor Osswald and Mr. Dieter of Foerderkreis Kenia e.V.)
Bishop Kahuthu signed the visitors' book of the city of Freudenstadt (in the background from left to right: Retired School Dean Dietrich Elsner (Honorary Chairman of Foerderkreis Kenia e.V.), Dean Harald Stumpf, Mayor Osswald and Mr. Dieter of Foerderkreis Kenia e.V.)
Bishop Kahuthu while signing the visitors' book of the city of Freudenstadt
Bishop Kahuthu while signing the visitors' book of the city of Freudenstadt
Bishop Kahuthu held an introductory speech at the opening ceremony of the Africa festival on the platform at the Upper Marketplace of Freudenstadt city (translated by Pastor Stierlen).
Bishop Kahuthu held an introductory speech at the opening ceremony of the Africa festival on the platform at the Upper Marketplace of Freudenstadt city (translated by Pastor Stierlen).
Mayor Osswald opened the Africa festival.
Mayor Osswald opened the Africa festival.
One of the information boards on the society's projects.
One of the information boards on the society's projects.
Cake and coffee were sold in the society's café-and-information tent (in front of Freudenstadt town church).
Cake and coffee were sold in the society's café-and-information tent (in front of Freudenstadt town church).
Other information board of the society.
Other information board of the society.
Bishop Kahuthu held the Swahili-language evening service in Freudenstadt town church (translated by Pastor Stierlen, left).
Bishop Kahuthu held the Swahili-language evening service in Freudenstadt town church (translated by Pastor Stierlen, left).
Bishop Kahuthu and Pastor Stierlen together with other participants of the service.
Bishop Kahuthu and Pastor Stierlen together with other participants of the service.

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