Kijabe, which means “place of the wind” in the Maasai language, is located on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, 30 miles northwest of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. With a population of 17,000, the town of Kijabe is a community of small landholders, subsistence farmers, teachers, and medical professionals. A longtime base for missionaries in East Africa, Kijabe is home to a hospital, a Christian boarding school, and a Bible college.
Since 2011, the Serge team in Kijabe has served in the areas of healthcare and education. Kijabe Hospital is a tertiary care teaching hospital with multiple training programs, from family medicine to anesthesia to emergency medicine and critical care.
At Kijabe Hospital, team members minister to poor and vulnerable patients while mentoring and training African medical residents, interns, and clinical officers, who serve in multiple areas of the hospital in training and hands on medical care. Members of the team are also actively involved in resource mobilization for Kijabe Hospital and community engagement with a local coffee shop. They also serve as a home base for multiple Serge missionary kids who board at Rift Valley Academy.
Patients come to Kijabe Hospital from across Kenya and beyond, seeking healing and hope. Through high-quality health care and attention to personal needs, the Serge team is able to extend compassion to those in need, giving glory to God. And by ministering to missionary kids at Rift Valley Academy, the team also serves their families who are sharing the grace and love of Christ throughout Africa.
Building the Team
The Serge team seeks multiple physicians to work and serve at Kijabe Hospital:
- Family Medicine Physician
- ENT surgeon
- For the love of Jesus to bring hope and transformation through our work in healthcare, community development and education;
- For the medical, Bible college, and primary and secondary school students we are working with to experience the grace of the Gospel;
- For unity, love, and renewal within our team.
Patient fees at Kijabe Hospital are intentionally kept low, even by African standards, in order to accommodate and serve the most vulnerable patients. Nonetheless, there are still some patients who are unable to pay their medical bills. Funds donated to Friends of Kijabe will go directly towards paying the expenses incurred by the most vulnerable patients.