What started as a dream in 2009 of a small clinic that would serve sponsored children in dire need, has expanded to the building of a full 50-bed hospital aimed at serving all those in need in Rwanda and beyond. With a goal of expansion over the years, this hospital will not only provide much-needed care, but additionally will fund other ministries within Africa New Life to create a self-sustaining model unlike any other. The timeline below highlights major milestones along this journey so far. Through every step, this project has been clearly blessed and is a testament to God's power-- and a reminder that we can never out-dream His capabilities.
2009: The dream
Dr Charles Mugisha, President and CEO of Africa New Life Ministries, saw an expanding need. With all the good being done for sponsored children in Rwanda, one gap still existed: advanced medical services. Through a partnership with two US-based doctors, Dr. Pamela Pyle and Dr. Brad Titus, the idea of the Dream Medical Center was born. But we can never dream as big as God's plans.
Within the first two years, enough funding was raised to gain board approval and move forward with the plan. A site was chosen on Africa New Life's Dream Center campus on the south side of Kigali, and prayers began sweeping through the ministry for God to touch this project.
2014: Construction begins on a small clinic
After years of prayer, fundraising efforts, and continued passion for those in need, God showed up in a big way and construction began on what was to be a small medical clinic in Kigali, Rwanda.
SUMMER 2015: THE SMALL CLINIC IS APPROVED BY THE BOARD AS A Full medical center
Through the generous donations of many, the small clinic turned into a 50-bed, three-story medical center located at the Dream Center, the campus of Africa New Life Ministries in Kigali. Construction plans expanded and the architectural plans were put together for a full-service medical center.
JANUARY 2017: DR. SAM KAGALI AND DR. MARC SIMPaO OFFICIALLY JOIN AS MEDICAL DIRECTORS
Dr. Sam Kagali is well known and respected in Rwanda. With a national presence within his profession as an OB/GYN and a faithful following of thousands of patients, he serves those in need with compassionate care that is unmet in other facilities. He is a Christ follower first and displays his beliefs by serving his patients with the dignity and respect that Christ taught us to provide.
Dr. Marc Simpao is an Internal Medicine physician based in Austin, Texas. He and his family recently returned from Rwanda where for three years he worked in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Education to promote a more robust training program for Rwandan medical students and residents. He has a passion for global medicine and improving access to quality care in resource limited settings. Marc is committed to strengthening the Dream Medical Center’s US partnerships in order to enhance its mission and equipping.
JANUARY 2017: the kili climb
In January 2017, an amazing group of Africa New Life friends ascended the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise support and awareness of the Dream Medical Center being built in Kigali, Rwanda. They surpassed their fundraising goal of $250,000 to raise a total of $312,577!
SUMMER 2017: EQUIPMENT IS DELIVERED
We have been blessed through donations from generous individual donors as well as through Project CURE and the Afya Foundation, U.S. organizations providing much of the equipment that will be needed to serve our patients. Throughout the summer of 2017, five shipping containers of equipment arrived and began being installed around the Dream Medical Center.
OCTOBER 2017: DEDICATION AND RIBBON-CUTTING
God is good, and we are in awe of all He has provided so far to turn the Dream Medical Center from a dream into a reality. We’re thrilled to celebrate the progress of the medical center with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on October 7. Thank you to all of our donors, partners, and corporate sponsors who have brought us this far!
A special group of visitors is joining us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and will have the opportunity to visit their sponsored children, attend New Life Bible Church in Kigali, and see the work God is doing through Africa New Life in Rwanda.
FALL 2017: Construction is Completed, Final Preparations Begin
By the fall of 2017 construction was almost complete, but were still still a few pieces of equipment such as specialized surgical instruments that we needed to procure before we could begin offering services to patients in Kigali. Even today, we have needs that we are still looking for partners on. Would you like to help us add these final pieces? See the list of remaining equipment here and click below to give toward the Dream Medical Center.
MAy 2018: First Patients will be seen
Upon successful completion of all inspections and receipt of final equipment, the Dream Medical Center will begin to see patients-- offering world-class medical care to people in Kigali and beyond. With an initial focus on Women's and Children's Health, we are looking forward to serving this generation and future generations with quality care, compassionate service, and the love that we have learned from our Lord Jesus Christ.
READY TO SERVE YOU!
After years of planning and prayer, the time has arrived. This summer we will welcome our first patients into our care. We look forward to years of serving those who are in need of healthcare and are looking for an experience that will make them feel comfortable, cared for, and valued.
You Are Welcome!