St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Dr. James Konteh, Sierra Leone (Part 2)

Dr. Konteh has been wishing for a digital camera so that he could document some of his surgeries. Especially those made in such limited and trying conditions that turned out to be successful & happy endings.

Recently James met up with Dr. Konteh while he was in Freetown and gave him a gift from Nazareth House Apostolate-A brand new digital camera complete with accessaries and a nice case :)


Nazareth House received this email from Dr. Konteh (re: the camera)

Dear Vicki,
I just receive the Kodak Camera from James. Thank you for a kind gesture. I really appreciate it and I salute you for a purpose. For your information I have just been posted to Kenema Government hospital with effect from the 1st of February 2009. I shall inform you when ever I report on duty. I have informed James about it.
Thank you.
Dr. Konteh.



Through the years, Nazareth House has caught up with Dr. Konteh and brought him the medical supplies he so desperately needs to do his work. It is our intention to keep in touch with him and help him out, even as he begins new work in Kenema.

There is one thing about Nazareth House, we build relationships with those we serve. Making Nazareth House like a huge family, our lives entwined. Yours in America and theirs in Sierra Leone -still one family. As we've said many times, we do not throw someone a bag of rice and go on. Never seeing them again, never thinking about them. We grow with them and they with us.


Here James supplies him with sutures and other medical equipment.


The above photo shows Dr. Konteh at the new medical facility in Kabala. It is new, clean and very nice...but remains without supplies or staffing. The brain drain is great in Sierra Leone. Once educated, prospective nurses and doctors leave the country seeking employment where they can sustain a living.

Nazareth House has specific sources for the hospital/medical supplies needed in Salone (Salone - Krio for Sierra Leone). Your financial donations enable us to provide the equipment for these hospitals.

There are times that we have over-the-counter medicine drives in which to minister to those who are sick in the areas we serve (Advil, tums, cold capsules, etc). At this time we are not collecting until we have succeeded in securing a residency in Freetown in which to store and distribute.

It is our hope that we can raise the amount of rent our Landlord of the current facility, St. Laurence House, is asking. He is asking $10,000 by March 1, 2009. We are thankful that he has allowed us to rent another year, he had first refused. Rental property is getting scarce in Freetown. Property available is being priced out of our reach due to the influx of foreigners able to spend freely. We are working hard to purchase our own land and property but must secure a place to keep our staff and all the supplies off the streets in the meantime.

We are accepting all donations, small or large to make this goal of $10,000 by March 1st. EVERYTHING pushes us towards obtaining this goal so don't hesitate, thinking a small amount won't make a difference... it will! Tell your co-workers, family and friends. Share the opportunity to really help the poor in one of the poorest nations in the world.

Tax deductible donations should be made to:
Nazareth House Apostolate
2216 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218


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