Women cooking for their family members who are patients at Hôpital Baptiste Biblique located in Tsiko, Togo, West Africa.
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I went to West Africa to help tell the story of Hôpital Baptiste Biblique located in Tsiko, Togo. Built in 1985 they are in desperate need of infrastructure upgrades and need to expand. Today I just want to share what they are having to build just for the patients and families.
You see there is no hotel in the area or restaurants. When patients come to the hospital they need a place to stay, cook and take care of their family member that is admitted.
When you go to the Hospital here, you get your mother’s cooking or a relative’s cooking, because the hospital takes care of the medical care and the family takes care of laundry, food and things like bathing the patient.
The first thing that they are doing is adding more space for the patients and their families by creating a hotel with traditional outside kitchens.
They are building 4 new hotel wings first in their renewal and expansion project. They first had to do a better job of taking care of the community and put them first.
Now besides adding hotel rooms they have had to build sewage and electrical system. They cannot tie into the existing grids because they don’t exist for sewage and running a hospital where the town’s power goes out almost daily isn’t realistic. They have to have a generator and their own system that kicks in when the local power goes out.
When I was there it went out 2 to 3 times a day and the generator kicks on after 7 seconds.
It won’t be long before the patients move from this older hotel to the new improved version.
Here is a link if you want to help support the hospital as they upgrade and expand to meet the physical and spiritual needs of Togo.