The Smarter Hospital Foundation set itself the goals to:
- Provide hospitals in Sierra Leone with doctors, medicines, medical equipment, infrastructure, training, knowledge and IT.
- Improve primary education in Sierra Leone by improving infrastructure and education methods.
- Improve child care in Sierra Leone with a focus on Ebola orphans.
Smarter Hospital Foundation 10 years
Dear friends of Smarter Hospital, Today, exactly 10 years ago, three friends, Bouke, Gert and myself, thought of what can we do to make the world a little better. Then came the question does Erdi and Ruurd need Ambulance? And there an adventure is begun: let’s drive an ambulance to Sierra Leone and donate it. With an initial contribution of 10,000 euros from IBM, we started to support Erdi and Ruurd in a small-scale way, for example an operating table and computers.
In 2013 we went with a small group to see what we could do. Here not only the need for good care came, but also the help that was needed in education. With a good plan, a big heart and practicality, we have since developed our focus on both care and education.
None of this would have been possible without all the support from you, our friends from Smarter Hospital. With your support, financial contributions, volunteer work, advice and all the positive energy, the ambulance may never have come, but we now support more than 500 surgeries, 5,000 outpatient treatments and 2,500 children with study per year. This has already made a huge impact in the Yele and Makeni region of Sierra Leone.
Now we are on the eve of a new trip to Sierra Leone to admire our work, but above all to see what else is needed. We continue to help people who are not yet able to help themselves with a lot of positivity and decisiveness. We believe by showing this, we inspire others to join this belief. We thank all our friends at Smarter Hospital for your support over the past 10 years and look forward to what we can improve with all of you in the next 10 years.
On behalf of the entire board,