International Ministries

Mattresses for Baptist Hospitals in Congo

This project seeks to raise a total of $4800 to purchase 100 mattresses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Updated: 11/16/2012

Goal: $48 per mattress

About this Mission Project

At the Moanza hospital, a young woman, labored 24 hours before delivering twins.  Spent, but alive, her relieved midwife shifts the new mother to the maternity ward and onto a new, soft, foam mattress, wrapping each twin in a blanket.  Imagine the mother’s delight.

The budgets of the Moanza hospital, and most of the other 11 Baptist hospitals in the impoverished country of Congo, just can’t stretch enough to cover luxuries such as mattresses.  Patients often lie on cement or bamboo beds with only a traditional raffia mat to pad their bodies.

Money, given through White Cross, is stretching hospital budgets by making the purchase of mattresses possible.  When annual White Cross supplies arrive (including baby blankets), additional gifts purchase mattresses.  $43 purchases a mattress.  $5 covers its transport overland to one of the 11 hospitals.  Patients receive comfort, and the staff who provide care, do so with greater pride.

Mission Project Specifics

This project seeks to raise a total of $4800 to purchase 100 mattresses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The purpose is to provide a new mattress for 100 beds in Baptist hospitals.  These beds will be used by more than 4800 patients each year.  This project will be managed by missionary Katherine Niles, who coordinates distribution of White Cross supplies for the Baptist medical work in Congo, a network of hospitals serving the Congolese population in a vast area of western Congo.  

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A young mother resting comfortably on a new mattress while IM missionary Katherine Niles shows off one of her twin babies.