Each year countless mothers die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth around the world. Even worse, is that millions of children die before the age of five around the world due to disease and malnutrition. In Kenya these death rates are still high. The majority of these deaths are preventable with the right medical care, education and nutrition. We want to help reduce and prevent unnecessary deaths. This is why we wanted to be the initiators for our project of building the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center in cooperation with the Zelmerlöw and Björkman Foundation.

 

The Kenswed Maternity & Health Center will be built in the town Ngonu in Kenya, 20 minutes outside Nairobi and 40 minutes from the airport. The land for the building has already been donated by Isaac Macharia Wanjohi, who is a Kenyan elite runner. We have drawn up the blue prints for the building of the clinic and have had the great pleasure of breaking ground for the building of the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center. Together with Måns Zelmerlöw we broke the first ground and held a small celebration ceremony. In cooperation with Måns Zelmerlöw to represent the ZB Foundation (Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation) was Kasper Skarrie who is the Secretary General for ZB Foundation. We have decided that it is beneficial to build the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center in Ngonu, Kenya as the ZB Foundation has existing projects next door to where the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center will be built. These two projects are the Kensweed Academy which is a secondary school for young people in the Nariobi slum areas, and a boarding facility for 51 homeless teenage girls. As well they have a project in Uganda where they work to get vulnerable young boys off of the streets and they give support to the Star for Life projects in South Africa.

The Kenswed Maternity & Health Center will have a maternity ward to provide prenatal (before birth) and antenatal (post-birth) care to women, as well as general health care to the public and sexual education to youth. Our goal is to provide the best medical care possible in Kenyan standards to everyone that walks through our doors. In order to provide the best care that we can, our founder Sophie Lööf has been working hard to educate herself by doing volunteer work at the maternity ward in Skövde, Sweden.

We will hold the inauguration of the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center during November of this year! We are so happy and grateful that we have the opportunity to work alongside ZB Foundation to create an educational, safe and clean place for mothers, babies and the local people to receive medical care!

If you would like to contribute to our new project, please mark your donation “Kenswed Maternity & Health Center”.

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Second trip to Kenya – September 2018

During September 2018, we went to Kenya for our 2nd trip. We followed up on the building process of the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center. While there, the septic tank hole was dug, the concrete slab was laid, and the walls of the clinic were built. It was a great experience to see the beginning progress of the building.

Third trip to Kenya – November 2018

We traveled back to Kenya to follow up the building process and hold the inauguration of the building that is built so far. Since our last visit in September, the building now has completed walls, a roof, plastered walls, septic tank/placenta pit/incinerator are completed, and the windows have been installed. Plumbing and electricity have been put in, so that in the future they can be connected. While here on this visit, the ceiling and glass has been installed into the window frames. We felt very happy to provide the construction workers with a good hardy lunch again, to show our gratitude for their very hard work!

Inauguration day – November 8

We were so happy and thrilled to celebrate the inauguration of the kenswed Maternity & Health Center on November 8. Many of the surrounding local people came to show to their support. Mäns Zelmerlöw, Jonas Björkman, Lisa Rejler, Isaac Macharia, Monica Hellström, Michael Hjelmaker the Deputy Ambassador from the Swedish Embassy, board members from the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation, and board members from Global Relations. Speeches were held by the are Chief Jimmy Githiga, Sophie Lööf, Michael Hjelmaker and Lisa Rejler. Entertainment was provided by Måns Zelmerlöw with his song “Heroes” and a dance by the Masaai people. We unveiled the sign to the health center, and cut the cake for everyone to share. Everyone joined in for a walk through of the building to see all of the rooms, and then continued up the hill to Kenswed Academy. It was a very happy and great day with everyone. It felt special to share it with so many people, and we cannot wait until the day the clinic doors are open to the public!

 

 

Blog posts - Kenswed Maternity & Health Center

Finally the day has come that we have all been waiting for, inauguration day! It was such a special and happy filled day! There were speeches made, ribbon cutting, cake, a walk through tour, entertainment…
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Today has been a very full and busy day, but a very fulfilling one. We started by watching a short running competition, where runners were competing to go to Japan. It was such a great…
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This morning Monica Hellström from Gnosjöglobal and her volunteer Carolina who is a nurse from Sweden joined Niklas and I, Dean and Mungai to take some items out of the shipping container that we sent…
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What an absolutely spectacular day today! Niklas and I traveled with Amus who is a priest. He drove us deep into Masaai land, about 30km into the valley area. We picked up his wife, and…
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This morning we visited the building site, where the construction workers were continuing with putting glass in the window frames, and also making great progress with the ceiling throughout the building. I was very impressed…
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The building construction continued on today with the workers finishing up small parts on the walls, putting the glass into the window frames and also the start on the ceiling throughout the building. They start…
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We have touched down in Kenya safe and sound! It’s been so great to come back and see all of the wonderful people again, and especially big thanks to Dedan who came and collected us…
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Today we, Lööf Foundation representative Morgan Young and filmmaker Niklas Bergman from Gothenburg are traveling to Kenya! We are so excited to travel there and attend the inauguration for the Kenswed Martenity & Health Center.…
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This morning we visited the mother and her child that we took to get a health check up yesterday. We bought her different types of food such as assorted beans, flour, rice, milk, sugar, cabbage,…
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The walls have really grown since a few days ago. They are now on the ninth row high. There will be 11 in total, so they are soon finished. I was able to walk into…
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I was told there was a very large community of Maasai people living the next hill over from where we are building the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center. The Maasai people are an indigenous ethnic…
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What a difference between today and Monday! Today they finished the sixth layer of the walls, and started on the walls inside the building. You can now start to see the rooms come to life,…
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I met with a small family, mother, father and their 7-month old baby. When I asked about the health care situation here, they said it’s too far away and told me a story about a…
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Today I had the great pleasure of visiting some of the local people living nearby the building site for our Kenswed Maternity & Health Center. We wanted to understand better the struggles that the people…
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I was amazed by the work completed at the building site today. There were 15 men working together, and in just a short 6.5 hours were able to lay the slab (cement mixture) on the…
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Today I visited the building site to see the progress being made. Yesterday, two workers (Edwin and Ken) started digging the hole for the septic tank. They must dig 3 meters deep. They had started…
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This afternoon Monica and I went to the Kenswed Academy to hold our workshops. Our workshops support UN goal #3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Our workshops taught…
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This morning Monica and I went to the building site for the first time. It was so great to finally see it in person! The foundation of the building has been done, which took a…
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I’ve now safely landed in Nairobi, Kenya! It reminds me a lot of Nepal, in that there is lots of traffic, lots of people, so many things happening around you including smells, sights and noises.…
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I have arrived at Arlanda, and am waiting for my flight to Kenya! It is our second trip to Kenya! While there I will follow up on the building process of the maternity and health…
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It was such a pleasure to be able to help and contribute to filling an entire shipping container that is going to Kenya, full of material for the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center. We are…
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We are looking for beds for new born babies that we can use in the Kenswed Marternity & Health Center that we are building in Kenya. It is in cooperation with the Zelmerlöw & Björkman…
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At 10:00 this morning we went live on TV4's program Malou von Siver's "Efter Tio" with Måns Zelmerlöw and Jonas Björkman from the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation. We spoke about our cooperation in our project,…
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BIG NEWS!! Tune in tomorrow on TV4 at 10:00 to see Sophie, Måns Zelmerlöw and Jonas Björkman from the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation on TV4's program Malou von Sivers "Efter Tio". We will speak about…
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Lööf Foundation's - March 15, 2018 We are all flying back home today and decided to go to an orphaned elephant sanctuary to see the baby elephants being fed. The elephants here are rescued and…
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Monica and Simon’s Diary – March 13, 2018 This morning we went running with Kasper Skarrie, the General Secretary of ZB Foundation. We ran together with coach Joe Jesse and elite runners from Japan, Sweden…
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Sophie's Diary - March 12, 2018 I have been dreaming about building a health clinic for women to give safe births in for 17 years. Ever since giving birth to my first daughter, where the…
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Finally, the day has come that we have been waiting for, breaking the first ground for where the Maternity & Health clinic will be built! What a wonderful feeling it was to stand beside Måns…
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We are so happy to be here at Kenswed Academy in Kenya! It feels so exciting to be here celebrating their graduation today, which also happens to be the same day that we are breaking…
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Simon's Diary - March 11, 2018 I flew in overnight, landing in Kenya around 4pm. After clearing immigration, I met Sophie Lööf outside with our driver Edward from Glory Safari. We were soon underway, and…
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Sophie’s Diary – March 10, 2018, I have been dreaming about building a health clinic for women to give safe births in for 16 years. Ever since giving birth to my first daughter, where the…
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Simon Hooper's Diary - March 10, 2018 I’ve just checked in at Birmingham airport for my 15 hour journey to Nairobi. I am visiting Kenya as a representative for the Loof Foundation to visit the…
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We are so happy to announce and present our newest project that we are engaged in! Together with the The Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation, we are building a Maternity & Health clinic in Kenya. The Maternity…
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Sophie’s Diary – December 17, 2017, I have had the great pleasure of shadowing midwives at Skaraborgs Sjukhus in Skövde over the past few weeks to gain knowledge for the Maternity & Health clinic in…
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We are so happy to announce and present our newest project that we are engaged in! Together with the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation, we are building a Maternity & Health clinic in Kenya. The Maternity…
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