“If it doesn’t hurt a little bit, you’re not giving enough.” Those are the words of our Founder Umra Omar, who gave up a comfortable life in Washington D.C. to start Safari Doctors, on her island home of Lamu, in Kenya.
Our story began with one determined woman, a passionate nurse and a motorbike. At first, it was small donations from friends and well-wishers, $20 to fuel the motorbike, $50 to buy medicines… Those acts of giving got us to where we are today- a team of nine staff who set sail each month and treat up to 800 patients across a dozen remote and marginalized villages. Safari Doctors is all about making the journey for change, and we’re witnessing it. Through our mobile clinics we have seen child immunizations increase at least 40%, skin conditions drop 30%, communicable diseases halve, and double the number of expectant mothers visit clinics for antenatal appointments. There’s a proverb that says, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night in a room with a mosquito.” No act of kindness goes unnoticed by those trying to make a difference, and together we can go far.