Kalala Muzeu Health Center (2005-Present)

The Kalala Muzeu Health Center is Leja Bulela's largest project to date.  The health center, which is located in the rural Tshimbombo Tshimuangi community, serves a population of over 50,000 individuals.  With a maternity ward, pharmacy, and a full-time staff of 10 people, the clinic not only saves lives, but also provides economic activity as the complex requires constant maintenance and infrastructural improvements.

Purchasing the Property

Purchasing the Property

Kabongo Pie and Pierre Bafue, LB Liaison, in Mbujimayi (2005)

The Plat Map

The Plat Map

The clinic sits at the corner of Avenue Nzaba and Avenue Bena Nkumbi in Tshibombo Tshimaungi.

The Future Site of the KMHC

The Future Site of the KMHC

A view of the site before construction

Dr. Martin Kabongo at the Site

Dr. Martin Kabongo at the Site

Leja Bulela's Dr. Martin Kabongo at the site of the clinic

The Blueprints

The Blueprints

The engineer's rendering and site plan for the clinic

Laying the Foundation

Laying the Foundation

In 2006, the foundation took shape at the site

Standing on the Foundation

Standing on the Foundation

Community members gather at the site to inspect progress on the foundation

The Walls Go Up!

The Walls Go Up!

By 2009, the structure was nearly complete

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

Abbe Jacques Kabengele addresses the community members gathered at the grand opening of the clinic.

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

Abbe Jacques Kabengele and the local official at the ribbon cutting ceremony

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

A local official signs the notice to proceed thus allowing Leja Bulela to commence operations in Tshibombo Tshimaungi

Leja Bulela Liaison

Leja Bulela Liaison

Leja Bulela's liaison in Mbujimayi, Tatu Pierre Bafue, reads a declaration issued by Leja Bulela's board of directors

KMHC Grand Opening Mass

KMHC Grand Opening Mass

Abbe Jacques Kabengele performs a celebratory mass at the ribbon cutting

Holy Water and Blessing

Holy Water and Blessing

Abbe Jacques Kabengele covers the building in Holy water as a means of blessing all those who will seek the services of the clinic

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

The crowd begins to gather to watch the ribbon cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

Another view of the crowd waiting in anticipation

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon is cut!

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

The Kalala Muzeu Health Center is open for patients!

KHMC Ribbon Cutting

KHMC Ribbon Cutting

The crowd awaits a grand tour of the facility

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

KMHC Ribbon Cutting

The reception after the ribbon cutting featured local officials, community members, and staff

KMHC Ribbon Cutting Group Picture

KMHC Ribbon Cutting Group Picture

A group picture of some of the individuals who helped the clinic get off the ground

Toilet Upgrades

Toilet Upgrades

The KMHC is constantly changing and our infrastructure improvements are a large part of our expenditures. In 2013, Leja Bulela upgraded the toilets at the site in order to provide more sanitary conditions for users. The new toilets (left) are a vast improvement from the original toilets (right).

Wet Paint!

Wet Paint!

The structure housing the new toilets is painted!

Improvement!

Improvement!

A few of the builders who participated in the project stand in front of the completed toilets.

Pharmacy and Fridge

Pharmacy and Fridge

The KMHC keeps many medications on hand. After the solar panel installation in 2013, Leje Bulela was able to purchase a refrigerator for the pharmacy. Vaccinations can now be maintained on site!

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