Benjamin Wellness Center Dedication

Rebecca and Blair Benjamin, Peter and Gail Mbugua, and Kathy Benjamin honor the memory of former Cairn music professor Kenneth Benjamin at February’s dedication of the Benjamin Wellness Center in Gatamaiyu, Kenya

BWC-Building-2015In Kenya, the life expectancy is 62 years — 17 years less than in America. But with the partnership of the Cairn community, locals in the village of Gatamaiyu now have unprecedented access to health care needed to live a full and healthy life.

Returning alumni included: (top row) Blair Benjamin ‘94/G’03, Dan Rogers ‘11/G’11, Rebecca (Gallo) Benjamin ‘96/G’09, Julie Martin ‘14, Wayne Peiffer ‘12; (bottom row) Zach Mahon ‘13, Natalie Crooke ‘12, Gail (Mills) Mbugua ‘98, and Peter Mbugua ‘98/G’00.
Returning alumni included: (top row) Blair Benjamin ‘94/G’03, Dan Rogers ‘11/G’11, Rebecca (Gallo) Benjamin ‘96/G’09, Julie Martin ‘14, Wayne Peiffer ‘12; (bottom row) Zach Mahon ‘13, Natalie Crooke ‘12, Gail (Mills) Mbugua ‘98, and Peter Mbugua ‘98/G’00.

One year ago, in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Cairn, we shared the story of alumni Peter ’98/G’00 and Gail (Mills) ’98 Mbugua’s vision for providing medical care in Peter’s Kenyan hometown. The center opened on May 26th, 2015, treating over 100 patients in its first week.

The center was dedicated in February 2015. In addition to the Mbuguas, Blair Benjamin ’94/G’03, his mother Kathy, and his wife Rebecca (Gallo) ’96/G’09 returned to Gatamaiyu for the ceremony, representing late music professor Kenneth Benjamin for whom the center is named. Several other alumni also returned, some for the fourth or fifth time.

Rebecca and Blair Benjamin, Peter and Gail Mbugua, and Kathy Benjamin honor the memory of former Cairn music professor Kenneth Benjamin at February’s dedication of the Benjamin Wellness Center in Gatamaiyu, Kenya
Rebecca and Blair Benjamin, Peter and Gail Mbugua, and Kathy Benjamin honor the memory of former Cairn music professor Kenneth Benjamin at February’s dedication of the Benjamin Wellness Center in Gatamaiyu, Kenya.