About the SAHARA Project

 If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. (African Proverb)

Luke 9:2 “and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”

In August 2012, five college students established the SAHARA Project with the goal of providing basic medical care, medical education and training, and community support to African hospitals.  The SAHARA (Supporting African Hospitals and Raising Awareness) Project is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.

The story of the SAHARA Project began in June 2011, when David Holmes visited Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. After witnessing the severe financial needs present even at one of the best-supported mission hospitals in Africa, he and Ashley Wright began to build the infrastructure for a corresponding nonprofit.  Hillary, Rachel, and Elise Topazian joined the project the following summer and Matthew Merry joined their efforts in May 2013 as a consultant for economic development, and the six are now working to develop relationships with African hospitals. The SAHARA Project held a launch event on Saturday, August 10th, telling the community about the mission and history of the organization, as well as raising funds for the Compassion Evangelical Hospital nursing scholarship program.

Please read our December newsletter, our January newsletter, or our blog for the latest information!

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The SAHARA Project Board (Elise Topazian not pictured)

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