Patron: The Rt. Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool.

Maternity Services in Shyira

Maternity building in 2000

In August 2000 our Chairman visited Rwanda and took the picture above. It shows the window of the delivery room of Shyira Hospital. There was no money to replace the broken glass and no dignity for mothers delivering babies. The hospital had no midwives and no doctors. A year later he returned to Shyira with ten people from St. Luke's church, Formby, including a midwife and three nurses.

Thus started a process in which the maternity building was replaced and two midwives trained. The result has been a dramatic reduction in the death rates of both mothers and babies and overcrowding in the maternity hospital as more and more people want to benefit from the expertise and dedication of staff.

The present maternity building was opened in 2004, and was paid for by people who support the Trust. Many people made small donations over a three year period and the hospital was opened amid scenes of joy in Shyira.

Architects impression of new maternity buildingThe picture shows an architect's impression of the proposed new hospital. It will contain all facilities that are expected in a maternity hospital in developed countries and will have accommodation for 48 women.

The cost is estimated at £300,000 ( €420,000 or $450,000 ).

Would you like to help provide the building and so to save lives of mothers and babies? We hope that a lot of people may wish to help with a donation of no more than £10 (€14 or $15) so that the benefits gained by the present building and its staff are maintained. Two easy ways of donating are:

Through the internet using MyDonate. Donations will be in UK£ and your bank will debit you in your own currency using the exchange rate in use at the time you gave your gift.

Text, if you are in the UK. A donation of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 may be made to the trust by text. To support the Trust, just text the code SHYR01 and the amount, to 70070. So, for instance, if you wanted to donate £10, text SHYR01 £10 to 70070.

Is this genuine?

Before giving your hard-earned money to anyone you should be sure that they are genuine. We invite you, therefore, to check on us. The easy way to do that is to go to the website of the Charity Commission for England and Wales and then use the "Find Charities" tab to search for the Shyira Trust. You should then find a link back to this website on the contact and trustees page.

However you assure yourself that we are genuine you may also like to see how we progress with the maternity hospital rebuilding. Please follow progress on our Facebook page or through news updates on this website.