Shinnyo-en in Kenya delivers over one-thousand face shields to medical personal in COVID-19 relief effort

June 30, 2020
Nairobi, Kenya

While the world and life as we know it has been forever changed with the outbreak of COVID-19, the meaning of Namu —to become one— has never been more relevant.

Members of the Shinnyo-en training center in Kenya, having just marked the second anniversary of its opening, learned of a lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) at Mbagati Hospital in Nairobi, and took immediate action. Dedicated practitioners ultimately delivered over 1,000 much needed face shields.

Mbagati Hospital is designated as a COVID-19 isolation and treatment center treating thousands of Kenyans. According to Al Jazeera, Kenya has confirmed nearly 7,900 cases of the coronavirus, with 160 deaths - the highest official figures of fatalities in East Africa. The country, like most around the world, has faced many restrictions such as curfews, school closings and little interaction with others including visits to the Shinnyo Temple.

With heartfelt prayers, Shinnyo community members assembled the face shields in the safety of their own homes. The shields were then taken by courier service to the Kenya Shinnyo Training Center and from there delivered to Mbagati Hospital.

Prior to delivery, messages of gratitude to the medical personnel were written by Shinnyo practitioners and Buddhist chants were offered. The masks were received with great joy.

"This is the public sector in Nairobi County. The hospital is currently experiencing a very difficult situation. In Nairobi, the number of COVD-19 cases continues to increase, and medical protective equipment is lacking. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank the people of Shinnyo-en Kenya for the face shields they made for us and their proof of appreciation. This is the kind of protective material we really need facing the COVID-19,” said a representative of Mbagati Hospital.

Shinnyo-en community members also donated 100 face shields to The Gallmann Memorial Foundation, led by world renowned conservationist Kuki Gallmann. Ms. Gallmann runs a clinic on her 88,000-acre nature reserve in Kenya’s central highlands.

Ms. Gallmann and Shinnyo-en have an enduring collaboration, that includes an international Shinnyo Fire and Water Ceremony in Kenya in 2012. Moto Na Maji (Fire and Water)

Shinnyo-en Kenya is committed to providing support and prayers as long as they are needed during this unprecedented global crisis. In oneness with their Dharma friends in Japan, Shinnyo-en Kenya will pray for the victims of the pandemic and the well-being of medical staff.