There was a buzz of excitement as we got dressed for the dedication of the hospital and the hall. Festivities started at 10:00 and lasted until noon. The grounds were filled with dignitaries and clergy, including the representative of the Emir of Zamfara State. We gathered within the school walls and then set off to the hospital, a football field length away.
The crowd gathered at the emergency room entrance, where Dr. Samaila from Kaduna cut the ribbon. We then walked to the man entrance, where Bob and I were given the honors of cutting the ribbon. From there, clergy proceeded in and blessed each room throughout the building.
We then proceeded back to the exam hall, where the Emir’s representative cut the ribbon. Bob and I were given the honor of unveiling the plaque. The crowd streamed into the computer lab, library, and teachers’ room before heading upstairs to the hall. Blessings were given in each room. Throughout the dedication, the local television station covered the news. It was a wonderful celebration, bringing together friends, partners, cultures and religions- amazing to see in person! The support pledged for both the school and the hospital from all involved was truly moving.
After the festivities ended, around 12:00 noon, we gathered to eat lunch and change clothing...then proceeded to the hospital and treated 153 patients!