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Solidarity with beer: Turkana County

They didn’t expect that they would get much more than money.

Can a  beer save someone’s life? Can you practice solidarity hanging out with friends?

Despite its many nutritional and heart-healthy properties  there’s no documented case in which beer has saved a human life … Or is there?

Turkana County may not tell you anything, but it is one of the poorest areas of Africa. Turkana County is located in northwest Kenya. The lack of good communications, inclement weather and extreme poverty privates  the Turkana people to access to one of the fundamental property of the human being: health.

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The solidarity of a group of Spanish friends has improved  this situation since 2004. Surgery in Turkana is a joint initiative who comes each year to Lodwar, Turkana County, to provide surgical assistance to Turkanas.

“When I got there I was not able to understand what my eyes were seeing, I couldn’t process the situation. (…) It was like traveling back in time, a trip to prehistoric times”

Like other initiatives, Surgery in Turkana began with the solidarity of family and friends who helped financing the first trip.

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What they found there exceeded their worst fears. “When I got there I was not able to understand what my eyes were seeing, I couldn’t process the situation. (…) It was like traveling back in time, a trip to prehistoric times” Carmen Hernández says , one of the surgeons of Surgery in Turkana.

Lack of water and electricity, dirt, a precarious and inaccessible health system are what this team of surgeons  faces in Turkana County. Getting to Governmental Hospital of Lodwar is difficult because there are no roads nor infrastructure and its population has no economic resources.

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Two months before the arrival of the medical team (a local team) that they work side by side, is reliable for touring the area and select patients. So when doctors arrive they just operate and take consultations.

Logistical deployment is the most important issue, that’s why the need arose for a source of stable funding method. Turkana Bar was joined to events organization, tournaments and exhibitions.

This bar makes a statement of intent from its facade to its last corner. They set up a group of friends to set up a project that almost didn’ t know.

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“One day we stayed with them for cañas around La Latina and talking and watching the videos something that arose at four, here we must do something” Ismael Bernardos, owner of the Bar Turkana.

They didn’t expect that they would get much more than money.

“We’ve got Bar Turkana to be a meeting point of people interested in the project” Fito Jimeno, Owner Turkana bar.

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From suppliers who donate products to people making donations or artists riding exhibitions to send benefits to one of the poorest places on the planet, Turkana County.

In Bar Turkana you can practice solidarity with only a beer or any of its delicious tapas (spanish omelette is specially good). In addition to spectacular views of the Segovia bridge, Turkana bar organizes workshops and charity events as English lessons, poetry readings and supportive wine tasting solidarity.
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Be supportive costs very little, so little like having a beer  in Madrid.

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