Lena's diary - in Kenya with Eezer

Take a look at Lena Pukki's diary from her trip with Eezer.

Aug 24

Today I am going on a fantastic journey, which I have had the opportunity to follow.
I am going to Kenya and get to follow a voluntary aid organization that works to reduce maternal mortality in connection with pregnancies and births through motorcycle ambulances.

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Aug 25

Today has been a long day. Landed early this morning in Addis Ababa, almost two hours waiting, on the next plane to Nairobi. Loaded up all our packing in two cars and off to the hotel and inspected all the motorcycles, had lunch and then meeting with various partners. Now in the room and will get me ready for tomorrow.
Stage 1, Rongai where we will leave an ambulance trailer to the clinic and then continue towards Kajiado.

Aug 26

We started from the hotel 8 in the morning our drive to the first clinic, where we will hand over an ambulance trailer. We are 9 motorcycles and one with a trailer.
The morning rush in Nairobi is a bit more chaotic than in Sweden, so we lost the motorcycles almost immediately after the start, but finally found each other and were able to continue our journey to the pick-up point for the trailer.

Loaded it and then had some coffee on foot and then off to the clinic. Delivered trailer and motorcycle and cooked some lunch on foot, then test drive with the trailer for the clinic manager and staff.

Now to the new hotel, via Kibera. Nairobi's major slums. Arrive at Masai Eco lodge, install us in the rooms then dinner and in bed. Because we were going to have breakfast at 05.00 before leaving for Amboseli National Park.

Dinner at the hotel and then fix everything before the trip to stage 3

Bilden kan innehålla: 1 person, skor, träd och utomhus
Bilden kan innehålla: 1 person, utomhus

Aug 27

Today it was an early breakfast up at 04.00, breakfast and then off to Amboseli National Park. It was dark when we started our journey and nice asphalt road… ..until it ended. Now we had to hold on as best we could and hope that the little safari bus would not overturn. After about three hours we arrived at the park and had a fantastic ride among the wild animals. It turned out to be very nice pictures.

After a quick lunch on our feet, we began our journey towards Olgulului to see how it went with the first ambulance trailer that was put out. It was a very shaky trip, like riding a washboard and a hump piste, you were a little worried that the zafari bus would overturn. The right rear wheel, on the other hand, started to tangle a little, it started to lock and it sank a little alarming. All of a sudden the wheel locked and we made a giant cord with a washbasin on the road. We got help from the other car to end up right on the road. Became a little ditch driving too. We decided that the other car would drive behind us, in case we needed help and so we ran away again. Unfortunately, the other car also broke down, the wheel axle fell off and there was no coverage on the phones.

With a little luck and help from friendly people, we were reunited in Olgulului. There we were invited to sing by the Masai women and food. We had a meeting with the village chief and the others about the ambulance trailer, what worked and what did not work. Unfortunately it got completely dark before we left for the hotel, but we went home without more mishaps for a really late dinner and then in bed to go away on the next stage.

Bilden kan innehålla: himmel, moln, bil, utomhus och natur
Bilden kan innehålla: himmel, utomhus och natur



Aug 28

We started early as usual, our first stop was a new future mini-dairy and combined clinic. Then the journey continued to the Pilliwac clinic, where we followed up the first ambulance trailer. We were greeted by singing and dancing, then a tour of the clinic and had rewarding conversations. The journey then continued to Naretoi, where we were to visit the school and the drilled well, it was difficult to get water, but at a depth of 180 meters they were finally found.

This well is very helpful for the women, so that they can drain water and sell in the area. This time too we managed to get away from each other, but also managed to find our way back to each other. Continued to a brand new clinic that also wants an ambulance trailer. We succeeded with 2 punctures on 2 motorcycles, we had to load the motorcycles on the flatbed and speed towards Loitoktok. When we were almost there, it stopped. There had been a tragic accident there on the road, where a small Masai child was hit by a car and died. The Masai had filled the road with large boulders on a stretch of 100 m approx. The police were on site and tried to persuade the Masai to remove the stones. Finally, after 3 hours of waiting, we were able to stop by and continue the journey towards Naretoi and the bed.


Aug 29

Today's stage is a transport route that starts at the foot of Kilimanjaro and ends at the shore of the Indian Ocean with no visits at all. It's a long drive on
Sometimes asphalt, among very bumpy gravel roads and sometimes on red clay roads about 450 km.

We are a wonderful group with a lot of laughter and positive thinking and I am so happy that I got to join this tour. Getting to know these fantastic people with the enormous commitment to make life a little better for these fantastic people we meet at the clinics and villages we visit. I've learned so much.

Very beautiful nature, through Tsavo National Park and many small villages the toddlers wave and shout along the roads when we arrive, 9 motorcycles and a large car with a trailer. Today's drive took 10 hours with short stops for fluids, lunch, stretching the legs a bit and a puncture.

Aug 30

After a good night's sleep, we had a wonderful breakfast and a dip in the Indian Ocean before heading to the Kinondo Kweto Clinic to follow up on the trailer that was there. We met the amazing Dr. Harrison, what a fiery soul and what amazing work is being done at this clinic. After the tour of the clinic, we met all the midwives who go around and bring the women to the clinic, to give birth to their children safely. As usual we were received with song and dance. They do a fantastic job of getting the women to the clinic both for check-ups before the birth and to also after that make sure that the children are vaccinated.  


Aug 31

Today has been a clean day of rest, which was much needed. Lots of sun and swimming and preparations for tomorrow's long drive back to Nairobi 550 km on Kenyan roads, takes about 12 hours. It was a small motorcycle ride for some, just a puncture. Our driver Kevin has repaired the car and the day ended as usual with a joint dinner. 


September 1, Part 1

We got up early to try to get away by 6am. It started well, everyone got going and the roads were empty. We thundered through the countryside and national park.
After 50 km, the first puncture appeared. It was just to load the motorcycle on the trailer and off eller .or not. The car was dead and everyone knowledgeable tried to fix it, something with the generator. They temporarily managed to get the car started, so that we would come to someone new with a workshop.

We came to Kinango, where we found a couple of guys who went on the generator, we took the opportunity to fix the point twist and decided that all but 2 motorcycles go to Nairobi.

Anne me and Hilda got hold of a guy who could fix some lunch for us, we chewed and the generator was repaired, but there was still a little electrical fault in the car. We had to drive with the front windows down and the invoices closed, because it did not work to close or open the windows.

We started the journey to Nairobi and beamed together with the motorcycles, a workshop immediately started fixing with the generator. Once again we decided that all motorcycles go to Nairobi and we girls stay with drivers until the car is fixed.
Now new plans, we have to try to get a driver with a car that can drive us to Nairobi, is starting to get a little stressful as it is still about 5 hours to Nairobi.




September 1, Part 2

We got a guy who could drive us to Nairobi, so we fit everyone's pack in his car and started our trip to Nairobi. He was given strict orders not to make dangerous overtaking, which otherwise seems to be the Kenyans' specialty.

Ours drove us to a gas station, he would think then he …… ??? But he started by changing tires, asked if there were any problems, but nääe absolutely not.

We got off and he drove like a kamikaze pilot, had to tell him that, if he wants to drive himself to death, it's perfectly ok for me, but he can do it on the way home without us in the car. Ok, he calmed down a bit, but had to remind him between laps.
Informed him that it is also in Kenya is forbidden to talk on the phone, especially if you drive as soon as the car goes and makes overtaking.

When we had managed 50 km and had only 50 km left, we ended up in a terrible traffic chaos. A truck had completely crashed and lay across all the files. There were several hundred trucks, buses and trucks in a single chaos and a crazy driver who started tripping in the chaos to get around.

Finally we arrived in Nairobi and when we arrived at the last roundabout to the hotel, all our motorcycles dived into the roundabout. Now we were all gathered again.


September 2, last day here in Kenya

After a few hours of sleep a shower that washed away all the red sand / dust that we have been covered in recent days. Quick breakfast and then off to return motorcycles, a quick visit to a school and then we will go back to the hotel and pick up packing, then to the flight. Hope Kevin gets back to the last pack left in the car. Lars' shoes, Daniel's passport and a bit of that.


Now we are waiting for the flight to go, unfortunately Daniel stayed and will have to take the flight tomorrow. His passport he did not catch up with him from Voi.

It has been an eventful journey and takes a few days before you digest all the experiences and impressions you have received.

Who is Lena Pukki? Lena herself lives in a large old house in the middle of a nature reserve. She loves to grow in her greenhouses and garden land during the summer period. In the winter, she travels as much as her job and finances allow. She loves to see the world and experience other cultures. Lena works as a business manager in care and runs some homes for people with developmental disabilities / autism and has always worked, both in her professional life and privately, to try to make life a little better for the weakest in society in various ways. During her travels around the world, she has also started to make her own small relief efforts, where she tries to get as much as possible in clothes, shoes, hygiene items, toys, telephones and other things that can be helpful, mainly for children and women.

How did Lena join the Eezer team? Lena has known Jerry Pettersson for 33 years and also knows Niklas Manns. Jerry knows that Lena knows Africa quite well and that she has made her own private trips there. He asked her if she would be interested in coming along and she was. Lena was also to Kenya privately in February, on a combined relief trip and vacation. https://www.facebook.com/lena.pukki

A new gang on their way to Kenya

At the same time as a satisfied Eezer gang is sitting on the plane home from Kenya, a new expectant gang is on its way with twelve tagged participants. One of them is our CEO Richard who is making his third Eezer trip to Africa.

It all started two years ago when Eezer's ambulance vans appeared on Facebook and aroused Richard's curiosity. He wanted to find a project that Lundgren could get involved in. Shortly afterwards, Richard and four colleagues went on a trip to Kenya with Eezer to see what they are trying to do and what conditions are in place. They were completely sold when they saw that there were concrete efforts that we at Lundgrens can contribute within what they are good at - welding, building and repairing things.

That is the way it is and today is Eezer Lundgren's most important project. Among other things, we have built ambulance carriages in our forging workshop that currently runs in Africa and we have trained local people in Burundi in building carriages. We have made follow-up trips and seen with our own eyes that the carriages are actually used and save lives in the African countryside.

Charged for a new Eezer adventure

Richard travels to Africa for the third time and is charged and full of expectations.

-I looking forward to making this journey together with both old and new Eezeram ambassadors. It will be fun to visit Masai villages, deliver a new wagon and visit the village Olgulului where one of the crews has been around for just over a year. It is fantastic to see the results of Eezer's work on site and that the wagons make a difference in people's lives. Today, about 30 motorcycle ambulances are rolling and the hope is that Eezer will increase the volumes in the next step, says Richard.

During these trips, there will be long distances to ride the bikes. We will travel from Nairobi to Mombasa round trip. In my luggage I have motorcycle clothes and some tools with me. I also have toys with me that my children want me to give to the children in Africa, says Richard.

Maternal mortality is high

Did you know that a woman dies every minute due to complications associated with her pregnancy or childbirth? 99 percent of all the hundreds of thousands of women who die live in low-income countries, of which three quarters in Africa. In Tanzania, 23 women die every day from complications associated with childbirth. Almost one an hour! Transport between home and maternity clinic is often a bottleneck that the Eezer Initiative tries to solve with the help of motorcycle-based ambulances. Maternal mortality is high in many parts of the world. The UN's goal is to reduce maternal mortality in the world to 70 deaths per 10000 births by 2030.

Facts about Eezer

The Eezer Initiative is a Swedish network of individuals, organizations and companies that actively cooperate to reduce maternal mortality in the African countryside. There is often a lack of means of transport to healthcare and Eezer is trying to solve this with the help of motorcycle-based ambulances. These motorcycle ambulances must cope with the difficult terrain in the African countryside. The motorcycle trolleys have been developed in collaboration with the companies Industriverktyg, Lundgrens Smide and Devex Mekatronik. The goal is for the construction to be easy to manufacture locally.

Today, several motorcycle ambulances in Kenya and Tanzania, among others, are rolling ready to quickly transport pregnant women to the nearest clinic when it is time to give birth. The goal in the pilot phase is to deliver 30 crews in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Congo. Based on those experiences, the goal is to manufacture another 300 crews in phase two. In addition to saving lives, there is another goal and that is to create jobs.

The financing of the project takes place partly through voluntary contributions from both individuals and companies, and partly through gifts, monthly donors and corporate sponsorship. For those who want to get involved in Eezer's work, trips are arranged where you can see and experience the business on site. You can choose to ride a motorcycle or car. 

For more information about Eezer, enter into www.eezer.org

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