What We Do

CompassioNow was established in late 2005 by Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom after they visited a number of rural villages in Africa in 2002 and 2004. During their visits, they found many people not only suffering from HIV/AIDs, but also were in great need of the most basic healthcare services. Setting a broken bone correctly to prevent a child from living life as a cripple or cleaning and dressing a wound properly to prevent life threatening infections brings stability to an entire family as well as their village. These are simple things that make a profound difference. This is the focus of the CompassioNow. Our mission statement is: 

“Providing essential healthcare to the world’s least served”

As a fully qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #59-3814178)CompassioNow is dedicated to establishing and supporting effective medical clinics in African locations where the most basic healthcare is simply unavailable. While focused on delivering basic healthcare, the teaching and training of local people in basic healthcare practices and establishing community caregivers will have an even greater long-term effect by building self sufficiency in these communities.

Village of Hope - Uganda

On March 25, 2013 the Board of CompassioNow voted to begin supporting the medical clinic at the Village of Hope in Uganda. This Village is a refuge of peace and hope for children who have been rescued from the "Lord's Resistance Army" in Northern Uganda. CompassioNow has joined in the fight to rehabilitate these children who were abducted, abused and orphaned by this terrorist organization. At the Village of Hope, these children receive healthcare, counseling, skills training and most importantly love. CompassioNow is committed to assisting this effort to provide wholeness and restoration to these children as they enter adulthood, and create a new future for themselves, their families and their country.

Mission Medic Air – Ndola, Zambia

Mission Medic Air (MMA) is composed of compassionate healthcare professionals who volunteer their time to fly into isolated locations and provide support to remote medical clinics and missionary hospitals. MMA transports healthcare professionals such as doctors, dentists and eye specialists as well as mechanics to repair medical equipment. CompassioNow works to provide equipment, medicines and funding for airplane fuel. MMA is often the only supplier of medicines to a number of remote locations in Zambia.

Tanzania Christian Clinic – Ngaresh Juu, Tanzania

The Tanzania Christian Clinic (TCC) was founded to educate healthcare providers in the treatment of tropical diseases and to alleviate sickness by treatment and prevention. TCC exists to offer quality healthcare to all who are in need, with the primary focus being those who are medically underserved. Mobile medical clinics are scheduled on a regular basis to serve the outlying areas.

1000 Hills Community Helpers – Inchanga, South Africa

1000 Hills Community Helpers has been an active and dedicated healthcare resource to this community on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa for the past 18 years. Recently, they opened a new facility with the help of a group of part-time volunteers. The clinic is focused on caring for those infected with HIV/AIDS, with particular focus on the needs of women and children in the community. Inchanga is in the center of the KwaZulu region of South Africa that is recognized as particularly hard hit by the HIV pandemic.

Lily Medical Centre – Mophela, South Africa

Through a partnership with the Lily of the Valley Children’s (AIDS) Orphanage located in Mophela, South Africa, CompassioNow supported the establishment of this clinic in 2007 and continues to provide operational support. This clinic serves the local community of 30,000 people as well as the medical needs of the children at the orphanage.

Karero Medical Dispensary – Karero, Kenya

This clinic was founded in 2008 to serve the medical needs of this remote Maasai community located along the border of Tanzania. This community suffers from infectious diseases prevalent in the area such as malaria, tuberculosis as well as parasitic infection, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, burns and wounds. This region has often been devastated by droughts which significantly impact the general health of the indigenous people.

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    Medical Team Visits Rural Hospital
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