While Kris Bowers, a member of the Kiwanis Club of North Central Indianapolis, might typically be known for her tireless work with local Indianapolis nonprofits, it is her recent involvement in The Eliminate Project that is garnering attention. This past May, Kris and her husband, Brian, had the opportunity to see firsthand the immense impact The Eliminate Project has on women and children during a site visit to Namibia, Africa.
As the former Executive Pastor at Northeast Community Church, Kris previously formed a partnership with a church in Zambia and traveled there several times. Her interest in Africa continued when Kiwanis International joined forces with UNICEF to ensure that every woman of childbearing age receives proper immunization against tetanus. On the trip to Namibia, Kris observed the infrastructure that delivers and monitors government policies to sustain the program and also observed the various methods of healthcare delivery. The country has been MNT free for more than 10 years.
Kris was personally impacted by what she saw. She visited the immunization clinic on the day supplies were delivered. Kris watched as hundreds of mothers holding newborns or young children stood in the hot sun for hours waiting to be treated. Some even waited in line past dark. As a mother herself, Kris related to the mothers’ determination to do whatever necessary to ensure their children received the care they needed.
“The long line at Engela District Hospital is proof of the impact of education and outreach on immunization efforts,” shares Kris. “And yes, we were told, the line is that long every day. The Eliminate Project is working, and it’s sustainable.”
Since returning from Africa, Kris and her husband have nearly doubled their personal commitment to The Eliminate Project. Kris also became active in educating local Kiwanis members about The Eliminate Project. With a doctorate in organizational leadership, she knows how to bring people together to inspire change. Her message: “Even the smallest donation can save a life—just US$1.80 protects a woman and her future babies from tetanus.” Read more
about Kris’ life-changing trip to Namibia.