Ritaman John Sullivan '07 Helps Build Mobile Technology for Health Care in Kenya!

Ritaman John Sullivan '07 (St. Cajetan) was a starting safety on the 2006 Illinois State Champion St. Rita Mustangs football team and an outstanding academic achiever in the classroom at St. Rita High School. John continued his success at The University of Iowa's Tippee College of Business. Check out the great things he is doing now...

When I got the news that I was selected to go to Kenya as part of Solstice’s Digital Solutions Grant Program, to say I was euphoric would be an understatement. I remember not being able to sleep. I remember feeling extremely fortunate. I remember thinking: outside of going halfway across the world, I have absolutely no idea what to expect.

In June, we began working remotely with Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a nonprofit based in slums of Kibera, Nairobi. SHOFCO contributes to their communities in a variety of significant ways. Between free health care, education for girls, water & sanitation initiatives, and community empowerment - we knew there were plenty of opportunities for us to work together. As we started to define our collaboration and partnership, we agreed that an initiative related to their free health clinics allowed the greatest opportunity for us all to deliver a focused and meaningful solution.