Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
The girl mentorship project has enormously served girls in our community, particularly in the area of computer training competence. In the month of April we engaged six girls who went through a two weeks intensive computer training course. The girls (two in high school and four post high school) were also mentored on career choices and taught about business skills. We were privileged to have a health and nutritional expert who trained the girls on hygiene, sex education as well as diet and nutrition matters. There were practical classes where the girls went to the garden to identify different foods and answer questions concerning nutritional values of such foods as well as discuss different ways in which such foods could be prepared. One girl was motivated to start a career in food production following one practical lesson. She explained, “I did not know bananas can be prepared to make up to seven different form of meals – I only ate it ripe or boiled, thank you to SAWA for giving me a business idea – Kinya”
Since the inception of the program last year we have had 15 direct beneficiaries, including two girls who have been temporarily employed to work with the parent women’s group SAWA. Each of the 15 girls has impacted at least two more girls in their communities making a total of 30 indirect beneficiaries. Our main immediate goal is to acquire more computers to cater for more girls during the holiday and also purchase a printer/scanner to facilitate our work.
With my sincere gratitude for your support in this effort to improve opportunities for young girls,
Maragua Division, Kenya
Our cassava project to increase food security and improve the economic situation of my community members has continued to do well and help persons earn a better income. I want to tell you about two of my community members, who have benefitted.
Isaac Mburu is a 22- year old young man from Murang'a. He recently joined college to study a diploma course in Mechanical Engineering. Last October, Isaac requested his parents to allow him to grow his own cassava on their land. We offered him cuttings to plant on a half acre plot. Isaac plans to rent a larger plot with the proceeds from his investment. He says," I am sure to make enough money to offset some of the expenses in college." See photo of Isaac inspecting his crop.
Mrs. Ekila Wanjiku is a community member who, upon realizing the popularity that cassava products have gained in the area, opened a restaurant business that is majorly dealing with cassava based foods. Ekila sells cassava chapattis, doughnuts and porridge at her new business situated in the village market. She excitedly says, " The business is doing well and I would encourage my fellow women to set up such businesses now that we are growing cassavas in our own plots and milling is available and cheap." See photo of Mrs. Wanjiku in her resuarant.
Kenya has recently adopted a devolved system of government with political power decentralized to the various counties. Every county government is supposed to drive development in the respective county. Murang'a county is rural with poverty and food insecurity being some of its major challenges. We were privileged to host some of the county government officials in a visit to the project. They wanted to learn about cassava farming and its socio-economic benefits. We strive to set pace to the rest of the County in conquering poverty and food insecurity. See photo of officials during their visit.
I am grateful to have this opportunity to help make a change in my community. Thank you for helping us !! We feel inspire by your support.
With heartfelt gratitude,
We at DentCare Kenya have been holding regular dental camps to provide dental services to needy people in and around Nairobi. I would like to share with you the personal stories of some of the beneficiaries of our free dental services. Please see below the personal accounts from Beth Liyai, Rose Okoth and Timothy Mutisya.
I fought with a neighbor many years ago and broke a tooth. Recently, I noticed a change in color in my broken tooth and the tooth next to it. I saw the Dentcare Kenya banners at the hospital gate and that’s why I went in for checkup and treatment. The dentists were welcoming and they answered all my questions about teeth. They told me that I had suffered trauma to my teeth and that I should have gone and had my broken tooth fixed regardless of it being painless. They advised root canal treatment for my two front teeth and they also did non-vital bleaching to remove the grey color from my teeth, the broken tooth would also be fixed with a tooth-colored filling. A big thank you to the organizers of the free event.
Pregnancy is a very exciting and busy time. There are so many changes going on in your body and your mouth is no exception. Good oral hygiene is extremely important during pregnancy because the increase of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause dental problems to be intensified. Rose Akoth, an expectant mother, discovered this at the Dentcare Kenya free medical checkup. She suffered from pregnancy gingivitis and her gums were bleeding, swollen and tender. She was unaware that this posed a threat to her unborn baby as it could lead to premature birth and low birth weight. She was given tips on how to prevent this such as regular checkups, cleaning and good oral hygiene. She was also given free mouthwash to use when rinsing her teeth at home. She was also advised to eat a proper diet, that was low on cariogenic foodstuffs.
I was brought up in Nakuru and my teeth have always been chocolaty (discolored) from the excessive amounts of flouride int he water. I did not like them that way. I got teased in primary school and high school on account of my teeth and it affected my self esteem. I found it difficult to smile or laugh without covering my mouth.
I had heard of dentists being able to change the color of teeth, but I was afraid of the pain or sensitivity. A friend of mine informed me about Dentcare Kenya and that they had a free medical checkup and treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital. I attended the Dental camp and sought treatment. I learnt that there are many ways of treating my problem. I was told I could mask the defect with a procedure termed as masking, I could do bleaching, use veneers or dental crowns. I was treated and I can now afford a smile. I am still continuing treatment. A million thanks for the information from the Dentcare group of dentists.
Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to improve the oral health care of the needy in Kenya. You are making a difference in so many lives!