PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

PATHWAYS mission is develop leaders in developing countries through university scholarships and direct involvement in and oversight of community development projects.
Feb 8, 2013

Thank you!

child receiving exam
child receiving exam
4th Report
Nairobi Kenya
Dear Friends,
We are very excited with the reception our new organization, Dentcare Kenya, is receiving from needy people in 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 Mr. Oduor, Father Moreli and Fred Maina.
Nicholas Oduor
I have been having a problem with my teeth and I think the problem is inherited because my
parents also have the same problem. My two kids have been complaining as well. I found out
that there was a free dental check up and so I decided to come and seek help. The doctor told
me that Dental diseases are infrequently inherited rather they are a result of poor dietary habits
involving carbohydrates and excessive sugars. This together with the lack of motivation for good
oral hygiene allows decay to set in.
 
Father Andrew Moreli
I was coming to Kenyatta Hospital to visit the ward patients and then I got to know of the free
dental camp. I remembered that I had a painful tooth and decided to have it checked. I met Dr
Mandavia, who examined my teeth and told me that I had one rotten tooth that I had to have
extracted. The tooth couldn’t be restored with fillings. I had the dental extraction done, it was
painless and I am grateful for the information I got from the dentists. I will start going for regular
dental checkups.
Fred Maina
I have been a smoker for the last ten years and recently I noticed that my gums bleed every time
I brush my teeth and my lower front teeth have become loose. I heard about Dentcare Kenya
Foundation on Face book. The doctors had planned a free dental camp. I saw this as a blessing
since my dental situation was troubling me. I went and had the checkup done. The doctors told
me that smoking has an affect on the gums in that the heat and tobacco byproducts lower the
body’s immunity and that it is a major risk factor for periodontal diseases. My gums are bleeding
because of the gum inflammation and as a result of the long term effects of smoking and the gum
diseases I have lost the bone support for my lower front teeth. I was told that my gum disease
was at an advanced stage and that I could lose the teeth. The advice they gave me was to quit
smoking. They also taught me how to go about it and that I should have my gums cleaned and
rechecked every 6 months to manage the gum disease. I am happy that I got to learn a few things
on why my teeth are troubling me and I will try to follow the doctor’s advice as I want to keep my teeth.
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!
With gratitude,
David
banner for Dentcare Kenya free dental camp
banner for Dentcare Kenya free dental camp
Mr. Maina receiving counseling
Mr. Maina receiving counseling
Patient indicating location of problem
Patient indicating location of problem

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Dec 14, 2012

December 2012 Report

Caroline Gacheri computer trainer
Caroline Gacheri computer trainer

Nairobi Kenya

Dear Global Giving Friends,

The girls we are mentoring are continuing to benefit immensely from  the instruction and guidance we are giving them.

Here is an update of how things have been going recently with our mentorship program.  We have managed to engage a full time computer trainer, who is competent enough to assist in the other courses we offer.

The full time computer tutor has been retained on a six month contract.  It was amazing that during the interview, one of the girls who went through the mentorship program, Caroline Gacheri, emerged the best beating two others from other training institutions.  Caroline who started her appointment on 15th November is grateful that her interaction with SAWA has opened her employment opportunity as a computer trainer.

One of our mentees is Glory Kanorio, a girl who completed her high school last month.  She is waiting to hear if she is accepted to join university.  Within only two weeks, Glory has gained business skills and thinks that she can start a small agricultural based business at her rural home come early next year. In her own words:

 “This training has changed my perspective in life, I only thought of employment as a career, but with the skills I have acquired, I can identify a business idea, write a plan and implement it efficiently.  I am confident that no matter how my KSCE results will be, I will not be stranded in life,  thanks to SAWA.”

We have also received news from Margaret Naipanoi, another mentee, that she is training the girls in her own mentorship group in bead making and they are optimistic of a good sale this Christmas.  She has requested us to offer her with marketing skills, and we are thinking of including this component into the program.  SAWA staff have an invitation to visit Margaret’s group on 1st January 2012.

Attached in this email is a photo for Caroline and one of the mentees that Caroline is now training.

With my sincere gratitude for your support in this effort to improve the opportunities for young girls,

Catherine Kaimenyi

Project Leader

Mentee being trained on computer skills
Mentee being trained on computer skills
Dec 10, 2012

December 2012 report

Rachel feeding cassava to her cow
Rachel feeding cassava to her cow

Maragua Division, Kenya

 

Dear Friends,

I wanted to pass along two specific stories that illustrate the immense impact your support of the cassava project is having on the lives of my community members, especially the women. 

Winnie Muthoni is a 38-year old single mother of four. For her family's daily bread, she had been fetching water on her back and selling to her neighbors. She does this no more. Being among the first to be trained on how to prepare cassava dishes through the project, Winnie has started her own business. She mills cassava and grains into flour, at the mill you helped us acquire, and with that she prepares dough nuts, chapattis  and porridge. She sells these at the nearby Irigiro Shopping Centre or whenever there are ceremonies in the village. She merrily says," I have become my own employer, earning much higher income than in my previous agonizing job. My children are now assured of a better up-bringing. Being a girl-child in my father's homestead, I inherited the smallest piece of land. I am therefore saving towards renting a larger plot to grow more cassava." She thanks all those who have made her life-change possible.  See photos of Winnie at the mill.

Mrs. Rachael Wanjiku is a mother of four. She owns 2 cattle that she milks and sells the milk to her neighbors. The revenue that accrues greatly assists her towards meeting her family's needs. Rachael proudly says that the cassava project has been a " double - blessing" for her. She was among the first farmers to adopt cassava growing through the project. Now, she is able to mill a part of her cassava produce into flour for her cattle feeds, at the machine that you helped us acquire. She says, " By milling my cassava into flour for feeding the cattle, I have in a big way cut down costs and improved the animals' health. The corn-based feed that I was buying earlier were much more costly and less nutritious." She grows her own cassava and mills it at the nearby milling machine, at a reduced cost. As a result, her profit has greatly increased. She adds, " Next year, I am venturing into pig rearing. I will be milling my cassava at the machine for pig feeds." She thanks all those who made her "double-blessing" happen. See photos of Rachael with her cattle.

I am happy to have been given this opportunity to make a change in my community.  Thank you for helping us succeed.  I look forward to seeing this project grow even more and starting other social businesses in the future.

With heartfelt gratitude,

 

Michael

Winnie entering mill
Winnie entering mill

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