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.
Aug 6, 2014

August 2014 Report

A group of SAWA beneficiaries
A group of SAWA beneficiaries

Nairobi and surrounding rural areas

 

Dear Friends,

The quarter that has just ended was so significant to SAWA, Solidarity for the Advancement of Women's Agenda, when one of our beneficiaries got married to start her family.  When she called me to break the news, she was excited to share how her experience with SAWA enriched her courtship and eventually guided her into marriage negotiations.  In her new experience, she will be using the business skills acquired during her time at SAWA to manage her tailoring and beadwork shop.  She was only sad that her new home is deep in the interior of Kenya with very poor internet network and no electricity to allow her regular communication with us.  I paraphrase her telephone communication here below:-

 

“Today marks a very important day in my life, the day that I tie knot with the love of my heart.  I get into this phase of life with confidence because of the lessons that SAWA gave me. I well remember the topic of women’s human rights, gender equity, women and property ownership; things that will practically make sense in my marriage life.  I will forever remember the lesson on hygiene and nutrition by Mrs. Kiberenge, the mentor I acquired from SAWA, a lesson that will indeed help me in matters relating to health and nutrition in my new home.  I am not sure how I would have faced this life without such knowledge.  Mrs. Kiberenge has been key in the marriage preparations, both morally and even financially and I am happy to have her as my mentor.  Although we have not organized a formal celebration for a wedding, I do know the importance of formalizing my marriage and will do it as soon as possible. Knowledge is power, and I feel it within me – thanks to SAWA.”

 

We continue exposing young needy girls in primary schools to computers, writing and offering career guidance.  On Sunday afternoons, we have meeting where they come to interact with one another, share experiences and meet with their mentors.  They get to have their questions answered and so motivated and inspired to face life with more confidence.  The concept of mentorship is eventually being understood, it is not a typical or familiar concept in Kenya, and many women are volunteering to take the role.  When we started, very few were offering to be mentors because they did not know what is expected, but currently, I am happy to report that we have some pending, waiting for us to get more girls that they can mentor.

 

We are forever grateful to our well wishers and sponsors for taking us this far.

Catherine Kaimenyi

Margaret, a SAWA beneficiary
Margaret, a SAWA beneficiary
Aug 1, 2014

August 2014 Report

 

Nairobi Kenya,

 

Dear Friends,

Dental care is one of the top unmet health care needs for low-income families in Kenya. Because of your Global Giving donations, we are able to provide dental services for grateful community residents in need. Every day when we conduct dental camps we hear from our patients about the meaningful, even life-changing, impact receiving dental care has on their lives.

On June 14th 2014 at Githurai Kimbo, Dr Kamau gave an oral health talk to children from Future Gate Children’s centre. On this day we conducted dental checkups to over 150 children and their caregivers.  Dental camp was sponsored by the Children centre’s management.

"Your people for the dental camp…are real personable and make you feel so comfortable. This means so much for us at Future Gate because for at least 2 years we have not seen a dentist. Our children have such bad teeth but we are confident your team of dentists will leave us with the best smiles. Thank you so much for everything." –Abby Mutua, Future Gate Centre Co-odinator

Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide affordable dental care to needy persons.

With kind regards,

Dr. David Mundia 

Director, Dentcare Kenya Foundation.

Jul 29, 2014

August 2014 Report

Registration certificate for water project
Registration certificate for water project

August, 2014

Maragua Division, Kenya 

Dear Friends,

As a community, we express our sincere gratitude for your assistance towards alleviating the socio-economic challenges that we face.

We indeed appreciate your support for our cassava project. The crop has proven to be an answer to the problem of food insecurity in the area.

Cassava has been adopted fully by the locals as an alternative crop for human and livestock consumption. Presently, over 7,500 families are cultivating and utilizing the crop. All these have received cassava planting materials through the project. The mill, which you helped us acquire, is effectively grinding the cassava into flour. The mill was purchased and installed at  7,400 US dollars, from your generous contributions. It now operates sustainably as a social enterprise!

As listed on our GlobalGiving page, the other challenge bedevilling us is water scarcity. We are already making strides towards providing a source of clean water for our people by 2016. We plan to drill borehole water for domestic and irrigation uses. This is after a hydrological survey that was conducted confirmed the viability of tapping underground water in the area. The project is now duly registered with the relevant state agencies.  The locals have already started making contributions towards the project. We will also be seeking support from various donors. 

Thank you again for your continued support!

Attached herewith is a scan for the registration certificate for our water project

 

With gratitude,

 

Michael

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