Dear Global Giving Friends,
The last quarter has witnessed the coming in of Rhoda Galo as a powerful mentor in SAWA. When Rhoda developed interest in the mentorship program, we took her through our training to familiarize her with the mission of SAWA before assigning her duties and responsibilities to coach and mentor the girls. Being a professional teacher she is able to integrate well with the girls and is a very good motivational speaker. She is particularly instrumental in working with the rural girls because of her extensive experience in teaching in rural areas.
We visited a Children’s Home run by Kenya Connection Ministries located in rural Chuka, Tharaka Nithi county to talk to the children as we gave hope and had fun with them. The home houses 28 children aged between five and twenty, and in extension supports a total of 160 orphan and very needy children and young adults in primary and high schools within the community. It was exciting to see them talk of careers they would like to engage in, most of them admiring teaching, banking, businesses, legal as well as farming. We discussed what each of the jobs entails and what they needed to do to achieve their goals. We agreed to be meeting regularly to talk more about school and careers and answer the many questions they seemed to have.
SAWA is working on a deeper partnership with the Home so that the girls particularly in high school and those who have cleared can benefit from our programs. During this April – June quarter, we will also be training more women mentors some of who will be matched with the children to see them grow to take the careers they dream of. We are glad that Rhoda is promising to be key in this new partnership
A visit to Kibiku, the locality of Margaret's shop last month revealed that SAWA’s mentees continue to uplift their lives as well as those of their communities tremendously. Margaret does her tailoring as well as beadwork in a small shop rented near her home. She works in partnership with Hellen, who is slightly younger than her. Margaret is happy that she is also mentoring someone. During our visit we found Margaret showing Hellen how to fix buttons using the machine. The main challenge the shop is experiencing is limited market because the community is generally home to the pastoral Maasai without stable income.
We are forever grateful to our well wishers for the continued support which is changing the lives of young Kenyans, in particular girls in the country.
First of all we want to thank all our donors on GG for their unwavering support in the realization of our objectives towards oral healthcare promotion and provision for the masses in Kenya who can’t afford the expensive cost of dental care. We pray that God blesses you as much as you give to help those in need.
In the month of February 2014 we opened up a second dental clinic at Utawala estate, Embakasi, this is to serve the middle income earners of the locality. In March 2014, we acquired another third dental unit for use at Matopeni slums, Kayole in partnership with a local hospital that serves the needy from this slum. Utawala Estate and Matopeni slums each has about 400,000 residents. The population in these areas has limited or no access to oral health care services. Both locations are about 30km apart. The source of financing for these two clinics is by a loan from a savings and credit society acquired against the assets in the first dental clinic at Mihang’o. In the 12 months to come we are hoping to have cleared the loan repayment and then we can plan for the expansion of the dental clinics network.
Mihang’o Dental Clinic is doing quite well, it’s now celebrating its 10th month since inception. We have attended to 156 clients this year. The numbers are not that high owing to the fact that at the beginning of the year most people have limited cash and numerous commitments. All the same most of our clients pay for services with cash and have no insurance covers/dental schemes.
We are extremely grateful for your support to help needy Kenyans improve their health through improved dental care.
Dr. David Mundia
Maragua Division, Kenya
About 80% of Kenya’s population lives in rural areas and depends on agriculture for subsistence. In addition, unfortunately, approximately 80% of Kenya’s land is arid or semi-arid. Cassava has the great benefit of being drought resistant. Historically, research and development in cassava as a food staple has been weak due to poor staffing levels by government extension agents. Our community has been trying to overcome these limitations by directly disseminating information on the benefits of this crop in such a dry area as Maragua. In the nearly four years this project has been in existence, many community members have directly benefitted. One is Njoroge, Njoroge is a 24-year old man who recently adopted cassava cultivation. Unlike other farmers who are majorly cultivating cassava for its starch- filled root- tubers, he is growing cassava for its vitamins-rich leaves. Cassava leaves are gaining acceptance as alternative vegetables. Njoroge has just begun selling the leaves and seems to have a great vision to reaching out to more customers especially in the urban centres. The leaves are an organic food as no fertilizers and farm chemicals are used in cassava cultivation. In addition, they are more nutritious as compared to the staple vegetables such as kales and spinach. He says, " Healthy- food eating culture is fast being adopted in urban homes and that will definitely create a huge market for me."
Thank you for your continued support to help us achieve food security and to spread the word about the benefits of cassava.