7th Report Nov 2013
We are so happy to report the overall success of our new nonprofit, DentCare Kenya. In addition to focusing on teeth, we also provide information to individuals on their overall health. Recently we offered a clinic at the Red Rose school in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum area. Obtaining dental screenings and services is very difficult in this area.
We screened over 200 students on Saturday afternoon, Oct 12, 2013. Parents and students were so eager to receive screenings that they came in to the school on a Saturday. The number was more than expected by the school administrator, Paul.
The school administrator, Paul, said that most of the students at his school were orphans and from single parent homes. He said, “The offering of this dental clinic goes a long way in helping these kids understand the importance of brushing one’s teeth and eating healthy foods.” He welcomed the free dental clinic and hopes that it can be a regular event at the school.
I am gratified that I can be a part of offering free and reduced cost dental services to the people of Kenya who would otherwise go without care due to poor financial abilities.
We are very indebted to you for supporting us in our efforts to improve the oral health care of the needy in Kenya.
You are making a huge difference!
Dear Global Giving Friends,
The girls who have passed through the program have continued to inspire others in their communities in a great way. The more exciting bit is the multiplier effect because peer mentorship seems to be gaining momentum even faster than what we thought when we conceived the project. Our visit to Meru community where Caroline, our project officer and beneficiary of the project comes from revealed that already 18 girls have formed a group where they meet to have talks on business and careers (some are students others have just completed high school and want to venture in business). They are then facilitating girls seminars at the church under their group theme "Mentor a Girl, save the Nation". I attended part of their seminar on July 21st 2013 and impressed by the talks the girls had organized. they concluded the seminar with a drama titled 'The journey from Ignorance to Empowerment" where they showed how a girl (caroline) chosen from the village to participate in the intensive SAWA mentorship program has 'opened' their eyes and empowered them. The parents, most of them mothers requested SAWA to consider training at least two more girls for greater impacts.
So far we have had 15 girls graduate from the program and many more have benefited from the direct mentorship of each of the girls trained by SAWA.
With my sincere gratitude for your support in this effort to improve the opportunities for young girls,
Maragua Division, Kenya
One of the major causes of hunger in Kenya is the over-reliance on corn and beans as the staple foods. These are crops that cannot withstand adverse weather conditions such as drought. Our community has however successfully adopted cassava to enhance food security. The good news has spread far and wide. We recently hosted a group of researchers from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute who wanted to know the impact that cassava has had on the food security status of our community. We showed them around and gave them a presentation on our work as well. We hope that they can learn from our experience and initiate a national program on cassava cultivation. The attached photo shows a community member explaining how she has benefited from the crop. In front of her are young cassava tubers.
Having already left the university, I am back in the village where I am volunteering in the planning of my county's (Murang'a County) Agricultural Show, next month.
Thank you for your continued support to help us achieve food security and to spread the word about the benefits of cassava.