Bonus Day: March 16! Bonus Day: March 16!
Hello again to all of our donors-
This is just a quick note to let you know that On March 16, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up
to $1,000 per donor per project! CHAT has two active projects- The Camel Clinic and Family Planning/Environment.
We realize that you are receiving reports like these because you have generously given money to CHAT in the past. We are very appreciative of that and are only now soliciting more directly because of this wonderful opportunity afforded to us by Global Giving. Any dollar amount from 5 to 500 and beyond will be matched and will go a long way.
The one catch is that there is a limited dollar amount available in matching
funds on March 16 and once these matching funds are used, Global Giving will no
longer be matching. If you are to donate, please try and do so on the earlier side of the day to ensure that the funds are still available.
Asante sana, in advance, to all who decide to join in on this matching day. We will send a follow up report to let you know of our hopeful success and to get you up to speed with the ground work here- our camels are currently up in Samburu with the team most likely eagerly awaiting the needed rains!
All of our very best-
The Team at CHAT.
“I became a mother when I was barely 16 years old. I have a total of 9 children; seven daughters and two sons. I was just giving birth almost every other year and the nearest health facilities are either in Rumuruti town or Salaama. Going to Salaama was closer but it will still take you like a whole day, let me say 6 hour walking to reach. With the baby in the tummy, you reach exhausted and barely listen to what the nurses say. It became routine to me until, I think, 4 years ago when CHAT Mobile clinic started visiting the area. My last two children have been immunized here and it’s our only known ‘hospital’ we count on now.
This baby am carrying is now 6 months old and will be my last born. You are likely to laugh and wonder why now, and not before, but the good thing, I am now doing family planning. The nurses have been supportive and when they counseled me on family planning I didn’t look back. My husband too became supportive, after all, we did not have any special reason to have many children. Nobody really told us about planning family. I do not regret having many children, but now I won’t have another child and I have been sharing with other mothers who are also keen to plan their family. Smaller family is easy to manage.”
- Family Planning Client, Samburu Region
Thank you to all of out donors for your recent contribution to CHATs family planning and environment conservation initiative. The remote areas we work with in Kenya’s Rift Valley is incredibly biologically diverse, but, as we are sure most of you know, growing populations put increasing pressure on this environment. Poor communities most often depend on their environmental surroundings and small-scale agriculture for their well-being, and, because of rapid population growth and health issues, they may be forced to use natural resources unsustainably. But when you have communities whose poverty, lack of infrastructure, and ill health pre-occupy the minds of the individuals, preserving land for, let’s say, the Grevy’s Zebra, is secondary to the needs of a hungry, thirsty, or sick child.
CHAT’s mobile clinic has been operating for ten years now, and over that time we have seen an exceptional increase in the number of families willing to partake in some form of family planning. The recent 2008-2009 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey found that almost 31% of married women in the Rift Valley have an unmet need for family planning.
Just this past month, on our visits in the Laikipia and Samburu regions, we met the needs of 534 women in the following capacities:
Thanks to your donations, we are able to provide 125 women with long-term contraception commodities. We have also just brought on a young masai woman named, Joyce to be a community mobilizer for family planning. She comes from Ewaso- one of the more progressive communities in the Laikipia region where there are now conservation projects underway initiated by Laikipia Wildlife Forum. Joyce will head out with the CHAT’s team next week to begin her training.
We will keep you posted on her progress.
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