Kokwa clinic project is still on although at a slower pace due to various challenges in the region but the people involved are working towards solving the challenges affecting the project. As a result of supporting Kokwa girls with recyclable sanitary towels, we are happy to report that this initiative has created a lot of impacts to the beneficiaries’ parents and teachers. The beneficiaries have reported the usefulness of the pads as they are easy to clean and reuse as well as maintaining their hygiene and their health. To the parents, it has saved them a lot of money as they used to strain to get the pads for their girls and others completely did not manage to provide to their girls. This resulted to girls using old clothes and other materials which affected their hygiene and health and most of them could not attend school during their periods again affecting their class performance. Teachers reported that girls’ performance in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) results, girls performed better than boys. Not that we are neglecting boys but we appreciate the positive attitude by the community towards educating girl child and also the girls appreciating the importance of education in the long term, this will result to improved living standards for the community.In this year our partners Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW) brought more sanitary pads for the girls in this region not only to benefit Kokwa School but even other girls in the surrounding schools. The partnership has also decided to sponsor all pupils in this region who passed their last year’s national exams to continue with secondary education. For those who will not secure vacancy in secondary schools, they will be sponsored in youth polytechnics. On behalf of Kokwa community we thank all the well-wishers who have contributed in realization of all these achievements and we welcome their support for more achievements this year.
We are happy to report the good news that Kokwa clinic is now under construction and the community is very happy for these developments and quick action of their leaders. The construction work has already started and the location of the clinic is quite good as the whole community will access the facility with ease and it will not be affected by flooding of the lake. In early September this year more well-wishers have heard the cry of this poor community and they have tried to support in various ways. School girls form the Island received sanitary towels donated through our partners in USA. They were very happy as these sanitary towels can be recycled without affecting the health of the girls. We conducted training on how to use them and how to clean them to ensure that their hygiene improved and not affected by the recycled pads. We have conducted follow –ups with the girls to evaluate how useful the pads are in terms of comfort, hygiene and availability. The girls have reported that the pads are very useful and they are now sure that they will have them during time of needs without incurring expenses. We thank all our well wishers for this very important support. We are also trying to conduct trainings within the community on health and hygiene in order to reduce some obvious health cases. This has been taken positively and the community is willing to participate in many more and they are actually practicing after the trainings. We have continued to support 2 patients who had been referred to Nakuru general hospital for further medication. We have been providing transport from the Island to Nakuru and also covering the medical bills. The patients are still going for appointments and we are optimistic the situation will improve. We have been doing all this with support from well wishers and our partner. We thank them for their generous support to our needy communities.
Finally Kokwa community has received good news from the government that they will receive funds which will support construction of a new dispensary. The plan is to build a dispensary with modern facilities that will enable the community receive most immediate services instead of referrals. Although this will take time as it is not clear yet when the money will be realized once implemented it will save the community most of the current challenges. This time round we have not received heavy rains in the highlands and this is an advantage to Kokwa community as the lake has not flooded to affect them. Our well wishers are willing to continue working with us to provide support to the community before they receive funds to implement the project. We used some of the money fundraised through global giving to support the most immediate health issues. We managed to provide transport and medical fee to 6 patients who were referred to Marigat district hospital for further medication. We also purchased some malaria drugs to be used in the temporary dispensary as malaria cases rose due to floods and this was a very important step since the dispensary had no more drugs as they were waiting to be released from the government. We thank all our well-wishers for their humble contributions to support this community to ensure healthy living. We are working hand to raise more funds as we realize they need more support each and every day.
The floods issue has not been solved yet and the community continue to struggle to make ends meet something which is not easy considering the many challenges they are facing. Our well wishers has fundraised some money to buy community boat which is currently being used by the Kokwa community and mainly assisting school going children as previously reported, the Island was divided by water into two making it difficult for them to close to attend school on the other side. This boat has been very useful to the community as they can now cross the lake with ease without them paying for the services. This is a big step ahead and the community members are very happy and thank all the well wishers who have heard their cry. The temporary dispensary is still useful to the community although with very many challenges as it cannot offer all the necessary services that the community requires but still helping in its own limited means. For the maternity and other major services the community members have to be referred to other major hospitals in the county but sometimes it’s difficult for them to go due to high charges and transport challenges. We hope that our government and well-wishers will join hands to assist this community to put up dispensary structures which will help improve the situation.
After the effects of flooding, the community is slowly coming into terms with the situation although they still count losses. Some well-wishers have offered them a helping hand to enable them at least access basic needs. The floods also affected school going children as the water divided the Island into two therefore affecting many children going to school. This resulted to many missing school for third term therefore affecting their performance. For the dispensary, there has been put temporary structures to serve the community for the time being until the government and well wishers help them put semi-permanent structures and provide them with drugs and medical facilities and equipment. Some community members cannot access medical services due to challenges of crossing the lake due to the division caused by the floods. We have encouraged community health workers to consider visiting these people though they are faced by the same challenge of movement. We have managed to provide bed nets to the most vulnerable households and we are planning to do more fundraising to support Kokwa community members
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