During the last months, the project has benefited the community through a number of initiatives. Two baraza’s (Informal forums) were held within the village and attended by the area administrators and 200 households on the importance of living in a clean environment, the aim of organizing these barazas was to create awareness and prepare the community in village clean up, clearing of mosquito breeding areas and disinfecting of ponds. The exercise was carried out successfully through community participation, and the village is now a better place to live in. Through group demonstration and trainings, the community is now aware of how to use neem leaves to repel mosquitoes, and also use neem powder to make herbal tea that is good for the body. Another 500 bed nets have been distributed to 100 families. The rains have been adequate, ensuring good crop production, which will result in improved food and nutrition security especially for the young children who were malnourished and suffering from malaria. We hope to distribute enough bed nets to all the households, and plant more neem trees, as we continue on capacity building of the groups, to ensure sustainability of the project. We wish to thank our donors for their continued support; we believe that together we can make a big difference.
The project is impacting positively on the lives of the Indigenous Ilchamus community living in and around Kokwa Island, More trainings have been conducted for community health workers, to ensure they handle health complications as they occur with know-how. Promotion of cultivation and consumption of local indigenous crops, to fight off malnutrition among children and ensure household food and nutrition security 580 bed nets have been distributed, we are embarking on planting about 2000 neem tree seedlings which act as mosquito repellents as now we are experiencing the long rains after the dry spell. The recipients are very grateful to the donors who have made a great impact in their lives, and they hope one day they can meet them face to face to give their gratitude.
The project is successful, so far 200 households have been trained on malaria prevention, Hiv/Aids prevention and prevention of water borne diseases by community health workers. The number of 5 year olds treated for malaria and malnutrition has declined due to increased awareness on prevention measures and importance of good nutrition by community members.
1000 bednets have been distributed to 200 households and 2000 neem tree seedlings planted, they act as mosquito repellents.
A quote from one of the beneficiaries; "I am very happy to sleep under the mosquito net, malaria has been a great problem in this village, now we shall be healthy and strong to carry out our daily duties, God bless you."
We are very grateful to our donors who have made it possible for us to get this far in helping needy communities, we welcome your comments and suggestions on how we could even do better.
A lot has been achieved so far in the implementation of the project.16 community health workers have been trained on Malaria prevention, Tuberculosis reduction, HIV prevention and prevention of water borne diseases. 80 nursery school children have been screened for Malnutrition and other ailments and medication provided.
Solar power is used at the Kokwa dispensary, however the inverter used for the refrigerator was faulty hence comprising vaccine storage, but thank you to our donors the inverter has been repaired and the fridge is functional again.
100 treatable bed nets have been distributed to a number of households, and we are looking forward to providing all the households with treatable bed nets, and Neem tree seedlings.
We are very grateful to our donors for their kind contribution in changing people’s lives for a better future.
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