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Feb 29, 2016

Daily meals conquer malnutrition in 4-6 months

Wambua is now well nourished, healthy and happy!
Wambua is now well nourished, healthy and happy!

Hundreds of children suffer from severe malnutrition when they first approach Makindu Children's Centre. Malnutrition then makes their weakened bodies vulnerable to parasitic and bacterial infections, which run rampant in the Makindu area and sub Sahara Africa. If they survive malnutrition at all, they frequently have life-long complications of growth or mental retardation, bony and muscular weakness, and weakened heart and other organs. On the outside, many malnourished kids will have patchy, unhealthy looking hair, yellowed and vacant eyes, swollen bellies full of worms, dull-looking teeth. To put them on the road to health, these kids are given a daily nutritious meal at the Centre of vitamin-enriched porridge, supplemented with maize, beans, and fresh vegetables grown in the Centre's large garden. Miraculously, in as little as 4-6 months, there will be white toothy smiles on their faces, curiosity in their bright clear eyes, healthy hair (that we keep shaved to avoid lice infestation) and much healthier skin. It all begins with consistent, nutritious food!

In tandem with proper and consistent daily nutrition, the Centre treats any illnesses upon arrival and then provides regular health check-ups. Because these kids have been traumatized by a life leading to malnutrition, Makindu provides the children with access to social workers and mental health professionals to counsel them beyond the trauma that they have suffered. Once these kids have recovered their physical and mental health, Makindu makes sure they get enrolled in school and provides the tuition, fees and materials necessary to finish high school or vocational school.

With this combined well rounded approach to overall physical and mental health, Makindu is instrumental in transforming the once malnourished and sickly children into happy, healthy, educated, productive members of the community. 

 

Thank you for helping us feed the children, and ultimately saving their lives.

Jan 29, 2016

Advocating for young girls

"Rose" was defiled by her own father.
"Rose" was defiled by her own father.

Two defilement (rape) cases are ongoing in the Courts for young orphaned victims at Makindu Children's Centre. MCC has hosted workshops on paralegal services and child rights for the guardians and community caregivers of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Any case of child abuse is not pleasing at all. A case of child abuse in Makindu is not a new thing. Many cases are handled day in day out in the local Makindu law courts. As an advocate for children, MCC is at the forefront in reporting child abuse cases and advocacy of children rights alongside guidance and counseling of the affected children.

Picture this, a 14 year old lives with her brothers and father. The mother died of AIDS long ago, leaving the girl under the care of the father. Sad but true, the father turns to the girl, locks her into his room and rapes her! Not once or twice, but repeatedly that day, and on subsequent occasions. He threatens to kill her if she tells anybody. After a while though the girl is rescued, the case reported and the culprit taken to police custody.

Such a case is an example of those handled by Makindu Children’s Centre and referred to the District Children’s Officer for action. The cases range from sexual abuse (defilement), physical abuse and neglect. The culprits are often people very close and well known to the victims (children).

Makindu unfortunately has high cases of child sexual abuse. This is partly due to ignorance, illiteracy and idleness. MCC in collaboration with the Children’s department is key in spearheading Child rights education to caregivers and formation of area advisory councils at location level to address child abuse cases. This is because most cases go unmentioned and some are solved in local kangaroo courts where the local administrators are bribed.

A number of challenges are faced when speaking out for the rights of the victims. In most cases the culprits are relatives to the victim so most times they would want to silence the children so that their families are not humiliated.

Despite all that, all reported cases face full force of the law. The MCC staff go against all odds to ensure the children get their rights. To date, 2 cases have been successfully prosecuted at the Law courts with the culprits serving life imprisonments. Two other defilement cases are currently ongoing. At the location level, the area advisory councils address child protection issues and over 5 cases are handled monthly.

Guidance and counseling is continuously given to the victims of child abuse. The cases cannot be eliminated completely but with the intervention of MCC in being the voice of the children there has been a change in addressing the child abuse cases.!

Sofia, Rose, Penny and the others WILL get their day in court, with MCC standing by their sides

"Penny" was defiled by her uncle.
"Penny" was defiled by her uncle.
Nov 19, 2015

Hungry children fed every day

Elizabeth loves to tend our thriving vegetables.
Elizabeth loves to tend our thriving vegetables.

Thank you so much for your interest in and support of the nutritional programs at Makindu Children’s Centre. Information below outlines how the nutritional program fed the orphaned and AIDS affected children this past quarter.

General stats

  • 1800+ children received services from MCC in the past quarter.
  • MCC covers the villages of Makindu, Kiboko, Kamboo, Twaandu and Nguumo. Nguumo has four subsites: Kaunguni, Ndovoini, Muuni and Syumile.
  • Makindu has 472 children with 197 guardians.
  • Muni has 177 children with 75 guardians.
  • Kaunguni has 175 children with 75 guardians.
  • Ndovoini has 98 children with 61 guardians.
  • Syumile has 137 children with 60 guardians.
  • Kamboo has 164 children with 73 guardians.
  • Twaandu has 275 children with 137 guardians.
  • Kiboko has 303 guardians with 143 guardians.

Food & Nutrition News

  • Centre feeding is key to the health and well-being of the MCC children. At least 110 children received a meal daily at the Centre.
  • Another 180 children are provided with meals on the weekends.
  • 1,450 children received a meal at MCC’s celebration for International Children’s Day. These children were also dewormed and given mineral supplements.
  • The borehole continues to irrigate the shamba (farm) and the corn, beans, kale and other vegetables are thriving. High value crops such as tomatoes have been planted and with the dry region, mature ready for market in a short time. The guardians donate much of their time tending the shamba while the kids are in school. MCC provides those guardians who donate their time and labor with a small plot within the shamba to tend as their own.
  • MCC currently has 3 dairy cows that have been producing milk to boost the children’s nutritional intake. The rest of the milk is sold to the community.
  • The poultry farm is being renovated and will soon be producing eggs and chicks to help sustain the nutrition program. Eggs provide essential protein to the diet, so desperately lacking in the malnourished children.
  • The entire program has 19 self-help groups, some of which relate to nutrition. Goat Keeping, Bee Keeping, and Poultry Rearing are popular.

 

ASANTE SANA!

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