Oct 26, 2020

Crisis Response Through Education - A Game-Changer!

Back in March, when Kenya closed the schools no one ever thought educating our young would come to a complete halt for months to come!

The Kenyan government initiated on-line learning networks to help students continue with their studies but students in many areas, including our own, had no means to access those online courses so their education stopped.

With almost everything else closed in the community, kids had too much time on their hands.  Many helped around their homes by planting gardens and doing other household duties.

In a three-month period after schools closed,  teen pregnancy soared to over 40% countrywide.  Our staff in Oyugis knew they needed to do something to help stop this growing concern and issue.

That’s when the Education piece of Olalo took a temporary turn to offer a new form of education….one of mentorship, information, encouragement, and education with the goal of decreasing teen pregnancy.

The Olalo Team set up a two-day Community Outreach and invited local youth ages 13 and older to attend.  Girls who attended were given sanitary pads and  boys received new underwear (something very few have ever owned).

The expectation was 150 kids would participate in the two-day outreach.  Instead, over 200 came the first day!  Those who came met together in a group before the one-on-one talks took place with each youth.

Solid connections were made between individual students and the mentoring Team promising a positive and ongoing relationship that not only would benefit the student, but the community as well.

These are certainly unsettling times, but this new education piece may be a game-changer for the youth of Oyugis.

This is all made possible because of you and your support for the education of the youth of Oyugis, Kenya.

Thank you so much for your heart for kids and education….You are changing their world!

Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

Oct 23, 2020

Urgent Needs Continue Despite COVID-19

It has been an interesting last few months with everything so focused on COVD-19 and how it impacted lives and changed communities.

It’s no different in Oyugis, Kenya.

Mandatory mask-wearing out in public was enforced by getting jail time if caught not wearing one.

Curfews kept people at home and away from social activities.

As of this writing, its been reported that only 1 death in Oyugis was attributed to the virus. We are thankful for such a low number.

So, while citizens complied with the regulations keeping them safe from COVID-19 , other diseases and illnesses continued to wreak havoc on many lives, both young and old. The same issue of lacking financial resources to seek out medical care persisted.

BUT...It was your dedication and support that enabled others to seek out urgent medical care. Your support allowed treatment for many cases of typhoid, malaria, bacterial infections, ulcers and even a throat surgery.

None of which would have happened without your support!

YOU are responsible for healing and relief to many people in Oyugis.

Instead of the virus, You Are the One impacting and changing lives.

Thank You!

Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya

Jul 30, 2020

Tears of Joy Says It All...

His Life Was Saved!
His Life Was Saved!

Most of us today don’t even think twice when it comes to checking in with our medical provider when we’re not feeling well. 

For most of the people in Oyugis Kenya the first thing they consider is if they have any money to seek help….or does what little they have need to go for food for the day instead. Tough choices are made.

Over these past months, thanks to you and your support  of our Urgent Medical Care project, many of those suffering injuries or illness have been able to seek out medical treatment.

Snake bites, respiratory issues, malaria, typhoid, cancer treatments, surgeries and accidents…all seen by local and neighboring medical facilities because of your support!

One 5-month old was able to see a pediatric specialist and it saved his life!  For weeks it was trial and error trying to determine what was causing his seizures and breathing problems!  Your support allowed us to seek the help of a specialist who diagnosed the issue and saved his young life.  

I don’t need to think twice to know the impact you are making in the lives of the people in Oyugis, and to know how extremely grateful they are to receive help…it is the  tears of relief and joy, and expressions of gratitude expressed by each person helped that so clearly says Thank You!

Merry Broughal
Olalo of Hope-Kenya
Project Leader

 
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