First of all we want to thank all our donors on GG for their unwavering support in the realization of our objectives towards oral healthcare promotion and provision for the masses in Kenya who can’t afford the expensive cost of dental care. We pray that God blesses you as much as you give to help those in need.
In the month of February 2014 we opened up a second dental clinic at Utawala estate, Embakasi, this is to serve the middle income earners of the locality. In March 2014, we acquired another third dental unit for use at Matopeni slums, Kayole in partnership with a local hospital that serves the needy from this slum. Utawala Estate and Matopeni slums each has about 400,000 residents. The population in these areas has limited or no access to oral health care services. Both locations are about 30km apart. The source of financing for these two clinics is by a loan from a savings and credit society acquired against the assets in the first dental clinic at Mihang’o. In the 12 months to come we are hoping to have cleared the loan repayment and then we can plan for the expansion of the dental clinics network.
Mihang’o Dental Clinic is doing quite well, it’s now celebrating its 10th month since inception. We have attended to 156 clients this year. The numbers are not that high owing to the fact that at the beginning of the year most people have limited cash and numerous commitments. All the same most of our clients pay for services with cash and have no insurance covers/dental schemes.
We are extremely grateful for your support to help needy Kenyans improve their health through improved dental care.
Dr. David Mundia
Maragua Division, Kenya
About 80% of Kenya’s population lives in rural areas and depends on agriculture for subsistence. In addition, unfortunately, approximately 80% of Kenya’s land is arid or semi-arid. Cassava has the great benefit of being drought resistant. Historically, research and development in cassava as a food staple has been weak due to poor staffing levels by government extension agents. Our community has been trying to overcome these limitations by directly disseminating information on the benefits of this crop in such a dry area as Maragua. In the nearly four years this project has been in existence, many community members have directly benefitted. One is Njoroge, Njoroge is a 24-year old man who recently adopted cassava cultivation. Unlike other farmers who are majorly cultivating cassava for its starch- filled root- tubers, he is growing cassava for its vitamins-rich leaves. Cassava leaves are gaining acceptance as alternative vegetables. Njoroge has just begun selling the leaves and seems to have a great vision to reaching out to more customers especially in the urban centres. The leaves are an organic food as no fertilizers and farm chemicals are used in cassava cultivation. In addition, they are more nutritious as compared to the staple vegetables such as kales and spinach. He says, " Healthy- food eating culture is fast being adopted in urban homes and that will definitely create a huge market for me."
Thank you for your continued support to help us achieve food security and to spread the word about the benefits of cassava.
Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. Today we want to report on the progress Jemimah has made with her community water project as well as the progress of two more junior PATHWAYS scholars, Justus and Eric.
I am now working with two projects. My initial educational promotion and mentorship is the one dealing with the students (youth) who are mostly in secondary school. Over last holiday,we had 35 youth who attended our meetings,15 were ladies and 20 were men. Members have been a lovely group showing enthusiasm and co-operation in the weekly meetings. Community work that we managed to do includes visiting the family of one of us who lost a brother (as I reported earlier).
We also had a get together party over the Christmas festive season which was facilitated using the funds contributed by the members. To mark the end of the holiday meetings, we normally conduct a motivational talk aimed at empowering the members and encourage them as they go back to school and embark on their studies (most of whom are in secondary schools).
In addition, I work with a women group who work in the irrigation project, 9 women in total. Income from the project is quite helpful to the members.
Thank you for all of your support
Besides the poultry project that is doing quite well, I introduced another project to the women during the short Christmas holidays. I managed to teach a few of the women how to make bags. I only had a few materials for that and so they made three big bags and two small ones. It was amazing how fast they grasped the skill and they are willing to teach the rest and continue with it as part of their overall income generating project. The big bags were going for one thousand five hundred and the small ones for three hundred shillings and the demand is so high. It is very encouraging for the women who can use the funds to help pay their childrens’ school fees.
Eric I am working with the organization my cousin founded that helps rescue girls who are at risk for or who have experience female genital mutilation. Recently, 14 girls were rescued. Most of them were rescued during the long December holiday when the high season of FGM and marriage occurs. A few are total orphans and very needy and are at risk of getting married if they don't join form one after performing well. All the girls have admission letters to different high schools across the country. Josephine is trying all her best to make sure they join school although she is still looking for support.
One of the girls, Sarafina had this to say "Despite the fact that i had passion to study,I never thought that I will ever study since my parents were rooted to culture. I don't mean that our culture is bad but some of the practices e.g FGM,beading and early marriage are evil. I am very happy to have attained 343 marks but all my gratitude goes to Josephine Kulea who have been a good mother to me and who rescued me from early marriage. My dream is to become a doctor and an activist of women in our community and I am working hard to it. I am angered by some of our educated friends who despite seeing the light are still supporting this evil practices. I hope after some time we will have change in our community where all women will have freedom."
With sincere appreciation,