PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

PATHWAYS mission is develop leaders in developing countries through university scholarships and direct involvement in and oversight of community development projects.
Aug 1, 2014

August 2014 Report

 

Nairobi Kenya,

 

Dear Friends,

Dental care is one of the top unmet health care needs for low-income families in Kenya. Because of your Global Giving donations, we are able to provide dental services for grateful community residents in need. Every day when we conduct dental camps we hear from our patients about the meaningful, even life-changing, impact receiving dental care has on their lives.

On June 14th 2014 at Githurai Kimbo, Dr Kamau gave an oral health talk to children from Future Gate Children’s centre. On this day we conducted dental checkups to over 150 children and their caregivers.  Dental camp was sponsored by the Children centre’s management.

"Your people for the dental camp…are real personable and make you feel so comfortable. This means so much for us at Future Gate because for at least 2 years we have not seen a dentist. Our children have such bad teeth but we are confident your team of dentists will leave us with the best smiles. Thank you so much for everything." –Abby Mutua, Future Gate Centre Co-odinator

Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide affordable dental care to needy persons.

With kind regards,

Dr. David Mundia 

Director, Dentcare Kenya Foundation.

Jul 29, 2014

August 2014 Report

Registration certificate for water project
Registration certificate for water project

August, 2014

Maragua Division, Kenya 

Dear Friends,

As a community, we express our sincere gratitude for your assistance towards alleviating the socio-economic challenges that we face.

We indeed appreciate your support for our cassava project. The crop has proven to be an answer to the problem of food insecurity in the area.

Cassava has been adopted fully by the locals as an alternative crop for human and livestock consumption. Presently, over 7,500 families are cultivating and utilizing the crop. All these have received cassava planting materials through the project. The mill, which you helped us acquire, is effectively grinding the cassava into flour. The mill was purchased and installed at  7,400 US dollars, from your generous contributions. It now operates sustainably as a social enterprise!

As listed on our GlobalGiving page, the other challenge bedevilling us is water scarcity. We are already making strides towards providing a source of clean water for our people by 2016. We plan to drill borehole water for domestic and irrigation uses. This is after a hydrological survey that was conducted confirmed the viability of tapping underground water in the area. The project is now duly registered with the relevant state agencies.  The locals have already started making contributions towards the project. We will also be seeking support from various donors. 

Thank you again for your continued support!

Attached herewith is a scan for the registration certificate for our water project

 

With gratitude,

 

Michael

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May 9, 2014

May 2014 report

Jemimah
Jemimah's project: Women carrying well materials

 

May 2014

Ngari village and Kitui

Dear Friends,

I am happy to tell you that the scholars projects are progressing well, carried out primarily by the community memebers.  The scholars communicate with the lead members while they are at school and participate int he projects when they are home during the university breaks.  Please see the update from senior scholar Jemimah and Sophomore scholar Justus.

Jemimah

Currently we are working on the underground tank that Catherine had suggested we dig.We commenced the process some time back. We have already dug out the tank and the members have assembled  all the required material for construction.i.e construction bricks, stones and sand. I also traveled home this past weekend to assist them in the purchase of the other requirements i.e bags of cement, waterproofs, binding  wires e.t.c.We planned for the construction to commence immediately after the Easter holidays.
On the other side,the poultry project is doing well.The chicken have have all hatched and others even the second time,except for a few that have died. However, the members distributed the chicken amongst themselves when they started hatching ,to avoid fighting of the chicken. Once the chicks grow older,that's when they will be returned to the poultry house and also sell some of them.
They are also making good money from selling water. For instance,last weekend but 1 there was an event in our church and they managed to sell water worth Ksh 750.
Please find attached photos of the members offloading some of the items we purchased last weekend.They are not very clear because i used a phone camera to capture them.
I will keep you updated on the process.
Jemimah

Justus

Challenges were part of our group; some parents could not allow their children to join the group for fear of negative socialization especially girls. But I can say that the situation has surely improved following continuous sessions I have had with some parents to convince them that the group is aimed at enhancing lives of the young students and not destroy them. We now have about 20 girls in regular attendance in the group.

To mark the end of the holiday, we always hold a motivational talk; to specifically touch on matters academics and encourage the students as they go back to their respective schools. This time round, precisely on 3rd May 2014, we invited speakers from without our group, formally our classmates and friends who are in or graduated from the university to talk to our students. Things of great value were discussed. This marked the end of the April session and students could now report to school with something important learnt during their stay at home.

With gratitude

Justus

Thank you for your support of these scholars.  They are learning valuable leadership skills and at the same time helping uplift their communities.

Angie Gust

Justus
Justus' project: Youth being mentored
 
   

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