The Cassava revolution in our village has not only boosted food security but also income generation. As you may recall, cassava is a perfect crop for our arid region as it is both highly nutritious (for human and livestock consumption) and drought resistant.
Entrepreneurial residents have been making various cassava products.
A remarkable case is Lydiah who even has a fabricated machine that she uses to chop raw cassava tubers into small pieces after which she deep fries and sells as cassava chips.
Lydiah, who on the photo, is operating the machine, earns between Kshs.1,000 to Ksh.2,000 ($15-30) daily from the sale of cassava chips.
She says," I have been selling the cassava chips just within the village but I have a vision to expanding my target market to other areas particularly the urban centres.
Mary, a mother of three, is one of the many farmers who readily embraced the cassava project from its inception.
In 2011, she received 100 cuttings for planting in her own farm. She planted these on a 1/4 acre plot.
Over the years, she has enlarged this to an acre. Mary produces about 20 tons annually. She mills a big amount of her produce into flour for her family's consumption and animal feeds for her livestock. The rest, she sells to traders.
She says that cassava has proved not only nutritious but also economical in the wake of soaring food prices.
Thank you for your continued support to improve food security and the local economy in my village.
This year there is a lot happening-The Utawala bypass dental clinic,a Dentcare Kenya Project, is turning one year old this month. We have conducted a series of 10 dental camps to primary schools and secondary schools this year in the locality. We attend to both children and their caregivers. We have seen a tremendous growth in service uptake from the residents and we pray that we keep doing our best in service delivery.
On March 20th we commemorated the World Oral Health Day in Naivasha with the Kenya Dental Association. On this particular day we also conducted dental camps in the town of Naivasha,
I am in graduate school now majoring in Healthcare Systems. My research project is on Healthcare Financing and Healthcare Information availability. With this training, I want to be able to improve the healthcare services of the poor. I should be able to graduate in April 2016.
It was very kind of a Global Giving donor to donate Himalayan toothpaste to our organization this year. Thank you for your support!
Thank you for supporting Dentcare’s efforts to provide oral health care to the needy.
Dr. David Mundia
President Dentcare Kenya
Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. Today we want to report on the progress of second year scholar Shadrack who is majoring in Education at the University of Nairobi. Shadrack’s community project focuses on youth and income generation.
We currently have a mentorship class of 60 boys and girls. Our last year's candidates performed as follows; Mary scored 368/500 marks and is in Luckily girl's national school. Isabella scored 362/500 marks and she's in Moi girls a county school. Obadia scored 347/500 marks and he is in Matunda SA secondary, a subcounty school. I have visited them and my community group is doing great to keep them in school. We have five candidates this year. Our motto is 'improve always'. We began well with each of them scoring above 300 marks.
We have began this year's program and even done with next month's activities. The latest activity was training on reusable sanitary towel which was graced by madam Monicah (a PATHWAYS alumnus). We had a whole day event. First, the pupils arrived by 8am to begin our program as scheduled with the pupils reciting poems on menstrual health. At 10 am Monicah who was our guest arrived and we immediately started our introduction. With us were 20 girls; 13 from Mtoni primary school and 7 from Mtoni secondary school. My group members present were five. We also had a pastoress facilitator, a tailor and Monicah’s friend who had driven her to the venue since she's still not so strong after an illness. By 10:25am, I introduced the project 'preparation of handmade low cost sanitary pads'. Monica helped to expound on the same as part of civic education to the members present.
At 11 am we gave out a questionnaire which was filled by the pupils with assistance of the mentors present about menstrual needs. By 11:30 am, our facilitator, who is also a pastor led us through an interactive session on menstrual management. From 12:00 to 12:30, we had question and answer session. We received several myths from the girls about mensuration but corrected them.
Finally, we had practicals for making the pads from 12:30 to 1:30. After this, we took a group photo and offered our girls and guests some soda and snacks. My mother had prepared some lunch for my guests. We therefore went home and had it together. Monicah left at around 2:30pm but my group members remained for an overnight executive meeting.
With regard to other endeavors, we still are interested in farming. We have 30 bags of maize and 7 bags of beans each weighing 90 KGS. We are expecting rain from next month. This will allow us to sell them at the expected prices of ksh 3500 for maize and 8,000 for beans. This will give a total of ksh. 161,000. This is a profit of ksh. 61,000.- 61% profit. We believe this will sustain the project. Our this year's proposal is rearing indigenous chickens also known as 'kuku Wa kienyeji'. We have identified a place and a person to take care. We have begun preparing a house/hatch. We are targeting to start with 21 layers and 7 cocks.
In addition, I participated in Faulu Bank's capacity building session in March and my life story about how I overcame challenges to getting a secondary school education remains a success story to many who listen to it. We have a date of 18th April for capacity building program.
Airtel, a communication firm has offered to reach schools in western and north rift with free internet services. This is part of my projects.
Thank you for supporting youth like myself become leaders.