Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. Today we want to report on the progress of first year scholar Isaac and fourth year scholar Justus have made in their academic lives and with their community projects.
I have directed all my mind on my project during the December holiday with an aim of uplifting my community. This entailed preparing the second seedbed in December after a superb harvest of the previous seedlings that amounted to 204 seedlings with a total of Kshs.1020 going Kshs per seedling,with the few remaining. We are planning to sell them in April during the rainy season.
The cash was channeled to our second project that involved cassava and sweet potatoes plantations which do well during dry seasons to enable us to continue making cash. The whole idea came from Michael's project (a PATHWAYS alumnus). Thanks to him.
It was from the members’ idea that we saw it better for each member to contribute at least Kshs.200 so that we can lease a farm within the community where we are carrying out our project. All these are taken care of by our patron when most of us are in schools.
It is from the profits ploughed back that we are intending to support the school drop outs with necessary but lacked items like uniforms, pens and books that can enable them be in school again. We went ahead identifying such kids from our locality like orphans and vulnerable children from the same orphanage I was once brought up from.
Thank you for supporting my efforts to give back to my community,
As most students have already begun their holidays, we have not failed to bring them together in the form of our usual youth meetings. We convened a meeting and about 23 members were in attendance. They were all fine and give good academic reports from their various schools as this concerns their promotion to the next class. We plan to start off the many activities for the holiday.
In this holiday also,our youth group involves parents with students in secondary school, colleges and universities in a fund raising activity which is aimed at benefitting the students in form of local bursaries. This helps to keep these students in school to complete their education.
The irrigation project is doing quite well as we now have plenty of rain here. The women are now relieved from carrying water for the crops as it rains mostly at night nourishing the garden.
Thank you for your continued support. I am grateful for your assistance in this effort to educate youth, especially girls.
Our cassva project continues to help many rural people improve their lives.
Bidii farmers group from Nyeri, a county that neighbors ours, have immensely benefited from our project. Their area is equally arid and have been finding it difficult to continue with vegetables farming due to recurring crop failure. Two years ago they heard about the achievements of our cassava project, aired on a local radio station.
They got in touch with us to learn more about cassava farming. We were happy with their desire to learn and donated to them a few cuttings to plant.
Currently, the group boasts of a 5-acre cluster farm under cassava and aiming to increase the acreage. They are already reaping big in terms of improved food security and increased income through sale of cassava tubers.
Captured in the photo, is the group in their cassava farm.
We are also working on raising additional funds for a borehole that would bring needed water to this dry area.
Dentacare Kenya has been progressing well in helping needy Kenyans receive dental care. We conducted two camps in this quarter. One was at Dagoretti corner,Nairobi. This was is conjunction with the Operation Smile organization formed by a group of maxillofacial surgeons who offer free cleft lip and palate surgery. We got to attend to 414 persons. We did 96 extractions and the other cases we referred to the nearest hospital which is Kenyatta Hospital Dental Dept.
LastOctober, the Kitui country government and Mwingi District Hospital public health officials planned a medical and dental camp at Kasilani Primary school, Mwingi town. Dentcare Kenya was involved in the event where a total of 264 dental patients were attended to in the afternoon. Extractions performed were 78 in number and 106 were referred for treatment to the dental hospital.
Due to observed demand of dental treatment we had to relocate one of the dental units, the one at Kayole-Matopeni slum to Mwingi Town, Kitui where we’ll offer some of the services not available at the district hospital. We got space in a local private hospital where we are partnering in healthcare service provision. The residents of Matopeni slums will have to travel to come to the Mihang’o Dental clinic for services.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide free and affordable dental care to underprivileged children and adults in Kenya.
Dr. David Mundia, President