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.
May 1, 2015

April 2015 Report

Dental volunteers consulting with patients
Dental volunteers consulting with patients

Nairobi, Kenya

 

Dear Friends, 

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.

 

With gratitude,

 

Dr. David Mundia

President Dentcare Kenya

May 1, 2015

April 2015 Report

Girls learning to make sanitary pads
Girls learning to make sanitary pads

February 2015

 

Dear Friends,

 

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.   

Shadrack

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.

 

Shadrack

Feb 6, 2015

February 2015 report

Margaret speaking about relationships
Margaret speaking about relationships

Nairobi Kenya,

 

Dear Friends,

 

I would like to tell you about a one-day seminar we ran to train girls from Gichagi slum area of Ngong Division, Kajiado County. The seminar had three objectives:

  1. To create awareness of issues surrounding rape and how girls can protect themselves against this behaviour
  2. To discuss girl-boy relations issues with a view of empowering girls to say no to sex and control their lives in such relationships.
  3. To encourage girls to effectively compete with boys in academic cycles so that they can acquire necessary education to brighten their lives.
  4. To enhance knowledge and best practices on hygiene particularly during the menstrual cycles.

After a warm welcome and settling down as everything was in order, we participated in the following activities:

Everyone was requested to introduce herself to the group. This offered an opportunity to know the names, age and level of education as well the school. The girls were given the first priority, then trainers and SAWA staff concluded. The main purpose for this was to enhance familiarization and create good rapport.

Margaret spoke about girl-boy relationship, their strengths and weakness and how they should be used to foster education.  She also gave the girls tips on how to avoid early pregnancies which would affect their education. There were so many questions which all the other facilitators helped to answer.

I talked about rape which is increasing in Kenya today, particularly where old men are spoiling young girls, mostly their relatives.  She stressed on behavior and habit of such people which girls need to be aware of.  She also gave tips of how to avoid being victims and advised that should one become a victim they should not hide it but report to the parents, guardians and other grow-ups so that medical attention can be sought and necessary legal action taken.  There were so many questions and the topic was not exhausted.  It was postponed to April 2015.

The reusable sanitary towel project was revisited where nine of the girls present confirmed that they still make them for their own use though not every month.  Our group distributed some sanitary pads packets that.  It was a very exciting moment.

It was a wonderful session and the girl articulated ‘life is a learning process and each and every day we learn a new thing’.

 

Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to mentor young girls and encourage their education and empowerment.

 

Catherine Kaimenyi

Girls participating in session
Girls participating in session
 
   

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