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.
Nov 7, 2014

November Report

some children we visited at the childrens home
some children we visited at the childrens home

Nairobi, Kenya

November 2014

 

Dear Friends,

We look back to count our achievements for the year almost coming to the end with humility as we highlight key areas that we have made impact.

  1. The girls who are direct beneficiaries of our program  from 2012 to 2013 started mentorship projects in their respective villages.  In January 2014, 13 girls aged 13-14 years joined various high schools.  We have reports that these girls are performing extemporary well in their schools and two of them were actually elected as their class prefects. This leadership is a manifestation of the benefits of the mentorship program.
  2. In January this year, we launched a mini-project at the SAWA office where girls come to the office to do practice on areas of their potential careers on Sunday afternoons. For example those interested in journalism, like the 10 year old Catherine W, will write articles, peruse National Newspapers to indentify current themes and practice taking photos using our cameras.  Others would model bank cashiers/tellers and spend time counting dummy notes and balancing accounts.  The demand for participation increased during the course of the year and we opened Saturday afternoons as well to meet the demand.  We are happy to report that 18 girls aged 9 – 22 have benefited from this weekend program.  The program also meant that participants have a better way to spend their free time which could otherwise been spent idling or engaging in behaviors that could even lead to early pregnancies.
  3. SAWA partnered with women of the Methodist Church to explore the topic of mentorship. As a result the older women agreed to mentoring the younger girls not only in the church but also in their communities. Other ladies volunteer to help SAWA in mentoring their girls.  This has seen the mentorship program to expand.  A total of 45 women from the church joined the program.
  4. During this year too, we became partners with a Children’s Home run by Kenya Connection  Ministries  located in rural Chuka, Tharaka Nithi county.  The home houses 28 children aged between five and twenty, and in extension supports a total of 160 orphan and very needy children and young adults in primary and high schools  within the community.  We have been able to visit the home to mentor the children and talk to them about social life and education issues.
  5. One of our first lot mentee, Margaret N got married during the course of the year. Margaret revealed to us that were it not for the mentorship attained at SAWA, she would probably have gotten herself pregnant before deciding on the marriage. But she was able to start her business first, save some money for her own use, then was better able to make a decision on when to get married.  SAWAs mentorship program is bridging a gap that seems to be widening among girls in Kenya today – a situation where girls are getting children when they are actually not prepared which is shattering the dreams for many.

 

We are preparing for a conference in December where all the direct beneficiaries come together to celebrate their successes, encourage each other in case of things that never worked as planned and chart a way forward for better participation in the project in the coming years.  We are thankful to our supporters who have seen us through this far and continue asking for continued partnership to accomplish bigger plans.

 

Catherine Kaimenyi

Project Leader

Nov 4, 2014

November 2014 report

Marylyn
Marylyn's brick making project

Kenya

 

November 2014

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars.  Today we want to report on the progress of fourth year scholars Eunita, Marylyn and Justus have made in their academic lives and with their community projects.

 

Eunita

Currently, I have now begun my final year in nursing school. I am so happy about that and look forward to completing it successfully.

Before the holiday break from my nursing studies, I went to the Coast with my class. I am happy to report that the visit to there was quite a learning experience. During the short stay there, we visited various places. On the first day, we visited an International Center for Reproductive Health (I.C.R.H.). There are health workers there who work closely with the community in order to cover reproductive health issues. Their key populations are the sex workers, and drug users. Their area of interest includes reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and gender based violence issues.

We also visited a water treatment plant to practically see the water treatment process that we were theoretically taught in class. Apart from the treatment we were also taught on the various tests performed to test water quality like determining the specific gravity and analysis of impurities.

It was a very informative field trip and I learned a lot about public health nursing.

Eunita

 

Marylyn

 

I am happy to report that my community group has been able to expand the brick making business that is my PATHWAYS project. We have managed to make 10,000 bricks in this project.  We have even been able to hire 4 youths; they are glad they got the opportunity. Apart from the brick making business, one of the group members came up with the idea of making bee hives. Though it was not in the budget, after deliberations, the members agreed to drive some savings and a bit of the project funds into that.  We now have the1st lot complete; 20 hives have been made and are waiting to be sold. We are hoping this picks well as it will diversify the project.

Thank you for helping to support my leadership training.

Marylyn

 

Justus

My PATHWAYS project focuses on mentorship because of the very high rates of school dropout and large decline in scores in the national exams among students in my home area, Ng’ari region.  I am partnering with the the Samburu Women Enterprise Group.  Among our youth group, about 90 percent are currently in high school with about 4 candidates this year. Among them,we have lots of expectations from them especially that they will get good grades. We are hopping for the best and encouraging them to do their best and join the university. 

Thank you for your continued support.  I am grateful for your assistance in this effort to educate youth, especially girls.

 

Justus

Justus
Justus' community group

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Oct 31, 2014

November 2014 Report

Serving patients at dental clinic
Serving patients at dental clinic

November 2014

Nairobi Kenya

Dear Friends,

We here at Dentcare Kenya are doing well. Right now, I work in the public hospital in Mwingi town and the frustrations of lack of support for the purchase of dental equipment and materials are getting a toll on me. The nearest town where patients can seek proper dental treatment is at Kitui,Garissa or Thika towns. These places are over 100km away. So, we are planning to relocate one of the dental chairs in Mairobi to Mwingi town where we'll partner with a local hospital and provide access to affordable quality dental care for the masses.

At one of our recent dental clinics, one of the people we served said this. “I wish I could find a word better than "Thank You" to really help sum up and show how loved, appreciated, and cared for I feel with Dentcare Kenya Foundation!  I have never known of any dental team, or service to offer me their full attention.  Dentcare Kenya Foundation! Treated me with royalty.  I wish to have an opportunity to pay you back, but I know that no matter what I do, it would never measure up to a percentage of what you have done for me!  I feel so blessed and so loved to have the honor of knowing Dentcare Kenya Foundation! “ At this recent clinic, we carried out over 50 dental extractions at the and had more than 30 dental referral cases to the Dentcare Kenya dental clinics.

 

Thank you for helping to support our efforts to provide affordable dental care to the needy in Kenya.

 

Dr. David Mundia

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