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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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