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.
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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Oct 29, 2014

November 2014

 

Dear Donors,

 

First, receive our thanks for generously assisting us to fight food insecurity and poverty in our project through our cassava project. The project has reduced hunger and farmers now have a new and more reliable source of income in the wake of climate change - induced droughts.

 

As we have reported previously, having tackled the hunger problem to a notable extent, we now set our eyes on addressing the problem of water scarcity.  Both of these problems stem from the increased incidences of droughts. People in the village are forced to trek long distances in search of water. In the process, wasting a lot of time that would have been utilized in gainful economic activities. Additionally, the only water available is from open wells, prone to contamination. This has lead to occasional  outbreaks of water-borne diseases.

 

As a community, we plan to drill a borehole that would serve as a source of clean water for domestic use. This would serve a great deal in safeguarding the health of locals, improving educational standards by freeing children to learn and enabling women to participate longer in bettering their families' welfare rather than spend the better part of the day in search of water. It is for this purpose that we kindly request for your continued support.

 

Many thanks for your generosity,

Michael Murigi

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Aug 6, 2014

August 2014 Report

Brian: Members of community group
Brian: Members of community group

August 2014

Dear Friends,

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

 

Brian

I have been really working hard at my studies.  For first part of the year I have been taking several units in Medical Scholl at the U of Nairobi that have been quite demanding of time and effort. We started with Internal Medicine then Pathology and currently I am in Psychiatry. Each unit takes eight weeks and there are regular tests we sit for..It has been quite exciting- the real taste of clinical years- and quite intensive. 

Each day as the clock ticks it gives me great pleasure to see that I am slowly leaning towards becoming the Doctor I have always dreamed about. Clinical years are kind of pleasant in that now the career is really taking shape. I have learnt a lot so far, from patient interviewing techniques to examining and diagnosing and treating various diseases. These skills have been of great help as I have had a chance to participate in several medical camps. .I am enjoying every bit of the curriculum. Next month I will start on introduction to Orthopedics and later Surgery. 

As a community group, we are doing well especially with our Table Banking with the exception of a few cases of defaulting payment. To this end, we have requested the help of the local administration. Other projects are going on well. Many sisal products are made and sold each day from baskets to ropes. Also, our AloeVera project is doing well. We now have a substantial yield of the plant and bit by bit we are benefiting from it's products.

We are grateful for your support!

Brian

 

Justus

I am greatly humbled by your support.  Our vegetable growing project is going well.  In addition, we started a goat project to help the local economy.  It is modeled on Hussein’s project and we are calling it the “One sheep initiative.  It will do much to reduce poverty in our community.  With the extra money made from sheep milk, parents can better afford to pay their children’s school fees.

 

Many thanks,

Justus

 

Jemimah

Currently we are working on the underground tank that Catherine (my mentor) had suggested we construct to assure that our women’s group and indeed, our entire community have access to water. It has a capacity of approximately 10,000 litres. Kitui is a chronically dry area and so much of women’s days are spent just trying to get water for everyday uses.  Even the children’s days are taken up by trying to secure water.  This tank will go a long way in freeing up time so that women can work on their income generating projects and children can focus on school work.  The main part was completed some months ago.  We are just waiting to cover the top.

 

With appreciation,

 

Jemimah

Justus: Vegetable project
Justus: Vegetable project
Jemimah: Well project
Jemimah: Well project

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