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
December is a month of celebrations! And visits to families, friends, and homes of less fortunate and other groups are usually common. It is a time to remember those who ‘touched us’ in whatever way and having reflections together. SAWA visited the family of Josephine, who was a beneficiary of the Gender Based Violence training, and who from the training became an advocate of the rights of women in her village in Ntugi, Meru County. Josephine narrated to us how she mobilized the community to recover the only cow of her neighbor, a friend, which had been sold without her consent. And the story goes ….
‘Mama Mercy, a housewife aged 32, lives a few meters from my home. She is a hard working lady who feds for her family composed of four – two children 2 and 4 years, and a husband who runs a second-hand clothes at the nearby market. The husband has been harsh to her and abuses her both physically and mentally. He uses all the proceeds from his business on drinking alcohol and gets home in the evening to demand for food and other provisions from her jobless wife. The family one cow has been the sole source of the wife’s income and food – they consume the milk and sell two liters daily for Kshs.95 (nearly a dollar). On the fateful morning, she woke up in the morning and took the bowl as usual and headed to the cow shed to milk her cow. To a surprise, the cow was not there. The husband had sold it during the night at a throw away price to get money to enjoy during this festive season. In tears, Mama Mercy went to Josephine her neighbor and shared the sad story. Josephine took her to the area Chief to report and within a few hours mobilization was done to help reclaim the cow since the buyer was already identified. In short, Mama Mercy got her cow back – courtesy of Josephine who is a Gender Equity advocate in her community. The man was warned of severe communal consequences if he ever interfered with family property without consulting the wife. Women in this community are thus gaining power and I pride myself for having been able to provide education – that you SAWA for training me”
Such stories are very common where women are demanding to be involved in decision making at the family level. SAWA’s programs recognize this and give priority to sensitization and education to give women a voice particularly at the family level.
With gratitude and best wishes for the new year,