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.
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!
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.
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.
Nairobi and surrounding rural areas
The quarter that has just ended was so significant to SAWA, Solidarity for the Advancement of Women's Agenda, when one of our beneficiaries got married to start her family. When she called me to break the news, she was excited to share how her experience with SAWA enriched her courtship and eventually guided her into marriage negotiations. In her new experience, she will be using the business skills acquired during her time at SAWA to manage her tailoring and beadwork shop. She was only sad that her new home is deep in the interior of Kenya with very poor internet network and no electricity to allow her regular communication with us. I paraphrase her telephone communication here below:-
“Today marks a very important day in my life, the day that I tie knot with the love of my heart. I get into this phase of life with confidence because of the lessons that SAWA gave me. I well remember the topic of women’s human rights, gender equity, women and property ownership; things that will practically make sense in my marriage life. I will forever remember the lesson on hygiene and nutrition by Mrs. Kiberenge, the mentor I acquired from SAWA, a lesson that will indeed help me in matters relating to health and nutrition in my new home. I am not sure how I would have faced this life without such knowledge. Mrs. Kiberenge has been key in the marriage preparations, both morally and even financially and I am happy to have her as my mentor. Although we have not organized a formal celebration for a wedding, I do know the importance of formalizing my marriage and will do it as soon as possible. Knowledge is power, and I feel it within me – thanks to SAWA.”
We continue exposing young needy girls in primary schools to computers, writing and offering career guidance. On Sunday afternoons, we have meeting where they come to interact with one another, share experiences and meet with their mentors. They get to have their questions answered and so motivated and inspired to face life with more confidence. The concept of mentorship is eventually being understood, it is not a typical or familiar concept in Kenya, and many women are volunteering to take the role. When we started, very few were offering to be mentors because they did not know what is expected, but currently, I am happy to report that we have some pending, waiting for us to get more girls that they can mentor.
We are forever grateful to our well wishers and sponsors for taking us this far.
Dental care is one of the top unmet health care needs for low-income families in Kenya. Because of your Global Giving donations, we are able to provide dental services for grateful community residents in need. Every day when we conduct dental camps we hear from our patients about the meaningful, even life-changing, impact receiving dental care has on their lives.
On June 14th 2014 at Githurai Kimbo, Dr Kamau gave an oral health talk to children from Future Gate Children’s centre. On this day we conducted dental checkups to over 150 children and their caregivers. Dental camp was sponsored by the Children centre’s management.
"Your people for the dental camp…are real personable and make you feel so comfortable. This means so much for us at Future Gate because for at least 2 years we have not seen a dentist. Our children have such bad teeth but we are confident your team of dentists will leave us with the best smiles. Thank you so much for everything." –Abby Mutua, Future Gate Centre Co-odinator
Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide affordable dental care to needy persons.
With kind regards,
Dr. David Mundia
Director, Dentcare Kenya Foundation.