It has been a while since our last report and we apologize for the delay. We have much to report, including a new Community Based Health Worker, data from January to March 2013, and an excerpt from the extensive journal or our recent volunteer, Sam Day.
We would like to report that, through the help of your donations, we have been able to support another Community Based Health Worker, Josphat Ekai Ngasike (an CBHW). Josphat is based at Marti in Samburu North. Since his time with us, he has educated a total number 220 individuals on Family Planning and Reproductive Health measures. He lives amidst the community members the clinic serves, and thus has established a level of trust very much needed when discussing personal health. His job is to act as the ears and eyes of the clinic when we are not present, let the community members know the date, place, and time of clinic visit, and also to educate women and families as to the options available to them for Family Planning as well as other Reproductive and day to day health concerns.
Attached you will find the data chart of work preformed by CHAT from January to March of this year. The focus of our past clinic visits have been Family Planning and Reproductive Health, as the demand for these services continue to grow.
And lastly, you will see the final journal entry from our recent Australian Volunteer, Sam Day. Should his entry intrigue you , as I imagine it will, I have also attached the entirety of his journal below. His countless entries paint colorful images of life in the communities we serve, and offer comments and observations from the perspective of a young man with a desire to learn about a culture unlike his own, and help, in whatever way possible. The entries will help bring to life an organization that you know only through these reports and our Global Giving project landing page. Enjoy.
For anyone reading this with a vivid interest in seeing cultures outside of your own then nothing beats this trip as far as the Kenyan experience goes. I can’t honestly comment on anything outside of what I saw but I gather the feeling that Mumbasa is simply a tourist destination and Nairobi… Well its just another big city at the end of the day. Joining a volunteer excursion like this is moderately expensive, I won’t lie to you, but if you have the money available, it is an enriching experience that will stay with you for your whole life I’m sure. Every African cliché you can think of is true. All the stereotypes exist. Everything you’ve seen on a movie or documentary is true. I think I was expecting to see something that would surprise me but exposure to documentaries prepared me for the trip and it is exactly what I expected. You get to see these tribes in what seems like the middle of nowhere and validate your stay with any help you can offer. I appreciate my existence in Australia and my standard of living more than ever and although guilty of it too, I find it humorous when I hear complaints from people living in a developed nation of trivial little matters. Kenya is an example of adversity of locals who are unaware and unexposed to any other standard of living in this world so they continue on. They have little in the way of hobbies or spare time. I wish the best for the country and its long journey ahead for improvement. Many thanks to the CHAT organisation for accommodating me and allowing me to come along for this whirlwind week long trip. For those of you contemplating to do this, if you are reading this then you are 80% there. Do it for any length of time. If you want to email me then feel free. Address below.
Thank you, as always. We will be checking in again soon.
The Team at CHAT