We are racing towards the end of the school year here in Kenya! And with the end of the year, comes a celebration of how well our students are doing at Jitegemee Children's Program.
The Jitegemee Health Program is a significant part of the support we provide to our students, in addition to education and training. As we all know, a healthy child is more likely to stay in school, and therefore we believe it is critical to ensure our children are healthy. While our Program Doctor treats our students throughout the year, we also host an Annual Health Day for all our students and their parents.
Hundreds of Jitegemee children and parents participated in the 2017 Jitegemee Annual Health Days in August. In addition to the medical check-up, we were so proud of some of our students who played a part in the days as health trainers! 18 Jitegemee peer educators - students from our school sponsorshop or vocational programs - were trained on how to educate their peers about issues related to sexual and reproductive health. At our Annual Health Days, the peer educators talked with all our students about the dangers of peer pressure, sexuality, and how to prevent contraction of sexually transmitted diseases. It was a major breakthrough to have our students educating their peers and parents on such sensitive matters.
156 of our children and 132 parents received a full physical check-up, and those who needed it also received medication and follow-up treatment for common ailments, such as malaria, worms, or skin problems associated with poor hygiene. Our health team also trained our students and parents on how to prevent common diseases like malaria, typhoid and cholera. This was particularly pertinent as there were minor outbreaks of cholera in Nairobi and Machakos earlier in 2017.
We are so pleased that 66 of our students opted to get tested for HIV/AIDS, along with 38 of our parents. This is a big step to take, especially for many of our students who have never been tested.
Thank You, dear friends, for your ongoing support for Jitegemee! As a result of your generous contributions throughout the year, we are able to ensure our students not only receive an education, but also stay healthy. We hope you will support our upcoming end-of-year online fundraisers here on Global Giving.
Asante sana, thank you!
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