Project #2284

Mobilizing Grassroots Health Workers

by Riders for Health
Aug 13, 2010

When Rosemary visits me I feel encouraged

A carer from Vumilia visiting children.
A carer from Vumilia visiting children.

Dear friends,

Thank you for all your continued support towards Riders for Health and our work in Kenya.

At Riders we hear every day of the amazing difference reliable transport is making in western Kenya amongst some of the poorest communities. And we know we would not be able to achieve without all the amazing support we receive so thank you to all those who have donated to support our work through GlobalGiving. I hope that this report will give you all an idea of the work you are supporting and the difference it is making to the lives of people living in rural Kenya.

The impact of mobility for grass-root organisations Since 2007, Riders has been mobilising carers from Vumilia. Vumilia is a grass-roots women’s self-help group based in the Kabras district, in Western Kenya by providing them with motorcycles and training them to ride them and maintain them to ensure that they run to a zero-breakdown standard. Vumilia is working to overcome HIV/AIDS in their community, through the psychological, social and economic empowerment of women.

Reliable transport makes a huge difference to organisations like Vumilia as it means they can not only reach more people, but also spend longer with them. The mobility and technical knowledge is the vital missing link that is allowing them to reach many more women and children.

The increased number of mobile staff has allowed Vumilia to increase the area coverage of over four locations. Over the last three months they have reached over 1,600 men, women and children from some of the poorest communities of western Kenya with regular care and support. “Since I started riding the motorcycle I manage to reach 10 clients per day, compared to the times when I had to use the boda boda*. Also the bike has helped us to cover long distances. Some of the people live about 20km away from the centre but now I can reach them all,” reported Susy Nambute, home-based carer from Vumilia. The story of Caleb Omomo When Rosemary Mani, one of Vumilia’s outreach carers, first visited 36 year old Caleb Omomo, he was bed-ridden. His wife Beatrice was exhausted from nursing him, working on the family food stand and caring for their one year old baby. Rosemary encouraged Caleb to be tested for HIV and after he was found to be positive, took Beatrice and the baby too. They were both also diagnosed as HIV positive.

Thanks to her motorcycle, Rosemary has been able to visit the family three times a week to support and counsel them to accept their status. Rosemary is also able to monitor the progress of the family and ensure that they do not default on their anti-retroviral treatment.

“When Rosemary visits me I feel encouraged,” said Caleb. “I don’t know how to thank Rosemary for all her help. My weight had gone down to 40kg but now I am 55kg.”

Rosemary is proud that thanks to her motorcycle she is able to reach those in need in her community and make a real difference to their lives.

I hope that you have found this report of interest and feel the impact that your support is having. For more information on Riders and our work, please don’t hesitate to visit or contact me at

With thanks and best wishes,

Astrid Astrid Jenkinson Fundraising Officer Riders for Health

*Boda-bodas are bicycle taxis commonly used in Kenya and other eastern African countries.

Rosemary visiting Beatrice and the baby.
Rosemary visiting Beatrice and the baby.

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Riders for Health

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Riders for Health
Project Leader:
Jake Fuchs
Chicago, IL United States

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Thanks to 30 donors like you, a total of $3,688 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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