Project #15837

Health Care for New Year in Africa

by The Nyanya Project


The Nyanya Project will purchase health insurance for its 170 African grandmothers and their 1,000 AIDS orphaned grandchildren in Kenya and Rwanda. Once provided with health insurance for a full year, these families will have access to the vital care they require and will place health insurance as a high priority in the future. Annual health insurance costs $25 per family of four in Kenya and $5 per person in Rwanda.
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In Kenya and Rwanda, residents are required to have health insurance. Our TNP grandmothers receive no financial assistance and go without health insurance, putting their families at an even higher risk for disease, especially those who are HIV-positive. Grandmothers are often forced to take money, intended for food and school expenses, to pay medical bills. A sudden illness devastates an entire family and leaves them with a difficult choice: the survival of the ill or the survival of the family.


By providing one year of health insurance to our East African Nyanya Project families, our grandmothers will finally have the health coverage they require. This financial assistance provides security and support for these families, already devastated by AIDS. Our Health Insurance Initiative will assure health insurance for nearly 1,200 people in Kenya and Rwanda.

Long-Term Impact

Providing health insurance to 1,200 women and children, will motivate grandmothers to want to continue the health coverage. TNP trains these African grandmothers in marketable skills,so we are requiring that a portion of the money they earn from TNP's agricultural, livestock and sewing programs will be set aside to pay for health insurance in the future. Buying health insurance for the grandmothers for one year will give them a leg up and inspire them to purchase health insurance in the future.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

The Nyanya Project

Location: Winston-Salem, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mary Martin Niepold
Founder and President
Winston-Salem, NC United States

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