The covid 19 pandemic in the world has really made life very difficult to most people in different countries. In Kenya, the pandemic has affected so many things negatively and vulnerable households and communities have been hit hard. The cost of living has been very high making things even worse since many people lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic thus making them even more vulnerable. Situation in Kokwa Island has not been any better although we have been trying our best to support the most vulnerable families. As previously reported, we started the intervention of distributing food stuff, masks and soaps to the families and we are happy to ensure monthly support to these families. We have been distributing food and soap monthly an intervention that has been taken very positively by the Kokwa Island community appreciating the good gesture extended to the vulnerable families. According to the ministry of health reports, the cases of infections are reducing thus giving some hopes of things getting better gradually. We also hope that schools will be opened soon as they have been closed since March. Closing of schools for that long has also affected many things negatively in the country. Many school girls from different parts of the country have been reported to be pregnant since the closure of schools. We have not received clear data from the Kokwa Island but we there are those who are pregnant and others have been into early marriages. It is our hope that soon the virus will come to an end and normalcy will take place. I take this opportunity on behalf of the Kokwa community to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the community and especially the great support channelled to the vulnerable families during the pandemic. Thank you very much.
Kokwa Island community is a community that we have been working with and they are our beneficiaries from the support we get through GlobalGiving community and especially on health sector. The community is very vulnerable and does not really get support from the county government and the main government and this year they had a lot of hopes that the county government of Baringo will finally complete construction of the new dispensary. Dispensary committee members hoped that they would follow up with the governor for them to have the dispensary completed and start operating but they were not able to visit him in his office as the covid 19 pandemic stopped most of the things in the country and they decided to hold on the meetings. The community has really been affected by the pandemic and it has been very challenging for them due to their vulnerability. Although there are no infections in the community, the cost of living has been very expensive and our organization has identified various interventions to support the community towards the pandemic. We have already distributed bar soaps to the most vulnerable households as one way of fighting covid 19 as we were informed that most vulnerable families cannot afford soap for their families for regular hand washing and general hygiene. We are also involving community health workers in the Island in creating awareness to the community by going door-to-door informing them on what they should do to fight the corona virus and the actions to take in case they have related symptoms. Thank you to our friends and well-wishers who have contributed through this platform as we continue appealing for more support. We are planning to distribute food stuff to the most vulnerable families as we have learnt that most of them don’t have any food to feed their families and since the school going children have been at home since much, they suffer a lot as they are not benefiting from the school lunch program resulting to most of them not having lunch at home since their parents cannot afford 3 meals per day. We have identified 60 households who are very vulnerable and we will be distributing food stuff, masks and bar soaps to ensure they at least have some food for few days, hygiene soaps and masks for their protection. Households improvised creative hand washing technics by using 5 litres water Jerrican hanged on a tree to ensure that they have running water. We appreciate their effort in protecting themselves from corona virus and we hope we will get more resources to support the whole community. Thank you again for your continued support together with our community we really appreciate.
Dear Friends and well-wishers. We sincerely thank you for being with us in the journey of helping and supporting the less privileged in our society. The year 2019 had various challenges and we tried our best to support our communities and contribute in solving some of the challenges. In one way or the we contributed in improving livelihoods of our communities and we hope to continue doing so in this new year and we welcome you again to walk the journey with us as we appreciate and value all your support that you give. During the festive seasons, we celebrated together with Kokwa community in various ways and especially the most vulnerable families. We did a campaign to collect clothes, shoes, school bags and utensils from our friends and family members to support the needy families in Kokwa Island where our friends and family members generously gave a lot of items which we distributed to the needy families and made their festive seasons more enjoyable. Some people also contributed cash money where we did Christmas shopping for the most vulnerable families. We appreciate all the support given to the people in Kokwa Island and we scincerely thank all those who supported us in making their festive seasons merry. The community and all the beneficiaries were very happy for the support given and they also appreciated everyone who has made the contribution to improve their living standards. As we start the year 2020, we hope to continue working with Kokwa Island community in various ways to improve their livelihoods. In the previous report, we had the issue of following up with the county government on the new dispensary. Unfortunately the community has not received any positive way forward from the county government on that matter and the dispensary committee has not managed to meet the governor himself much as they have not given up on the matter. They are determined and they want to embark on official visits to the governor’s offices so that they can have a clear way forward on the position and what to expect. They will let us know when they intend to visit the governor and we are ready to give them any support that they will require to ensure they have what is required of them in order to push on the matter we will keep updating the progress in our next reports. We take this opportunity to thank you for your kind contribution and your support as well as wishing you, family members and colleagues prosperous 2020. Thank You!!
It is another opportunity to update our good friends and well-wishers on Kokwa community progress. Although not much has been done, we are happy for the impacts we have realized even with small interventions and we will never get tired of thanking our friends and well-wishers for their continued support. As earlier reported, we had plans to have community meetings to discuss various issues concerning the community. One of the priority agenda was the issue of community dispensary on the Island and in August we held a meeting with all community members where they had their opportunity to raise their issues and give their views. Their great concern was about their health and inadequate medical equipment and services that they require. They are disappointed by the county government for their negligence and lack of commitment towards completion of the community dispensary. After a long discussions with them, we agreed to do an official letter to the governor and copies to all related department and follow up visits by the dispensary committee members. We assisted the community to do the official letter and later facilitated the committee members to Kabarnet to follow up on the issue. They visited the various offices but unfortunately they are yet to meet the governor. They were promised that their issue would be addressed and since then nothing has been done. They are planning to do another visit to follow up on the same.
In August we also had a great event with the community members where we were able to support the community in various ways with the funds from our good friends from USA. During the event we were able to distribute nutritious porridge flour for the elderly people, children under 5 years, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. I had the opportunity to discuss with the community the importance of nutritious diet and healthy eating as well as teach them how to prepare porridge with the flour distributed. The other activity we had was distributing re-usable sanitary towels to young mothers and out of school girls for improved hygiene. Hygiene soap and water guards were also distributed to the community members. Community health worker and the nurse took the blood pressure of the willing community members as well as deworming. The children were not left behind as we paid a barber to shave them and the health worker and the nurse applied fungal cream on the shaved heads as most of them had fungal infections. Some were very serious and required them to take a full dose for treatment. The children were also dewormed and given multi-vitamins. This event was very successful and the community was very excited and very happy with the support given to them. We will be doing follow up on the issue of fungal infection as this was identified as a major health concern. Thank you for the great support given to the Kokwa Island community and we request even more as we approach festive seasons we would like them also to enjoy the seasons.
We are happy to have another opportunity to report and update people on Kokwa Island progress. In our previous report we reported that there was urgent need of relief food for the Kokwa community due to the prolonged drought in most parts of the country where Kokwa was much affected. We appreciate all the support given by our friends towards Kokwa community. We received food donations from our good friends and we were grateful for the wonderful support, thank you very much. There have been rains in most parts of the country and we are very optimistic that there will be plenty food in the country. Kokwa has received some rains also but due to the rocky land, we are not expecting them to do any farming but in one way or the other the economic status will improve. There were plans to fundraise for mosquito nets as earlier reported but due to the urgency of relief food, we decided to address the issue first. Since now things are shaping up, we hope to embark of projects fundraising to ensure that the community health is addressed and improved. It is sad to report that the new dispensary which was being constructed by the county government is yet to be in use after so many years and the community is highly affected by the situation. The community who is out of the Island most of the times is not able to do much especially in serious cases and assisting pregnant women in delivering. Most of the women have been delivering in their small huts with very poor hygiene an issue which has been forwarded to the county government but nothing has been done. We are sensitizing the community so that they can raise their voices on the matter since the dispensary committee members have tried in vain. We will be having a meeting with them soon to discuss the issues and help them do an official letter to the county government ad if possible assist them to meet the team concerned. Community members with serious and special cases are being referred to other hospitals to seek for further medication but due to inadequate funds most of them are not going to the referral facilities which is now alarming. During our meeting with the community, we will follow up on those cases and discuss ways of addressing them. We don’t take for granted any support given to this community and on their behalf we are very grateful and appreciate the support given. Thank you very much and please don’t get tired as these community members need all us.
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