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From Kisumu & Nandi County, Kenya

June, 2022:

Empowering Female Farmers

In Songhor, Kenya, impoverished women are beginning to earn an income, grow food crops, develop new skills, and start collective savings thanks to KEDHAP’s Female empowerment program benefitting approximately 700 women in Muhoroni and Tinderet Sub counties.

Read more on our blog here (part 1) and here (part 2).

June, 2022 – Mwale’s last shot at education!

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐜 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥! “𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴. 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺,” – These are the words of a humble yet jubilant boy.
 
Mwale Joseph Makome is a 17-year-old boy with five other siblings. He comes from a family of squatters at Kipsamwe village in the Muhoroni sub-county. His parents are casual laborers in the neighboring large-scale landowner’s farms. Mwale is a KEDHAP-sponsored student at Songhor Sec School. He sat for his KCSE in 2021 and achieved a mean grade of B+ (the best grade his School has achieved in 11 years)! The top 2.4% in all of Kenya with over 800000 students tested in grade 12. Out of 36 other candidates who sat for the school’s national examination, Mwale was one of the two students from his school who attained a direct entry grade to university. Mwale has attributed his exemplary performance to discipline and hard work.
 
Despite scoring 317 marks in KCPE, he could not join the school he was admitted to due to the lack of funds. “My dream is to mentor other students in my area to realize their potential. I also want to pursue a medicine course,” says Mwale.

Mwale was a star performer at his school – the school captain and a member of the school’s life skills club. He is one of the most disciplined students the school has ever had. Mwale is grateful for a good working relationship between teachers, students, parents, and KEDHAP, which he believes also played a big part in improving his performance in the school.


Mwale will need at least $5000 a year for his four-year university course. Would you like to help Mwale cross his next finish line?

May, 2022

Carol is 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠 13 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 with a direct entry grade to the University! A 2021 KCSE graduate from a Muhoroni Sec School, Carol had to navigate through a host of challenges as a girl living in the slums of Muhoroni.

“𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔. 𝑴𝒚 𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒘𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒑𝒂𝒚, 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒆 𝒎𝒚 𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒔 𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒊 𝒃𝒖𝒔 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒌. 𝑾𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒊𝒙 𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒓𝒅 𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒏, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝑺𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍. 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝑰 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒑𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒆𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏. 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑰 𝒈𝒐𝒕 𝒂𝒅𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒚 𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍, 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒎𝒚 𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆 – 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒆𝒍 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒔.”

Carol’s parents could not afford to care for Carol’s hygiene requirements. Carol had to stay home during her menses for fear of soiling her skirt. She feared the shame and embarrassment she saw fellow girls go through during menses in school.

KEDHAP stepped in at the opportune time and supported the girls of her school with sanitary towels, underwear, and girls’ health talks. Carol was able to attend classes regularly and did not miss any lessons because of her monthly periods. KEDHAP further encouraged Carol through discussions on how to overcome some of the challenges faced by the girls and gave her tips to improve her performance in class!

March, 2022

KEDHAP has pioneered the Goat Dairy project to assist with nutritional and financial stability for widows, orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS. 

The idea was initiated in 2006 through the provision of one pair of local goats each, to 98 widows and their extended family members. The following year, KEDHAP was able to establish its own Dairy Goat Project, which included training and proper sensitization for the beneficiaries, on Dairy Goat Farming and the model that KEDHAP intended to adopt.

The social and economic impact has been dramatic! Many widows who are now empowered and experts in goat farming can feed their families. In addition, the surplus milk is sold, providing a source of income to buy food, medication, and other necessities. KEDHAP’s approach and model has been so successful that there are now 16 groups established in western Kenya, impacting more than 800 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧! 

Mary, a Dairy Goat Project beneficiary from the Soba DG cluster.

February, 2022

Education: We are proud to report that 3 girls and 6 boys under our sponsorship are sitting for their KCSE exams. We are grateful that despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, which caused many students to drop out of school, all our sponsored students are able to sit their exams.

Peace-building and Reconciliation Ministry: We have a general calm at the border as a result of the vigilance by the peace committees who are holding meetings twice every month within the common ethnic border region.

Women Empowerment: 5250 girls in 52 schools were supplied with sanitary towels and underwear. 

PLWHA’s Ministry: All the enlisted 313 adolescents attended their scheduled clinic appointments on a monthly basis. Self-reported adherence has improved significantly, leading to viral load suppression over time. 298 adolescents reported zero viral load during their last clinic appointment this month.

Remmy a pediatric adolescent at Ogen CCC receive a donation of maize support

Remmy, a pediatric adolescent at Ogen CCC receives a donation of maize support.

December, 2021

This year on World AIDS day, KEDHAP joined other leaders and stakeholders to confront the inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach those who are currently not receiving essential HIV services. There are many success stories and Grace is one such inspiration.

She is a 16-year-old girl who was diagnosed with HIV at the tender age of 4 and started antiretroviral treatments at 5. As a child, it was not easy for her to accept the fact that she would have to take HIV medication for the rest of her life. She blamed her deceased mother for her troubles, but after being counselled through training by KEDHAP staff and Ministry of Health peer educators, she eventually accepted her status and is now an asset in the fight against HIV/AIDS among the youth.

Today, Grace is a Youth Ambassador working with young people at the Tamu Comprehensive Care Clinic in Kenya, supporting those who struggle with HIV. The clarion call at the Tamu CCC is “End Teen pregnancies, End inequalities, End AIDS”.

Just as Grace saw her life changed for the better by the important work done by our partner KEDHAP, many more teens with HIV/AIDS will be impacted and given hope!

Grace William from Tamu CCC at home weeding kale planted in sacks

September 15, 2021

The ministry of support to PLWHA’s is one of the most vital and impactful programs KEDHAP is running. We have been able to give many members hope in the community and a reason to live near normal lives away from frustrations and the effects of HIV/AIDs through the work of grace. We are grateful to all our partners who have stood with us on this journey of transformation.

Although many considered HIV/AIDS to be a death sentence, it is still possible to live a long, healthy life due to ARVs (anti retro-viral drugs). ARVs are NOT a cure; they have to be taken for life. However, they will prevent HIV from spreading through the body and can prevent it from developing into AIDS…(read more).

Maraba Pediatric adolescents pose for a picture after receiving their portion of maize.

August 31, 2021

Girls like Syprine deserve to receive an education but the reality is that girls from low-income families are more likely to stop or drop out of school due to financial struggle or having older siblings that are male. But this does not have to be how their story ends! Not only has Syprine been given the gift of education but she has also been given the gift of hope and the opportunity to break the hold that poverty has on her life!

Click here to read Syprine’s Story!

Francisca a KEDHAP staff on the left with Syprine
Francisca with Syprine, talking about her testimony.

June 14, 2021

“Addah has been consistent in her academic performance since elementary school but without the support we received from KEDHAP, she couldn’t have reached this far because they ensured regular school attendance through the provision of financial help as well as sanitary towels and underwear. Before Addah was supported with proper sanitary towels, she would use old blanket pieces and cloths which made her uncomfortable and sometimes made her stay home from school. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported Addah’s education as they have given her the gift of a better future. This is the best blessings a mother could ask for her child.”

– Addah’s Mother

Click here to read Addah’s Story!

Addah and Her Mother In front of Their Home.
Addah and her Mother receiving a donation of sanitary pads from KEDHAP's Facilitator, Francisca.
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