New projects and new people in CHASE Africa's October newsletter.
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Welcome to the first of CHASE Africa’s new regular newsletters. It’s our aim to bring you interesting stories and photos of everything that is going on with our work in Kenya – and there is a lot happening!

Each newsletter will feature a selection of stories about our projects, items about the environment, health and family planning, and news direct from our office here in Nunney, Somerset.

We’d love to hear from you too so feel free to get in touch and tell us what you think!

Next month: keep a look out for details of CHASE's 2014 Christmas Card!

New Projects

We work on projects which are undertaken by our partner organisations in Kenya.  They work in communities in a number of different areas. Your support means that we have many projects on the ground with our partners. This month we’d like to introduce two of our partners – CHAT (Community Health Africa Trust) and Mount Kenya Trust.
We have been working through CHAT since 2012 when we supported a mobile clinic which reached hundreds of people with health and family planning services. It was supporting this mobile clinic that helped us realise the importance for families of being able to get access to family planning services. CHAT operates from Nanyuki, north of Nairobi, and started in 2001. It provides a mobile health clinic service to underserved communities in the North and Central Highlands of Kenya and offers basic healthcare, family planning, immunisation, HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, and TB monitoring.

In the last 12 months we have supported CHAT with 6 projects taking basic medical services and family planning into communities that are too poor or remote to get access to medical services. Through these projects over 5,000 women have been able to use family planning, most for the first time, which enables them to choose the spacing and number of children they can afford to feed and educate.
In their own words, the Mount Kenya trust is "is a Kenyan based organisation dedicated to helping preserve and protect Mount Kenya". Mount Kenya itself is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa – the highest being Kilimanjaro. Around the mountain are over 200 square miles of national park – home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, and a number of different tribal communities.

A year ago, CHASE Africa made a grant to the Mount Kenya Trust for a family planning project and this year we have made another grant to be used for tree planting. This second grant has only just been made (25/09/14) but we will be following the progress of the sites that are to be planted and will keep you updated.

Introducing... Claire Nicholls

We’re very pleased to be able to welcome Claire on board as our new Fundraising Coordinator. Claire is from Somerset and developed an interest in Africa during a summer expedition to a rural school in Zimbabwe at the age of 16. In her gap year she returned to Africa to work in Bulawayo, after which she completed a degree in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. Before joining CHASE she spent 4 years living with her husband in India running the family business.

Stories from Milgris River

Jennifer is 25 years old and has 5 children. She thinks that 5 children is enough when it comes to catering and schooling. In 10 years' time she wants to have a job in town with her husband. Any job will do!

She wants her children to also get jobs "outside", meaning in a town, but she expects they will all come back here sometimes to see family and friends.

From Kenya...

Robin Witt, CHASE's co-chair of trustees, visited Kenya in August of this year. He spent time with all of our partners. In Nanyuki he met with members of CHAT and MKT and in Nakuru met with Dandelion Africa, COFEG and FOMAWA. Some of his photos are below, and we'll be putting more up on our website.

Clockwise from top left: Jacob with a trial plot of pine seedlings. CHAT's mobile clinic in action. The happy completion of 64 water tanks. Women's group preparing for indigenous planting (Mount Kenya)
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