In the last two months we have been busy! Our mobile clinics have reached over 4,000 women with family planning services in different rural communities in Kenya thanks to the hard work and dedication of our partners. These partners work tirelessly to bring much needed family planning resources to areas where access would otherwise be seriously limited. Our environmental work also continues apace with over 10,000 trees having been planted since March.
Thank you for your support and interest in our work.
Henry and Robin
Partners in Action
We thought we’d tell you what our partners have been doing over the last couple of months to give you an idea of the impact of our work.
In March, one of our partners, Dandelion Africa completed 3 day-clinics providing 325 women with family planning resources and 872 people with primary health care. We were also able to send funding for a further series of 9 day-clinics that will be happening in the coming months.
On their most recent outreach the Dandelion van unfortunately got stuck crossing a river. Thankfully there was a passing vehicle in the area that was able to assist for which the team were very grateful.
Moving the Dandelion Africa van
This incident has shown again the need for a good 4×4 – if you’d like to help, please visit our Donate page (you can add “Dandelion 4×4” as a message on the MyDonate website page).
Our new partner, Community Health Volunteers (CHV), has completed their first mobile day-clinic near Kakamega forest, Kenya’s only tropical rainforest which is the last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent and is renowned for its 376 species of birds. During the first day-clinic 625 patients were seen and 195 of the women who attended chose to use family planning.
CHV Clinic near Kagamega
Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT) completed a mobile clinic outreach to West Laikipia and Baringo East in April. Over 2,000 people came to hear CHAT’s talk on how to lead a healthier life and ecological awareness and 903 women choose to have family planning.
On the environmental side of our work, our partner, Mount Kenya Trust, is working on a pilot schools tree planting project in co-operation with One Tree Per Child and we’re looking forward to seeing the results from that soon. It’s an exciting opportunity for MKT to work with school children planting trees.
In April, Community Food and Environment Group (COFEG) planted over 10,000 trees at the Asanyo IDP settlement which, at over 8,000 feet, is a cold and windy spot. The trees will provide shelter and, in the future, a source of firewood and construction material as well as helping to increase local bio-diversity.
Trees being delivered to the Asanyo settlement
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Children in front of trees planted with funding from CHASE Africa
Since 2004, our school tree planting programme has reached over 20,000 pupils at over 80 schools. Each project in our programme involves planting 450 trees on a one acre plot in a school. The trees are planted by the children under the supervision of a field officer. The children and the teachers look after the trees, and the projects are valuable for learning about practical aspects of geography and environmental issues. After 4 years, the trees are ready to be pruned. Then, after 10 to 12 years the trees can be harvested for timber to build classrooms or firewood for use in cooking school meals.
Positive outcomes and new classrooms
Last year, 8 schools that had joined the programme at the beginning had trees mature enough to harvest. The value of the timber was over £22,000. Two schools used the timber to build new classrooms, the rest sold their timber providing much needed additional funding.
A classroom built with timber from trees funded by CHASE Africa
We are really pleased with the success of this project. Children are being taught how to grow trees and enjoy the practical lessons, and the schools benefit from additional income when the trees are harvested. The trees are also an environmental benefit to the wider community since pressure on the remaining natural forest is reduced.
Children enjoying their newly constructed classroom
One head teacher of the Langinet Secondary School was asked about the benefits of the trees that had been planted at his school. He immediately responded with a list of 10 advantages without even having to think about it, ranging through environmental, financial, educational, habitat and climatic benefits.
Due to the success of our school tree planting programme there are many more schools eager to get involved.