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KAF

Community Health

Providing basic health care at the doorstep for 1,000 people every month, and planting trees to protect the forests and to cater for healthy food intake.
  • Local solution

    Kalyet Afya Foundation (KAF) provides basic health services to people who could otherwise not visit a hospital or doctor when they need it, because of a variety of reasons; The nearest health centre is far away from where they live, and they do not afford fare to visit the hospital. Government dispensaries are understaffed or have not enough equipment and medicines. In addition, many women of reproductive age in the rural areas we work lack reliable knowledge of family planning by the many rumours and misconceptions around family planning methods. Altogether it leads to many postpone getting information or medications, which jeopardizes their health.

    That is why KAFs clinic provides basic health care information and treatment, such as screening for diabetes, deworming and vaccination of children and family planning services.

    Moreover, together with farmer families KAF sets up tree nurseries. They are trained in how to care for their tree orchards. Together with communities they plant fast-growing trees for firewood, to protect the forest trees; and fruit trees to produce for the community. Fruit intake provides important vitamins and minerals to a poor family’s diet of ‘ugali’ (a maize meal porridge) only.

    Together it promotes community health, which has a huge impact on a family’s income, food security and wellbeing.

    Lives improved

    Every month, 1,000 women, children and men will be informed, tested or provided with basic medicine. This means major preventable diseases are prevented or alleviated.

    Being healthy has a direct impact on a family’s wealth, food security and well-being.

    Through tree planting 80 families will be assured of income. They can sell the seedlings or matured blue gum trees as firewood to schools or factories; and sell their fruits at local markets. It will generate a sustainable income that they can use to pay for their healthcare and other necessities like paying fees for their children.

    Community impact

    In the communities of Molo and Kuresoi this means: Women of reproductive age will be healthier and enabled to provide a healthier life for their children, when they are able to space their pregnancies. Lives of children under 5 are saved by immunizations, as they will be prevented against diseases such as polio. Lives of adolescents will be improved, as being informed on reproductive health leads to less teen pregnancies and les Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Lives of men over 60 are saved by screening and medication for life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer.

    What’s more, the entire community benefits from improved information, that spreads among people, which will in turn increase health-seeking behaviour and thus improve health and well-being in the community.

    Budget

    The donations Ksh 333,000 (or €2,572) will allow us to reach an extra 1,000 recipients within a period of 4 months’ time.

    The donations will be used as follows:

    • Awareness raising during community outreach meetings to dispel myths and create a better understanding of the benefits of the available health care services and family planning.
    • Providing information on family planning or counselling on HIV, directly to the people at the comfort of their homes. Later a nurse will go to dispense pills, a jab or the ARV-drugs.
    • A day clinic for treatment such as deworming and immunizations, cancer and diabetic screening and HIV-testing.
    • Purchasing of drugs and non- pharmaceuticals for the outreach. (ARV-drugs to be able to live with HIV are obtained through the government).
    • Paying community health volunteers (CHVs) for the outreach and other logistics.
    • Identifying farmers and community groups to grow seedlings and to care for the trees.
    • Providing these tree planting clubs, local farmers, schools and individual householders with relevant equipment and training. Beyond this project we will help them to connect them with buyers of the seedlings.

    The cost of reaching 1,000 people per month is Ksh 300,000 (or €2.368) monthly. For 12 months this means a total budget of Ksh 3.6 million (or €28,416). That means that additional donations will benefit even more people!

  • Local solution realised

    Kalyet Afya Foundation (KAF) provides basic health services to people who could otherwise not visit a hospital or doctor when they need it, because of a variety of reasons; the nearest health centre is far away from where they live, and they do not afford fare to visit the hospital. Government dispensaries are understaffed or have not enough equipment and medicines. In addition, many women of reproductive age in the rural areas we work lack reliable knowledge of family planning by the many rumours and misconceptions around family planning methods. Altogether it leads to many postpone getting information or medications, which jeopardizes their health.

    That is why KAFs clinic provides basic health care information and treatment, such as screening for diabetes, deworming and vaccination of children and family planning services.

    Moreover, together with farmer families KAF sets up tree nurseries. They are trained in how to care for their tree orchards. Together with communities they plant fast-growing trees for firewood, to protect the forest trees; and fruit trees to produce for the community. Fruit intake provides important vitamins and minerals to a poor family’s diet of ‘ugali’ (a maize meal porridge) only.

    Together it promotes community health, which has a huge impact on a family’s income, food security and wellbeing.

    Lives improved

    To date, 270 women, children and men are informed, tested or provided with basic medicine. This means major preventable diseases are prevented or alleviated.

    Being healthy has a direct impact on a family’s wealth, food security and well-being.

    1 group with 150-200 members has been trained and supplied with seeds, tubers and watering cans for the tree planting.

    Community impact realised

    The community is conversant with environment conservation and importance of planting tree. Moreover, they have clear understanding of various family planning methods through mobilization from our CHVs (Community Health Volunteers). This has played a great role in dispelling myths and misconceptions about contraceptives especially for women of the reproductive age.

    Budget

    The donations of €2,641 has been utilised in;

    • Community mobilization both for health and environment activities.
    • Identifying farmers and community groups to grow seedlings and to care for the trees.
    • Training groups, local farmers and individuals to start tree nurseries and connect/ training them on diverse methods of marketing their tree seedlings.
    • Purchasing seeds and equipment for one group to do tree nursery for various seeds.

Testimonials

  • I am happy with KAF’s services and knowledge. Most of the rumours and misconception I had about family planning are addressed. I will also spread this message to more women.

  • I now have an income by producing seedlings. We got training in skills, equipment and connection to the market to sell all through KAF.

Project Details

  • Project
    Community Health
  • Campaign
    Finished
  • NGO
    KAF
    Women-led
  • Location
    Kenya
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • No Poverty, No Hunger
  • Start date
    January 2, 2022
  • End date
    April 30, 2022
  • Total amount raised
    € 2641
  • Lives improved
    270 persons
  • Community iMPACT
    200 people reached

KAF

Kalyet Afya Foundation (KAF) is a local non-profit organisation based in Molo Sub-County, addressing the following two missions: 1) To sensitize, educate and provide family planning and healthcare services to people living in rural and slum areas, who cannot afford the cost of healthcare or cost of transport to the healthcare facilities. And 2) to protect, plant, cultivate and promote trees in partnership with local communities. KAF has a health permit of the Kenyan government and receives ARV-drugs (to be able to live with HIV) through them.

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