Community elders uphold culture & traditions
In omiito, community elders (“Amejei Adomei” & “Asonga” groups) still perform cultural and traditional activities as service to the community members and mode of enhancing/preserving the identity of the “Iteso” (people from omiito). The real life performances are also income generating activities contributing to the livelihood of the group members/community. Still awaiting the arrival of the tourists/visitors, these real life activities shall be edited and translated for comfortable view through music, dance and drama. Asonja is also saving with Okapel Cooperative Savings and Credit Society Ltd (Micro Finance Institution) towards sustaining the group.
After much time and work, we have raised enough funds to start the micro-loan project!
For some time now we have been trying to raise $1200 to start a revolving microloan project for a group of 10 women in Kabondo. A page was set up on Give Meaning (www.givemeaning.com/project/kabondo) nearly 2 years ago, and we raised just of $300 CAD. In February 2009 we held a Twitter fundraising event called Tweetheart (www.kabondopoverty.org/tweetheart09) and brought the total to just of $800.
Yesterday I received the news that an anonymous donor made a $400 contribution so that the project could start for all the women. Our thanks goes out to this donor for helping move this project forward. Much like many other projects on Nabuur, patience and dedication are required and we are glad to see that both have paid off.
I will be working to get the funds transferred to Eric so the project can begin. Looking forward to hear the stories from the women taking part in the project!
Facilitator - Kabondo, Kenya
April 25-29th, Arrow Web Hospital successfully offered polio vaccines to 470 children. The hospital was supplied with the vaccines by the Kenyan Government as part of it's Emergency Polio Vaccination Campaign.
Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that lives in the human intestines. It can also be found in human feces. The virus is primarily spread by contact with the feces of an infected person-such as when changing diapers. It can also be spread through contaminated food and water in areas where there are poor sanitation systems. Once the virus enters the body, it multiplies in the throat and intestines. It travels through the bloodstream and infects the brain and spinal cord. Paralysis occurs because of this attack on the nervous system, destroying the nerves that send messages from the brain and muscles. Vaccination is the best way to prevent polio, but once infected there is no cure.