2019 is going to become a year that is not different than the previous ones when it comes down to baby milk powder. This powder is very important for the health and growth of a lot of the baby's that visit the Matata hospital each year.
Orinde Secondary School is one of the emerging Mixed Secondary Schools upgraded from primary school. The school is located in Kojwach Location-Kabondo/kabondo Constituency, Homa Bay County. It has 400 students and running Secondary Education programs (Forms 1-4).
Though the government of Kenya supports some percentage (10%) of students’ maintenance, the support does not cover infrastructures development. The situation has left several Secondary schools in very poor infrastructural status, and therefore the responsibility is on the parents and local communities.
Currently the school has some old classrooms used while it was in the primary stage and no proper administrative block. With the increasing student’s population, it means the four available classrooms are no longer able hold 400 students comfortably. The classes are congested and therefore not healthy for learning environment.
Siany Community is a clan within Kochia West Location, Kochia Division, Rangwe Sub-county in Homa Bay County and has approximate population of 1090 people. The area is flat with black cotton soil, and many times waterlogged. The area has no any river and is highly water deficit. The closes water source is the Lake Victoria which is about three kilometers away and is ever contaminated. The area appears to be very vulnerable to related water bone diseases. This is due to its Topography: flat, waterlogged with poor drainage system.
However, the community still uses the water source. Those who are economically able have roof catchment, but the majority poor(90%) has only the lake. Within the community is the Kwoyo Kaura Primary School with about 521 (classes 1-8) and 112(Early Childhood Education/Nursery) pupils. The proposed shallow well will therefore support the general community and the school community.
Nyawawa Community is a clan within Gem Division, Rangwe Sub-county in Homa Bay County and has approximate population of 871 people. The area can be considered as safe-clean water deficit since it has no any piped water system nearby, neither is there any protected springs.
The rivers available are always polluted and therefore not most suitable for domestic use. However, the communities use these rivers to supply their domestic water needs, It therefore means the area is vulnerable to water related infections. Within the community is the Nyawawa Primary School with about 330 pupils.
On successful implementation of the shallow well water project, the following outcomes are expected:
The Ongalo Nursery School is housed in temporary corrugated iron sheet building with extremely dusty floor. The temporary structure does not meet minimum objectives of Pre-school (Nursery) as outlined in the Ministry of Education Pre-school guidelines.
SPECIFIC ACHIEVABLE OBJECTIVES/IMPACTS OF ACTIVITIES OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT
Development of a new Nursery School
- Increased enrolment from the present number of 20 to 50 on completion of the renovation.
- A created rich learning environment able to develop a child’s potentials for future firm learning/education foundation.
- Reduced preventable air and water borne diseases infections due to previous poor state of facilities.
- A child’s imagination and self-reliance and thinking ability would have been developed when attending pre-school education at Ongalo Nursery school.
- Sustainable relationships between Foundation Matata Children Hospital Kenya, Matata Foundation-Kenya, the funding Foundation and the community would be built for livelihood improvement.
- Children’s experienced would be enriched to enable him /her better cope with the primary school life.
The impact of nutritional milk supply has greatly been realized in relations to improved quality of health for babies who have been consistently supported with milk and the increase in the demand for the MCH/FP/PMCTC services at of recent.
Several mothers come from far and wide to attend the Matata MCH/FP clinics whereas they leave some facilities closure to them. The impression it creates is that our services have value addition; milk supply to improve on the livelihood of the vulnerable and malnourished children.
We expect an improved number of clients by at least 5% as in the year 2017, in view of the fact that public Health services has considerably declined in quality and accessibility. The decline in the public health services has put pressure in the Matata Hospital resources because the most of the clients now turn to Matata. This is one major reason for the 5% increase in both clients’ flow and number of tins required for the year 2018.