By Maryanne W. Waweru l firstname.lastname@example.org
Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. After two days of nursing her two-year-old daughter at home, an anxious Maximilla Kangahi made her way to a clinic in her neighbourhood for help.
At the health facility, Maximilla was received by Waida Kasaya, clinical officer at the Beyond Zero clinic in Karanja, one of Kibera’s 18 villages. Located in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, Kibera is the country’s largest urban slum area with the highest density of any settlement in the country, with an estimated population of 250,000 (UNHabitat).
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Contributed by Hillary Omala, the Executive Director of CFK Africa
Fifteen years ago, more than 1,100 people lost their lives in the violence following Kenya’s 2007 elections. Every five years since then, the Kenya General Elections have occupied international headlines, and tensions have risen across the country as painful memories come flooding back.
But the truth is, things have gotten better.
While tensions rose during the recent election period, so did calls for peace. And even though this year’s results were contested, the arguments were resolved in our courtrooms rather than in our streets.
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When I was in Kenya this past July on the ONE Moms trip, I had quite a rude awakening when we traveled to rural areas -– a lack of toilets. There were not very many places for us to use the bathroom, unless we wanted to go in the bush or use one of the local latrines. On the first day in Kisumu, in the … Continue reading Why Access to Sanitation is Key to Health, Development
One of the wonderful things about working in social good is the people you meet. I have met some amazing people over the past few years who are doing extraordinary things, even some in my own backyard. Yesterday I joined Mary Martin Niepold for lunch and we chatted about Africa, her non-profit organization, the Nyanya Project, her recent TED talk at Wake Forest University where … Continue reading Sitting Down With Mary Martin Niepold, Founder of the Nyanya Project
The Nyanya Project empowers grandmothers to keep their families together in the face of AIDS devastation. We help African grandmothers form working cooperatives that generate the income necessary to provide healthcare, education and a loving home for their grandchildren. After being trained to care for HIV-infected family members and reinvest income, the grandmothers become role models for other women in their communities. This sustainable model … Continue reading Partner Feature – The Nyanya Project