Report of the meeting in Kisumu
- Meeting of Samwel Kongere and Maria Agnese Giraudo with Benter Oballa Bwana, Bernadette Otieno, Charles Aboge, - Kisumu, Kenya, on 14th August 2006-------------------------------------------------------Bernadette Otieno is the Coordinator of St.Rita Community Based Orphan Care KisumuST Rita CBOC started in 1998 in Dunga, Kisumu dedicated to her last sister lost tragically. After such events of her family she resigned from job as Psycologist and started the project.Members: 12 mothers of the community.MissionTo empower Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) at risk and affected of HIV/AIDS and their caregivers with skills. To work with community to improve their life level, using local resources for sustainable development.The main aim is to help OVC to run a normal life in a friendly and caring family environment:providing house where to livetaking to schoolpaying school feesproviding treatmentsproviding assistance by volunteersVisionSt Rita CBO foresee a community where OVC are provided with right of survive, protection in an environment where they can realize their talents in society.Orphan children 130Orphans in Secondary school 19Other new 3 St.Rita centers are operating:Vyoma, Bomdo DistrictKitmikayi, KisumuNyabomdo, Nyando DistrictAwardsThe Worlds Children Prize for the Rights of the Child 2005- Swedencontact +254.057.2023106Unfortunately we couldnt visit St Rita CBO. We hope to have the chance to visit it next time we will together in Kenya.Charles Aboge is the founder and director of the project KISUMU Children Center and School Kisumu, KenyaJournalist for 25 years in governmental and independent newspapers, experienced in many fields.The project stated in 1996 to provide education to orphans and vulnerable children, in 1997 Kisumu City Council donated the nursery school building with 6 teachers paid by Government.Children 180 from 3 to 10 year old. After that age they go to City Council School where they get free education on the agreement with the City Council of the 1997.The organization starting implementing a feeding program, clothing, shelter, and healthcare services to the children. Actually no all these programs keep on. The Children Center and School got many visitors from Government, UNICEF, US Ambassador, etc.AwardsCharles Aboge got from the President of Rep of Kenya personal awardInternational awards ( for more information contact Charles Aboge)The Government has given Charles Aboge a plot next provincial hospital of 3 he already fenced. His intention is to develop a school for professional learning training on self-sustainable activitiesWe visited the center around 5,30 pm. Therefore we couldnt meet the children. We asked Charles for refurbishing the center rooms and he accepted our advice.
Benter Oballa Bwana - Kwogo Women GroupThe organization, registered by government, started in 1997, by 7 ladies:Aims: to improve the standard of life of the community in Kajulu est, Winam division, Kisumu District., 10 km from Kisumu town. The area presents different problems due to squatters without land, water and latrines, proximity to town, high rate of unemployment, prostitution and risk of HIV/AIDS transmission. Presence of many orphans and widows.
1. HBC for the communityTraining of members and relatives of sick peopleReferring to hospital S. Monica Catholic hospital, District HospitalTestsCounselingTreatment
2. NutritionIn particular in the management of HIV/AIDS, intakes of herbs and vegetables:* Moringa, tropical plantThere are scientific evidences of the benefits of integrating the nutrition of vulnerable populations with micronutrient-rich foods such as the leaves Moringa oleifera(with an high content of vitamins (total and beta-carotene and ascorbic acid) and minerals. (calcium, phosphorus and iron) and other components, such as flavonoids etc.Medical properties: use for prevention of respiratory disorders.. sexual disorder, high bood pressure etc.(1).The results in the community, after three years of intake, show the property of immune booster of Moringa leaves.*Rosella tea (Hibiscus heterophyllus) nutritive value in amino acids, minerals and vitamins and medical properties: diuretic, cholerectic febrifugal and hypotensive http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/roselle.html
Local vegetables:They encourage the local community to cultivate their kitchen garden, beside their kitchen. Foods are also dried and sold.*Grain Amaranth ..with high protein, as well as a high fat content
3. BusinessProduction and selling of avocado, neeme (I m not sure of spelling, and I would like to get more information on it) soaps4. Children and Women RightsParalegal actionAdvocacy5. GirlsOccasionally they buy sanitary towels for girls, who during their menstruation miss the school and risk infections. In the plan it is to start a project for girls.6. Education of the CommunityBarazas (a meeting, term used in East Africa), 1 each year, about children and women rights, Child labor, etc.Unfortunately we couldnt visit Kwogo Women Group and explore that area, near Kisumu.(1) Seshadei S., Nambiar VS Kanjero (Digera arvensis) and Drumstick leaves (Moringa oleifera): nutrient profile and potential for human consumption. World Rev Nutr Diet 2003;91:41-59
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