Sharon Atema is one of the women who benefitted from this project in 2020. Sharon is 36 years old, and lives in the village of Mukango in Vihiga County, Western Kenya. Having grown up in a large family, with nine siblings, Sharon was denied a secondary education due to financial pressures. She married at age 20, and has six children, her last born just three months old.
When a Community Health Worker from the project visited Mukango, Sharon learnt about the different types of contraception. After discussing these with her husband, she was provided with a referral to a nearby clinic. Sharon and her husband chose a 3 year contraceptive implant, to avoid having another child for at least the next three years.
Sharon’s story is similar to those we hear from our partners across East Africa. It takes little to change the future of a family and give their children better opportunities in life – like the chance of an education, that Sharon was unable to complete.
UK aid is helping some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in the world. Cutting the budget at this time will have severe consequences, and CHASE Africa sincerely hopes that government will stick to their manifesto pledge and renew the 0.7% GNI spend as soon as possible.
At a time when nearly half of small UK international charities say they won’t survive the pandemic without support, cuts to the aid budget will leave many UK charities wondering how to support the communities most in need.