CHASE operates through a number of different partners in Kenya and Uganda. We thought we’d tell you what they have been doing over the last couple of months to give you an idea of the impact of our work. We’ll be following up with more detailed stories as we receive reports from our partners.
In March, Dandelion Africa completed 3 day-clinics reaching 325 women with family planning resources and 872 with primary health care. We were also able to send funding for a further series of 9 day-clinics that will be happening in the coming months.
On their most recent outreach the Dandelion van, unfortunately got stuck crossing a river. Thankfully there was a passing vehicle in the area that was able to assist for which the team were very grateful. However, this incident has shown again the need for a good 4×4 – if you’d like to help, please visit our Donate page (you can add “Dandelion 4×4” as a message on the MyDonate website page).
Our new partner, Community Health Volunteers (CHV), has completed their first mobile day-clinic near Kakamega forest, Kenya’s only tropical rainforest which is the last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent and renowned for its 376 species of birds. During the first day-clinic 625 patients were seen and 195 of the women who attended chose to use family planning.
Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT) completed a mobile clinic outreach to West Laikipia and Baringo East in April. Over 2,000 people came to hear CHAT’s talk on how to lead a healthier life and ecological awareness and 903 women choose to have family planning.
On the environmental side of our work, our partner, Mount Kenya Trust, is working on a pilot schools tree planting project in co-operation with One Tree Per Child and we’re looking forward to seeing the results from that soon. It’s an exciting opportunity for MKT too with school children planting trees.
In April, Community Food and Environment Group (COFEG) planted over 10,000 trees at the Asanyo IDP settlement which, at over 8,000 feet, is a cold and windy spot. The trees will provide shelter and, in the future, a source of firewood and construction material as well as helping to increase local bio-diversity.