Submitted by Kenyan CTC Staff on Tue, 2012-06-05 13:42
Maai Mahiu and other CTC project sites have been receiving heavy rains for the last two months. It is said that “when it rains it rains to all people,” not discriminating on age, social status, color or even tribe. It was very unfortunate that some of the grandmothers benefiting from our GAPA Program, were living in such small, terrible homes with leaking roofs. It was a very hard season for them.
The challenges being faced by our grandmothers are really devastating, affecting not only their health but also their daily search for income. CTC/BMSF Program, in cooperation with the CTC and Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, set out on a journey to assess the hardest hit homes and assist the grandmothers on improving the conditions of their housing. Fifteen homes were evaluated and a construction plan for their improvement was set into place. The program and community health officers, as well as the community at large, worked together until the completion of construction.
With such poor terrain and the destruction of roads, visits and construction was not an easiest task facing the project staff. The program has improved the homes of four grandmothers, enabling them to suitably accommodate the orphans and vulnerable children under their care.Community participation, team work and heartfelt enthusiasm to change their situation made the program a life changing experience for the grandmothers, who expressed with their joy tearfully.
The GAPA Program wishes to thank its donors Bristol Myers Squibb and other well wishers for their continued support. The construction is still ongoing in hopes to improve 36 more homes. All and any encouragement is welcomed as we embark further on this honorable course.
Assistant Health Officer