In September, 2013, American Imani Project staff and volunteers made their annual trip to Kenya.  Traveling this year was Marlene Anderson and Earline Anderson, Imani Project board members: Wally Wahlstrom and Judith Salter, social workers from Portland, Oregon; and Michelle Budd, administrator of Peace Health Medical Group in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Imani Staff and Volunteers for 2013 Kenya Trip

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In the two weeks that we were in Kenya, we were busy! We accomplished the following:

  • Taught classes to over 2000 school students on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. The classes were held in four remote villages. We gave out books on HIV/AIDS education to school teachers, and pencils to each 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student.
  • Taught classes to over 800 adults on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness using a curriculum prepared in Kiswahili. Men and women were taught in separate classes to encourage open discussion. We distributed condoms and beans to those who attended.
  • Taught classes on diarrhea care and prevention to 150 mothers and distributed diarrhea care kits with an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) spoon, zinc tablets and paracetamal.
  • Distributed 100 school uniforms to 10 different villages. The uniforms were given to the 10 most needy kids from each village who were not Imani Project sponsored orphans.
  • Held “Orphan Day” to interview all sponsored orphans. Orphans and caregivers came to the Imani Project office where an Imani Project volunteer talked with them to update our records and get information to send back to the sponsors. Gifts from the sponsors were also given to the children.
  • Held a special Gift Giving Day to distribute larger gifts (goats, ducks, chickens, bicycles, etc.) from sponsors to their orphans.
  • Conducted an HIV/AIDS support group meeting for 60 people with HIV and AIDS. We gave out beans and rice, tea and bread, condoms, and packets used to clean up spills to everyone who attended.
  • Gave out 750 pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses to elderly villagers. The glasses had been collected in the United States and donated by the Lions Club.
  • Conducted HIV testing and referral to the regional hospital. The Imani Project pays for transportation so that AIDS sufferers can go to the hospital in Malindi to pick up their antiretroviral (ARV) medications.
  • Completed plans for the construction of a community composting toilet in Mashaheni village. This is the first of its kind in the villages. Waste will be recycled and used for fertilizer for shambas (gardens) in the village.
  • Coordinated transportation for Sophia, a village girl to come to the United States for surgery. 12-year old Sophia had fatal osteomyelitis, and Shriner’s Hospital and doctros in Portland provided the entire treatment for no cost. Villagers and Imani Project volunteers donated money to pay for the flight to the United States and other expenses. Sophia’s surgery was successful and she is returning to Kenya in March!
Kenyan woman and volunteer presenting information.
Kenyan woman and volunteer presenting information.
Kenyan woman and volunteer presenting information.
Kenyan woman and volunteer presenting information.
Kenyan woman and volunteer presenting information.