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A community health worker participates in an environmental clean-up at Njongue.
Christine, a participant in the NCM program in Kenya said, “Since drilling this water a few months ago, we are already reaping its benefits. As far as health benefits, the incidence of new cases of waterborne illnesses, such as diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera, has fallen 50 percent, while the maternal mortality rate has dropped 47 percent, from 362 to 171 deaths per 100,000 births. The percentage of the target population using good hygiene and sanitation practices has increased from 55 percent to 70 percent. Some 2,464 people have been made aware of hygiene issues.” Jane a community member added, “We no longer wake up at 2 am to go fetch water. It is readily available anytime and any day. We are really grateful and especially the women because it is our responsibility to fetch water.”
INTEGRATED WATER/WELLS, HEALTH AND SANITATION PROJECT (KENYA)
This project in Turkana Province of North Eastern Kenya will serve about 20,000 people.
Community health workers are being trained to identify health issues in the communities and build linkages with local health clinics and other health services. They also train the communities in proper hygiene and sanitation.
Water supplies / wells are being constructed or rehabilitated as needed and training is provided in care and maintenance of the water supplies / wells to ensure the water remains pure and drinkable.
Faith leaders / pastors are being trained as champions of improved health, hygiene and sanitation practices. Toilets / latrines are being constructed or rehabilitated.
At Child Development Centres, clean drinking water sources are being provided along with toilets / latrines, as well as teaching and training in hygiene and sanitation.
There are quarterly environmental clean ups carried out by the communities themselves.
Home vegetable gardens are being established.
The community health worker was interviewed…
She said “We lived in a dirty/filthy environment that exposed us to various diseases and infections such as cholera and typhoid. After receiving training and knowledge from our newly launched community health and wash program from my church, I participated in a clean-up activity organized at our marketplace of Njangoe, where I live and work. I was able to take part actively in the activity and attend training about waste management provided by the team. I learned the effects of dirty environment on health and how to manage waste in our surroundings to ensure better hygiene and disease reduction.”
NCM funded a well at Njangoe community in northeastern Kenya and it is currently supporting 928 households (6,595 people).
For current Africa projects funded through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, visit www.ncmcanada.ca/canadian-foodgrains-bank
CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE (MALAWI)
The soils of Malawi are very depleted in nutrients and farmers are harvesting less and less food from their fields. Changing climate also means unusually heavy rains which flood the fields, or prolonged dry spells where there is no rain and the food crops shrivel. The net effect is that many subsistence farmers have less food for their families. People are hungry for many months of the year.
NCM Canada is working in partnership with NCM Malawi and with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help farmers learn new and improved methods called “conservation agriculture” that will increase their food yields. Digging planting holes and filling them with compost helps retain moisture and supplies needed nutrients to the plants. Intercropping with legumes and using them as a groundcover between the rows of maize (corn) fixes nitrogen (from the air) and makes it available to maize crops and also provides shade for the soil during droughts.
Farmers clubs are formed in each community where farmers practicing conservation agriculture come together weekly at the church for a Bible study, prayer and discussion of farming issues. Neighbouring farmers notice the increased yields and begin to adopt the methods. Neighbouring villages notice the increased yields and new methods and ask the church to bring conservation agriculture to their village. Whenever conservation agriculture spreads to new community, a church is planted!
ZUKUMA NAZERENE SCHOOL (MALAWI)
In a remote area in the north of Malawi is Zukuma Nazarene School. It serves about 400 children and is the only school in the area. NCM Canada in partnership with NCM Malawi is working with the local community and school committee to repair school buildings, build latrines (toilets), supply desks for students and needed school supplies. Two classes were meeting outside, so a new school block was constructed to house these classes and some office space.
A permanent church building was constructed on the school property last year. The building was funded primarily by the family of Rev. Neil Allenbrand and the members and friends of the Penticton Church of the Nazarene in British Columbia. The school committee has named the building the "Neil Chapel".
Also last year a new teacher's house was constructed on the school property and a new teacher has moved into the house and is teaching at the school. Now there are six teachers at the school for eight grades. More teachers are needed. Therefore, this year NCM Canada is funding another teacher's house and repairing the existing teacher's houses. Providing a simple house attracts teachers to this remote area. Cost for a teachers house is about $7500
The Zukuma community has asked NCM Canada to bring teaching in conservation agriculture to the community.
Cost to train one farmer is about $60
Seed for a demonstration plot is about $30
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (MALAWI)
A Child Development Centre (CDC) typically serves 75-100 children and is housed in our Nazarene church buildings for children in the community, particularly the most needy.
Activities are designed to meet the childrens’ physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs. Activities are usually an after-school program that provides additional tutoring and help with homework, cultural and social activities, sports and games, Bible stories and songs and a nutritious snack.
Books $6 each; Teaching supplies $120 ; School supplies per child $25. Sports and play equipment $30; Nutritious snack per child $4.
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