A Work Of Heart has completed Day Care project in the Mathare Slum of Ngong Hills, Kenya.
During their rainy season, water from adjacent garbage dumps flow into the daycare playgrounds and make for an unsanitary play area. Also, the ground become very and soggy making for the daycare classrooms very muddy. With the help of LPK, we’ve collaboratively come up with a plan to help alleviate this problem, among a few others.
First, This project will help to create a stimulating educational environment which will affect the lives of more than 30 children. The women of the community have expressed the need for education for their children to keep them away from the dangers of slum life.
Second, by having their children in Daycare the women of this community will have the freedom to seek employment and begin to financially provide for their families. This will have an impact on the feminist movement currently happening in this slum. These women will now be able to work- just like the men do.
It is known that when a person living with HIV maintains a balanced, healthy diet and medical treatment, they can continue living a fulfilling life. One of the most crippling side effects of HIV is the social stigma surrounding it and how others respond. Isolation can lead to depression and cause the immune system to drop, allowing AIDS to take over more rapidly. Since the beginning of the epidemic, almost 60 million people have been infected with HIV and 25 million people have died from HIV-related causes. Kenya is home to one of the world’s harshest HIV and AIDS epidemics with an estimated 1.5 million people living with HIV. Employment will allow these women to afford their basic needs.
Furthermore having a job provides a sense of purpose and boosts morale. When a person living with HIV maintains a healthy diet and a positive life they can maintain their illness in a similar way that a diabetic would maintain their diabetes. They could live their whole life and never transition to AIDS. The community of women who we will be working closely with, Living Positive, allows women to come together to talk openly about their illness and receive support and encouragement. This daycare will help push Living Positive’s development forward.
Finally, many volunteers who take on a task similar to this do not realize that bringing foreign supplies and non-local workers can cause more harm than good. For example, by bringing supplies you put certain business at risk of losing costumers which will affect their employers, families of employers and maybe even their children’s ability to go to school- considering that school costs could no longer be paid by the parent. We plan to break this cycle by spending our fundraised money directly in the slum on building supplies, and on local community workers. This will generate money flow and bring a small amount of wealth to this area. When working with the community we won’t disregard their existing systems, rather we will help them grow.