Kanyipir is Global Health Connections 3rd Village in Homa Bay County. It is roughly 8 KM northeast of Olare, GHC's first village in Homa Bay.
The GHC team did Baseline health, economic and social impact surveys on 100 Households in mid-October 2022 and started the 24-week health training curriculum the following week. Out of the 100 households surveyed, all decided to join the CHEC.
The village is quite poor and the team found the conditions quite dire. Most of the households are made of mud and poles. The majority of the children have ringworms and there are poor sanitation practices throughout. The primary source of water is a dam which is shared with all different types of livestocks, pets, and humans. Some of the community members directly consume the dam water without treating or boiling it. Hand washing practice is non-existent. The village has widespread open defecation; the majority of the community members does not have their own toilet/latrine, and therefore they share with neighbors. Most men in the village have died due to complications from the HIV/AIDs virus, thus female widows are plentiful. The majority of the CHEC members are women.
The members are happy to learn that GHC is eager to teach them how to prevent diseases, maintain better hygiene, treat water in different ways, and improve their standard of living through new, empowering economic activities. GHC is excited to be in another village in Homa Bay County, and we hope to create and instill sustainable change here.