Village Location: HOMA BAY COUNTY
# of Villagers: 3,000
Village Started: OCTOBER 2022
# of Households Surveyed: 100
# of Villagers Who Started in the CHEC: 100
Graduation Date: MAY 29, 2023
# Graduated from Health Training: 96
# of Participants in Economic Training: 93
2023 Primary Economic Groups:
CEREALS (61 MEMBERS)
TAILORING/SEWING (18 MEMBERS)
QUARRY (14 MEMBERS)
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 were happy to learn that GHC was there to help 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.
GHC graduated 96 members from the health training curriculum in May 2023 and all the members showed commitment and engagement throughout the program. We taught them how to make detergent, how best to build a kitchen garden, a latrine and a shower shelter. The progress throughout the program was impressive.
93 out of the 96 continued on to economic training where they are now focusing on several income-generating projects including cereal re-selling, tailoring/sewing, and a rock quarry. We are excited to see them progress!