Kegati is GHC's 5th Village in Kisii County. This village is 7.4 Km and roughly a 15 minute drive from Kisii town. Our baseline surveys of the community covered 56 households. The surveys consisted of health questions, such as nutrition intake, housing and compound situations, water source conditions, and hand washing, along with economic and social questions. Most households do not have kitchen gardens and therefore buy their vegetables from the market. Because of the large number of family members of many of the households, this practice raises their daily expenses. A decent number of households in Kegati live in mud walled houses, with grass thatched roofs and rusty old iron sheets, which leak when it rains. The houses tend to be poorly smeared and they hav no places in their kitchens to place their utensils.
Most households had hand washing stations but a good number were non-functional because they lacked soap and disinfectants. Most households had poorly built pit latrines, with mud walls and floors made of logs.
The results of the baseline surveys tell us that there is tremendous opportunity for behavior change, and health and economic empowerment in this village. We started the health curriculum in early spring and recently conducted the hands-on model kitchen garden session. We look forward to finishing this curriculum, and starting the economic curriculum soon thereafter. We will eventually conduct midline surveys to gauge progress.
Survey Team making a plan
A villager showing her tippy-tap station
GHC's Mark working with CHEC members on the model kitchen garden