Village Location: KISII COUNTY
# of Villagers: 1,020
Village Started: OCTOBER 2022
# of Households Surveyed: 117
# of Villagers Who Started in the CHEC: 117
Graduation Date: EXPECTED APRIL 2023
# Graduated from Health Training:
# of Participants in Economic Training:
2022 Primary Economic Groups:
Nyamecheo is Global Health Connections 8th village to date, and third of the newly formed Rotary Clubs. It is located in Kisii county, Keumbu sub-county, Nyaribari Cache Constituency, Ibeno ward, Ibeno location, Nyamecheo location. It is roughly 30 Km southeast of Kisii town.
GHC finished conducting in mid-October 2022 the three Baseline surveys--Health, Economic and Social Impact--on 117 households. We expect all to enroll in the CHEC. The 24-week health training curriculum will begin shortly, in November 2022.
The main cash crops in and around the village are sugar cane, tea, bananas, avocados, coffee and horticultural crops. The villagers also engage in brick making, raising livestock, and creating small businesses and micro finance groups. The climate is warm and wet, and the area is congested with a high population per square kilometer. Sustainable food production is a challenge and most families do not produce enough to sell, let alone consume. Because death rates have increased due to HIV and AIDS, and infant and maternal mortality, most homes are run by orphaned children and elderly people. Most homesteads are in deplorable hygienic condition. Sanitation is a big issue here--hand washing is all but absent, water is typically not treated at all, and communal springs are not protected. Needless to say, GHC has its work cut out for it.
Update - February 2023: We are now in the middle of the health training sessions and members have shown commitment and engagement. They are a vibrant, dedicated bunch and high turnout at the weekly sessions is the norm. We have taught them on how to make detergent, how best to build a kitchen garden, a latrine and a shower stall. The progress thus far has been impressive, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
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