Consultative forum on 20th March 2009

MISCC organized a consultative form on 20th March 2009. This forum was attended by 24 participants from Keringet, Kuresoi, Mauche, Elburgon, Olenguruone, Molo and Kamara Divisions in Molo District. Participants reported what had been happening in their respective areas of residence. Reintegration among different communities is gradually coming back and farmers are busy preparing land in readiness for the planting season that is ahead. However, the concerns were that farmers were lacking planting materials and livestock theft was reported to be occurring in many areas. In the forum, participants agreed that local peace meetings would be organized in: – Kamwaura, Sirikwa, Sachangwan, Sondu River, Mauche and Kaplelach. Meanwhile, they were urged to work hard in their farms as they await for the long rains which are just about to fall.

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Medical Camp at Kokwa Island of Lake Baringo on 8th February 2009

On February 8, 2009, the Network for EcoFarming in Africa (NECOFA), the Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW) and the Ministry of Health in Marigat jointly sponsored a free medical camp at Kokwa Island, one of the small islands in Lake Baringo, Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Baringo is about 120 km from Nakuru and about 20 km from Marigat.

A volunteer taking a patient's blood pressureKokwa Island has a population of about 1000 people. The residents are members of the Ilchamus community, one of the smaller ethnic groups in Kenya. The Ilchamus live mainly in the arid areas of Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria, and on Kokwa, there are 200 households, with an average of five people per household.

The medical camp at Kokwa was organized and sponsored by (NECOFA), (FKSW) and the Ministry of Health Marigat. Volunteer medical personnel came from Nakuru private and government health facilities, Molo District Hospital and Marigat District Hospital. The support personnel were from NECOFA and FKSW. MEAP offered video and photo documentation.

pharmacists at workDrugs and materials used in the exercise were sourced from Ministry of Health, private health facilities and others were purchased by NECOFA and FKSW.

Several activities took place in the camp among them:-

  • Curative services
  • Pharmacy services
  • Optician or eye specialist services
  • Laboratory testing
  • Voluntary counseling and testing for HIV
  • Shaving for adults and children to control mites and fungal infections in the heads (Tinea carpilis)
  • Health education to students of Kokwa Primary School
  • Health education on nutrition

Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 281 patients attended the camp. Volunteers set up stations for the various services under the trees near the dispensary, and after registering and having their blood pressure taken, patients saw a doctor if they had a pressing health problem or visited one of the other stations. During the day, 121 people were shaved by the barbers.

Team of medical professionals from NjoroThe most common diseases identified in children below 5 years were respiratory infection followed by diarrhea diseases. In school going children aged 5-18 years, respiratory infections were the most frequent, followed by eye infections, arthritis and skin diseases. For patients aged 18-55years old, orthopedic related complaints, (lumbago and arthritis) were the highest by a very big margin. The second most common illness was respiratory infections.

The day camp was very successful and the Kokwa residents were most appreciative of the services provided to them.

Launching of the Nursery school at Tuinuane Molo Saw Mill Camp

On Wednesday 25th February 2009, Tuinuane Molo Saw Mill Camp residents held nursery school launching event where they invited the stakeholders to participate in the event. Miscc was presented by: – Maendeleo Endelevu Action Program (MEAP), Network for Ecofarming in Africa (NECOFA) and Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW). Some of the other invited players did not show up giving varied reasons, however, the event was successful.

Children in the new classroomMISCC had contributed in purchasing the plot where the nursery was located at Ksh. 25,000, they likewise supported in construction of the desks and promised to provide allowance for the nursery teacher.

The villagers expressed their gratitude and thanked MISCC quoting that their children could now access education easily. The camp chairman Mr. Martin Kamau was also happy to announce that they had received stationery from other players signifying the good start of learning. He requested MISCC to officially open the nursery where Gwen Meyer the director of the Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW) took the role and happily handed an exercise book to the teacher as a sign of opening. The nursery school children appeared happy in their new “classroom” and ready to start learning.

After the launching of the nursery, the MISCC representatives on their way back to Molo, Launching of the nursery schoolthrough Turi Sulgwita Secondary School where one beneficiary of scholarship an orphan girl Spinicah Moraa who joined form one this year 2009. Spinicah also lives in the Tuinuane Molo Saw Mill Camp village and again MISCC supported her and some other orphans to raise the amount required to get a plot in the village. The girl was comfortable in the new school and she appreciated the scholarship support very much and promised to work hard.

MISCC Strategic Planning Workshop

group session duringworkshopMISCC held a strategic planning workshop as from 3rd – 7th February 2009 at Cofeg Hall Molo. The workshop drew 20 participants from different organizations that form MISCC including Network for Ecofarming in Africa (NECOFA), Friend Kenya Schools and Wildlife, Maendeleo Endelevu Action Program (MEAP) and National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), other institutions and organization represented were different primary and secondary schools, ministry of agriculture as well as community groups. The workshop aimed at training participants and producing strategic plan document for MISCCC. During the workshop, participants had an opportunity to learn on various subjects among them:- strategic management, problem analysis, stakeholder analysis, PEST analysis, SWOT analysis, developing vision, values, mission and overall goal and developing work plan.A participant making a presentation Participants were given an opportunity to give feedback to organizers of the workshop and it emerged that the workshop met expectation and provided skills in planning. Participants were happy to have the planning skills and said that they would share the same with colleagues with a view furthering the training as well as mainstreaming use of the skills in their respective organizations. The workshop participants were grateful to organizers and thanked them for offering the opportunity. The workshop participants agreed that a comprehensive report on the workshop proceedings and a strategic plan document will be produced shortly. The team charged with the responsibility of producing the report decided to produce the report in form of a planning manual that would be shared among the participants as reference document in future planning. Group photo of the participantsTowards the end of the workshop a need for more workshops and specifically on proposal writing and monitoring and evaluation was identified. It was agreed necessary arrangement will be made and participants invited for the subsequent workshop(s).