Project Kenya: Afya 4 Kesho

Jambo!! Karibu!

In June 2014 I embark on yet another journey to the continent of Africa. Having last visited Africa (West) in 2008, volunteering at a rural hospital in Ghana, this time around it's to East Africa I go- with Kenya on the itinerary. With a few words and basic phrases of Swahili/ Kiswahili now in my vocabulary I'm eagerly looking forward to the laughs I'm sure to get when I go to speak words to the locals for the first time =P Kiswahili changu ni kibaya sana!!! (My Swahili is terrible!!!) hahah.

On a more serious note, I'm headed to East Africa with a mission in mind: to work with local medical staff at rural clinics assisting with HIV testing, counseling and treatment/preventative education which will allow me the opportunity to asses the needs of the local communities and to better develop effective educational modules for HIV/STD prevention and health maintenance.

During the three weeks I will be committing to this visit it is my personal (and very specific) goal to gather data, supplies and arrange schedules needed for the purpose of hosting a class with an intent to "train the trainers." What does that mean? It means that I intend to gather data needed in order to create and implement an educational infrastructure specifically meant to train and educate local people about HIV and other STDs for the purpose of them going on to form and train other groups and individuals in and around their own communities. Thus it made sense to call this project "Afya 4 Kesho " loosely translated: Health for Tomorrow . These efforts to provide access to education and reliable resources are imperative in an area of the world which is still very impacted by HIV and the effects the disease has (both short-term and long-term) on an individual and entire community.

My philosophy is that education is easy to provide where people are eager to learn and to teach. So make them eager to learn. Make them eager to teach. Deliver accurate facts in a thoughtful, fun and responsible manner. Empower people with knowledge so they can feel compelled to empower others. In my eyes, this could leave a more sustainable and lasting impression- exactly what I'd hope for and what I aim to do.

Your contributions will go toward the costs of educational materials- including the development of posters, printed educational pamphlets and brochures, classroom supplies, classroom space, guest speakers, ..etc. and that is just to name a few.
I hope you'll find my project worthy of financial backing and thank you ahead of time for your contributions- big or small- everything makes a HUGE difference. Thank you for stopping by, reading and showing support. Much love!

Please visit my website for more information.

- Asante Sana,

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