Ewang’an Nadede Advocacy Initiatives (ENAI – Africa) leaders toured the Ngatu area of Mashuuru on Thursday to meet their community health volunteers.
The organisation’s CEO, Dr Lanoi Parmuat had a one-on-one conversation with about 14 members of one of the 8 units serving six facilities in Mashuuru Ward.
The local CHVs confronted their leaders on what they undergo during this period of COVID-19 and how they cope with the pandemic in their volunteer work.
Some of the members claimed poverty among the local community has put the health of the people in a precarious situation as most of them cannot afford the cheapest of facemasks.
Parmuat later provided all the CHVs with face masks and food rations. She was accompanied by her project coordinator, Victor Rotich, and his colleague Catherine Makena.
Mashuuru Public Health Officer, Meshak Nzioki, was also present in Nkatu and had conversations with CHVs and workers at the local health centre put up by the county government.
Community Health Volunteers are lay members of the community who work either for pay or as volunteers in association with the local health care system in both urban and rural environments.
CHVs usually share ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, and life experiences with the community members they serve (CHVs typically serve where they live).
They are frontline agents of change, helping to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.
ENAI – Africa chairman, and former Deputy County Commissioner, Jeremiah Ratunka spent the entire day providing food rations to local community members affected negatively by coronavirus disease.
Ratunka said he is targeting more than 100 homesteads in food rations in his area.
ENAI – Africa is a women-led organisation that seeks to empower the pastoralist women in their counties to participate in important decisions on issues that affect them.
It is aimed at strengthening advocacy platforms through numerous women, youth groups, and faith-based /religious groups to amplify their voice against violation on their human rights as well as embrace peace.
Their mission is to improve the quality of life for pastoralist communities by harnessing holistic participation, resource utilisation in improving health, food security, education, democracy, and governance..
“We also educate them on natural resource management, gender equality for equitable and sustainable development,” said Parmuat.
In this mission, in line with a vision of a healthy, food secure, and developed pastoral community in Africa’s overall goal is to ensure indigenous pastoralist communities have their space in Africa, live with dignity and in harmony with each other.
“ENAI’s purpose is to offer technical support in designing and implementing participatory holistic approach and development interventions by use of community skills, knowledge, and experience on human rights,” says its CEO.
The NGO operating in Kajiado is guided by its philosophy: “Every human being is a unique individual and that she/he has a right to an environment in which she/he can live with dignity.”
Parmuat said they are also guided by their strategic plan that provides a policy framework that is informed by our constitution, organisational policies, Vision 2030, Kenyan constitution and International Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a view of making a difference within target community beneficiaries.
Elsewhere in Kajiado town the Provost of ACK, The Right Reverend Obadiah Mushene donated food to several families.
Mushene said most families have been affected by coronavirus pandemic.
“We are targeting more than 100 families in Kajiado town and Central Su-County in general,” said Mushene.