THE FOUR PILLARS IN WAMUINI
Located about 10 kilometers outside the city of Kitale, this community of four villages lacked basic necessities like clean water, quality healthcare, steady jobs, and reliable shelter. We spent 2009-2010 speaking with the locals and in order to assess what was needed to bring sustainable health to Wamuini.
Wamuini was without an accessible health facility; the nearest one was over an hour away on foot. Making the trip would often mean sacrificing a day’s wages or time at school, in addition to money reserved for food, water, or education.
ASH built a health center–with a clinic and laboratory–and trained local staff to design and implement high-quality health care services for the community.
Today, our health center offers primary care services, medicine, immunizations, laboratory testing, maternal-child health services, HIV testing and counseling, and outreach services.
ASH staff provide comprehensive health education to the community. Health education sessions are held at our health center, in local schools, and out in the community via mobile clinics.
We cover vital topics like malaria prevention, handwashing, nutrition, breastfeeding, and family planning.
ASH provides vocational training programs for members of our community, with a focus on young women and girls.
Our vocational training school offers a six month sewing and tailoring course, as well as computer training courses.
ASH also organizes a community-led group savings and loan system, which provides small loans to members of our community at a low interest rate.
There is an urgent need for potable water in Wamuini. ASH is currently developing a comprehensive project that aims to provide accessible sources of clean water to the community, improve sanitation, and create jobs through the maintenance of these systems.
In addition, the health center is working to provide quality prevention and treatment of diarrheal diseases caused by contaminated water.
See the 4 pillars in action today:
THE COMMUNITY CENTER IN WAMUINI
The hub of all our programs, our community center is staffed by an amazing team of local leaders and professionals.
THE EMPLOYEES THAT RUN
OUR COMMUNITY CENTER.
In charge of all operations and staff, Zach works closely with community leaders and is the liaison to the U.S. team.
Sabuni, our extremely popular head nurse, diagnoses and treat patients at our clinic.
Peter is a successful tailor and works at ASH as an instructor for our sewing and computer training courses.
Day Guard and Groundskeeper
Ken has been with the center since day one and provides security and any necessary maintenance of the facilities.
Carrying out laboratory tests for proper diagnosis of disease, Sharon works to ensure accuracy in patient diagnosis.
Sister Jane assists in registration, administration of medication, and the education of patients.
NursE (not pictured)
We're thrilled to welcome our new nurse, Sarah, to community center!
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of local leaders and experts in the field of business, law, non-profit management. This dream team provides high-level guidance and oversight for our Kenyan staff.