DAY CARE CENTER
COMMITTED TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT
From the first moment we set foot in Turkana, we understood that the most vulnerable population was the child population. Without medical or assistance services, with minimal access to education and with a level of nutrition below the level of malnutrition.
For this reason, we began to work to provide them with a health center that would allow us to have an at least healthy child population for later, and in a second step, facilitate access to education and nutrition, mainly for the pre-school child population.
We analyze the causes that lead families to not be able to provide the minimum quality of life to children in their first years of life and the devastating effects that they produce in the preschool child population. After the analysis, we opted for the creation of this preschool as the optimal solution to guarantee the development of children in their first years of life prior to school age.
Our contribution to this project is determined exclusively by the transfer of land use, owned by our local counterpart in Kenya, Aztivate Foundation, as well as the direction of the construction work of the center who will be, in the same way, carried out by Aztivate Foundation in Kenya.
The management of the educational and logistical activity of the center will be carried out by our partner in this project, the Spanish organization Amor sin Barreras, who will take all the necessary steps and work for the proper functioning of the center.
BENEFICIARY CHILD POPULATION
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The increase in average temperature and the consequent desertification of the territory due to global emissions of greenhouse gases and the consequent climate change with an increase in the average temperature of 2-3 degrees in the last 60 years.
Drought has an impact on water scarcity at the community level and the consequent reduction of available food, causing a food crisis that in turn generates serious malnutrition problems and influences infectious diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.
The little or no investment in infrastructure of the Kenyan government, for years, such as roads, health centers, schools, etc ... has produced a non-existent economic activity based almost exclusively on minor livestock that is affected by the shortage of Water.
Very low resilience of the population to changes and / or natural catastrophes.
The child poverty index reaches 94.3% of the population, health coverage only reaches 7% of the child population, only 30% of the child population under one year of age is immunized , only 18.1% can read and write , 60% do not have access to safe water and the HIV prevalence is 8.7%.
Kenya Government Data
· Malnutrition rates have remained the same for 3 decades (2.8 million children, 35% of the child population in Kenya).
· 19,000 children die each year from malnutrition .
· Lack of vitamin A produces 10,000 more deaths a year.
· The inability to breastfeed children produces 11,000 more deaths a year.
· If the prevalence of malnutrition does not improve until 2030, 430,000 children will die.
· 90,000 children are born each year with varying degrees of mental retardation due to iodine deficiency.
Our work is based on guaranteeing access to Human Rights to the local child population (Right to health, to education, to have a decent life, to food, etc.) using the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a work guide. Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Our actions revolve around the center that we have established in the town of Lokitaung in the North Turkana region called "Santa Martha Kids Care Center".
This project comes to complete the one started 3 years ago with the construction and start-up of our pediatric health center within the complex that we call "Santa Martha Kids Care Center" that pretends to be a center of reference in the region in the protection and care of the child population in North Turkana from the health, education and nutrition points of view.
The center is designed to accommodate a capacity of 30 children between the ages of 2 and 5 from the poorest and most unstructured families in the area. It will offer access to the education of this preschool stage, health, nutrition and social assistance for the resolution of the most serious cases of child violence and sexual violence.
We anticipate the start of construction of the center in October 2020.