Children from the Kenya Kids and JamQuest projects enjoyed an end year Christmas party to mark the end of a successful year 2017. During the joyous event that was held on 11th December 2017, children and their caregivers enjoyed playing games and sharing a special Christmas meal that was prepared for them. The caregivers also took part in a talk on effective communication between parents and children.
Over the last 8 years, JamQuest has sponsored children in Kenya with school fees, helping them to get an education, pursue their dreams and have hope for the future. The JamQuest team last year hosted an exciting art event at Radford University, Virginia dubbed 'heART to heART' to raise funds to educate more needy children in Kenya. Apart from raising much needed funds, the team also created and sent beautiful gifts, letters and cards for the sponsored children.
The Nurses strike that lasted 5 months came to an end in November 2017. When the announcement was made, the Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako regretted the protracted strike which exposed ordinary Kenyans to pain and suffering and apologized to the patients who had to bear the burden of the industrial action. (https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2017/11/five-months-nurses-strike-called-off/). Josephine was expecting her bundle of joy, unsure of what would happen when the time came to deliver her baby since the nurses strike was ongoing at the Meru District Hospital where she was to deliver.
At age 25, Sinfrosa Njeri, a mother of one seven year old boy has been through what seems to have been a journey of a thousand miles. Born in Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi County, Kenya, she found herself in a home where her mother struggled to feed and educate her and her siblings. At the time, her mother sold bananas at two shillings each which gave them a meager earning to survive on.
In 2012, the Government of Kenya released the minimum service standards for quality improvement of orphans and vulnerable children programs in Kenya. Caregivers in the HOPE worldwide Kenya Nilinde Project formed a Quality Improvement (QI) team to oversee and ensure the services offered to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in their areas adhere to these minimum standards. The team is comprised of 15 members including representatives from the Ministry of
Esther Muthoni Kinuthia was a victim of the post-election violence that rocked the Country in 2007. She and her family resided in Mathare then and had survived only with their lives and the clothes on their backs.