Kenyans Experience Life-Saving Wellness Education

GHNI workers have many times witnessed the sad results of physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. From AIDS and lesser but still troubling conditions including chronic respiratory and gastric infections, to the entrapment of women in prostitution or other forms of trafficking, the root of the problem is most frequently ignorance; the solution, education.

In Kenya, for example, a close examination of daily village life revealed the need for simple yet potentially life-saving changes that GHNI field workers convey through wellness education.

“It is not HIV and AIDS which kill, it is the diseases which come along with them,” said Habiba Mengesha, who with her husband, Wubshet, serves as a National Leader for GHNI in Kenya.

“When people do not take care of themselves, when they expose themselves to diseases like malaria by not sleeping under mosquito nets, not clearing the bushes around their home, not clearing standing water, then the breeding mosquitos end up biting them and they end up getting malaria and they die. So in our wellness lessons we teach them how to keep their environment clean, how to keep their bodies clean, how they need to eat clean food and a balanced diet. By practicing a proper way of living they end up reducing the diseases which affect them.”

Such lessons, combined with midwifery kits, have actually reduced the rate of diseases associated with HIV infection by thirty percent, while the aid of testing supplies provided by Kenya’s Ministry of Health has allowed Transformational Community Development trainers to document a gradual but exciting reduction in the number of AIDS cases and the fear and stigma still largely attached to them.

Habiba and her team have also been working to develop a Women’s Empowerment Center in the Isiolo area, where extreme poverty has helped perpetuate a vicious cycle of prostitution among women and underage girls for years. The center’s training in practical, employable skills such as sewing, baking, secretarial work and small business management will help break that cycle.

All these advances have been made possible by the generous help of our donors. Will you join those partnering with us to bring health and healing to the people of Shambani Village, Kenya?