Health and meeting center for women in the slums in Eldoret

 

Langas is the second biggest slum area in Kenya. Here in Eldoret, together with our NGO partner Solwodi/Solasa we build a Health and Meeting center for women and children. In a few months, the old small houses where they meet and are trained at the moment cannot be used anymore.

We, under the umbrella of Making More Health, have started to run some health training here – in addition to the income generation activities and child care Elizabeth, the local NGO lead has built up. Young women are trained as hairdressers, tailors, shoemakers…, young children get kindergarten care, and the elderly can meet and talk. They all learn -also with theatre plays- about health.

The demand and need for more training sessions and also more space is high…

“The work of putting up the foundation and floor slab is successfully completed. The next phase which was partitioning and building the walls to the First level is done. The next level is putting the slab to separate the ground and the first floor. As mentioned earlier the Steel used to construct the Resource center had a height where a second floor could be built.

A gate is needed

“We decided to buy a gate with the little money remaining given that it was not enough to start the next phase. The other reason was for security reasons; the center is located along the road and everyone had access to it through the fence that had fallen off and had no gate. With the fence now repaired and the gate the access to the center is now limited”, she adds.

Despite the Corona Virus pandemic, construction work has been going on very well with 3 staff members volunteering to follow up and supervise the work accordingly.

Some other staff members volunteered to plant trees and some flowers around the resource center compound which is almost one acre in size.

The next construction phase will start soon

In the next months, we plan to finalize the center in a way that the first training can take place and the children and women can find a place where to go when the old center is closed down.