Daily Aid Community Project Nyalenda Centre
Home Based Care
Home Based Care fills a void in the Kenya health care reality. Public hospitals are overwhelmed. They will send a patient home as soon as he/she has received a treatment. Private hospitals are to expensive for slum dwellers. This leaves very ill PHWA in their homes. Neighbours and relatives won't or can't do that much. Home base care gives hope to the hopeless. DACP maintains a network of community health workers. These care-givers are living in and are working for the community. All are well trained in a joint achievement with the Kenya Ministry of Health ( MOH ). These volunteers care, love and support. Give food. Talk/give medication. Clean the house. Pray. Massage. Hold the hand.
Medication without proper nutrition is useless. The Nyalenda centre supplies improved (vitamins and minerals) porridge flour (see UJI ). Porridge is a common meal in Nyanza and can be easily prepared. Community workers also stress the importance of regular meals to keep up the immune system and to improve the response to medication.
Supplying free ART-drugs is not enough. For any HIV-therapy to work, PLHV should take their medicines in time and on time. Care-givers make sure that their clients conform to the prescribed standards.
Counselling and Sociol-Psychological Support
PLWA face many challenges. Anxiety, stigma, discrimination, lack of money, losing hope, substance abuse to name a few. CSPS helps clients to accept their situation and to make the right decisions to solve the problem at hand. Stress may kill a healthy person. For PLWA the consequences are disastrous. So, a very important aspect of CSPS is the reduction of tension and stress.
Many things can only be accomplished when they are carried out by members of the community. To get things done the community has to be mobilized. Examples: cleaning up the environment, response to emerging epidemics (Cholera), responses to natural calamities like flooding, improving the hygienic and sanitation facilities (latrines), putting pressure on utility bodies to provide services (electricity, water).
Orphans Support Program
Children remain highly vulnerable to the impact of AIDS. In sub-Saharan Africa millions of children have been orphaned. In Kenya alone we write two million plus. Imagine two million kids going hungry and NOT to school. That's why DACP since its inception has supported orphans to give them a future. DACP has provided many vulnerable children with the means to improve their lives and to get an education. In many cases guidance, counselling and material support (food, uniforms, school fees, text books) are not effective because the children lack a conducive environment. That is why Mary decided to open her home for the most vulnerable orphans. These kids are now living in a family setting. See Kibos home.
Children and Youth Mentoring
Young people living in the slum are facing may challenges, temptations and threads. To keep these young people on track and save them from abuse community workers keep their eyes open to spot a problem as early as possible. This is done through house hold visits and involvement of the key players: chief, assistant chief, community resource persons and community health workers. We also train the children on there rights and how they can over come there challenges. DACP works together with FIDA in legal issues.
This is mainly done in our centre as an income generating activity. DACP also to trains school drop outs and teenage mothers in tailoring. For many children school fees and school uniforms are a bottleneck to attending school. The five sewing machines are also used to supply affordable uniforms.