A community center based on care and love
It’s nearly a year now that the first constructions for the making More Health center in Webuye (Western Kenya) have started. Together with the local communities and our local NGO partner, we finalize the furnishing and prepare the training hall so that virtual training sessions can also occur soon.
Our communities of farmers, women, and persons with albinism are already looking forward to additional health, basic business skills, and digital knowledge training. This training will be offered soon, and complete the ongoing hygiene training and albinism awareness programs. In the following months, more infrastructural developments are planned. However, there is one particular element that makes a huge difference right from the beginning:
When a community center becomes a home
This MMH center that we run together with our local NGO partner GAASP is a special one. It is not because of how it is constructed, not because of some fancy tools or furniture, not because of space or any particular elements.
But because of the people on the ground, because of our communities who come here every day to stay together, produce soap for others, learn and share the learning with others, feel safe, and celebrate. They dedicate a lot of time to decorate “their house” with pride and joy. Some first gardening, some nice paintings, some small things that do not require money, but love.
Trust, confidence, dedication, and passion – these are the elements that make the MMH house particular. For the communities, all who join and participate in so many offers and activities – and our Making More Health initiative. Although it’s difficult to express this “feeling” in facts and figures or measurable units, this might be one of the biggest differentiators we are all proud of in all activities now and in the future.
The MMH community center in Bungoma County is ready! For one year, the local people have created a place of encounter and safety for themselves. In the future, our community of people with albinism, the elderly, and many more will have the chance to gain new knowledge and skills in specialized training at this location and create a new home for themselves.