Our MMH house – a house of trust, inclusion and partnering
This week, at our Making More Health (MMH) house, the training sessions re-started. MMH built the house last year in a town in Western Kenya to educate people with Albinism and give them a place to meet and start some income generation practices. But it has been used right from the beginning also as a place to spread knowledge and skills to farmers, teachers, and women. There is a huge need and willingness to develop themselves and find ways to help in daily life. The MMH house has become a trusted place for many people in Webuye, Bungoma county. Besides knowledge and learnings, the house is also a place of respect and diversity, being together and inclusion, of doing and not theory only. And of spending good hours together.
The impact of partnering
As Chris, a local NGO worker writes: "…we had a meeting with group officials of the Mukhuyu self-help group yesterday. They had come to be sensitized more on Albinism. This is a group of trained nurses from various health facilities in the region. They care, among others, about a group of 60 vulnerable young mothers in 60 households. The children are often born with low birth weight and from vulnerable young mothers aged below 17 years who have dropped out of school and have challenges. We also discussed the need to improve on hygiene issues regarding baby care and generally in those households, on the economic situation they live in, and to create and help develop skills.
We agreed to partner and support in hygiene issues to those households, as 2 of our people with Albinism there have newborns who have children born with low birth weight … "
This year we have planned many activities: Health and Animal Health-related training and digital skill training, women's health practices, and income generation activities. Wherever possible, the people with albinism community will get a leading role. Our employees and some of our social entrepreneurs in our network will engage together with them. Virtually, and also actively onsite when it will be possible again. And of course, GAASP, our local NGO partner who will be in the middle of all that.
Let's do the best to make this year a year of positive change again!