Imagine as a parent, your little boy has had a fever off and on for days now; he is always tired, and his body aches. You think he has malaria. All he needs is medicine, but you are poor, and can’t even afford to take him to the doctor – much less get him the medicine he needs to get better. But if he doesn’t get help soon, he could end up having breathing problems for the rest of his life. Or worse yet, he could die. You are desperate and feel helpless.
This is a reality for too many families in and around Kenya’s capital and largest city, Nairobi – but the community clinic at the Dandora Community Center is making a difference; and with your help, they can reach even more families, preventing unnecessary health problems, and even death.
Right now, the center looks after the well-being of over 400 kids and counting. Most of the patients that go to the clinic have malaria, intestinal parasites, or upper-respiratory infections – or they are pregnant women looking for prenatal care.
The Dandora Community Center wants to offer more health care services, and it has the space and the staff with the know-how to do so – but the clinic isn’t in good enough shape. They would like to add family planning, long-term treatment of illnesses, lab services, minor surgeries, and early childhood care to the list of things they already do.
But they need an estimated $8,000 to make repairs and improvements before these additional services can be offered and they can reach even wider area. The clinic must buy an autoclave, kits for dressing wounds, a microscope, a machine for testing blood, and a scale for weighing babies. There is plenty of space for the clinic to expand, but the building is in need of repair; the inside need to be painted, walls need to be redone, and the floor needs tiles.
The location of the Dandora Community Center is also ideal for reaching a large number of people in Nairobi, as it is surrounded by slums, which house more people than less poor areas do.
HOW DO I SPONSOR A CHILD IN KENYA?
You can sponsor a child in Kenya in one of three ways – call our office and speak with one of our sponsorship specialists at 1-800-538-5381, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to our donation portal, create and account, and search for a child in Kenya that is available for sponsorship.