Country: Kenya and Tanzania
Impact To Date: In 2015 we created a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health, Nakuru County, to support the New Canaan Health Clinic and provide essential services to the local community, based in the middle of what was an Internally Displaced person camp. Since 2015 the project has grown to include support for three clinic, one in each of our 3 communities.
Since the project's inception, the overall health of the community has improved significantly with a reduction in childhood mortality and illness due to the immunisation program with family planning information helping to educate the next generation.
Project Goal: To work with government clinics in Nakuru and East Pokot in Kenya and Babati in Tanzania to support the provision of quality, well-resourced health care services to improve the overall health of the community, including students from program schools.
About: The New Canaan Health Clinic in Nakuru provides a critical service to the 10,000+ local community members, seeing 24,000 patients every year.
In addition to supplementing the government's medical supplies for the clinic, in partnership with the clinic we deliver training to increase awareness in program schools and the community on recurrent health issues and non-communicable diseases. This education plays a vital role in improving the health of the community.
The Mamire Medical Clinic in Tanzania is a government clinic that sees up to 30,000 patients per year and supports the birth of more than 20 babies per month. In partnership with the local community, we are working together to upgrade the facilities and supplies to enable the clinic to better support the wider community that includes students at the Mamire Teacher’s College and students from our program schools.
In 2021 we partnered with a new clinic, Chesirimion dispensary in East Pokot, which cares for 12,000 patients a year.
Impact To Date: So They Ride has donated and sold over 1500 bikes to local and surrounding communities.
Project Goal: To address a critical need for transport by providing an affordable means of transport to community members in the Babati District of Tanzania.
The Babati District has extremely poor roads and is infrequently serviced by public transport denying villagers the ability to adequately service their daily needs, domestically, academically and professionally. Bicycles are used by villagers for carrying water containers, bags of produce, fire wood and livestock, as well as providing personal transport in a large and relatively remote region.
About So They Ride: Building on our ethos of collaboration, in 2014 So They Can Tanzania established 'So They Ride' in partnership with Bicycles for Humanity, Colorado, who generously supply and ship approximately 300 bikes to the project every year.
Impact To Date: Shamba Letu farm runs training days four times a year, impacting over 400 local farmers, students and parents from the surrounding communities.
Project Goal: To continue to support the wider community through education on improved farming practices which will result in improved food security and economic stability for the communities supported by our Tanzania Education Collaborative.
About Shamba Letu Demonstration Farm: Shamba Letu is a demonstration farm that focusses on cultivating crops to train the local farmers, parents and students in improved agricultural practices. This training aims to improve the capacity and economic stability of the community.
Our main customers of farm produce are the surrounding tourist lodges in Tarangire National Park and beyond. We are proud of our long term relationships with these reliable customers.
Shamba Letu also runs a small contract plough business, making available to local farmers machinery they could not otherwise afford.