Friday, July 15, 2011
The Shirazi medical clinic still needs:
- doors and windows
The predicted cost of all of this is about US$3,000.
The construction of the Shirazi Medical Clinic has so far been funded 100% by previous SIT Kenya: Health and Community Development students. And, thus, there will not be any more construction until the contractor and construction crew receive more money. Under Kenya's new 2010 constitution, "43. (1) Every person has the right — (a) to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care..." and thus the federal government has told its constituents that if communities build their own clinics they will provide funding for medicine and a doctor's and/or nurses' salaries.
Friday, July 8, 2011
|The Shirazi community started building the clinic in September of 2009. All of the money since has come from fundraising done by SIT students.|
The clinic will have 12 rooms, which includes a room for a medicine dispensary.
|We were fortunate to be able to help a little bit with the construction of the clinic. We noticed that there is a lot of work that needs to be done...|
Shirazi is a small rural village of 400 people located a 90 minute drive south of Mombasa.
We walked to our new homes, thinking it would be impossible to differentiate between the different dirt paths and mud houses on our way to and from school the next day.
|Many men in Shirazi were either farmers or they were fishermen because for some the Indian Ocean is only a 2 minute walk from their house.|
|We bought mumus, kangas, and kikois to fit in better with the community.|
|Hii ni picha ya darasa ya kiswahili.|
Everyone welcomed us into life in Shirazi. The kids especially loved us - breaking up their repetitive days where they rarely see foreigners.
|All of the girls got were taken by their families to get their hands and feet painted with henna. But, usually the people on the coast of Kenya wait until their wedding day to apply henna for the first time.|
As foreigners and newcomers to the cultures of the Swahili people, we were encouraged to attend events such as funerals, community prayers, and weddings [pictured above].
|A lot of our mothers wouldn't let us dress ourselves. We wore a lot of prom dresses.|
|On a boat from Fundi Island. Someone said the most expensive resort in Kenya is on Fundi Island.. but, I might be remembering wrong.|