This year, we are partnering with Maskani Youth Initiative based in Lamu, Kenya to work on improving the standard of living for the Mararani Community. This community lives among the sand dunes, struggles to make ends meet on a daily basis, and is among the poorest communities in Lamu County.
Our group is raising money to achieve the following:
*Conduct monthly community clean up sessions throughout the village to create jobs for the youth and remove the trash plaguing the village. We'll purchase the equipment needed to conduct these clean up sessions and learn how the new Community Cooker works to eliminate waste in the area.
*Conduct bimonthly jigger removal and cleansing sessions for members of the community. Jiggers are parasitic insects prevalent in sandy areas particulary in Sub-Saharan Africa. They enter through the skin and attach to blood vessels. Within days, the jigger can swell to over 1,000 times its size while simultaneously laying eggs. In Mararani, jiggers are entering through young children's feet causing pain, itching, and infection and often making it impossible to walk to school. Children with jiggers are often shunned through no fault of their own.
*Provide a new cell phone and mapping software to the Maskani team so they can properly track and record jigger infestions in the community and develop a long term, sustainable plan to solve this problem.
*Distribute 100 shoes for those most in need in the community to prevent further jigger infections in the village.
*Distribute over 100 reusable sanitary kits to school age girls to ensure they never miss another day of school due to menstration. We'll be ordering these from Days for Girl's Income Generating Workshop in Uganda.
*Beautify the Dada Swahili Cafe in Shela Village to increase business and provide more employment for women in the area. The better this cafe does, the more help funneled to Mararani Village.
*Provide a year's worth of rent, electricity, water, and internet to the Maskani team so they can continue to operate their office and the Dada Swahili Cafe. This ensures that fundraising and social justice awareness continues throughout the year in support of Mararani Village.
Our Village Experience group will be traveling to Lamu, Kenya at the end of the year to participate in this project, meet the community, participate in a clean up session, lend a hand to the jigger removal sessions, distribute shoes and sanitary kits, and celebrate the end of jiggers in Mararani with volunteers from Masakani, many local Shela/Lamu residents, and the expat community. We will be hiring the women from the Dada Swahili Cafe to prepare a lovely meal for the entire community as we ring in the new year with purpose and meaning.
We hope that you will consider a donation to this worthwile cause and help us improve the standard of living in Mararani Village. Every donation counts, so give what you can and know that it will be put to good use.