Growing Stronger!

January 10, 2014
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Growing Stronger!

Remember Wilson, the boy featured in a picture about our palliative care program? Today, he is healthy and strong, running about, smiling and laughing! The work that Vumilia strives to do can be very hard and tiresome, but it is moments like seeing Wilson running about the dirt road, giggling madly that makes it all worth it! Without Vumilia’s care, he might not have made it through a tough bought of malaria and TB. Today, we celebrate that he is alive, and happy, and getting healthier!

The Good Doctor is In!

December 27, 2013
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The Good Doctor is In!

Dr. Simwa keeping an eye on his patient’s IV!

Dr. Simwa is in our clinic, offering services to the local community, going out into the field to deworm children and give HIV tests and counseling!

Visit from Officials!

November 09, 2013
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Visit from Officials!

Wednesday, we had a very good meeting with two officials from the public health and hygiene government department, to check on our children’s home and facilities. Although sometimes challenging, these meetings can be good to help direct us in areas of improvement. Since their last visit, we have improved on our hand washing facilities, clean water, level of personal hygiene exhibited by girls, and the bedrooms where the girls sleep!!! Based on these improvements, the department will recommend us for a renewal in licensure, a success! Additionally, the officials also gave us some suggestions on areas to work on, mainly that of a dining facility, better ventilation in our kitchen, and to add hanging partitions to the school building, to divide our classes a bit more! To show our appreciation, we were able to give the officials some local vegetables from our farm! Asante sana officials!

The Pickings in our Patch!!

October 30, 2013
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The Pickings in our Patch!!

Look at the beautiful eggplants that are almost ready to be harvested! They serve both as nutritional variety for our girls, and as a good selling crop for the surrounding community!

Part of the Vumilia organization is a sustainable farm! The farm production is very important for Vumilia, as it helps to provide nutritional variety for the orphaned girls, as well as providing items to sell at market, allowing for Vumilia to have some form of income to help offset the cost of all the other programs. Additionally, the farm provides the girls with necessary instruction and experience in growing their own food, an integral part of Kenyan life. This picture is of eggplant that are almost ready to harvest!

What can you do with $3?

October 24, 2013
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What can you do with $3?

Suzy gives 5 year old HIV-positive Wilson some porridge to add needed calories and nutrition to his daily intake.

The palliative care program that Vumilia offers is very important for many families in the surrounding area. Several of our staff go out daily to bring very sick HIV-positive children extra nutrition that their families are not able to provide. In doing this, Vumilia is not only improving the nutrition of very sick children, but is also helping to educate parents on how to offer more care for their offspring. The porridge we provide is a mixture of locally found ground grains, such as millet. Some families find that once shown how our porridge mixture is created, they can provide such sustenance to their sick children. The daily cost per child for 3 servings of porridge and an egg? $3.